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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Day 2

Dayyyyum. Now, I have been working out for about 6 months, so honestly, I didn't think boot camp would hurt this much. But, dayyyum, I feel it in my sleep. It's not that the workouts are all that difficult but these are exercises I don't do regularly. They are working muscles in a way that I haven't. Therefore, my body is SORE and it's only the 2nd day!! At this moment, I don't even want to imagine having to sit by the end of the week, because it's taking a little will power as it is.

But if I'm honest, I have to admit…I love this feeling. This soreness is a constant reminder that I must be doing something right. Right? I guess we'll see in 6 weeks.

My day consist of waking up at 415 am.
I have a protein booster and an apple.
I get to the gym.
Run three laps around the building.
Core training.
Cool down.
Go home.
7am Breakfast. Plain oatmeal with cinnamon and bananas.
Snack. Fat Free Yogurt
Lunch. Salad (Ice berg lettuce, light feta cheese, almonds, celery, turkey, light vinaigrette).
Research and such.
530 pm. Dinner. Grilled Chicken breast, broccoli, brown rice.
Whatever else I need to do.
Get to bed by 1030 pm.

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We all know by now that working out is only half the process. You can work your butt off, but your butt won't go anywhere if you don't eat what you're supposed to. So  I've also been thinking about metabolism. I need to find foods that will boost it and nourish me. Well, it turns out that some of my favorite foods are FOODS THAT BOOST YOUR METABOLISM. Check these out. See which ones you intake and which ones you could easily add. Making sure you get the proper nutrients and vitamins can do wonders for your weight loss/maintenance and overall health.

Almonds’ essential fatty acids help raise your body’s metabolism. These healthy nuts are loaded with lots of essential nutrients. It is the best natural fat burning food. Therefore it is used for losing weight naturally as it has good fiber content. In addition to this, more fiber content helps in proper digestion as well as increases energy level. There are also some studies that say it benefits brain development and just don’t overdo it because they’re also very high in calories.

This is a low-calorie snack, high in fiber, which your body must burn calories to break down. Apples are one of the richest sources of flavonoids (helping in the prevention of heart disease and stroke). Apples are also a good source of many vitamins - especially vitamin C. Actually, eating 100 grams of apple everyday gets you about 1,500 milligrams worth of anti-oxidant properties. Plus, since apples help you stay full for longer, you’ll eat less.

Low in fat and packed with protein, beans keep you full for long durations, and your body must burn extra calories in order to process this fiber-rich food. The harder your body has to work to digest those calories, the less of them will be absorbed. The difference between a spoonful of sugar and a spoonful of beans is startling. In fact, if you'd like to reduce your calorie "price" by 10%, add an extra 14 grams of fiber. This means that if you eat 2,000 calories per day, and add 28 grams of fiber to your meals, those calories will only "count" as 1600. Cool!

Broccoli contains a highly effective metabolism-boosting team of nutrients: calcium and vitamin C. Calcium acts as a metabolic trigger, while vitamin C helps your body absorb more calcium.  Broccoli is not only beneficial to your metabolism but it aids your nervous system, blood pressure, bone health, repairs sun damage, your immune system,  prevents cancer, prevents age-related macular and cataracts (vision) and fights against heart disease!

A little bit of cinnamon can go a long way. Add some zing to your daily cup of tea with this tasty spice to help your body metabolize sugars more effectively and maintain steadier blood sugar levels. Cinnamon can also help  lower your cholesterol.

Coffee has caffeine, which does give you a boost. Just make sure that you don’t exceed 2 or 3 cups a day, or you risk a host of side effects, including irritability and jitters.

Curry increases the amount of calories your body burns and speeds up your metabolism.  Turmeric, often the main ingredient in curry that gives it the yellow or orange color, was said by medicinal herbalists to be a strong anti-inflammatory which cleans and restores the liver. As a result of its anti-inflammatory qualities, it is also helpful in treating arthritis.

This diet super fruit lowers the insulin levels in your body that trigger your system to store fat. Plus, it is rich in fiber, and your body must burn extra calories in order to break it down.

Green Tea is the main source of epigallocatechin gallate, known better as EGCG. This healthy catechin speeds up your brain and nervous system, causing your body to burn more calories.

The capcaisin found in jalapeno causes your body to burn extra calories for hours after you ingest them, speeding up both your heart rate and metabolism.

Because your body takes a long time to break down the fat-soluble fiber in oatmeal, this healthy food lowers your body’s insulin level and speeds up your metabolism as a result. Over 40 studies show that eating oatmeal may help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. According to Quaker, all it takes is 3/4 cup of oatmeal each day to help lower cholesterol. The soluble fiber in oats helps remove LDL or "bad" cholesterol, while maintaining the good cholesterol that your body needs.

One cup of spinach has nearly 20% of the RDA of dietary fiber, which aids in digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar, and curbs overeating. In addition to speeding up your metabolism, it’s a great source of antioxidants, magnesium, potassium, iron and vitamin C.

This protein-rich meat builds lean muscle tissue, which causes your body to burn extra calories and raises your metabolism.

The high levels of protein present in natural yogurt require a lot of energy to be processed. Plus, the pro-biotic cultures found in yogurt help regulate your digestive tract. Yogurt's got power-boosting protein and bone-building calcium. It can also help you lose weight and fend off a cold.  A cup of yogurt a day can help you recover faster after a workout.

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