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Post Holiday Gain? Here Are Ways to Recover...

Posted by deborah neiman on Fri, Dec 27, 2013 @ 12:27 PM

 

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How to get back to your healthy habits after the holidays. Painlessly.

Article By: Erinn Bucklan

"By adding just 500 calories per day, or three homemade sugar cookies and a glass of low-fat
milk, you could gain two pounds in two weeks over the holidays," says Jenna Bell-Wilson, PhD, RD, LD, a board certified specialist in sports dietetics.

Now the merriment has ended, here's how to get back on track to healthier habits in the New Year.

Up your fruit and vegetable intake

Ideally, you should consume at least five fruit and vegetable servings per day now. These vitamin-rich foods boost your fiber and antioxidant intake and help you feel full. A tip: Replace that midafternoon 16-oz. cola (200 calories) with an orange (65 calories) as a nutritious snack.

Pre-arrange exercise time

You'll stick to a regimen if you schedule exercise ahead, says Brad Cardinal, Ph.D., associate professor of sport and exercise psychology at Oregon State University. Try to get in 30 minutes almost every day. Wear a low-cost pedometer (it counts footsteps) or sign up for a charity walk/run to stick to a plan.

Resist depriving yourself

Focus on what you're going to eat rather than what you're not. "It sounds indulgent," says Colleen Thompson, R.D., a nutritionist at the University of Connecticut. "But concentrate on ways to feed
yourself now. It helps you to stick to healthy eating habits." For example, don't skip a nutritious, fiber-rich breakfast, like oatmeal or a half of a whole-wheat bagel with peanut butter. It can help prevent overeating later.

 

For more tips, or for more information about Step Ahead Wellness Center’s weight loss
programs, visit us at www.stepaheadwellnescenter.com or call 908-470-2235.  Let us help you
get back on track and reach your weight loss goals in 2014!

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CARB BLOCKING SUPPLEMENT Now Available at Step Ahead Wellness Center!

Posted by deborah neiman on Wed, Dec 18, 2013 @ 01:23 PM

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If you've been battling carb cravings, Step Ahead Wellness Center can help!  We are thrilled to announce a new carb blocking supplement called CARB CHECK designed to stop cravings for empty carbs that sidetrack your healthy eating goals.

Empty carbs can sabbatoge your healthy weight loss plans and keep you off track.  This new supplement can help you block your cravings for empty carbs thus allowing to stick with your healthy eating plan optimizing nutrition, keeping your sugar levels steady and allowing you to feel energized all day long.  Additionally

Carb Check contains a northern white bean that inhibits the breakdown of starch in the intestinal track, thus alleviating cravings for empty carbs. By blocking these empty carbs, you're energy/sugar levels remain steady throughout the day thus making it much easier to stick with your healthy eating plan, and your execise regime!

In addition to Carb Check, Step Ahead Wellness Center offers many other healthy doctor supervised weight loss plans including OptiFast, on site one on one personal training and small group exercise sessions also on site.

 Let us help you stay on your healthy weight loss track this holiday season and beyond!  Call today to learn more about Carb Check, and all of our weight loss programs:  Call 908-470-2235 or email drneiman@stepaheadwellnesscenter.com
www.stepaheadwellnesscenter.com

 

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Step Ahead's Health Tip for Today... Drink Water!

Posted by deborah neiman on Tue, Dec 17, 2013 @ 06:47 AM

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WINTER SPORTS = CALORIES BURNED PER HOUR

Posted by deborah neiman on Wed, Dec 11, 2013 @ 06:39 AM
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Take advantage of the winter weather! Get outside and enjoy some snow activities to burn calories and strengthen your muscles.  See chart below for winter sports calorie burn for one hour of the following activities!  And then get outside and enjoy the activities.
 
For more fit tips contact our fitness director, certified personal trainer, Noelle Lusardi, at noelle@stepaheadwellnesscenter.com.  For our latest weight loss offers, go to www.stepaheadwellnesscenter.com
 
 

Winter Sport

120-lb woman

150-lb woman

Skiing

273

340

Snowboarding

273

340

Snowshoeing

382

476

Cross-Country Skiing

436

476

Ice Skating

327

408

Ice Hockey

436

544

Winter Hiking

327

408

Shoveling Snow

273

340

Sledding

327

408

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Step Ahead Wellness Center Brings You CARB CHECK... Carb Blocking Supplement

Posted by deborah neiman on Tue, Dec 10, 2013 @ 03:11 PM
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If you've been battling carb cravings, Step Ahead Wellness Center can help!  We are thrilled to announce a new carb blocking supplement called CARB CHECK.
 
