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5 Ways to Fight Sugar Cravings

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 5 Ways to Fight Sugar Cravings Have you found yourself craving sugary treats lately? You are not alone. Did you know that sugar affects the brain the same way as addictive drugs? In a recent study , scientists found that sugar impacts the decision-making process similar to drug use. We all know that sugar is not the best way to fuel our bodies, but how can we fight the urge to reach for that sugary treat? Read on to learn five ways to curb your sugar cravings. #1 Be Prepared Sugar cravings can appear when there is a dip in blood sugar. If you have gone too long between meals or you perhaps enjoyed something sweet, such as a donut for breakfast, you might find yourself desiring another delectable treat. Having nutritious treats and meals readily available will help decrease the urge to derail fueling your body the best way possible. One of my favorite sugar combating snacks is low-fat cottage cheese and a few fresh blueberries. Cottage cheese has approximately 13 grams of protein per s

Start Losing Body Fat Today | MT Girl Fitness

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Start Losing Body Fat Today with These 5 Tips If you are like me, you were not born with those amazing genes that allow you to eat whatever you like and workout when you feel like it. Instead, you know you need to put in the work and dedication to see a change. Losing body fat is a marathon, not a sprint when wanting to change your body composition. It takes time, patience, and consistency. I have put together my top 5 tips to start burning body fat today. What is Body Fat? Body fat is key for proper body functioning, but not all types are created equal. Body fat can be broken into three categories that include essential, reserve, and storage. Essential fat is vital for proper body and reproduction functioning, reserve body fat includes fat that is available as an energy source, and excessive storage body fat is harmful to a person's health. The location and amount of where body fat is stored vary from person to person due to multiple factors such as age, gender, activity level, an

Watermelon and Feta Salad

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I can't take all the accolades for this refreshing salad. My mom and I recently wanted to try something new and made this delightful concoction. I hope you enjoy! Watermelon and Feta Salad Recipe Ingredients  3 cups ripe watermelon chunks 1/4 cup fresh sliced basil 1/4 cup feta cheese crumbles Balsamic Glaze drizzle Directions Place the watermelon first on the plate. Sprinkle basil and feta over top of watermelon. Finish this tasty dish with Balsamic Glaze drizzle with your desired amount. 

Decrease Stress Fast With These 3 Easy Tips | MT Girl Fitness

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Feeling Stressed? You Are Not Alone. Decrease Stress Fast With These 3 Easy Tips Everyone encounters stress, which manifests as tension that your body experiences either physically, mentally, or emotionally. Stress often has a negative connotation, but not all stress is bad. It can be beneficial as it triggers the body's fight or flight response. This response keeps us more attentive and motivated. However, if the body remains in this response for too long, chronic stress can begin to be detrimental to your health. A few signs that may indicate you are experiencing chronic stress include headaches, problems staying or falling asleep, aches and pains, exhaustion, stomach/digestive issues, and increased heart rate. Start to decrease stress fast with the tips located below. Tip #1 Exercise Exercise is beneficial for multiple reasons. In addition to improving our cardiovascular health, it is also a great stress reliever. Regular exercise causes a release in endorphins that help to decr

Too Busy for Fitness? Not With This Workout | MT Girl Fitness

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Fit Fitness Into Any Busy Schedule With Tabata Do you have a busy schedule that doesn't leave much extra time? Are you a busy parent that barely has a minute to yourself? Tabata might be your solution.  What is Tabata? Tabata is high-intensity interval training that is scientifically proven to burn calories faster and can be done in as little as twenty minutes. It focuses on eight rounds including twenty seconds of work and a ten-second rest. Each Tabata round is four minutes long and includes a one minute break following each round. Participants strive for complete exertion during each round.    Tabata Creator & Initial Experiment The Tabata Protocol was credited to Izumi Tabata, who is the Dean of Ritsumeikan University Graduate School of Sport and Health Science in Japan. In Tabata's original research, his team focused on two experiments centered on measuring VO2 max while using a mechanically braked cycle ergometer. Tabata compared moderate-intensity training and high-i