Could CLA be the magic pill you’ve been looking for?

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Everyday someone asks me if there is anything they can do to target fat loss in certain body parts, more specifically their stomach. While its pretty hard to get away from the body type we were given, there are a few things we can do to help. As a nutrition consultant I always advocate a healthy diet made up of clean foods, but studies do show that there is one supplement that could actually be your secret weapon again weight gain, heart disease, and cancer!

“The most popular supplement for losing belly fat seems to be CLA or conjugated linoleic acid. CLA is something that should be prevalent in the foods we eat (in meat and dairy that is) but because animals or cows eat mostly grains rather than grass, they don’t make much CLA anymore, therefore there isn’t much in our diets either.”

“CLA has been proven to have many benefits. “A study published by Web MD showed that overweight women were able to lose nine percent of their total body fat in one year while taking CLA.” The most amazing part is that these women didn’t change their diet or exercise habits.

“Some of the most known suggested benefits of CLA supplementation include increased metabolic rate, enhanced muscle growth, lowers cholesterol and triglycerides, lowers insulin resistance, reduces food-induced allergic reactions, and enhances the immune system.”

“Supplementing with CLA may also increase how fast fat is broken down into fat cells and it may reduce the total number of fat cells in our bodies. CLA assists in the use of body fat as a source of energy, and appears to prevent the decrease in metabolic rate usually associated with a decrease in caloric consumption. The benefits of CLA for fat-loss is that it assists in the metabolism of stored body fat for fuel, and it prevents the metabolism from slowing down while on a diet.”

If you are going to use CLA the amount is important. Use one that is at least 90% CLA-which will be stated on the label-and take at least 3000mg (or 3 capsules) a day with food. CLA does take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to start seeing results, but it is definitely worth the wait!

TheFittChick Weighs in on Valentine’s Day…

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Whether you’re single or taken this Valentine’s Day, you’re bound to be bombarded with chocolate and candy. From the office candy jar or a gift from a loved one, you will be tempted by something sweet. Unfortunately, Valentine’s Day is just another holiday centered on food. Fortunately, this isn’t your first valentines day and you are aware of the treats that will tempt you.

Chances are that many of you are reading this with a box of chocolate sitting on your desk or in your house right now. After all, candy is the second most commonly received Valentine’s Day gift. A serving of Valentine’s Day chocolate is only 2 little pieces, but caving in and eating most of the box will set you back close to 1400 calories. That’s enough calories to fill an entire day! When it comes to chocolate, darker is better. That is because really dark chocolate has less sugar and fat and more protein than lighter shades. Some even say consumption of dark chocolate might have a positive effect on your metabolism.

Valentine’s Day can be a very difficult time to stick to your diet if you are not prepared. By following a few FittChick tips and being prepared, you can enjoy February 14th without ruining your diet! The key is to not overdo it and undo all the good you’ve worked for with your healthy diet and exercise.

The best way to prevent weight gain is to know the nutritional info of your favorite Valentine’s Day treats before your tempted to waste calories on them. Check out the link below from FitSugar, and you may be able to get past this holiday without adding on any unwanted pounds!

http://www.fitsugar.com/Calories-Valentines-Day-Candy-7312644

Common Breakfast Mistakes That Cause Weight Gain…

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but there are a few things you may be doing that could derail your diet. The average American breakfast is so un-balanced it will lead to weight gain, a mid-morning energy crash, and cravings for sweet foods.

1. Skipping breakfast may be worse then actually eating something high in fat and calories. Eating nothing can cause your metabolism to slow down, and studies show breakfast eaters are more likely to maintain a healthy weight and make better food choices throughout the day.

2. You don’t have to give up your morning coffee, it’s what you put in your coffee that can make the pounds add up. Sugar, flavored syrups, half-and-half, and milk can turn a simple cup of coffee into more calories then in an entire meal. If you can slowly make your coffee a little less sweet or creamy everyday , you may see weight loss results quickly.

3. You may think a glass of OJ with breakfast is a great way to start your day, but most store-bought varieties are packed with sugar. A healthy version of OJ is about as much as you can squeeze from one orange, which is only about 2 gulps. A better idea is to actually eat an orange. That way you get the vitamins and minerals of the juice, along with the fiber that can help keep you full till your next meal.

4. Don’t rely on breakfast bars. Granola bars, protein bars, breakfast bars are easy and quick, but many of them have as many calories as dessert! Most bars are just candy bars or cookies in disguise.

5. Donuts, muffins, french toast, and waffles taste amazing, but they are likely to cause a spike in blood sugar, followed by a low-energy crash, which can leave you hungry and irritable.

6. One of the most common breakfast mistakes is to only eat carbohydrates. Unless we add protein, we will have cravings before lunchtime, and are likely to then add more calories to our morning with more unneeded calories.

7. Thinking cereal is healthy is one of the biggest myths we need to change. Even though it says low-fat and good for your heart, that’s all marketing. Cereal is high in sugar and salt, and very few people are able to eat less then two or three servings to feel full.

5 Breakfast choices to avoid…
1. a large bowl of cereal with reduced fat milk
2. just a piece of fruit
3. just a tall glass of orange juice
4. just a flavored coffee
5. a donut, muffin, or bagel

A FittChick “approved” breakfast would be filled with lean protein and a healthy carbohydrate. Switch up a few of your breakfast habits and the pounds may be falling off in no time!

Are You Ready For Some Football…

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Did you know Superbowl Sunday is the second largest food consumption day of the year after Thanksgiving? The average American will consume 1200 calories from snacking alone while watching the big game! Whether you’re actually going for the football or just to hang with your friends, chances are you have a party to go to!

“According to NPD Group, a New York market research firm, on Super Bowl Sunday Americans will eat 100 million pounds of chicken wings, 71.4 million pounds of avocados, 45. 8 million pounds of potato chips, 43.2 million pounds of tortilla chips, 13. 2 million pounds of pretzels, and order more than 4.4 million pizzas from Domino’s, Papa Johns and Pizza Hut.”

There is no way around the fact that Super Bowl parties present diet challenges! Follow these FittChick tips and hopefully you can stay on track!

FittChick Do’s…

1. Start the weekend off right by eating healthy and getting in your workouts!
2. Don’t starve yourself the day of the party, that will only make you overeat later.
3. Eat a small meal before you go, which can help prevent overindulging on junk food.
4. Plan ahead and bring a healthy food choice such as a veggie platter with low-fat dips, shrimp cocktail, or a huge salad loaded with lean protein.
5. Control your portions! Try and sit away from the food to prevent mindless eating.
6. Choose guacamole over full-fat dips. It’s loaded with nutrients and good fat to fill you up.
7. Don’t drink away your calories! Drink water or other zero calorie liquids, and limit your alcohol intake to just a few.

FittChick Don’ts…

1. Buffalo Wings are not only deep-fried but can pack nearly 1,700 calories and 50 grams of fat per serving…and that’s before the blue cheese dressing
2. The typical 7-layer dip weighs in a 700 calories and 80grams of fat per serving…and that’s before the chips!
3. Stay away from the candy. If you load up on candy and chocolate you are just wasting empty calories on a treat that’s missing fiber and protein that will keep you full.
4. Nachos can be over 1,000 calories per serving with 107 grams of fat.

Use these FittChick tips and hopefully you can enjoy the game without risking your waistline! TheFittChick will be bringing my own huge salad with shrimp so I am not tempted by the food, and will also be bringing my protein dip as an appetizer so I have veggies and dip to munch on! Check out this link to my Protein Dip…http://www.thefittchick.com/#!thefittfactory/c163
It tastes so good, no one will know it’s not the real thing!