Lifestyle

New Claims State That Water May Not Help You Lose Weight After All

When it comes to weight loss tips, one of the most followed is the idea that drinking more water will help you shed those pounds. Loads of fitness gurus and health experts have spoken out about how much good water does for our systems. Another very water specific statement has also been circulating the Internet, the idea that drinking cold water will help you increase your calorie burning rates. With all of this information out in the open for us, it should be a no-brainer to continue to add more water into our daily routine, especially for weight loss concerns.

However, Dr. Beth Kitchin – a nutritionist expert at the University of Alabama, has stepped forward against the notion that water has any effect on weight loss. Speaking directly with the Daily Mail, Dr. Kitchin stated that water is not the magic potion that will help you drop those pounds in a flash. In fact, she even states that there is not enough evidence to prove that drinking cold water will contribute to an increased caloric burn rates. So what does this all mean? It seems that Dr. Kitchin’s statements contradict some of the biggest published studies in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The journal states that drinking two cups of water 20-30 minutes before your meal can help you to lose weight by helping to suppress your appetite.

So what’s the final verdict? Although there may be many contradicting views on whether water can help us lose weight or not, there is no disputing how beneficial water is to our overall health.

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Food

An Easy & Light Summertime Pasta Salad Recipe

When it comes to summertime dinner plans, it always pays off to stick to a lighter dish. As a matter of fact, the easier the recipe is the better. No one wants to sweat inside of a hot kitchen when it’s already boiling outdoors. With the summer weather approaching quickly by, here at Healthiac, we decided to look into an easy to make salad recipe that takes only 25 minutes to prepare. This Broccoli Pasta Salad dish is the perfect dish for anyone looking to engage their taste buds without putting in copious amounts of work in the kitchen. After you’ve prepared the dish, you can save the leftovers in the fridge for the next two days.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups cooked bow-tie pasta
  • 7 sweet mini peppers (orange, yellow and red), diced
  • 1 head broccoli, chopped
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 3/4 to 1 cup three cheese ranch dressing
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • slivered almonds (optional)

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta until al dente, drain and rinse in warm water.
  2. Seed, then dice peppers, and chop broccoli into small bite size florets and pieces.
  3. In a large bowl, put peppers, broccoli, cranberries and pasta.
  4. Pour dressing over ingredients, and mix well until all ingredients are coated with the dressing.
  5. Cover and refrigerate at least two hours.
  6. Top with slivered almonds (optional) before serving.

Recipe courtesy of: walmart.com

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Exercise

This Squat Variation Will Have You Rocking Your Best Summer Body Yet

Is there really anything better than working out and seeing your body transform right before your very eyes? Ok, disregarding eating your favorite slice of pizza and pigging out in front of the TV with your Netflix queue, the effects of working out can have you feeling absolutely amazing about yourself and your life. For the past couple of years, workout focus has been extremely geared toward having a super round and toned behind. Whether it’s because of the Kim Kardashian obsession or the fact that all of us have realized that big booty’s really do rule, this new focus has shaped up some amazing workouts for us all.

Here’s a great variation on the basic squat that will have you feeling the burn in your lower body. This sumo squat move is easy, fun and will have you rocking a fab booty in those summer short shorts. To start the move off, grab a dumbbell with a weight that you feel comfortable using. Hold onto the heavy end of one side of the dumbbell and keep it parallel in front of you. Place your feet about twice as wide as shoulder width and point your toes outward. Push your hips back and lower your body down, making sure to bend your knees. Hold the position for a second and then push yourself back up to start. That entire movement counts as one rep.

In order to really feel the burn, perform the move for at least 2-3 sets of 10-15 reps.

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Lifestyle

Chia Seeds May Not Be The Superfood You Thought They Were

With the smoothie craze running rampant lately, it’s become no surprise that everybody has been going crazy over chia seeds. In fact, we’ve been seeing people toss in chia seeds into just about everything. The Internet has sworn to us that these tiny little seeds are filled with crazy amounts of nutrients, even deeming chia seeds a ‘superfood.’ But what if the Internet is wrong? It seems that a lot of the information we have available about chia seeds is not exactly scientifically backed up. In fact, it seems that a decent amount of the info has been overly exaggerated.