Carb Check contains a northern white bean that inhibits the breakdown of starch in the intestinal track, thus alleviating cravings for empty carbs. By blocking these empty carbs, you're energy/sugar levels remain steady throughout the day thus making it much easier to stick with your healthy eating plan, and your exercise regime!
 
Let us help you stay on your healthy weight loss track this holiday season and beyond!  Call today to learn more about Carb Check, and all of our weight loss programs:  Call 908-470-2235 or email drneiman@stepaheadwellnesscenter.comwww.stepaheadwellnesscenter.com

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DON'T LET HOLIDAY TRAVEL SIDELINE YOUR FITNESS GOALS!

Posted by deborah neiman on Tue, Dec 10, 2013 @ 06:43 AM

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Don’t let holiday travel sideline your healthy fitness/weight loss goals! Many people find that during holiday travel, their workout regimen seems to get thrown out of whack.  Fortunately,
with a little planning and determination, you can maintain your fitness level, no matter where you are. 

Step Ahead’s fitness director, certified personal trainer, Noelle Lusardi, says “the key is to be creative and remember that even short workouts are better than no workouts at all.”

Here are a few tips from Noelle on how to stay fit while traveling this holiday
season…

Do An Intense Workout in Your Hotel Room or Wherever…

Customize your own 30-minute workout combining three lower body workouts (squats or lunges) and three upper body exercises (modified push-ups or chair dips).

Warm up and increase your heart rate with exercises like marching or jogging in place, then do 10-20 repetitions of a lower body exercise and 10-15 repetitions of an upper body exercise. Follow this with a minute of jumping jacks or jogging in place. Repeat this routine two or even three times and then add in some core work such as planks, lower back extensions and crunches. Finish with stretching.

Bring Tubes, Bands and More…

Don't leave home without easy to carry fitness equipment.  Bring your tubes, bands, bathing suit if you can swim, good music and you’ll be on your way to sticking with your fitness routine this holiday season. 

Get a Jump Rope...

Jumping rope is a great way to get in a few minutes of intense cardio workout and it can be done just about anywhere. If you don’t have a jump rope, climb the stairs several times at a
fast pace and feel your heart rate soar.

Remember to Plan to Relax…

Don't overdo it. Staying fit is important, but stay grounded and remember the real reason for the holidays is to spend quality time with those who are important to you.  Practice Yoga is a great way to regroup, relieve stress and relax your body. 

For more holiday fit tips, or fitness questions in general, contact Noelle Lusardi directly at noelle@stepaheadwellnesscenter.com.  Lastly, have a very happy and peaceful holiday from all of us at Step Ahead Wellness Center.  Check out our latest healthy weight loss special offer at
www.stepaheadwellnesscenter.com.

 

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Check Out This Killer Indoor Leg Work Out!

Posted by deborah neiman on Mon, Dec 09, 2013 @ 06:50 AM

While the weather outside is frightful, indoor workouts are delightful!  Check out this killer leg workout you can do wherever, whenever!  No equipment is needed.

 

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Let Step Ahead Wellness Center meet all your fitness, healthy weight loss goals... See our website at www.stepaheadwellnesscenter.com for our latest special weight loss offer.

 

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STAY FIT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON WITH STEP AHEAD WELLNESS CENTER'S FOUR EASY FITNESS TIPS!

Posted by deborah neiman on Wed, Dec 04, 2013 @ 07:46 PM

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Stay fit this holiday season with Step Ahead Wellness Center’s four easy tips…

Set Realistic Goals:

Knowing it's a busy time of year, think ahead and revise your schedule if necessary, and then stick to it!  Think quality rather than quantity.  If you can’t squeeze in concentrated exercise,
move as much as possible throughout your day and stay away from the sweet treats to maintain healthy weight loss between Thanksgiving and New Years.   

