Weight Loss Strategies

Five Love Handle Melting Foods

Posted by on March 8, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Everyone is looking for a little edge when it comes to burning body fat. Are there any special exercises that I can perform to burn more fat? Or are there any specific foods I can eat to help burn more fat, and the answer is yes! We’re going to discuss 5 awesome foods that will actually help boost your metabolism and the amount of fat your body is burning.  Don’t forget, your diet accounts for up to 80% of the success of your results! But unfortunately, healthy nutrition is one of the number one things we struggle with when trying to optimize the effectiveness of our workout regimen.  So without further ado, let’s get started!

Food #1: Berries

Berries are packed with nutrients like fiber, antioxidants, and essential fat burning vitamins. This fruit makes a great substitute as a healthy snack.  I’d recommend having berries with a lean protein source, such as skim milk, to keep your muscles in a metabolic state (fat burning).

Food #2: Almonds

Raw almonds are one of the best natural sources for magnesium, another essential nutrient our body uses to regulate energy and activate fat burning hormones.  A small handful of almonds makes a great satisfying snack in between meals. They are also a great source of healthy fat, if you did not already know, our bodies must consume healthy fats in order to decrease overall body fat.

Food #3: Egg Whites

Eggs are nature’s most absorbable form of protein that contains vitamin B12, known for its energy producing qualities. B12 also contributes to an immediate increase in the body’s thermo genic activity. The protein in egg whites is second to none when it comes to one of the best protein sources which is critical to maintaining optimal muscle health.

Food #4: Greens

Greens such as spinach, broccoli, celery, lettuce, kale are all solid choices as they are negative calorie foods. Negative calorie means that your body will actually expend more energy digesting these foods than are actually contained within them. The value of eating foods like greens is the increased metabolism to compensate for the extra calories you consumed eating the food. Not to mention, veggies are packed with tons of essential vitamins.

Food #5 Grapefruit

Researchers have confirmed that by just adding either grapefruit or grapefruit juice to your diet, will result in weight loss. The amazing grapefruit has a high fiber content and a very low glycemic load, which both help to contribute to its amazing appetite curbing abilities.  Researchers are also suggesting that there is a positive physiological link in grapefruit and insulin, in relation to weight management.

There you go, five healthy foods that are great for helping you to shed the dreaded love handles! Next time you go food shopping, remember to pick up a few of the above foods to help you to burn your unwanted body fat!

Best for Weight Loss — Cardio or Strength Training?

Posted by on September 9, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Weight LossCardio enthusiasts often mistakenly believe that duration training using cardiovascular equipment is the ideal solution for weight loss, at the expense of doing very little strength training. You frequently see these same members that have been visiting their fitness centers regularly for many months, getting on the treadmill or elliptical almost daily, and yet they look exactly the same as they did when they first joined!

Difference between Cardio and Strength Training for Weight Loss

At The Gym, we don’t want the above to be you! So let’s discuss the difference between cardiovascular and strength training for weight loss. To be perfectly clear, our Members should be including both cardio and strength training in their training regimen.  Strength training can be intimidating for New Members, but without weight bearing exercise, you’re severely limiting your weight loss potential. Unless your cardio consists of a High Intensity Interval Training program, your caloric burn essentially comes to a screeching halt after you complete your cardio workout. However, weight training is easily the fastest metabolism booster since your body continues to burn additional calories for up to 48 hours, even after completing your strength workout!

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Welcome to our New Site!

Posted by on August 21, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Welcome to the new The Gym at Elkins Park website!

We will be writing about a variety of informative topics to help you achieve your health, weight management, and fitness goals. Be sure to check back often and let us know if there’s a specific topic you’d like for us to include. To get you started, we have made three posts that we believe you will find interesting:



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