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Can the Nutrisystem Diet Be Used With a Muscle Building Routine?

Published 2017-07-27 in Nutrition - 0 Comments

Most people who are looking to try the Nutrisystem diet are probably looking to lose weight, but there may be a few out there who want to build muscle while also dropping a few pounds. There’s nothing wrong with that, and Nutrisystem may be a good option for you if weight loss is your main goal, with the secondary goal of packing on some lean muscle.

While I would recommend staying on a diet like Nutrisystem for more than a month or two, it can be a good option for quick weight loss and could be just what you need to jumpstart your new diet and exercise program.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at what the diet is all about, what some of the testimonials have to say about it, and whether or not it’s something you should consider trying.

What is It?

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Nutrisystem is the most popular meal delivery diet in the world, and that’s because it produces some pretty amazing results for the people who stick with it. The basic principle revolves eating 6 portion-controlled meals over the course of the day. This

The basic principle revolves eating 6 portion-controlled meals over the course of the day. This helps you avoid the crash that comes with eating just a couple of huge meals a day. And because the meals are designed to help you lose weight, they are the exact right amounts to maximize your weight loss.

It costs about $300 per month, give or take. The plan goes up depending on what kinds of foods you want – they have some frozen options that are more expensive – and whether you’re a man or a woman.

Does Calorie Control Work with Muscle Building

This will probably be the main thing you will want to consider if you’re looking to start a weight-intensive workout program while on the Nutrisystem diet. I have tried the diet, and I am not entirely sure that it would provide enough fuel to power through these weight lifting workouts. For that reason, I would suggest trying a moderate workout while on the program, just to get a routine established, and then once you’ve reached your weight loss goals, you can ramp up the intensity of your workouts, while adding a few more calories to your diet.

What do the Reviews Say

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Overall, the reviews of the Nutrisystem diet tend to be very positive (read one here). That’s because it absolutely works if you follow correctly. That said, there are a few complaints that people have shared over the years, which include the following:

  • Food Isn’t That Good
  • It’s an Adjustment
  • The Price
  • Tough to Follow

Overall, I would say that Nutrisystem has an overwhelmingly positive rating, and has a long track record of success, though, so that is something to keep in mind if you’re going to try it.

Final Thoughts

Nutrisystem is worth trying if you’re looking for a proven diet that helps you get healthier and lose weight.

For those looking to gain muscle, it may not be the best option, though. I don’t think it would provide the fuel necessary to power through intense weight-lifting workouts, so you would probably be better off using it to reach your weight loss goals, and then starting that muscle building routine.

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Nutrition And Your Body

Published 2016-12-04 in Nutrition - 0 Comments
Nutrition

Nutrition can be a tricky conversation in the fitness industry because the point-of-view is often distorted by the concepts of protein-fat-carbohydrate percentages, required number of calories, specific weight loss, or food diet restrictions.  There seems to be more focus upon weight-loss versus fat-loss … and not understanding the reason “why”.

I understand that life is complicated enough without carrying a timer to tell you when to eat or an app to calculate your calories or sending your trainer your food journal of shame! IF the calorie-in and calorie-out theory worked … why is our culture struggling with weight issues?

nutrition-for-your-bodyMy strategy is to look at nutrition like life … some days are just better than others … but, when you adapt the philosophy of listening, adjusting, and reframing to your body’s messages of hunger, cravings, or feelings … you can make specific choices to support your body based upon science, not fads.

And this is the concept of nutrition for your body and mind … not your pant size.

Science reveals a body thrives in an alkaline state … and a body crumbles in an acid state. Pollution is pollution. Regardless if the pollution is the air you breathe, the water you drink, or the food you eat … your system is designed to thrive in clean air, water, and food.

How can you clean your system?

Choose the best nutrition for your mind and body … choose to nourish your body with a minimum of 7 hours of sleep each night … choose to hydrate your systems by drinking half your body weight in ounces of water each day … choose to create and maintain an alkaline body … choose relationships that nurture your mind and heart … choose to exercise at least 20 minutes each day.

Now is the time for you to be the best detective of nutrition for YOU and not because “the diet” worked for your best friend or the person on the infomercial … but because your body responded instantly to sleeping better, having increased energy, and gut inflammation was gone.

Did you know that your gut is your “second brain”?

nutritionLISTEN TO YOUR GUT! When your gut is healed … your mind is healed of depression, anxiety, and tension.  When your gut is healed your belly fat disappears and your body naturally drops the pounds and inches. When you gut is healed, disease no longer contributes to the aging process.  When your gut is healed, you have energy, clarity, and focus. When your gut is healed your sleep is restful.

The basics of nutrition is to fill your home with fresh vegetables and fruits, lean proteins, carbohydrates, and healthy fats. Be mindful that eating clean doesn’t necessarily mean you will lose weight or gain optimum health … not all healthy foods are healthy for you … so listen to your body.