Be Creative with your Time:

If you are finding it difficult to keep up with your fitness goals and the parenting demands this holiday season, then work out with your children.  Need to go Christmas shopping? Go to the mall for an hour or so before it opens and walk with your kids (maybe bring the hand-weights too
to increase the intensity). Or, go to a local gym and play basketball or go ice skating or swim at an indoor pool with your kids.

Stick to a Routine:

As much as possible, try to have a general schedule for your days. You and your family will be much happier if you do. Don't think you need "to do it all." You'll be surprised how much your kids would love to help with the baking, wrapping and decorating. You may have a little extra time here and there if you let them help, and more importantly, you'll be making great memories with them.

Take Care of Yourself:

It is so easy to get stressed with all the shopping, decorating, baking, wrapping, family obligations, parties, but breathe and relax.  As much as possible, strive for 7-8 hours a sleep a night, drink plenty of water and continue to eat well.

It's okay to enjoy holiday parties, just don't indulge in all those sweet treats. Have a taste, then move on to something a bit more healthier.  Don't forget to set time to exercise; you'll feel much better and will be able to maintain your healthy weight loss goals this holiday season.

For more holiday fit tips, contact our fitness director, Noelle Lusardi, at noelle@stepaheadwellnesscenter.com or visit us at www.stepaheadwellnesscenter.com.  We’d love to hear from you… which health, wellness, weight loss, fitness topics are you most interested in learning more about.

 

 

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STICK WITH YOUR EXERCISE ROUTINE... Here's How!

Posted by deborah neiman on Fri, Oct 25, 2013 @ 12:17 PM

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Almost everyone has days where they don’t feel like exercising, but when
those days become too frequent and you completely lose your motivation to work
out that it becomes a problem. Research shows that half the people who start an
exercise program quit within six months. Those aren’t very encouraging
statistics, are they?

Most people begin a new exercise program with enthusiasm, but that
enthusiasm dwindles over time. Sound familiar? If you’re having trouble getting
motivated or are having problems sticking with your workouts, one of these
exercise motivation zappers could be the problem.

You’re Creating Too Many Barriers to Working Out

KISS (keep it simple stupid) applies to exercise too. One of the reasons
people lose their motivation to exercise is they make it too hard to get
started. If you have to get dressed, get in your car and drive to a gym, it’s
easy to find a reason not to do it. That’s when home workouts have the
advantage. Keep a DVD handy, push a few buttons and you have an instructor to
show you what to do and keep you motivated. You’ll be more enthusiastic if you
don’t have to jump through hoops to get your workout done.

You’re Bored

If you’re doing the same workout over and over, doing a different workout
can rekindle your enthusiasm. Try a new workout DVD instead of the same, old,
same old.

Exercise CAN make you look better in a pair of shorts or a swimsuit but
that shouldn’t be your primary motivation for doing it. Research shows that
people who exercise for health reasons – to feel better or relieve stress – are
more likely to stick with it. Exercise to feel stronger, have more energy and
to feel more empowered – don’t do it only to lose weight or inches off your
waistline.

You’re Overtraining

If you’re working out an hour or more every day without taking breaks,
you’re probably losing your motivation due to burnout. Take at least one full
day off a week and don’t be afraid to do a light workout when you don’t feel up
to a high-intensity one. Try a yoga workout for a change or work on flexibility
and balance. Make sure you’re sleeping enough and getting adequate nutrition.
It’s hard to stay motivated when you’re cutting back on calories too much or
skimping on sleep.

You’re Expecting Too Much Too Soon

Another reason people lose their motivation to exercise is because they
have unrealistic expectations. They expect to see results quickly and lose
their enthusiasm when they don’t. Again, it’s important to work out for the
right reasons – better health and more energy – not to change the number on a
scale. Nevertheless, keep in mind that it takes time to lose inches and see
more muscle definition. Don’t have unrealistic expectations.

A fitness journal helps you set goals, chart your progress and, yes, it can
keep you motivated too. When you write everything down, you can look back and
see how far you’ve come and it helps to keep you accountable. Don’t just write
down the exercises you do and your weight and measurements, document your goals
so you can look back and see why you started exercising in the first place.
Sometimes you need a reminder to help you stay on course.

 The Bottom Line?

