Archive | April 2016

Importance of Hydration during a Workout

Herbalife fitness expert Samantha Clayton reinforces the importance of proper hydration before, during and after a workout.

Many people hate interrupting their workout routine with unscheduled bathroom breaks so they opt to drink liquids after the gym. Without adequate hydration during your workout, dehydration can set in. Try going to the restroom before your workout out to prevent interruptions and drink fluids through out.

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Do the foods you eat affect your skin?

A nutritious, well-balanced diet plays a role in supporting your overall wellness but, there are certain nutrients that can be beneficial to your skin. In this video, Susan Bowerman shares what foods can have a positive—and negative—impact on your skin’s appearance.

The first thing to note is that a well-balanced diet can help you achieve healthy, glowing skin. Proteins, fats and carbohydrates from the right sources can help support healthy skin. Foods with Vitamins A, C, and E can also support skin health. Things like fruits, veggies, and grains can provide those types of nutrients.

On the other hand, some people believe fatty foods like chocolate and pizza can lead to the appearance of bad skin like breakouts and pimples. While there’s no evidence that these specific foods have a negative impact on your skin’s look, if your diet contains a lot of fatty foods and is not well balanced it can lead to skin issues. So refined carbohydrates and foods that have a lot of sugar can promote bad skin leading to breakouts and pimples.

This doesn’t mean that all carbohydrates are bad for the skin. In fact, your skin needs carbohydrates because those skin cells need energy which is provided by carbs. The key piece of advice is to get energy from the right carbohydrate sources like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

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How can sports drinks assist in your Hydration?

Sports drinks can help hydrate and fuel you during your workouts—but what is in them that provides this help? In this video Susan Bowerman MS, RD, CSSD, FAND, discusses the key ingredients in most sports drinks that help your performance.

The majority of sports drinks are water based. Water is one of the primary elements that can help keep you hydrated.

The second main ingredient in sports drinks is carbohydrate, usually in the form of a specialized sugar. Now, that sugar is there for a number of reasons. One, the carbohydrate helps to keep you muscles fueled as you exercise. Two, it helps you to maintain your blood sugar during workouts. And lastly, it gives the sports drink a sweet taste, which encourages you to drink more.

There’s another important ingredient in most sports drinks: electrolytes. Electrolytes consist of minerals like sodium and potassium. These guys are there to help support your working muscles and to replenish the minerals you lose as you sweat.

Many sports drinks also include vitamins, like vitamin C and E which act as antioxidants. These are there because you body goes through some oxidant stress when you’re breathing and exercising hard. Some sports drinks also contain vitamin B which helps you metabolize the carbs that are fueling your muscles.

The bottom line is that these sports drinks are designed to help you stay hydrated during your workout and performance at your best.

 

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Small changes can add up to big losses by Susan Bowerman, MS, RD, CSSD, FAND

blogmarch29_Meal Salad_SmallIt’s amazing how just a handful of small changes to everyday habits can add up to big rewards.  I’ve mentioned before that when someone tells me they’re ready for a major diet and lifestyle overhaul, I usually tell them to proceed with caution. There are a couple of reasons for this. For one thing, when you try to make too many changes at once, you run the risk of …if you’ll excuse the pun… biting off more than you can chew. And, I think that once you’re successful at making a change – no matter how small – it gives you the confidence to keep going, and to keep chipping away at new challenges.  On top of that, just a handful of small changes to your everyday habits can add up to bigger reward than you might think. 

Here’s a way to look at it.  Think of the changes you’re going to make in your lifestyle as aninvestment.  You could rely on an aggressive strategy that might give you quick rewards – but there’s also a high risk that it won’t.  On the other hand, you could ‘diversify’ – and use blend of strategies that are more likely to give you the results you’re after, even though it may take a little longer.  So when you’re investing in your health for the long term, slow and steady usually wins the race.

When you take a closer look at the foods you routinely eat – and your everyday exercise patterns –  it’s amazing how a little fine tuning can add up to big rewards. Here are some recent changes I worked out with a patient of mine – enough to lead to the loss of 60 pounds in a year:

  • Add 20 extra minutes to daily exercise – it could be an additional 20 minutes of brisk walking in the morning, or a second walk later in the day.  The extra 100 calories burned per day could mean 10 pounds lighter at the end of a year.
  • If your usual breakfast five days a week is a coffee drink and a bagel with cream cheese, a switch to a protein shake will shave off about 250 calories a day – enough to drop more than 18 pounds in a year.
  • A healthy habit of eating salad about 7 times a week is a bit counterproductive if the greens are drenched in dressing.  Reducing the amount of salad dressing from three tablespoons to one will lead to savings of more than 1000 calories a week – and the loss of about 16 pounds in a year.
  • About three times a week, instead of having a candy bar as an afternoon pick-me-up, have a small protein bar and a cup of tea instead. You could be cutting as much as 600 calories a week – enough to shed nearly 9 pounds in a year.
  • Sandwiches are eaten 5 times a week on average and always include a slice of cheese.  Lose the cheese and replace with veggies, and save 500 calories a week.  Another 7 pounds could be lost in a year with this one change.
  • Dessert is eaten six times a week – usually cookies or ice cream, to the tune of about 200 calories.  Swap for a piece of fruit, and cut enough calories to lose another 10 pounds in a year.

Written by Susan Bowerman, MS, RD, CSSD. Susan is a paid consultant for Herbalife.

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