Live strong within a pH balanced body and mind … keep nutrition simple and supportive of your personal well-being and health.

 

How to Not Stress?

Published 2016-12-04 in Stress - 0 Comments
Stress

How does one “not stress” with cost of living rising, school starting, holidays just around the corner, and constant money tension. Struggles with finances cause household budget cuts of “luxury items” such as fitness club memberships, spa treatments, and healthy foods. Unfortunately, this cycle of stress creates weight gain, lack of energy, anxiety, and depression.

Do mean a favor and stop seeking balance in a life that is always in constant motion of juggling family, jobs, finances, and schedules. Instead, create harmony and fluidity with five simple steps to reduce stress and increase your energy in just seven days!

Sleep enough

sleep-enoughFirst things first … sleep! Research shows sleeping at least 7-8 hours every night reduces weight gain, decreases cortisol naturally, and restores energy. Learn to turn off computers or televisions at least one hour before bedtime and begin a new evening routine of self-care. Try a hot shower or warm bath to wash away the stress of the day or simple stretches and breathing exercises to relax. Remember, staying up late to accomplish more “tasks” heightens the stress cycle and decreases productivity for the next day

Drink water when you wake up

Wake up with a cool, refreshing glass of water or perhaps a warm, soothing cup of lemon water is the next step. Bodies require rehydration first thing in the morning to improve metabolism, increase energy, and support bowel function. Add water therapy to your morning routine and subtract inches from the waistline! Although breakfast is consider a vital component to the morning routine, consuming 8-16 ounces of water first allows the body time to wake up and function properly. You will begin to notice how breakfast choices will improve naturally without enforcing strict diet rules.

Plan

Planning is critical step three. Typically 99% of the weekday schedules are the same, but that 1% variance can throw the entire day into a tailspin and create absolute chaos, irritation, frustration, and ultimately stress pushes personal wellness to the back of the line. Remember the Universal Law of Cause and Effect? Read this statement twice … “when I put myself last, I create internal stress and resentment”.

The most crucial step for eliminating stress in the mind and body is revealing emotional cravings. Ask all “why” questions … Why do I diet? Why do I crave sugar? Why do I feel Ask a friend to join you on this seven day adventure of “how to not stress”. Plan the week together, be accountable and supportive, and celebrate each daily success. Remember the five keys to increase energy and reduce stress are sleep, hydration, planning, fitness, and understanding the emotional “why”. Now is the time to stop feeling stressed and start feeling energized!

How Do I Stop Eating? Listen to Your Body and Eat Correctly

Published 2016-12-04 in Eat Correctly - 0 Comments
Eat Correctly

The first principle of “Natural Eating” is to “Eat when we are hungry”. This is also true to how do I stop eating principle. But because eating satisfies not just our physical needs as well as emotional needs, it can be hard to eat only when one is hungry.Therefore, you must find other ways to get that emotional satisfaction outside of comfort food, so you can stop habitual eating.Your reliance on food will diminish once other positive methods of dealing with emotional issues are put in place.You will know when you really need to eat when you’re hungry.

How do I stop eating?

How do I stop eatingWe will find out when your body really is hungry.Once this skill has been learned, we will be able to contrast actual physiological hunger with our desire to meet emotional needs.I notice that I experience hunger every two to three hours in generalI make sure that I eat as quickly as possible as soon as I realise Im hungry, which is pretty much right away

This involves listening to your body so you can feel the sensation of hunger.Ask yourself if you are actually hungry. Then allow time for the answer. This is the first step.Often we simply get involved in what we are doing at work, or with our families, or with other people and we don’t notice that we are hungry until we are ravenous.By this time, you have waited so long that you simply must eat immediately, no matter what you eat.Craving a sweet tooth usually leads to over-eating.

It is quite essential to tune your mind to remind you consciously as and when you feel hungry, until your body listens to you as a habit.Some suggestions are:

– An automatic notice on your computer that reminds you regularly

– A buzzer on your mobile phone (you won’t always be hungry you will get a chance to verify that)

Occupy yourself – don’t think about food

craving foodAnd now you know what it feels like to be really hungry.Also, if you start craving food when you’re in front of the refrigerator or cabinet when you’re not even hungry, try to occupy yourself with doing something else.One more time, wonder to yourself: “What’s my body really telling me; why is it craving food at this moment?” It’s very common for people to eat when they want comfort, because they are sad, or even because they are bored.Once you know why you’re really ‘hungry’, find something else to do besides eat.Some suggestions that work for me are:

  • Having a bath
  • Taking a stroll
  • Ringing a friend
  • Reading the newspaper
  • Uplifting music
  • Positive affirmations

These ideas give you something else to do instead of automatically reaching for food.Pamper and please yourself by doing some nice things which you like.You won’t think about food so much.