Don’t let these exercise motivation zappers keep you from reaching your
goals. Make sure you HAVE goals, are exercising for the right reasons and
aren’t overdoing it or allowing yourself to become bored. Working out is one of
the best things you can do to stay healthy and to have more energy to enjoy
life to its fullest

For more fit tips contact our fitness trainer, Noelle Lusardi at noelle@stepaheadwellnesscenter.com, www.stepaheadwellnesscenter.com.

 

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5 WORST HALLOWEEN CANDIES - HOW TO INDULGE WITHOUT RUINING YOUR DIET!

Posted by deborah neiman on Wed, Oct 23, 2013 @ 01:08 PM

 

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A cocker spaniel weighs about 24 pounds. You know what else weighs 24 pounds? The
heft of candy the average American gobbles down each year, a big chunk of that
falling to our waistlines in the days before and after Halloween. Fun size? I
don't think so—unless it's fun being size 16. These stats could very well turn
you as white as a ghost:


  • Three miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups—the kind you find in office candy bowls and trick-or-treat-bags—fill your belly with more sugar than a glazed doughnut.

  • Half a pack of Skittles has more sugar than a scoop of Haagen-Dazs Cookies and Cream Ice Cream. 

  • Nine Twizzlers carry as many calories as a Wendy’s Double Stack Burger.

These are some spooky treats. And Halloween is only the beginning of the eating season: Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner. If you want to see your feet come January, start by conquering the sugar fest that’s nearly upon us. Here's your plan for surviving the scariest night of the year for your waistline. 

WORST “FUN SIZE” CANDY BAR

Butterfinger Bar (fun size bar)

100 calories

4 g fat (2 g saturated)

10 g sugars

Again, fun for whom? Your cardiologist? By calling it “fun,” food marketers are cleverly pulling your attention away from the fact that candy bars are flab-inducing logs of concentrated fats and sugars. And Butterfinger is the worst offender—there's no quicker way to swallow 100 calories.

Eat This, Instead!

3 Musketeers (fun size bar)

63 calories

2 g fat (1.5 g saturated)

10 g sugars



SURVIVAL TIP #1: Toss the candy bowl

Alabama researchers found that people who have snacks within reach when they're watching TV consume more calories per day overall. But instead of simply relocating the bowl to another table, limit the potential for mindless munching by keeping the candy bagged and in the cupboard.



SURVIVAL TIP #2: Consume drinks before treats

Drinking 16 ounces of water before a meal fills the stomach, quells hunger, and helps you lose weight, according to a study presented at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society. Use this strategy to help tamp your candy cravings. Just don't substitute a sugary beverage for the water or this strategy will backfire: A can of soda has more sugar than two Hershey’s Take 5
bars.

WORST FRUITY CANDY

Brach’s Airheads (3 pieces)

140 calories

1.5 g fat (1 g saturated)

19 g sugars

Here’s the basic formula for an Airhead: Sugar and filler carbohydrates, artificial colors and flavors, and partially hydrogenated oils—a source of trans fat. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not like our Eat This Instead, Dum Dums, are nutritional paragons, but they do have two noteworthy advantages over Airheads: They have no heart-wrecking oils, and they're hard candy. That means
they dissolve slowly on your tongue, letting you enjoy the sweetness over time.

Eat This, Instead!

Spangler Dum Dum Pops (3 pops)

77 calories

0 g fat

105 g sugars



SURVIVAL TIP #3: Work out on Halloween morning

Lifting weights reduces levels of blood sugar by 15 percent for more than 12 hours after you’ve left the gym, according to research from Syracuse University. Why does that matter? Some of the sugar you consume will stay in your blood stream, providing energy to your cells, instead of pitching a tent in your belly. 

SURVIVAL TIP #4: Switch to dark chocolate

It won’t necessarily save you calories, but dark chocolate boasts a bevy of health benefits that milk chocolate can’t claim. Flavonoids in the cocoa help keep your arteries soft, decreasing your risk of cardiovascular disease. And according to new research, a compound called epicatechin might help prevent brain damage from stroke. Keep a bar on hand to nibble on any time you have a craving. Seek out those bars with at least 60% cocoa.


