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3 Workout Mistakes That Slow Metabolism

Mistake #1: You’re in an exercise rut
When you do the same activity day after day, week after week, your mind isn’t the only thing that gets bored—your muscles do, too. After a while your body stops being challenged and your results plateau.

Correct it: Change things up. Go for a hike on the weekend instead of doing your usual power walk. Find new strength moves that work the same muscles. Any little way to mix things up and challenge yourself with something new is a step in the right direction.

Mistake #2: You’re a slave to cardio
While aerobic exercise is good for your body and soul, if you don’t balance those workouts with some strength exercises, you’re not only compromising your results but missing a key component of health and fitness. Resistance training—weight lifting, or strength training—is the only way to increase lean muscle mass and lose stubborn bulges. That’s important on many levels, especially as we start to get older.

Starting in their 30s, women lose about 1/2 pound …
Vegetarian Diet: A Healthy Choice
The vegetarian diet is a healthy lifestyle followed by more than 4 million Americans. Compared to the general population, the typical vegetarian has a lower body mass index (BMI), lower cholesterol, reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, and reduced risk of coronary artery disease. Sound promising? Let WebMD point you toward some of the most nutritious and satisfying vegetarian foods.

Vegetarian Diet: Getting Started
There are many types of vegetarian diets. By definition, vegetarians do not eat meat, poultry, or fish. Some vegetarians eat eggs and milk products. Others eat dairy, but skip the eggs. Finally, vegans eat only plant foods. They do not eat anything derived from animals, including milk, eggs, and honey. Whichever path you choose, you’ll want to make protein, iron, calcium, zinc, and vitamin B12 a priority.

Pick Your Proteins
Meat protein contains all the essential amino acids the body needs, but vegetarian sources often don’t. To get the full rang…

Wholy Grain

“These cheerios are made of whole grain and will reduce your cholesterol”, “all the whole grain your kids need!”, “finally a cookie made of whole grain your child will love!”.

I’ve had it. I detest whole grain. Great corn and wheat industry, we understand you need us to feel good about munching on your sugary fattening products, but let’s be real here, they won’t make anyone less fat! It won’t reduce pounds of unwanted belly fat or improve our cholesterol. And it certainly won’t make us healthier.

People intuitively know that eating bread, pasta, potatoes, cereal etc tends to fatten us up. It also makes us more susceptible to type 2 diabetes. So in order to attract all of us who are concerned about health, the grain industry likes to tell us “no, it’s refined SUGAR and white flour that is bad, not whole grains”.

So what is whole grain? To be honest, I don’t know anymore cause the spongy bread seems to be labeled whole wheat for instance. I don’t see complete pieces of kernels in there…