Nope. Telling you exactly what to eat is not teaching you the skills to be able to make healthy choices on your own. It’s nearly impossible to follow a plan perfectly anyway unless you enjoy carrying Tupperware containers with you to every holiday event, birthday party, wedding, date night, etc. You can not live and enjoy life if you’re a slave to a strict meal plan (which also verges on disordered eating).
Not at all! The whole #beastmode and #nopainnogain thing needs to die. If you can’t walk or get up and down stairs without crying, you’ve over extended. A little soreness is fine but a lack of soreness is NOT an indicator that you didn’t work hard.
Every body’s needs are specific to them. Your level of activity and climate matter too. A very general rule of thumb is to take half your body weight, divide by 2 and drink that many ounces. Additionally, your urine is a pretty solid indicator of hydration. Aim for pale yellow to clear.
Short answer? Probably not. A protein shake should be used as a supplement to your diet. IF you are having a hard time meeting your protein needs from whole foods, a clean protein shake may be a good option for you. If you’re in a busy season of life and have to choose between a clean protein shake on the go or fast food, opt for the shake. Be mindful of the ingredients. Anything with artificial dyes, chemicals and artificial sweeteners isn’t always a superior option.
Not even a little bit. Sweat belts make you sweat. Sweat is not fat. Sweat is your body’s way of cooling itself down. Fat burners simply increase your heart rate which tend to make you jittery which makes you sweat. Detox teas…why are these still a thing? Waist trainers can shrink your waist; to the detriment of your internal organs. Seriously, this is not a healthy long term strategy.
The one that works for YOU, longterm.
Nutrition, nutrition, nutrition. No amount of crunches will give you a 6 pack or that nice, tight midsection if your nutrition is not in check. Additionally, in order to see ‘abs’ or a defined tummy, you must shed the excess fat. No amount of crunches will yield a 6 pack if it’s covered in a layer of fat.
That depends. What are you deficient in? No one should blindly take supplements. I recommend having your basic levels tested by your doctor and first, seeing what, if any, deficiencies you have. From there, see where you can increase those levels with whole foods first. If you still need supplementation, find the cleanest option your budget allows.
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