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Fact or Fiction Is Sugar Addiction a Real Thing?

Is your lingering sweet tooth a threat to your health regiment?  We are here to tell you that you are not alone.  According to Dr. Mark Hyman, a family physician and NY Time’s #1 Best Selling author, there is truth and fact behind your cravings.  Dr. Hyman claims that sugar is eight times as addictive as cocaine and when you eat sugar your brain recognizes this as a reward.  Thus, the more you eat, the more your brain reinforces the habit.  As time goes on you will need more and more sugar to satisfy your cravings which leave you in an endless cycle of cravings and overeating which can essentially lead to a plethora of other health problems.

Even though the situation seems grim, there is a way to get your body back on track and on the right path to a happy healthy life.  Finding the right path can be achieved by anyone who is willing to make a lifestyle change by adjusting their eating habits and retraining your body to love only real whole healthy foods.  Although it can sound intimidating, you will need to detox your body for a fresh start.  There are various ways to detox so do the research and find the right approach that you feel will work best for you.

Once you have completed your detox, the most important thing is to remember that you are not on a diet.  Rather, you are maintaining a healthy lifestyle that includes eating healthy whole natural foods while exercising on a regular basis.  A few dietary tips that are extremely helpful when new to the health food scene are as follows: Try and eat some protein with every meal, especially breakfast.  This will help curb your cravings and balance your blood sugar.  Don’t consume your calories from sugary drinks.  Water with a squeeze of your favorite fresh fruit is a great alternative.  Eat lots of carbs, but the right kind!  There are many fruits and especially non-starchy veggies that can fuel your body with energy while keeping your calorie count way down.  Fats are not your enemy, at least not the healthy kind.  You should consume a small amount of fat with every meal as well.  Examples of healthy fats are derived from extra virgin olive oil, foods containing omega 3’s, avocados, nuts and more.  Lastly, give yourself at least 30 days to adjust to your new lifestyle and you will be pleasantly surprised at how much better you feel and how much your cravings have subsided.

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Get Pumped and Get Fit

Making fitness a priority in your life is a game changer. We all recall the first few weeks of making our fitness resolution, you were 100% committed. Months went by and you were looking slimmer, feeling amazing, not to mention more fitter than you have ever been. And then you plateaued. What the heck happened? You were still exercising and eating healthy. Good news is, you can bounce back. Let us help you reset.

Challenge yourself to get the best toning results. When it comes to weight loss, studies have shown that the intensity of a workout effects weight loss more than the workout duration. Remember that your body adapts quickly to the same routine, so mix up different forms of weight training with cardio and high-intensity interval training. Keep in mind this one caveat, not every lifting session should be to your maximum potential.

Know your calorie burn…Are you over eating it? You might be. Oddly enough, the calorie count from even the fanciest watches is often overestimated. So if your goal is to lose weight, keep yourself at a calorie deficit. By eating healthy or cleaner, being conscience that liquid calories count, and pre-portioning your food, you most likely will not overeating your daily allowed calorie count. Remember this: People on the go often consume more calories, so take time and sit down as you eat your meals and snacks.

Mix It Up. If a typical workout for you includes running, cycling, or Zumba, know your body is getting very good at this type of cardio. That’s why you must mix up your workout. Add strength training and muscle toning into your workout. Even consider yoga to improve flexibility.

Less Stress & More Sleep. You already know the importance of healthy eating and exercise, but have you ever considered the importance of stress and sleep? Finding a manageable balance of both is essential because it can influence your exercise negatively. After a tough workout, sleep is essential for muscles to heal. And stress…well that’s even worst on your body, it wreaks havoc on your hormones and can also train your body to retain fat.

So get on track and stay focus. If you add at least two of our suggestions to your daily life, you are sure to see a difference in your weight loss, mental health, and physical endurance. Reset Accomplished!

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Cycle-Boxing

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If you love working out in a class setting with motivating instructors, try one of our cycle-boxing classes! Not only will you will get an intense cardio workout, but you will build upper and lower body strength as well.  This lethal combination will have you seeing results in no time.

Cycle-boxing incorporates cycling intervals with upper body boxing conditioning.  It is a fun and challenging workout that tests your endurance.  Targeting all of your core, legs, buttocks, thighs, shoulders, and arms you will be sure to feel the burn. This class will help rev up your metabolism and is a great option for those looking to break through a fitness plateau!

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