WORST MINIATURE CANDY BARS

Twix Miniatures (3 pieces)

150 calories

8 g fat (6 g saturated)

15 g sugars

Twix has the worst saturated fat profile of any candy in your kid’s trick-or-treat bag. Think about it like this: Each one of these bite-sized candies carries 10 percent of the saturated fat you should consume in an entire day. Switch to Tootsie Rolls and you’ll cut your calories by more than half and trim your total fat intake by a whopping 81 percent.

Eat This Instead!

Tootsie Roll (3 pieces)

70 calories

1.5 g fat (0.5 g saturated)

9.5 g sugars

SURVIVAL TIP #5: Chew gum

Sort through any trick-or-treat bag and you’ll undoubtedly discover a handful of Super or Dubble Bubble—those small pink cubes wrapped in old-fashioned, end-twisted candy papers. Instead of plowing through the chocolates and taffies, throw a big gob of the gum in your mouth. The chewing suppresses cravings, and each piece has only about 15 calories.


SURVIVAL TIP #6: Don’t hand out your favorite candy

If your favorite candy is Milk Duds, and you’re handing out Milk Duds all night, doesn’t it seem likely that you’re going to wind up with a pound of chocolate and caramel in your stomach by night’s end? Of course! And that’s not even factoring in how many Duds you’ll plow through as they sit on the counter in the days leading up to Halloween. Choose something less tempting.


WORST CHEWY CANDY

Brach’s Milk Maid Caramels (4 pieces)

160 calories

4.5 g fat (3.5 g saturated)

16 g sugars

"Milk Maid” sounds a lot like "Milk Made,” doesn't it? Very clever, Brach's! This candy contains a couple milk derivatives (whey and “lipolyzed butter fat”), but it hardly constitutes a dairy product. Plus, 90 percent of the fat is saturated. That’s bad news for your heart. If you enjoy the challenge
of fighting chewy candy out of your teeth, switch over to Now and Later and save more than 100 calories per serving.

Eat This, Instead!

Now and Later (4 pieces)

53 calories

0.5 g fat (0 g saturated)

10 g sugars



SURVIVAL TIP #7: Keep the candy-calorie load to 400

The fewer calories you take in during candy season, the better off you’ll be
heading into turkey season. So if you worry that you risk overindulgence, set a
caloric limit and hold yourself to it. Four hundred is a good number—indulgent
yet not overly destructive. That means you could eat every “Eat This Instead”
on our list, and have 65 calories left for one of your personal favorites.



SURVIVAL TIP #8: Don’t skip dinner

A healthy dinner will take the edge off your candy craving, not to mention
temper the blood-sugar rush that converts your body into a flab factory and
puts you at risk for diabetes. What you want is a meal rich with fiber and lean
protein—think chicken breast with vegetables. 


WORST NOVELTY CANDY

Reese’s Pumpkin

170 calories

10 g fat (3 g saturated)

16 g sugars

This one should send your gimmick radar into the red zone. It’s simply an oversized peanut butter cup shaped like a pumpkin. What price novelty? Nearly two-thirds more calories than a regular Reese’s peanut butter cup! Grab two bite-size Reese's instead—you'll save more than half the calories, fat, and sugar. 

Eat This, Instead!

Reese's Bite Size Peanut Butter Cups (2 pieces)

72 calories

4 g fat (3 g saturated)

6 g sugars

SURVIVAL TIP #9: Take it outside

The worst thing you can do on Halloween night, after most of the trick-or-treaters have cleared off the street, is set your candy bowl by the door where you can grab a handful every day on your way out. Noshing 300 extra candy calories a day will add a pound of flab to your frame in less than two weeks. Instead, set the bowl on the porch before you go to bed. The leftover candy will be gone by morning, guaranteed.

SURVIVAL TIP #10: Remember: Halloween is a one-day event

A study in the journal of Nature Neuroscience found that eating junk food doesn’t just satisfy cravings—it creates them. That’s right; junk food is addictive. Limit your sugar splurging to October 31. If you start a week early, you’re going to have a serious candy habit to break after Halloween. You might find it to be frightfully difficult.

FOR MORE FIT TIPS CONTACT OUR CERTIFIED TRAINER NOELLE LUSARDI AT stepaheadwellnesscenter.com

 

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