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Lighten up, Francis

Fitness and anatomical terminology tends to be a bit cumbersome and overwhelming so this week I thought we could keep it a bit more basic. Here are some thoughts for you this week:


Bread Winners

Confused by the rows and rows of beads at the store?


We were. So we asked our experts for four rules to help you select the best loaf.

Whether you’re whipping up a sandwhich or a couple slices of toast, most breads will only add inches to your waistline.  Next time you’re in the mood for some (healthy) carbs, keep these simple guidelines in mind.


Programming for the Holidays: Ideas for not Becoming the Stuffed Turkey

This is the time of year when exercise starts to be put on the back burner, while the holiday’s take over. Many people want to know what they can do to balance out the increased calorie intake, with decreased time and availability to work out, and for athletes, this can be a break from working out and competition. Should you take a break during the holidays? Not if you can help it. When you have lay-offs from working out and an increase in calorie consumption, this is usually not a good formula for success, no matter your goals. Whether you are stuck at home, or feel like there is no time in your schedule to meet your exercise needs, there is a basic solution. All you need is a few pieces of equipment: jump rope, medicine ball, dumbbells and mat.


Full or Reduced Fat Peanut Butter

What’s the better spreader?


Most Muscle and Fitness readers know that slow-digesting carbs like whole-wheat bread make a great breakfast because they provide long-lasting energy throughout the day without interfering with fat-burning. But if you eat your bread as toast, what you spread on it can make or break your physique.


So what’s the better peanut butter to spread on your slow carbs, regular ol’peanut butter or reduced-fat?


Answer: Regular Peanut Butter. Regular full-fat pb is the better choice. In fact, we think reduced-fat peanut butter is one of the most ridiculous products on the market. One of the benefits of the regular version is its rich source of healthy fats like monounsaturated fat. These fats get burned during exercise, aren’t generally stored as body fat, and when manufacturers reduce the fat in products, they replace it with carbs to improve flavor. Reduced-fat peanut tends to have about twice as many carbs as regular peanut butter.


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500 Calorie Thanksgiving Feast

Enjoy All the Trimmings--and Still Stay Trim
-- By Chef Meg, World Master Chef and Healthy Cooking Expert


Thanksgiving is a time for family, gratitude, and, of course, food. The typical holiday meal can have more than 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat, according to the Caloric Control Council. That's almost three days worth of food for most of us! Butter, cream and white bread seem to be lurking in almost every dish, and the meal never seems to end.

For those of us who are trying lead healthier lifestyles, moderation and healthy eating are just as important on Thanksgiving. Fortunately, it is possible to eat right and still enjoy yourself on Turkey Day!


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