There is beauty in fitness and strong women with feminine muscles. Our bodies are borrowed and we must take care of them so that they may take care of us. A finely tuned machine produces remarkable works. I am dedicated to an active lifestyle and healthy nutrition and here I share my journey with you. I hope you will join me in my crusade...
Morning Cardio for Optimal Fat Burn!
So why does morning cardio work so well, and why do it first thing in the morning? When you wake up in the morning, depending on when you last ate, you've gone through roughly a 7 to 12 hour fasting period, and your muscle glycogen stores at this point is either low or depleted. During exercise, glycogen is the first source of energy burned, and fat after that. So when your glycogen stores are low, it won't take a whole lot to burn it all, and quickly begin mobilizing your fat stores as energy. This is precisely why I highly recommend morning cardio. Studies have confirmed this. One study with 14 well trained cyclists tested the effects of training with low muscle glycogen on fat metabolism, and found that while training with low muscle glycogen reduced training intensity, it significantly enhanced fat oxidation.  Other studies have also found that maintaining an energy deficit after exercise had the most potent effect on lipid metabolism, as measured by a higher plasma triacylglycerol concentration, and increased plasma fatty acid mobilization and oxidation compared with when in nutrient balance. 
contribution by: How to Burn Belly Fat - BodybuildingForYou.com Newsletter #69
With so many wraps, corsets, fat burners, shakes and other "supplements" on the market today and each one hammering your media feeds, I just want to go on record by saying there is only ONE WAY TO FIT! EAT WELL AND EXERCISE.
I, like so many, struggle with weight gain, especially after the birth of my second baby girl. I lost the "baby weight" quickly, but I would LOVE to slim down another 10 LBS. It's just that my body (not me!) seems to be happy where I am. I haven't gained excessively and I exercise regularly (4-6 days per week on average). So here's the truth! There is no magic wrap. You can't tuck it all into a body sculpting corset every day (unless you don't value AIR like the rest of us) and there is no iron clad supplement regimen that can guarantee you'll achieve and maintain a fit, healthy body.
THE SECRET...well, there really is no secret. It just takes dedication, preparation, self-control and patience! I'm at about 50% pers…
Muffin top. Love handles. The slang makes it sound oh so adorable. But if you’re like most women over 40, this overspill of flesh is anything but that. In fact, belly fat ranks as your number-one biggest body complaint. Beyond making you cringe when you look in the mirror, belly fat is even more frightening on the inside, increasing your risk for heart disease, cancer and diabetes.Unfortunately, belly fat simply expands as we age. This is tied to an increased production of cortisol, the stress hormone. Combined with other hormonal factors such as low androgens, fat cells become inflamed and tissues expand to create fat where you want it least – around your middle. Called omentum, this blubbery tissue pumps out chemicals that keep you fat, creating a vicious cycle and potential health issues you can’t hide from, even with an oversized shirt.To conquer your over-40 belly once and for all, follow Dr. Oz’s easy 5-step plan:1. Eat in ReverseHow would you like to blast off belly fat by eati…
Parents. . .Eat Your Words!Are you pleased with your progress toward healthful nutrition and fitness habits, but frustrated with that of your children?Do you suspect that the lunches you send to school are traded or thrown away? Do you shudder at the sight of your pantry shelves displaying high-fat snacks and sugary cereals that you vowed you would never buy? Can you really win the battle against advertising, peer pressure and kids’ love affairs with sugar and fat?The Bad News and the Good NewsKids today are fatter and less fit than previous generations. The rates of childhood obesity began to level off around 2006, but are still high at around 16%. And research shows that overweight children are more likely to become overweight or obese adults. Being overweight as a child even puts youngsters at risk for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes at a young age.Food companies spend millions of dollars on television advertising to convince children that high-fat, high-sugar, processed…