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As a result of quitting belly workouts, the belly starts to pull down, so what is the best thing to do to get rid of this look?

Simply by regularly working out and tailoring your caloric intake! Once you stop working out, the elasticity of the muscle wears down and turns into a worn-out elastic band. As a matter of fact, the food consumption and calorie intake are usually not reduced and aligned with the calorie expenditure, when people stop working out, which leads to the concentration of the fat in the belly, thus altering the “center of gravity” of the body to the front, which also negatively affects the lower back and vertebrae curvature by putting excessive weight on it.

What are the best summer fruits for dieting?

Stay away from dates, grapes and mango. Eat fruits with different colors throughout the day in moderation and do not overeat, as any overindulgence of fruits and therefore calories will be converted into stubborn fat patches, which will deform your long aspired shape.

How can you avoid weight gain while PMSing?

PMS weight gain affects many women. It is a frustrating problem, but there are steps you can take to reduce or, in some instances, even avoid PMS weight gain.

You have to keep a close eye on your stress level during PMS, if you want to reduce or avoid PMS weight gain. Your hormonal shifts during the premenstrual phase of your cycle can cause your anxiety and stress level to skyrocket. When you feel stressed due to PMS, be sure to find a healthy outlet for that stress, such as meditation or Yoga. When you feel relaxed and you can sleep restfully, rather than fitfully, as so many women do during PMS, this sense of relaxation can help you maintain your emotional equilibrium and avoid PMS weight gain.

Don’t stop exercising during PMS. Many women make this mistake, and it can lead to PMS weight gain. They disrupt their usual exercise routine because they feel bloated, crampy, moody and uncomfortable. However, it’s crucially important to keep on exercising even when you don’t feel like it due to your PMS symptoms if you are hoping to avoid PMS weight gain. As a matter of fact, exercise will cause your body to release endorphins (happiness hormones), which will clear your state of mind and diminish your anxiety and stress levels.

Don’t succumb to cravings during PMS. The cravings for sugary or salty or fatty foods that you experience during PMS are all too real, and they can be very strong. Try your hardest to combat these PMS food cravings and stick to a healthy diet if you really want to avoid PMS weight gain. Make sure you are consuming enough foods that contain fiber and calcium, as these can help you combat cravings. The fiber in particular can fill you up, making you feel less hungry and less susceptible to cravings.

In order to prevent fluctuating blood glucose levels, it is better to eat small amounts at regular time intervals. Meals should never be skipped. Large amounts of refined sugar (sweets, cakes and biscuits) should be avoided.

Salt consumption should be kept to a minimum as salt converts the human body into a salt retentive organism

Caffeine found in coffee, tea, cola drinks and chocolate should be avoided or substituted by decaffeinated alternatives.

Dried or fresh fruits in addition to green leafy vegetables should be part of your daily nutrition plan. These fibrous vegetables and fruits will enhance estrogen excretion thus improving PMS symptoms.

Complex carbohydrates like pasta and brown rice should replace simple carbohydrates as they provide a steady flow of glucose throughout the day.

The choice of the protein source should be based on lean meat and omega-3- rich fish. Fish should be ingested at least twice during this time.

The diet should be rich in magnesium, zinc, iron, essential fatty acids, folic acid calcium and vitamins B, C and E.

Fine-tuning their intake will almost eliminate many of the PMS symptoms, associated with highly processed food which is usually vitamin- and mineral poor when compared to the  nutrient – packed alternatives.

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