Dangers of Waist Training

Dangers of Waist Training

Kim Kardashian do it.  Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi do it.  But should you do it?  No, we are not talking about making a sex video.  We are talking about waist training.   There’s alot of people waist training but does it do more harm than good?  Here’s the real truth on waist training and why you shouldn’t waist train.

Dangers of Waist Training:  The Modern Day Corset

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For those of you who are not familiar with waist training, waist training is like the modern day corset.  The idea is to use the waist trainer to compress your stomach and reshape your waist to decrease the size of your waist permanently over time.  You wear the waist trainer for hours, even working out and sleeping in it.

The problem with waist trainers it not only can it be uncomfortable,it makes it difficult to take deep breaths and even may contribute to heartburn. “Your stomach might get pushed up beyond the diaphragm, which could cause reflex,” says Dr. Apovian. “If you’re wearing one and you experience those symptoms, that’s a definite sign that you need to loosen it or take it off.”

My Waist Trainer Review

 

By now, you have probably seen women working out with waist trainers on.  If you search Instagram under the hashtags #weightloss , there will be many pictures of women working out with waist trainers.  Wearing a waist-cinching device for a workout is a horrible idea.  It make it even harder for you to breath because of the restrictions on your rib cage and diaphragm.

Your digestive tract is also affected when you wear a waist shaper or trainer.   Your intestines are supposed to contract and move food along, but when one of the issues with wearing waist trainers is it compresses your intestines over a long period of time, causing the flow of digestion to be slowed or even stopped.  This lead to problems like abdominal discomfort, bloating and gas.  This is definitely not a sexy problem to have.

Sitting in a waist trainer can lead to a condition called meralgia paresthetica, from your nerve in your legs being compressed.  This leads to tingling, numbness and pain in your legs.  Even wearing it for a few minutes, I was able to feel the negative effects of the shaper.  I felt some tingling in my legs, and I felt like I was losing circulations.  It’s like putting rubber bands around your upper thighs and tightening them when you sit down. This rubber band effect can also decrease your circulation and lead to blood clots. When you sit in shapewear, those genetically prone to varicosities can develop varicose veins and lymph congestion, which appears as swollen ankles.

The bottom line, the best way to get a trim waistline is through proper a proper diet, nutritional whole foods and using exercise to reshape your body.  It may be tempting to follow this waist training fad, but imagine the damage you are causing to your body in the long run.  How we take care of our bodies now will affect how well we age.  I know there is alot of pressure to look thinner, to have a slim waist and the hour glass figure.  But if you abuse your body and cause potentially permanent damage to it, you could greatly affect your quality of life, especially as you age.  My parents have had health challenge which impaired their range of motion as well as their quality of life.  Seeing their suffering and pain has made me realize how important it is to be healthy, not just so we look good in a swimsuit, but so we can have a high quality of life.  So I urge you to take the pledge to life a healthy lifestyle, and through healthy food choices and exercise, you will get that sexy healthy body you want.  =)

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What is Krav Maga?

What is Krav Maga?

Ever get tired of just going to the gym?   I know I sure do.  One of my favorite ways keep myself active and mix things up is to take classes.  I recently started taking Krav Maga and I love how it mixes fitness in with self defense.  What is Krav Maga?  Krav Maga is Israeli Martial Arts, used in the Israeli Military and now taught in the United States Military and law enforcement unit.  Martial Arts usually takes many years to master.  With Krav Maga, it is designed for real life scenarios and teaches you how to protect yourself in a short time.  In this video, my good friend and Krav Maga Coach Mark Dong, from Krav Fit Now, explains what Krav Maga is, and goes over some self defense moves.

 

Krav Maga for Fitness & Self Defense

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Avoid Weight Gain During The Holidays

Avoid Weight Gain During The Holidays

During the holiday season, there are lots of parties, get togethers, and dinner.  And everywhere you turn, there will be tons of food, high calorie appetizers, and alcohol.   Most people gain anywhere from 2-3 pounds during the holiday season and doesn’t lose it.  Each year, the additional weight adds up, and 5 years later, you will have gained any where from 10 to 15 pounds.  In this video, I share with my good friend and host of the show “Your Daily Dose of Inspiration” how to avoid weight gain during the holidays, as well as 5 easy tips to a healthier you.

 

Avoid Weight Gain During the Holidays

 

 

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P.S.   If you are looking to get in shape quickly, DO NOT DIET.  Learn why dieting causes weight gain in this educational weight loss video. ❤

 

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Healthy Blueberry Smoothie

Healthy Blueberry Smoothie

Hi Healthy Living Junkies!   This is Annie and Andrea and we have a delicious healthy blueberry smoothie recipe for you.  It’s our favorite blueberry smoothie recipe because not only does it taste amazing, it is incredibly good for you too! Blueberries are high in antioxidants, which is has all kinds of health benefits including cancer fighting properties, is heart healthy, and well as improves your complexion.  Beauty in a cup?  Sign us up!  Flax seed is a healthy fat and aids in digestions, and the protein powder feeds your muscles.  Bananas are a healthy carb and is also high in fiber and nutrients.  Coconut milk is a great substitute for cow’s milk, is easier to digest and is also lactose free and has a rich creamy taste.

 

 

Healthy Blueberry Smoothie

Ingredients – 2 servings – Just half the recipe for one  =)

1 cup of blueberries (frozen or fresh, we used frozen)
1 banana
1 cup of coconut milk
1 scoop of protein powder (vanilla or unflavored)
2 teaspoons of flax seed (grounded)
Stevia (to taste)

 

 

Take all the ingredients and put it into a blender.  Blend for 10-15 seconds.  Pour in a cup and enjoy!  =) Try out our Blueberry smoothie and tell us what you think!  Better yet, show us your pictures!

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P.S.   If you are looking to get in shape quickly & be healthier at the same time,   check out my educational weight loss video. ❤

 

 

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Benefits of Lean Muscle

Benefits of Lean Muscle

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!

 

muscle-is-good

 

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

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!

 

Squat

Squat

 

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!

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Annie Chang

Healthy Living Junkie

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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Morning Quick Workout

Morning Quick Workout

Hi Healthy Living Junkies!

One of the best ways to kick start your morning is to do a workout.  It starts your day off right, helping you stay motivated and make better food choices throughout the day.  Next time you are in a crunch for time and can’t devote an hour to go to the gym, try my morning quick workout.  Remember, staying fit is a journey, and I am with you every step of the way.

 

 

Workout-Morning

 

Looking to get in shape quickly & be healthier at the same time?   Check out this educational weight loss video. ❤

 

 

 

 

Make it a Healthy day,

 

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Healthy Living Junkie

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