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This Cat Gives High Fives at a CrossFit Gym, and Wow, Best Cheerleader Ever?

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This Cat Gives High Fives at a CrossFit Gym, and Wow, Best Cheerleader Ever?

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How do you usually finish a sweat sesh: chug some more water? Fist-bump your fellow class-goer with a look that says, "Thank god we survived?" Head to the showers? Grab a eucalyptus towel if you’re at a bougie high-end gym? No matter what your post-workout ritual is, you’ve been doing it all wrong.

Turns out, there’s only one way to end a fitness class, and that’s with a high five from a cat. I didn’t realize how much I needed a paw-bump from an encouraging feline until I watched this video from CrossFit’s Instagram. The friendly tabby gave CrossFitters high fives as they jogged by at a CrossFit box in China. He didn’t miss a beat as he stuck his paw out for each patron that jogged past.

You know what my dog does when I finish a workout? Nothing – she just stares at me to be let out for the hundredth time that day. I’m not much of a cat person, but this CrossFit cat has convinced me every gym and fitness class needs one.

November 29, 2018 at 08:39PM

This Doctor’s Advice For Preventing Weight Gain During Your Period Is Surprisingly Simple

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This Doctor’s Advice For Preventing Weight Gain During Your Period Is Surprisingly Simple

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For many women, periods mean miserable cramps, stubborn breakouts, and lots of bloating, but is it possible to actually put on a few pounds during your cycle? Turns out yes – and for that, you can thank those fluctuating hormones. (Naturally.)

"It’s common for women to retain water during their periods, which can result in a temporary increase in the weight on the scale," Angela Chaudhari, MD, a board-certified ob-gyn at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, told POPSUGAR. "This is because your progesterone hormone is predominant just before your period. Progesterone is responsible for water weight gain by allowing fluids to leak out of your blood vessels into surrounding tissues."

And that’s not the only way progesterone can cause you to put on pounds. "It also causes moodiness, acne, and PMS cravings just before your period, which certainly don’t help the weight gain around your period," Dr. Chaudhari continued.

So, just how big of a shift should you expect? "This is dependent on the individual but can be up to 10 pounds. Most women complain about fluctuations of one to five pounds," she said.

It may seem counterintuitive, but the best way to stem water retention is to drink more fluids. "Drinking helps keep more fluid in your blood vessels where it belongs, leading to better hydration and flushing out [fluid] from your system," said Dr. Chaudhari. "With the water weight gain and the bleeding, you may be dehydrated, which can cause a drop in energy levels as well."

Keep a water bottle on hand and drink up. "It is recommended that you drink two liters of water per day – that’s about eight 8-ounce glasses," Dr. Chaudhari explained. "Most women don’t get that on a regular basis, but it’s even more important to do so around your cycle."

November 29, 2018 at 05:39AM

Tight, Toned, and Strong: A Lower-Body Circuit With Weights

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Tight, Toned, and Strong: A Lower-Body Circuit With Weights

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Grab some dumbbells, and get ready to work your legs. This is a quick workout – only 10 minutes – so you want to push yourself (keeping good form, of course). You will be amazed by what you can do in 10 minutes when you put your mind to it. Blast some power tunes, and get ready to train.

Lower Body Workout

Equipment needed: Medium-weight dumbbells

Directions: Warmup with two minutes of light cardio (find inspiration here), then perform as many sets of this 5-exercise circuit as you can in 8 minutes. Follow the prescribed number of reps, and maintain good form throughout; take rests only if needed. Cool down with some stretches for your hamstrings, quads, and glutes.

Exercises:

  • Squat to overhead press: 12 reps
  • Romanian deadlift: 15 reps
  • Low to high woodchop: 8, each side
  • Bent-over row: 12 reps
  • Single-leg bridge: 8 each leg

Keep reading for detailed explanations of each move.

November 29, 2018 at 04:59PM

I’m a CrossFitter, and These Are the 20 Core-Carving Exercises I’m Obsessed With

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I’m a CrossFitter, and These Are the 20 Core-Carving Exercises I’m Obsessed With

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As a CrossFitter, having a strong core is essential because it makes everything easier: burpees, squats, box jumps, and pull-ups, to name a few. Aside from AbMat sit-ups, we actually rarely do strict ab exercises. Most of the elements of a CrossFit workout are total-body, so you end up getting an intense ab workout without a single crunch. These are the core-strengthening exercises I swear by.

It’s important to note that doing these exercises won’t automatically make your six-pack appear overnight. "There are really no exercises to reduce belly fat; unfortunately, this is the age-old myth," Jade Jenny, head CrossFit coach and owner of Champlain Valley CrossFit, told POPSUGAR. "People think they can get abs, and just abs." It may surprise you to hear a CrossFit coach say that "reducing belly fat ultimately comes down to how you eat," but it’s true.