In one of the latest articles from Refinery 29, RDN and spokesperson for The Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, Kim Larson, spoke out about chia seeds and their actual benefits. “Much of the hype is really overblown for chia seeds. Very little research has been done on them.” There has, however, been one major study conducted on chia seeds back in 2012 when researchers had participants eat chia seeds every day for 10 weeks. The results showed very little for claims regarding blood pressure and lowered cholesterol. The researchers did note that what the chia seeds do have going for them is a significant amount of important fatty acids.

“I look at chia as a nutrient ‘booster’ — like all seeds,” says Larson. “They are easy to use, quick, and convenient, and they add a small hit of nutrition. When used consistently, that can add up.”

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Food

Test Out Your Cooking Skills With This Flavorful Chicken Parmesan Recipe

Your dinnertime dishes don’t have to be a lengthy and infuriating cooking process that cause you to faint from hunger in the midst of preparation. Dinner should be painless, delicious and super easy to make! That’s why we always look out for some of the best recipes that are not only easy but also jam packed with loads of flavor. Tonight for dinner, why not try out this amazing chicken parmesan recipe that will have you questioning your old way of preparing chicken parmesan. This recipe only takes 30 minutes to make and then you’ll be stuffing your face with this fantastic meal.

Ingredients:

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (1 pound)
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • basil for serving, if desired

Directions:

  1. Cut chicken in half horizontally. Pound each piece until ½ inch thick. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Add flour to a shallow dish.
  3. Add egg to a shallow bowl and whisk, set aside.
  4. Add breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese to a shallow bowl and mix to combine.
  5. Starting with the flour and ending with breadcrumbs, dip the chicken into the flour, egg and Parmesan breadcrumbs.
  6. Add oil to a large skillet.
  7. Add chicken two at a time to the skillet. Cook 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden grown and cooked all the way through.
  8. Place chicken in a pan or sheet tray and top with mozzarella cheese.
  9. Broil on high until melted and bubbly. Top with tomato sauce and a sprinkle of basil for serving, if desired. Serve immediately.

Recipe courtesy of: chefsavvy.com

 

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Exercise

Shed Those Last Few Pounds Before Slipping Into That Bikini

Looking to shed a few pounds before slipping into that teeny tiny bikini? In order to make the most of your workout routine in the next couple of weeks, you’re going to need some moves that will burn the fat right off your body. Lucky for you guys, we’ve found some of the best total body workout moves that will really help get your body into shape. Below we’ve included some amazing moves that will get you into tip-top shape for this summer season.

The first move is the knee push up. For this move, get your hands flat on the ground in front of you with your body supported by your knees. Make sure that your arms are shoulder width apart and that your elbows are in line with your chest. Pull your abs in tight and then bend down at your elbows. Lower your body down until your arms become parallel to the ground. Hold the move and then bring yourself back up to start. Repeat for a number of 15 reps.

The next move is the bent knee hip extension. For this move, you’re going to want to get on your hands and knees. Make sure that your knees and feet are hip width apart while keeping your hands under your shoulders. Keep your left arm and right knee on the ground while your lift up your right arm and left knee up. Hold the position and then switch sides. Repeat the move for 15 reps.

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Exercise

Get Your Plank On With These Intense Plank Jacks

When it comes to really getting your body into shape, there is no move more dreaded and yet more effective than the plank. However, as soon as many of us here the word plank we immediately get overwhelmed by thoughts of our body struggling to push through. We’re here to show you guys that the plank is actually a hugely effective workout move that will make you wonder why you ever avoided it in the first place. To start you guys off, we decided to show you how to perform this amazing plank jack move. This move will strengthen your abs and finally help you get rid of that annoying belly pouch that we all get frustrated with.

