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How to Use Cheat Days to Lose Weight

By Maire,

Science says go for it.

 

Bigfoot. The deadly combo of Pop Rocks and cola. Uncontrollable holiday weight gain. Turns out, not even that last one was ever real.

When National Institutes of Health researchers looked into the oft-repeated claims that most people pack on five or more pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s (some estimates have gone as high as 10!), they found the actual average gain was less than a pound.

“The concerns are very exaggerated,” says Traci Mann, Ph.D., author of Secrets from the Eating Lab. “Yes, your scale might show a temporary blip, but it’s unlikely you’ll move up to a higher weight and stay there unless you start and maintain a new habit.”

Data published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology earlier this year found that designating a weekly cheat day (in science-speak, planned hedonic deviation) improves people’s ability to stick to a healthy eating regimen in the long run. (Sweat towards your weight-loss goals with these moves from Women’s Health’s Look Better Naked DVD.)

The key word here? Planned. Spur-of-the-moment splurges can set in motion what University of Toronto researcher Janet Polivy, Ph.D., has dubbed the “what-the-hell effect”: You feel like you’ve already blown it, so why not chow down?

“You don’t want to be heavily restrictive about what you eat during the holidays, nor do you want to go overboard to the point of discomfort,” says Mann.

Use the novel cooking tips that follow to make the feast less of a beast. (See ya, belly bloat.)

Get a head start on starch.

Cooking and then cooling potatoes, pasta, and rice converts some of their carbs into what’s known as resistant starch, a fiber-like substance that your body can’t digest. As it passes through your system, it occupies space in your stomach, filling you up. Besides helping you feel sated, one study showed that replacing just over 5 percent of a meal’s carbohydrates with resistant starch increases fat burning by about 20 percent. So at least 12 hours before the big meal, cook any potato, pasta, or rice dish you plan to serve. The effect persists even when you reheat, so you’ll save both time and calories at your dinner.

Make over your mash.

Once you’ve cooked the spuds ahead, lighten them more by using a contraption called the Smood ($25, dreamfarm.com). Its shape—a cross between a whisk and a plunger—is perfect for making fluffy potatoes without cream or butter. Other handheld mashers require a lot more elbow grease and still leave chunks behind, but this tool forces potato between gaps in the coil to iron out lumps.

Be a bread winner.

If you want to indulge in white bread on your cheat day rather than the more blood-sugar-friendly wheat, try this: Freeze it, then pop it in the toaster. That will lower its glycemic index (a measure of how quickly a food spikes blood glucose) by nearly 50 percent, according to a study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers suspect the two-step process changes the structure of the starch molecules in bread, leading it to behave more like a complex carb (those good-for-you whole grains) than a simple one (the nonfilling, fast-digesting, refined baddies). Result: fewer blood-sugar roller-coaster rides that promote cravings.

Ban cans.

Canned food = processed food. And the more processed a food, the faster your body can turn it into glucose, a.k.a. sugar. Biologists at Pomona College served calorically identical meals, but gave one group food made with processed ingredients while the other group was served whole foods. When they measured diet-induced thermogenesis—the additional calories burned when eating and digesting—in the hours afterward, it was nearly 50 percent higher in the group that ate the unprocessed meal. Swap canned green beans for fresh, and store-bought fried onions for caramelized ones or toasted nuts, which provide the same crunch but have healthier fats. In sweet potato casserole, nix the marshmallows and top with a mixture of fat-free Greek yogurt, honey, chopped mint, toasted walnuts, and a pinch of salt, suggests chef Isaac Bancaco of the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort in Hawaii.

This article was originally published in the November 2016 issue of Women’s Health, on newsstands now.

3 Reasons Why You Hate Running

By Bianca M,

1. You’re doing it all wrong 

When most people think of running, they chalk it up in their minds to be this huge ordeal in which they should be huffing and puffing, bent over with hands on knees at every stop light, and drenched in sweat about 30 seconds in – sound familiar? In fact, this is the experience that a lot of people have. Why? Because they’re basically going out for a sprint, not a run.  More

Fit Radio DJ Spotlight: Treblemonsters

By Maire,

Our team had a chance to catch up with Fit Radio‘s, Treblemonsters last week. This is what they had to say:

 

Q: Of all your pet-peeves, which is the strangest?

A: Wasteful people. I.e. the ones at the gym that use about 4 towels per person or run through half of a paper towel roll to wipe something small down.

 

Q: What is your favorite animal? Why?

A: Cats. They are clean and do not need much attention. (Like everything else in this world.) Also, most cats have a spontaneous/random/energetic, but innocent personality.

