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Beach Butt Brazilian Bikini Workout

The Best butt workout From LA Fitness and Living Healthy the official blog of LA Fitness

 

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Does high sodium cause high blood pressure?

ask our dietitian your question todaydoes sodium and salt affect your blood pressure or cause high blood pressure

 

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What is insulin resistance, how common is it and how is it diagnosed?

ask our dietitian your question todaywhat is insulin resistance and how is it diagnosed

 

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Your Weight Loss, Diet and Nutrition Guide To…FIBER

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Is protein fattening, or can I drink a protein smoothie every day?

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Your Weight Loss, Diet and Nutrition Guide To…VITAMINS

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Are potassium chloride salt substitutes good for you, and better than normal salt?

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I have been trying to add beans into my diet more, but why do they make me feel so bloated and distended in my belly? Is there anything I can do to remedy this?

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Your Weight Loss, Diet and Nutrition Guide To…FATS

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Your Weight Loss, Diet and Nutrition Guide To…Protein

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What is the hottest hot pepper, and could it really burn my mouth, or hurt my internal organs?

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I honestly don’t get this whole AMINO ACID thing. What are all the essential and nonessential AMINO ACIDS, and do we need them if they are nonessential and why are the ‘essential’ so, well, essential?

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Amino acids -  main structural chemical formulas

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Your Weight Loss, Diet and Nutrition Guide To…CARBS

 

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Is it okay if I only eat veggies and fruit and nothing else?

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What shakes or smoothies can help sustain me on my multiple work out days?

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I can’t lose my BELLY! Can you HELP me?

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Are beans considered protein, starches or vegetables in a balanced diet?

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Do you have any suggestions on small ways to increase the FIBER in my diet?

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I am a new member and new to the Living Healthy Blog, how can find the information I need for my diet and fitness goals for my new journey at LA Fitness?

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I am not seeing any changes in my body composition even though I am eating better and working out, what am I doing wrong?

ask our dietitian your question todaywork hard to lose weight and change body composition

 

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Surprising Information About Your Diet, Your Cholesterol Levels and Your Health

what you need to know about your diet and cholesterol

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Am I doing the right things with my diet and exercise to lose belly fat?

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What can I eat to cut sugar out of my diet?

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Does drinking soda cause kidney stones? If not, what does?

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What is the best alternative (to sugar) sweetener for coffee?

ask our dietitian your question todaywhat is the best sweetener for coffee by Living healthy and LA Fitness

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What should I eat to gain more muscle and weight?

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Is swallowing gum really bad for you, and is it true or myth that it takes years to digest? – Christoph L.

ask our dietitian your question todayis it bad to swallow your gum

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How can I reduce my cholesterol and triglyceride levels with diet and supplements?

ask our dietitian your question todaySaturated fats and trans fats are the main culprit in high cholesterol

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I have a lot of muscle tone throughout my body, but a bit of fat still in my stomach area. What foods can help me get rid of this stubborn belly fat?

ask our dietitian your question todayhow to lose belly fat at L A Fitness

 

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I lost 29 pounds eating 1600 calories per day. When will I stop losing weight at this calorie intake and should I start eating even less to continue my weight loss?

ask our dietitian your question todayshould i eat less to lose more weight

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Why do I crave chocolate and salt in the middle of the night?

why do i crave chocolate and salt

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I am having success losing weight, but could you to review my strategy to see if it is my best option?

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I get a lot of cramping in my legs, can increasing my potassium help?

ask our dietitian your question todaynot just bananas, tomatoes and potatoes are in potassium too

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I eat clean and do cardio, strength or intense interval training every day, why haven’t I lost weight, help?!

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What should I eat to lose weight?

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Do you have any suggestions for protein-rich snacks that aren’t nuts?

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Congratulations to Our 30th Anniversary T-Shirt Winners!

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The results are in! We asked you, our loyal Living Healthy readers, to leave a comment on our blog post for a chance to win an LA Fitness 30th Anniversary T-shirt and you did not disappoint! We sincerely appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts on our blog as well as your personal fitness experiences.

Congratulations to Frank, David, Jessica, Karrenann and Jacquelyn. Now, here’s what the winners had to say!

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I am underweight and want to have more muscle and definition, what can I do?

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Why does sodium intake affect my blood pressure?

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Is beef jerky good/healthy to eat?

ask our dietitian your question todayIs beef jerky healhty

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How can I lose my belly fat?

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Can I replace chicken, seafood or turkey with tofu to get my protein?

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‘Healthy’ Carbohydrates for Weight Loss – fact or fiction?

good carbs to lose weight

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These 6 Surprising Holiday Activities Could Help You Lose Weight

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It’s the time of year when we all seem to pack on a few extra pounds. After all, the rich desserts and calorie heavy meals most of us are surrounded by are practically unavoidable, and it’s so easy to submit to the idea that you will simply rededicate yourself once the New Year rolls around. This is a recipe for disaster.

But there is hope…

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This Could be Your Fitness Answer to Surving Holiday Buffets and Potlucks

Holiday Diet

 

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These Simple Ingredients Could be Your Answer to a Healthier Holiday Season

 

Holiday spices

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Which type of dairy products are the healthiest: Non-Fat or Full-Fat?

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My life is hectic. Can you give me a ‘plan of action’ to help me lose 45 pounds?

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Do I have to do more than workout 3 times a week and avoid alcohol and snacks to lose weight?

ask our dietitian your question todayAvoid alcohol beverages and snacks to lose weight and get lean

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I don’t like vegetables, so what healthy meals and shakes should I have to lose 40 pounds?

ask our dietitian your question todayhow to lose weight if you hate vegetables

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I have been exercising three times a week for several months, so why am I not losing weight?