In order to lose belly fat, you need to reduce your overall body fat percentage by dialing in your diet, eating whole foods, ditching the junk, and creating a calorie deficit. You can do these exercises to stay strong, and once you get leaner, get ready for your abs to pop!

November 29, 2018 at 02:18AM

Fat is no longer at the top of the ingredients-to-avoid list

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Fat is no longer at the top of the ingredients-to-avoid list

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Fat is no longer at the top of what U.S “health-oriented eaters” are trying to avoid. 49 percent of U.S adults are “health-oriented eaters”, meaning they choose foods all the time or more than half of the time based on whether they’re healthy and nutritious. Pew Research recently published a survey on which foods this group says they limit on a daily basis.

Pew Research: When it comes to food ingredients, health-oriented eaters have a list they avoid

According to the survey, artificial sweeteners, regular sugar, artificial preservatives and artificial colors top the “to-be-avoided” list. Fat is now in fifth place, followed by salt and cholesterol. We’re delighted to see that American’s fear of fat is diminishing.

In other fat-friendly news, “Phat Fats” makes Whole Foods’ list of 2019 food trends, weighing in at #3. The Whole Foods Newsroom explains the trend:

Phat Fats —
Fats are making a comeback, and the trendiest diets are on board. With the rising popularity of keto, paleo, grain-free and even “pegan” (paleo + vegan) diets, plus a general shifting consumer mindset, fats are starring ingredients in creative, convenient foods. Along with these phat fats, higher protein and lower-carb combos will continue to trend across simple and easy snacking categories. New integrations of fat sources — like keto-friendly nutrition bars crafted with MCT oil powder, coconut butter–filled chocolates, snacks affectionately called “fat bombs” and a new wave of ready-to-drink vegan coffee beverages inspired by butter coffees — are busting on the scene allowing consumers to get their fat fill with convenient treats.

Progress!

Earlier

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Sugar

  • The problem with sugar

  • Is sugar toxic?

  • Are all carbohydrates equally bad?

  • Action on sugar

  • How do you become sugar free?

  • Q&A about low carb and sugar

  • Sugar: friend or foe?

  • Breaking up with sugar addiction

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December 5, 2018 at 03:54PM

Keto Gatherings: Joy with the carbivores

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Keto Gatherings: Joy with the carbivores

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Ask nearly anyone about their favorite holiday traditions and the first response is almost always naming a loved one and something they do with that person — finding a perfect tree, lighting a Menorah, wrapping packages, singing carols. We love the time that we share with people who are special to us. Often, we also share foods with our family and friends, especially at the holidays. Yet, when we change the way we eat, eliminating sugar, grains, dairy or refined carbohydrates, sharing in the holiday revelry can seem like a challenge. That’s why I decided to write, Keto Gatherings, a book that focuses on joy and celebrating while staying on plan, but also sharing traditions and foods with those we love, including the carbivores.

Folks often ask me whether I serve keto foods to others. My favorite response is, “I serve food. Delicious, yummy, ask-for-seconds food that my family and friends enjoy.” There’s no need to call food keto. Just call your friends and invite them over! When we have a football party, I make a huge batch of Italian meatballs, White Chicken Chili, or even a Chopped Hoagie Bowl that has all of the goodness of the iconic sandwich without the bread. Carbivores can BYOB (bring their own bread!) or I may provide rolls that they can fill up as they like. For Valentine’s, everyone enjoys herbed butter on a steak or Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Asiago Gravy. In my house we also celebrate Halloween with friends who enjoy our Chili, Brunswick Stew, and low carb cornbread (some guests never realize it’s low carb!)

I put all of those recipes and a whole lot more (over 150) in the book and organized it by month with celebratory menus. Cocktails? Every month features a low carb cocktail like a Bloody Mary for New Year’s Eve or a Hot Buttered Rum for cooler weather or even a White Russian to enjoy with your Valentine. Each month also features a birthday treat because we all have birthdays, and we all deserve to celebrate them and stay healthy!

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Keto Gatherings has many of my very favorite recipes. I love them because I made them for the people that I love. You’ll see the stories of my daughter, keto since she was 10, and the foods I now make for her. Some as simple as Marinated Cheese or as complex as Grace’s Epic Banana Split Ice Cream Cake! My husband also has a few of his favorites tucked in here. Many of his are spice like the Shrimp Fra Diavolo or the Southwestern Breakfast Casserole that I have made him for Father’s Day.

These recipes are the same that we have enjoyed through SIX (6!) holiday seasons following a low carb diet. I am thrilled to share them with you because I know many of these will now become part of your holiday traditions and will be part of the special time that you spend with those you love! Here’s to a healthy and happy holiday season!

