Exercise Plans For Weight Loss

Trying to lose weight through increased activity alone is tough to do. To lose a pound in a week’s time – strictly through exercise – you’d need to burn up an extra 500 calories a day, above and beyond your current activity level.  That’s no small task.  You’d need to hike uphill for an hour with a 10-pound backpack or swim laps for 90 minutes – without stopping. Trying to lose weight only through increased activity – or only by cutting your calories – won’t be nearly as effective as a combination of diet and exercise.

Strength training can help to increase metabolic rate.  When people think ‘exercise’, they usually think aerobic exercise, like biking, swimming or jogging.  But strength training is important, too – in part because it helps to build lean body mass, which can bump up your metabolic rate and help offset the drop in calorie burn that takes place when you cut your calories.

The New 24 Fit Program provides a home exercise routine, combining metabolic and strength training workouts alongside a personalised nutrition program.

The  home exercise program was developed by Herbalife with the help of Robert Forster, a 2well-known physical therapist and performance specialist. Herbalife24FIT trains your body to burn fat instead of carbohydrates for more efficient energy usage. It makes you a “better butter burner.”

Tips On Healthy Eating For the New Year

Here’s something about a new year that drives us to wipe the slate clean, put our bad eating habits behind us, and start fresh.  We look back at the resolutions we managed to keep and those that eluded us, and we make promises to take better care of ourselves in the upcoming year.  I’m a big fan of resolutions – as long as they’re reasonable.  Resolutions don’t do you much good if they’re abandoned before Valentine’s Day.  You want to focus on the  healthy eating changes you can practice every day – since they’re more likely to stick with you –  and also on the ones that give you the most bang for your buck.  So here is my list of the top 10 best resolutions for a healthier 2012.

  1. Eat breakfast.  Breakfast eaters are more likely to maintain a healthy weight.  And breakfast will also help keep you clear-headed all morning.  Your brain needs fuel after an overnight fast.
  2. Move more.  Aside from your regular exercise, try to work more activity into your day.  Take the stairs, walk or bike to run errands, pace the floor while you’re on the phone, and walk to a co-worker’s office instead of e-mailing.
  3. Don’t eat in front of a screen.  Whether it’s a computer, TV or movie screen, when you’re eating in front of it, you’re not focusing on your food – you’re likely to end up eating more, and enjoying it less.
  4. Stop eating on the run.  This means eating in the car, when you’re walking down the street running errands, or while you’re getting dressed in the morning.  Take time to sit down, focus on your meal, and enjoy.
  5. Watch the liquid calories.  Unless your liquid is a meal in itself, fluids should be calorie-free as often as possible.  Get most of your calories from foods, not beverages – it’s one of the easiest ways to cut out excess calories.
  6. Stay hydrated.  Many of the body’s processes rely on water, but plenty of people don’t drink enough.  Keep water or tea near you and sip throughout the day.
  7. Include protein every time you eat. Protein satisfies hunger better than fats or carbs.  Have some at every meal, and grab foods like yogurt, nuts,  shakes or single-serve cans of tuna for snacks.
  8. Have a fruit or vegetable at every meal.  Fruits and veggies give you the most nutrition for the fewest calories.  And, they’re full of water and fiber, which means they fill you up – not out.
  9. Don’t skip meals.  Skipping meals rarely works as a calorie-control measure – you’ll just end up making up for it at the next meal.  Eating small meals and snacks every few hours is a better strategy.
  10. Pump some iron.  Strength training exercise burns calories, can perk up your mood, and it helps to keep your bones strong.  It also helps you build muscle mass which makes you stronger, and can ultimately increase your resting metabolic rate.

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

More Tips on Healthy Eating

Healthy Protein Shakes

A healthy, active lifestyle starts with achieving balanced nutrition

A balanced healthy nutrition plan is essential for providing our bodies with the nutrients required to make them function properly. Unfortunately, today’s busy, modern lifestyles mean we don’t always make healthy food and drink choices – so we often miss out on necessary nutrients. Processed food has often lost essential vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients, so it’s important we adopt good eating habits and use supplements when necessary.

Take Your Breakfast Shake – Don’t Skip

The Herbalife Formula 1 Nutritional Protein Shake  is the basis of the nutriton program. Be sure to mix 2 scoops in soy milk, juice or non-fat milk. Add 1-2 tablespoons of Herbalife Formula 3 Personalized Protein powder. You may also add some  fruit. Be sure to blend well and enjoy!  We will personalise your programme based on your height and weight and current diet. Together with the shake, take the Herbalife Formula 2 Multivitamin and Fibre and Herb supplements.  An additional fat loss enhancers is the Thermojteic beverage.