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Should I drink my whey protein shake after my strength training, but before my cardio?

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What is the best way to incorporate bread, cheese and salads into 3 main meals for vegetarians?

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What is the best diet to follow for people with reactive hypoglycemia?

ask our dietitian your question todayorange juice and hypoglycemia

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Should I start drinking red wine to help me lower my cholesterol? Does red wine help your blood pressure?

ask our dietitian your question todaydrinking red wine for your health

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What are the best food groups to eat throughout the day to lose weight?

ask our dietitian your question todayhow to eat to lose 20 pounds

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5 Surprising Foods Full of Hidden Sugar

hidden sugar in foods

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I went gluten-free and gained a lot of weight, what am I doing wrong?

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Will intermittent fasting help me lose weight?

ask our dietitian your question todayStrict diet

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Tailgating Revisited, 9 Delicious and Healthy Options for Football Sunday!

tailgating revisited 2014 nfl football season

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Is there a way for me to go back to a vegetarian diet safely, and without gaining weight?

ask our dietitian your question todayQuinoa and Black bean burger healhty living dinner

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Why am I gaining weight on a no-carb diet?

ask our dietitian your question todaymy no carb diet isn't working

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How can I LOSE WEIGHT and GAIN MUSCLE?

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Why don’t I feel full after a 600 calorie meal?

ask our dietitian your question todaydefeat hunger with proper nutrition

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What diet and exercise combination is the best way to lose weight?

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How can I tell if food is high in saturated fat, and will unsaturated fat help me lose weight?

ask our dietitian your question todaylearn how to read food labels to find out unsaturated fat and other nutrients

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I am confused about Carbs, Fat, and Protein intake to lose weight. Everyone says something different, what is the right amount of each for weight loss?

ask our dietitian your question todaybalance your carbs, fat and protein to lose weight

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Can nutrition help me with my thyroid and weight loss issues?

ask our dietitian your question todayDiet nutrition and your thyroid

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How can I gain weight in muscle, not fat?

ask our dietitian your question todaygain muscle not fat

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Is the Macronutrient Distribution Diet the BEST for WEIGHT LOSS?

ask our dietitian your question todaybest diet weight loss and to lose body fat diet

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SNACK SMARTER THIS SCHOOL YEAR!

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This article was contributed by Debbie M., MS, RD – 

It’s not just the kids and teachers heading back to school that need to pay attention and make sure that they are eating healthy snacks during the day. Many people are grabbing the wrong things to manage hunger outside of mealtimes.

Snack  noun \ˈsnak\ : a small amount of food eaten between meals

Look at the definition of “snack” above and you’ll see that volume and timing are mentioned, not content. No wonder so many people are clueless about what to snack on! Read on to find out what to pack in your work, school or gym bag.

Snacks only need to comprise 1-3 elements: a balance of protein, carbohydrates and fat — the 3 macronutrients. This is much less than the 4-5 elements food groups required for a square meal. This is because protein slows digestion, carbohydrates provide fuel and fat is satisfying. Having all three present in your snack means stable energy until the next meal, which means you have chosen and “A+” snack.

What is the best afternoon snack to curb hunger?

You can start with any one food group you like – fruit, starch, meats, vegetables, dairy or fat. Then add another item that fills any macronutrient gaps. Some things, like soybeans (edamame) or low-fat fruited Greek yogurt don’t need this macronutrient pairing because they are well-balanced by themselves. Here are some great examples of combinations that make the grade:

  • Oranges + peanuts
  • Wheat crackers + tuna salad
  • Half a turkey sandwich with avocado
  • Hard cooked egg + pretzels
  • Celery and carrot sticks + hummus
  • V-8 juice + string cheese
  • Cottage cheese + pineapple
  • Low-fat milk + protein powder
  • Almonds + banana

If you’ve forgotten your homework and didn’t pack a snack, you can still grab a small 1-2 ounce protein bar from a convenience store, a cup of soup from a deli counter, or a single street taco at a fast-casual restaurant. As a last resort from a drive through (detention for you!), select a snack wrap or fruit and yogurt parfait.

 

Don’t forget that portion matters! Keep it small, which is about a handful total to give a visual idea of a proper portion. This is about one cup. If you want to look at it from the perspective of calories, then somewhere in the 100-200 calorie range for women and 150-300 calorie range for men is suitable.

15 Energy Sustaining Snacks for When You’re on the Go!

 

Considerations:

  • True, sugar and caffeine give you energy, but only temporarily. Sorry, candy bars and coffee get a failing grade here!
  • You can’t eat what you don’t have. So shop and prepare options in advance.
  • Convenience and portability matter. A shelf-stable package or individually portioned container can make the difference of a snack eaten instead of skipped. Skipping a snack could lead to overeating later in the day.
  • Snacks are a great time to fit in some elements that you don’t get at your meals. Perhaps some vegetables or a serving of dairy?
  • Let hunger be your guide. Waiting until you’re “starving” means going straight for the junk. On the flip side, don’t force yourself to eat just because “it’s time.”

RECESS! Timing is important to the concept of snacking. Ideally, a snack would fit in the midpoint of the break between meals. If your meals are tightly spaced 3-4 hours apart, there may not even be a need for snacks. Conversely, you may want to increase the size of your snack if there will be an extended time before your next meal.

Now you have no excuse (though, the dog really can eat it) to have a healthy snack.  Feel free to share other great snack ideas in the comments section below!

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Will you lose weight if you replace some meals with protein shakes?

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How can you lose the last 15 pounds in your midsection?

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