I am always taking about building lean muscles in my workout videos, but today, I want to share with you the benefits of lean muscles. The reason why you want to have lean muscles is to increase your metabolism. Muscles consume more calories than fat. One pound of muscle burns about up to 6.5 calories per hour. Muscles burn 5.5 times more calories than fat tissues, which burn about 1.2 calories per pound per hour. If you work out, a pound of muscle can consume up to 10 calories per hour!
In fact, if you were to convert 5 pounds of fat to 5 pounds of muscles, you would burn 230 calories doing absolutely nothing at all. Muscles need calories, which is a form of energy, in order to sustain it. Therefore, the more lean muscles you have, the faster your metabolism becomes. The problem is, most people turn to dieting when they are trying to get in shape. Dieting actually causes you to lose lean muscles, which slows down your metabolism. Find out what you need to do instead of dieting in this , short video.
Muscles Burn Calories
In addition to increasing your metabolism, lean muscles also add shape and firmness to your body. Lean muscles also helps minimize cellulite and dimples on your legs and thighs by decreasing overall fat and firming up the muscles. Want a butt that makes Jennifer Lopez jealous? You can reshape your body simply by adding lean muscles where you desire it. It doesn’t matter what age you are or if you have ever worked out before. Your body is an incredible machine that is resilient and you will see results from working out in as little as a few days!
One of my favorite tricks before going out on a date or to an event is to do a mini workout before I leave. If I am wearing a short dress, I will do some squats to get a “pump” to my legs, giving them more shape and definition while firming them up. If I am wearing a sleeveless shirt, I will do a quick set of pushups and dips to tighten up my arms and upper body. It is a simple trick that will give you an instant boost of confidence!
P.S. If you are looking to get in shape quickly & be healthier at the same time, check out my beginner’s guide to weight loss video. I’ll go over step by step what you need to do so you can reach your weight loss goals. ❤
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Hi Healthy Living Junkies! I’ve been getting a lot of request to do a video on what I eat to stay in shape, so I wanted to do a video on it! I just came back from the grocery store, after picking up some everyday items. This video is my healthy food grocery store haul, and I’ll show you exactly what my staple foods are. Whether you are trying to lose weight, stay in shape, or eat healthier, these foods will help you reach your goal. =)
HEALTHY FOOD GROCERY STORE HAUL
1- Eggs (organic)
2- Spouted Grain High Fiber Bread
(Here is the brand I am taking about.)
3- Bags of pre-washed Green Leafy Vegetables
This is Annie and I’ve got an awesome workout to get those sexy arms in tank top shape. This upper body workout will tone up arms fast and get your entire upper body firm and toned, including biceps, triceps, abs, and back. You will also be getting a cardio workout because we are taking very short rest breaks, so be prepared to work hard! ❤
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P.S. If you are looking to get in shape quickly & be healthier at the same time, check out my beginner’s guide to weight loss video. I’ll go over step by step what you need to do so you can reach your weight loss goals. Remember, abs are made in the kitchen, so I’ll also go over what you need to eat to lose weight. ❤
Brussels Sprouts are delicious little green balls of nutrition. I have a super easy Brussels Sprouts Recipe that is quick to prepare, and a naturally fat free, high fiber, low GI super food. Brussels Sprouts are not only great if you are trying to lose weight, but also power packed to fight cancer. Brussel Sprouts are extremely high in antioxidants, which fights the effects of free radicals, including cell damage or break down. If you are looking for a healthy alternative to spinach or broccoli, Brussels Spouts are a great alternative. Brussels Spouts also have anti-inflammatory nutrients as well as detoxification qualities. Glucosinates and sulfur are essential to effective detoxification, and Brussels sprouts has both of this in high dosages.
Fun Fact: Popular in Belgium, Brussels Sprouts were Introduced to the United States in the 1800’s.
Brussels Sprouts are also filled with vitamins. Vitamin A, vitamin C, and Vitamin K are all examples of antioxidants, and are found in high concentrations in Brussels sprouts. At 130% of your recommended daily intake, there is enough vitamin K in a single serving of Brussels sprouts to get you through the day. Brussels sprouts are also high in dietary fiber and low in Glycemic Index, which makes it an ideal food when you are losing weight, or wanting to live a healthy lifestyle. The Brussels sprout’s fiber also helps to lower your overall cholesterol as well. Brussels sprouts are very easy to prepare. You can bake, boil, pan fry, or steam this tasty food, making it a flavorful addition to a meal.
Here is an easy and delicious way to prepare Brussels Spouts. Slice the Brussels Sprouts in half and cook them in a very hot pan with a little extra virgin olive oil. When they start to smell like popcorn, sprinkle some salt and pepper, put it on a serving tray and enjoy! You can even eat it as a low fat snack!
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Hi Healthy Living Junkies! With all this talk about health and proper nutrition, it is hard not be confused by all the information out there. So what is the best way to eat and be healthy? You can lose weight by eating small meals. One of the easiest things you can do to improve your eating habits is to eat 4-6 meals every few hours. If losing weight is your goal, this will help you melt the extra body fat. If you are trying to develop better eating habits, this will optimize your body so it will use calories more efficiently.
How can I lose any weight if I eat twice the amount of meals a day? Just remember these are not full size meals. By eating little meals more frequently, you will boost your metabolism and reduce fat storage, losing weight in the process. Make sure to include plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits, legumes, and protein in each meal. Healthy fats, like almonds, will also you feel full as well as keeping you healthy. This is a proven fact that muscle-builders, fashion models, athletes, and thin people generally follow – you should give it a try as well. Certain combinations of food create your body’s OPTIMAL FAT BURNING ZONE, causing it to decrease body fat quickly and effectively and losing the unwanted weight.
Did you know that you will burn more calories each day when you eat breakfast? Consuming the proper foods once you wake up is critical when breaking the fast your body goes into nightly. Approximately 3-4 hours after you eat your body shuts down, your metabolism behaves as though it is required to store food. This is a great function to possess if a shortage erupts and you do not see food for a long period of time. After all, if there is a shortage you’re going to need your body to work “efficiently” by stashing away fat, and burning it as little as possible. Because there’s no food shortage or famine at the time being (and more than likely wont be one in the near future) then it’s pretty irritating when your body begins loading up on the pounds. So, how do you get your body to restart the fat burning process? Simple. Eat breakfast. Eating breakfast communicates with your body that it is time to start using calories and reprogramming your metabolism, losing weight and body fat in the process.