To start this move out, you’re going to want to get yourself into the plank position. In order to get into a plank position, place your arms directly under your shoulders, slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Keep your toes planted on the ground while squeezing your glutes to keep yourself in place. Next, jump your feet out to the sides. Make sure to keep your upper body still and in place. Now, jump your feet back together to the starting position. That entire move counts as one rep. In order to really feel the full effects of the workout you’ll want to perform the move for a number of 15 to 20 reps.

You’ll feel incredibly fit and in shape after participating in this fantastic workout move that will give you the abs you’ve always dreamed of.

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Exercise

Quit Procrastinating & Start Toning Your Abs For The Summer

Let’s get real here folks, summer is right around the corner, and if you haven’t been focusing on your summer workout routine then you better get started now. If you’re attempting to get started on your summer body right now, don’t feel discouraged. You can absolutely start to see results the sooner you start, after all, late is better than never. Today, we felt like really shifting focus onto the abdominals, since so many women seem to find this area to be the most difficult to lose weight in and tone.

One of the most overlooked workouts of the abdominals is the shoulder and knee taps move. What makes this movement so extraordinary is the fact that this move workouts your abs, obliques, lower back, and arms. To start, place yourself in the pushup position. Lift up your right hand and bring it over so that you tap yourself on your left shoulder. Bring your hand back down to the ground. Next, lift your left hand and tap yourself on the right shoulder. Bring your left hand back to the ground. Quickly, bend your left knee and bring it to your left elbow. Then bring your body back to the starting position. Repeat the movement with the other knee as well. Repeat this movement for a count of 10 -15 reps to really feel the burn throughout your body.

Incorporating this workout move into your daily routine will give you real amazing results fast.

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Food

This Strawberry Broccoli Salad Is The Perfect Summertime Dish

There is truly nothing better in this world than preparing healthy and satisfying meals for you and your loved ones. Eating clean will not only help you look better, but you will also begin to notice a huge difference in the way you feel. Filling our bodies up with vitamins and minerals is the best way to get them functioning their best. Today’s recipe discovery is a creamy strawberry and broccoli salad combination. While at first these two polar opposites could seem a bit odd combined, the flavors they create together are mouth watering. This salad is the perfect summertime dish if you’re looking for something super easy to make that will fill you up instantly! Follow along with the recipe to create this amazing salad for yourself.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups fresh broccoli florets (about 2 medium heads)
  • 1 lb strawberries, about 2 cups, sliced
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion

Ingredients for Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup lowfat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds

Directions:

  1. Grabbing a large bowl, combine the broccoli florets, strawberries, sliced almonds, feta cheese, and red onion.
  2. Next, create the dressing for the salad by grabbing a different bowl and placing the mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, sugar, salt, pepper, and poppy seeds all together. Whisk all of the ingredients together.
  3. Add the dressing to the salad and toss the salad so that the entire thing is coated. Place in the fridge to chill or serve right away!

Recipe courtesy of: learn.walmart.com

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Stress Management

The Telltale Signs You’re About To Have A Heat Stroke

Heat stroke is a serious and life-threatening problem, so it pays to understand the basic signs of what having a heat stroke feels like. Since we are in the middle of a scorching summer heat, it becomes very important to be aware of the heat stroke signs. Knowing these signs ahead of time could save your life or the life of someone around you.

One of the first and most easily detected signs is an incredibly high body temperature. Unlike heat exhaustion, where you temperature may hit around 102 degrees F, a heat stroke would send your temperature up to a dangerously high 105 degrees F. While your temperature rises you may begin to feel your face flush and your heart may begin to race as your body tries to cool you down.

The next serious sign is that you’ll begin to feel very confused and delirious. You may not be able to hold a conversation or even know where you are. After the confusion sets in, your organs may begin to shut off. A high temperature will cause the organs to start burning up as well, leading to organ failure. One of the first organs that will be affected is the kidneys, liver, the brain, and the heart. All of your most vital organs will be at risk if you are suffering from a heat stroke.

Finally, the last sign is nauseous. You may begin to feel incredibly fatigued and you may even begin vomiting. Heat stroke is a serious and life threatening problem, so if you feel a heat stroke coming on call 911 immediately.

 

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