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The 4 Worst Foods For Women

Posted By Leta Shy on Nov 24, 2016 at 1:08PM

Not all calories are created equal, and while we know the best ones can be found in fresh, whole foods like fruits, veggies, and lean proteins, when it comes to navigating the grocery store, it helps to know which foods we should definitely avoid. We asked a few nutritionists and dietitians to tell us which foods they believe are the worst for women to eat; read on for their picks.

  1. Dairy: It's "the number one thing I tell my clients to stop eating," says nutritionist Kimberly Snyder. Besides being a common food allergy, Kim says dairy can leave acidic residue in the body, which can weaken bones. "Nature did not intend for humans to drink the milk of another species, and into adulthood at that! When we go against nature's law, trouble always ensues." Kimberly says she encourages clients to seek out the nutrition they would get from dairy, such as calcium, from plant foods instead.
  2. Refined carbs: Stay away from these ingredients, advises nutritionist Melissa Costello, author of the Karma Chow Ultimate Cookbook. "They do nothing to feed us nutritionally or spiritually," Melissa says. "They drain us of our life force, and women need to have their life force and their energy as they are such an important part of the day-to-day of life!"
  3. Foods with hidden sugars: It's not just blatantly sweet processed foods you should avoid. Added sugar is everywhere, even in items you'd least expect, like refined bread products, gravies, and condiments. Try to avoid foods that may be hiding sugar, advises registered dietitian Erin Palinski, a spokesperson for ZICO Premium Coconut Water, because too much simple sugar in your diet can "elevate insulin levels, leading to increased storage of dangerous belly fat, elevated triglyceride levels, and even leptin resistance, which can increase the risk for obesity as well as certain cancers, specifically breast cancer." Erin reminds us to read all nutrition labels, choose whole-grain bread, and choose drinks sweetened with natural sugars (like 100-percent fruit juice or coconut water) to help reduce the amount of sugar in our diets.
  4. Foods with artificial additives: These additives "are just pollution" to your body, says registered dietitian Cynthia Sass, so stick to whole foods instead. "When we eat real, whole foods, the nutrients they provide go to work, to either perform a function or become a structural part of your tissues, from your muscles and bone to skin, immune cells, etc.," she says.

This At-Home Cardio Workout Contains Zero Running

Posted By Susi May on Dec 11, 2016 at 11:36AM

You can get your heart rate up in the comfort of your own home. Skip the gym and the cardio machines for this short, fun, and challenging cardio workout. We think you'll love it! And your arms and legs will feel worked, too. Equipment wise, you will need a step (for step-ups) and a jump rope. If there are no stairs in your home, use a small bench, march in place with some vigor, or up the intensity by running in place doing the high-knee run — this advanced variation works the abs, too. If you don't have a jump rope, just imagine you do and hop over your imaginary rope.

The Warmup

Exercise Time / Reps
March in place 2 minutes
Step-ups 2 minutes
Jump rope 2 minutes
Stretch Hamstrings, quads, calves, inner thighs

The Workout

Exercise Time / Reps
Jumping jacks and cross jacks 2 minutes
Squats 1 minute
Alternating side lunges 20 reps
Jump rope 1 minute
Jump squats 15 reps
March in place 1 minute
Burpees 15 reps
March in place 1 minute
Walking lunges 20 reps
Squats 1 minute
Jump rope 1 minute
Jump squats 15 reps
Jump rope 1 minute
Step-ups 2 minutes
March in place 2 minutes
Push-ups 20
Ab work / your choice 5 minutes
Triceps dips 30 reps

Need help with the five minutes of ab work? Here are a few workouts to follow:

This workout is definitely not low impact, and if you have downstairs neighbors it could seriously bother them. Take care of yourself and your knees — modify if needed. Remember to stretch your entire body when you're done.

From the Community: Living Room Tabata Workout

Posted By PopSugar Community on Aug 17, 2016 at 10:12PM

Reader JessicaSmithTV has an easy tabata workout for you — no need to even leave home! She shared it with us in our 10 Pounds Down! FitSugar Community group.

It's raining here today, which means I can't go outside and enjoy my daily outdoor cardio session. So instead, I'm doing this efficient at-home routine to get my heart rate up and spark my metabolism for the day. Want to join me?

Share your own workouts, find a new one, or just get inspired in our FitSugar Community!

A Dynamic Yoga Sequence to Help You Build a Stronger Body

Posted By Jenny Sugar on May 1, 2017 at 11:10AM

Sure, yoga is great for calming the mind, but this ancient practice can also give you a strong body to boot! Get psyched for beach — or naked — time with these 12 challenging poses that will tone your butt, thighs, abs, and upper body. Follow this 12-pose sequence through on the right side, and then repeat on the left.

Skip to Sculpt: 7 Jump-Rope Moves You Need to Know

Posted By Anna Renderer on Sep 24, 2014 at 12:11AM

Jumping rope is more than just child's play; it's a serious workout. Watch this video to learn seven moves that, when performed together, make for a leg-toning, calorie-torching jump-rope workout.

10 Exercises That Burn 200 Calories in Under 3 Minutes

Posted By Leta Shy on Apr 7, 2017 at 10:01AM

If you find it hard to lose weight with your busy schedule, the news keeps getting better. First, just 20 minutes of exercise was proven to help increase your metabolism. A related study has found that working out intensely for just 2.5 minutes can spur calorie burn throughout the day — an extra 200 calories' worth.

In the 2012 study, five healthy men performed sprint interval training on a stationary bicycle (five 30-second intense intervals with four minutes of easy cycling in between). Although the men were sedentary the rest of the day, they ended up burning 200 more calories during the days they did the short bout of exercise than the days they didn't exercise at all.

Even though this was a small study, the encouraging results are reason enough to add intense intervals into your workout routine. It's also good news for those of you who can never seem to fit a full workout into your day. Here are 10 intense exercises you can do anywhere for 2.5 minutes so you too can reap the afterburn benefits. Perform these at maximum intensity; you can break them into 30-second or one-minute intervals to make it more manageable. Stick with one, or choose five to do for 30 seconds each!

A Little Goes a Long Way! Motivational Fitness Quotes

Posted By Jenny Sugar on Jun 4, 2015 at 1:10PM

Too tired. Don't have time. It's too cold. Can't find a sports bra. Whatever your excuse, these motivational quotes are the antidote to skipping your workout. Some of these quotes might be familiar, others not — regardless, they will get you moving.