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6 Quick Diet Swaps You MUST Start Making

6 Quick Diet Swaps You MUST Start Making

Trying to clean up your diet to boost your nutrition, enhance your health, and kick-start fat burning? If so, it is time to make a few diet swaps. Rather than focusing on the complete diet overhaul, simply focus on making a few minor adjustments to the way you are eating so you can move one step forward and see the success you desire. This way, you won’t feel quite so restricted and like you just cannot keep up.

Many people who go the route of the entire diet overhaul quickly come to find it is too much too soon. Instead, make a few changes every week. Once those new changes become habit, make a few more. It is a much better way for most people to approach healthier eating.

So let’s go over six places to start. If you can make these simple and easy swaps, you will be on track to success.

 

1. Swap cold cereal for oatmeal

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    The very first swap to make is to replace oatmeal with your usual cold cereal. Oatmeal is more filling, it typically contains fewer calories per cup of cereal, and is also sugar free. It is a great way to start your day. Just be sure to pick up the unsweetened variety.

    2. Swap sausage for egg whites

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      Getting sufficient protein into your morning meal is critical for success. But, sausages are not the way to do it. For best results, you should go for egg whites instead. These are high in protein, lower in calories, and a lean way to get your nutrients in. Plus they are a high-volume food, which means you can eat more of them without taking in too many calories therefore feeling more satisfied while consuming less food.

      3. Swap creamer for vanilla protein powder

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        Next up, in your morning cup of coffee, forgo that creamer, which is loaded with saturated fat. Instead, boost your protein intake by adding a small dose of vanilla protein powder. It will still add great flavor, less calories, and more protein – precisely what you need in your diet.

        4. Swap regular potatoes for sweet potatoes

        Sweet Potato

          If you are a meat and potatoes kind of person, make those potatoes sweet potatoes. They are the healthier variety as they have more nutrients, more fiber, and are going to rank lower on the glycemic index (GI), so it will help to stop hunger more effectively as well. Sweet potatoes rank in as one of the most filling foods you can eat, so it is a great choice to keep in your diet plan.

          5. Swap juice for milk

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            Juice is the biggest no-no if weight loss is the goal. The problem with juice is that it contains too much sugar, lacks the fiber you would get from fruit, and will spike blood sugar and insulin. Instead, opt for milk. Milk is higher in protein and is going to provide a nice dose of calcium and fosters stronger bone growth and development.

            6. Swap yogurt for Greek yogurt

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              Finally, the last smart swap to make is to exchange your usual yogurt variety for some Greek yogurt instead. This is going to be far healthier due to its higher protein content along with calcium. Furthermore, Greek yogurt is going to be perfect for improving your belly fat loss as those who consume dairy-rich foods in their diet tend to lose more fat from the abdominal region.

              So keep these smart swaps in mind. If you can get them into place, you can rest assured you are going to be seeing faster fat burning success and boost your heath at the same time.

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              Last Updated on May 22, 2019

              10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

              10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

              There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

              One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

              In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

              Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

              1. Cat Camel Stretch

              Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

              Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

              Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

              Here’s a video to guide you through:

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              2. Go for a Walk or a Run

              This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

              Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

              The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

              Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

              Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

              3. Jumping Jacks

              Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

              Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

              4. Abductor Side Lifts

              Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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              Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

              5. Balancing Table Pose

              This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

              Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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                6. Leg Squats

                Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

                Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

                The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

                7. Push Ups

                You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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                An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

                Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

                This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

                8. Bicycle Crunches

                There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

                Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

                9. Lunges

                Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

                Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

                This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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                10. Bicep Curls

                You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

                Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

                Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

                Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

                Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

                These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

                You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

                Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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