Amazon: Keto Gatherings

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  • Blue-cheese dressing

The post Keto Gatherings: Joy with the carbivores appeared first on Diet Doctor.

December 4, 2018 at 06:33PM

Kellogg’s is finally putting “traffic light” health labels on most cereal

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Kellogg’s is finally putting “traffic light” health labels on most cereal

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In 2013, the UK government adopted a “traffic light” health labeling system. The labels show whether levels of sugar, salt and fat are high, medium or low using red, amber and green traffic light colors. Since then, some companies have voluntarily chosen to put the labels on their products, but others have not.

Kellogg’s UK has now decided to implement the system after doing a survey of 2,000 consumers. Kellogg’s learned that people found it helpful to see the “traffic light” labeling. Kellogg’s UK managing director Oli Morton said:

Put simply, they said we should change and move to a full colour solution as they want help making healthy decisions. We’ve listened and now we’re acting.

The “traffic light” labels will begin to appear in the new year, and by 2020 all products will be changed.

Sky News: Kellogg’s to finally put ‘traffic light’ health labels on most cereals

Earlier, we reported that the UK consumer’s top worry is, in fact, sugar. These labels will hopefully have a positive effect on how people can avoid buying foods high in sugar. We hope that more consumer-packaged goods companies will follow Kellogg’s lead.

With or without the “traffic light” labels, we still know that almost all cereal is very high in refined starch even when it is low in sugar. Why not start your day with a delicious and satisfying low-carb breakfast instead? Check out some of our recipes below!

Popular low-carb breakfasts

Sugar

  • The problem with sugar

  • Is sugar toxic?

  • Are all carbohydrates equally bad?

  • Action on sugar

  • How do you become sugar free?

  • Q&A about low carb and sugar

  • Sugar: friend or foe?

  • Breaking up with sugar addiction

The post Kellogg’s is finally putting “traffic light” health labels on most cereal appeared first on Diet Doctor.

December 4, 2018 at 05:15PM

Optimal metabolic health eludes most Americans – just 12.5% measure up

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Optimal metabolic health eludes most Americans – just 12.5% measure up

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Are you metabolically healthy? Are you sure?

Many of us think of ourselves as healthy, even if we know we weigh more than we should. If we take away the scale and focus on other, more reliable markers of metabolic health, how do we measure up? It turns out that although some overweight people are indeed metabolically healthy, many more normal weight people are metabolically compromised. So the collective picture does not look good.

How bad is it? A new study looked at five “scale-free” measures of metabolic health and demonstrated that just 12.5% of American adults qualify as healthy across all five metrics.

Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders: Prevalence of optimal metabolic health in American adults: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2009–2016

What measures were the study authors evaluating?

  • waist circumference
  • blood sugar (fasting glucose and HbA1c)
  • blood pressure
  • triglycerides
  • HDL cholesterol

If this list looks familiar, that is because it is a close match to the criteria for determining whether or not a patient has metabolic syndrome. In most definitions, if a patient fails three of the five criteria, he or she receives a diagnosis of metabolic syndrome.

The new analysis was more strict, demanding that individuals pass on all five criteria to be deemed metabolically healthy. The authors note that even if you take away waist circumference, just 17.5% of adults meet each of the other four criteria for metabolic health. For those of normal weight, this prevalence is higher, but not as high as you might think: just 33.5%. For those who are overweight or obese, this prevalence is even lower: 15.0% and 6.8%, respectively.

Although the status quo is grim, there is hope. A low-carb diet typically improves all five of these measures of metabolic health. Check out the science that supports low carb, and then check out our guides to making low carb simple.

Earlier

The nature of the link between obesity and diabetes

Is low carb the best treatment for reversing diabetes?

Guides

A low-carb diet for beginners

The top 10 ways to eat more fat

How to eat a low-carb or keto diet when dining out

Low carb

  • Keto for beginners: Introduction

  • My success story with Kenneth Russell

  • The 5 common mistakes on LCHF

  • Cereal Killers

  • What is the main benefit of low carb?

  • How to eat LCHF

  • How to stay low carb on a budget

  • A global food revolution

  • How to formulate a low-carb keto diet

  • Everything in moderation?

  • "I sort of wanted to save the world"

  • Living low carb with Caroline Smale

  • My Big Fat Diet

  • The cause of obesity

  • Carb-Loaded

  • Are there potential dangers with a low-carb diet?

  • Why is low carb important to you?

  • Q&A with Franziska Spritzler

The post Optimal metabolic health eludes most Americans – just 12.5% measure up appeared first on Diet Doctor.

December 4, 2018 at 03:53PM

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