 

Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

A: FIJI

 

Q: What would you do with one million dollars?

A: First, I would just cash it and pile it in my living room to stare at it for a small period of time. Then, invest most of it.

 

Q: Would you rather have money or love? Why?

A: LOVE. Because if we were able to materialize LOVE, than it would be worth much more than MONEY.

 

Q: Are you a good dancer?

A: Rusty now, but yes. I used to break-dance back in the day.

 

Q: What is the best feature about Fit Radio for our users?

A: It’s a mobile app. Anyone can access at anytime and anywhere.

 

Q: What are the perks being a Fit Radio DJ?

A: Other than a good resume builder and exposure, it challenges me as a DJ to come up with new and creative ways to supply high energy mixes in different genres. It steers me away from the generic and overplayed songs.

 

Learn more about Treblemonsters and listen to their latest Fit Radio mixes here.

FlipBelt Review!

By superadmin,

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If you’re tired of the tight armband days of not being able to readily change your music, store anything like your keys, debit card, id, chapstick, tissue, hair bands etc. then get in line… behind me because I think I am the most tired of these things. More

Video: How NOT to workout in the gym!

By superadmin,

We alway tell you how you should try to workout but here is how NOT TO WORK OUT !

Funny, I hope I don’t look like this!!!!!

FITRadio DJ Dizzy K gets a MILLION listens!

By superadmin,

Gotta say congrats to DJ Dizzy K he made it to 1 milli…. LISTENS ON FITRADIO

Thank you to all our DJs for the great mixes you submit!!!!!!!

 

First Chalene Johnson & now Living Social?!

By superadmin,

 

If you consider yourself an avid FIT Radio listener, then you probably already “Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, our two most widely used and constantly updated Social Media avenues. The two places where you can see us post everything from the finished product of the promo video:

 

…to the exciting mention we got from self-made millionaire and Beach Body/ P90x partner-in-crime, Chalene Johnson:

(both of which we are super proud of and love when you share them with your friends 🙂 that wasn’t me being coy that was me blatantly trying to entice you to share, just bein’ honest)

So you can imagine our awe and excitement with the new year as Living Social adds us to their list of deals! The app is ready for the public and what better platform to launch with than the crazy, fun company that brings the party everywhere they go? Consider them that one friend you have that can always get “the hook-up.” For example: spending $18 instead of $36 on a 1 year premium subscription to a great music app to keep you and your posse moving all day long. Sounds to me like we could all use a friend or two like that 🙂 So spread the word and be the friend who gives the scoop on the best app you can buy for the new year!

http://www.livingsocial.com/cities/1697-atlanta_citywide/deals/561156-1-year-premium-subscription

 

SUPPORT THE INTERNET RADIO FAIRNESS ACT

By superadmin,

FIT Radio’s primary purpose is to provide our listeners with up-beat mixes that motivate
our users to keep moving in an energetic and positive direction. Currently, we at FIT
Radio ask our users to take just a few minutes to help keep us moving in a direction to
better serve those who enjoy our app and the artists that make our content so incredible
and unique. We respectfully ask our listeners to contact their representatives to
support the Internet Radio Fairness Act.
Ever since the Internet and music have crossed paths, this union has invited a stream of
contention and conversation between listeners, musical artists, music providers, and of
course, the federal government. This ongoing conversation primarily centers on how
music providers should compensate musical artists for playing their music. In other
words, the issue of how to handle royalties has dominated the discussion. Unfortunately,
these royalty stipulations placed on Internet radio (including FIT Radio) providers
hinders their ability to play the songs and artists you know and love. Even worse, the
rigors of royalties may prevent you from enjoying up-and-coming artists that FIT Radio
features.
Presently, royalty restrictions place discriminatory and outdated penalties on Internet
radio providers that somehow escape the satellite-based SiriusXM. For example, last
year alone, SiriusXM only had to pay 10 percent of their revenues to artists, while the
Internet-based Pandora shelled out a staggering 50 percent of their revenues to artists.
Yes, royalties took up half of Pandora’s revenues, and FIT Radio is under the same fire.
This glaring difference is solely due to outdated royalty laws. Changing these unfair laws
is not only crucial to our existence and your enjoyment of the music we play, such a
change is now finally possible.
All you have do to is take a few minutes to call, email, or even Tweet your representative
(insert name and link here) to support the Internet Radio Fairness Act. Doing so will not
only help us continue to create the mixes you enjoy, contacting [your representative] will
help aspiring talented artists to have their music heard.

 

Thank you all for listening and for your support,

 

FIT Radio

 
 
 
 
 

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