Step It Up

Let’s step it up. Move more. Burn more. Sweat more. Sit less. Feel good.

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  • Take the stairs
  • Park far away
  • Trade the car for the bike
  • Get a jump rope
  • Do the yard work
  • Jog with your dog
  • Laugh a lot
  • Wash your car
  • Play some ball
  • Clean the house
  • Play outside
  • Rearrange the furniture
  • Go for a hike
  • Sit up straight
  • Cook a meal
  • Just dance
  • Do the dishes
  • Walk the farmer’s market or grocery store

One Healthy Hamptons: ready, set, step it up!

 

Does Fat Make You Fat?

News flash: a low-fat diet can actually cause weight-gain, not a diet high in fat. So, what is fat anyway and why do we assume that fat is what makes us fat?

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Fat is a nutrient that our bodies need, in fact, about 30% of your daily calorie intake should come from fat. This may surprise you, but it’s true!

There’s a catch, though, sort of. We should be eating good quality fats, just like we should be eating good quality foods in general. That means no trans fats. Deal?

So, what are the healthy, good quality fats that we should be eating? Good question. Nuts and seeds, avocado, fatty fish like salmon, coconut, olive oil, unprocessed lean meat, flax, dark chocolate (yay!) and dairy. These healthy fats do not cause obesity, heart attacks, or high-cholesterol, but actually promote nutrient-absorption, raise immunity, and actually burn fat. Really!

Fat also makes us feel satisfied for longer. For example, adding a spoonful of nut butter to your apple or half an avocado to your eggs will make you feel more satisfied, help your body absorb the nutrients it needs, and ward of hunger longer. Win/win!

One Healthy Breakdown: do not fear the fat, eat the fat!

Best Metabolism Boosters

Image-1(5)Metabolism. We all have it. Some faster. Some slower. Metabolism is the rate at which we burn energy, aka the rate at which we burn calories. Though our individual metabolism is largely determined by our health and genetics, here are a few ways to boost metabolism…aka burn more calories…in less time. Aha, now you’re paying attention! Try these simple tips:

Hydration. How many times do I have to say it; drink up. Water, water, water! Sparkling water, lemon water, tea, and hydrating smoothies all count! Here’s how much water you really need.

Exercise. Move your body. While cardio definitely burns calories, strength training exercises boost metabolism for hours after the workout is complete. Also, the more muscle mass you have, the more calories your body burns. Find what you love, switch it up, and work those muscles. Varying your workouts also causes muscle confusion and prevents boredom and plateau.

FullSizeRenderSleep. The body can’t metabolize food effectively without adequate sleep. 8 hours, people. Read all about why you snooze, you lose here.

Eat. Yes, eating (and digesting) burns calories and boosts metabolism. Breakfast is key as it literally breaks the fast that our body undergoes overnight. Not only is it important to eat throughout the day, there are also quite a few foods that are known for their boosting power.

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Good Foods That Burn Fat

Whole foods carry a variety of nutritional benefits. It’s important to vary your diet (eat a rainbow!) to ensure you get a multitude of nutrients. If you’re looking to burn some extra fat, be sure to regularly include the following superfoods into your diet:

    • Lean protein
  • Whole grains (brown rice, oatmeal, etc.)
  • Nuts (especially almonds and walnuts)
  • Green tea
  • Berries (especially blueberries and raspberries)

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  • Eggs
  • Salmon
  • Hot peppers
  • Grapefruit
  • Quinoa
  • Cinnamon

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  • Watermelon
  • Coffee
  • Vinegar

One Healthy Breakdown: what’s better than eating to burn fat?!