HAPPY Fridayyyyy :D
How are you doing?! Did you have a FIT week?! Are you ready for the weekend?! BRING IT ON...lol!
If you have kids at home, have they started back to school yet? Many of my friend's kids have started already! My kids start back next week! Wooo Whooo!! This is the time that we dust off the back packs and buy new school clothes! My kids luv this time of year, minus the homework...lol!
The new school year is an opportunity for grown-ups too :D I like to buy new spiral bound notebooks, binders, and brush-up on my nutrition and workout plans! I like to research new and exciting ways to exercise and sweat! Learning ROCKS!!
Today's post is a pop-up quiz on Weight Loss for YOU to take! Put your knowledge to the quiz and see if you ace it!! The following are 3 True/False questions. See how much you know, then scroll down to get a smoothie recipe! Remember, I'll be posting 1 juice, smoothie, or quencher recipe EVERY Friday for a year!! That's many recipes of magic and health benefits :D
1. People consume more calories in the Fall than in other seasons. True or False?!
A study found that we eat an average 222 more calories a day in the Fall, which can lead to a weight gain of about 2 pounds in a month. Fewer daylight hours may affect the amount of feel-good serotonin in your brain, forcing you to turn to food for a boost. Try to spend 15 to 30 minutes per day in natural light; if your scale still won't budge, ask your doctor to test your mood-balancing vitamin D levels.
2. To maintain your weight, exercise is more important than diet. True or False?!
Sorry, cardio luvers...lol! It's really hard to sweat enough to undo an indulgent holiday season. Women who only cut calories had an average loss of 15 pounds in a year, compared with just 4 pounds for those who exercised 5 days a week with no dietary changes, according to research in Obesity. "Exercise has added health benefits, but what you eat is critical for weight loss," says study author Anne McTiernan, M.D., Ph.D.
3. Time spent on Facebook is directly linked to weight gain. True or False?!
Grammatical errors and viral videos aren't the only things that spread through social media (fortunately): Good habits do too. Researchers found that the most active participants of healthy-diet Facebook groups shed the most weight, about a pound for every 10 posts or likes they made. Social media support can help, especially if you lack a cheerleader IRL.
How did you do?! Did you ace or bomb the quiz?! :D
It's smoothie time! Get out the blender and gear up your health!!
FLECKED MANGO SMOOTHIE
2 handfuls of blueberries
5 Tbsp. (75 ml) natural yogurt
8 Tbsp. (120 ml) apple juice
- This recipe makes 2 portions.
- For a more refreshing smoothie, blend some crushed ice cubes in with the other ingredients.
- This smoothie is great for ENERGY and IMMUNITY!
- For a thinner, runnier smoothie, use milk or a milk alternative made from soy (soya), rice, or nuts (in place of yogurt).
Nutrients: Beta-carotene, biotin, folic acid, vitamins B1, B2, B6, C, and E; calcium, chromium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, sulphur, zinc; protein.
Have a FABULOUS weekend!
SEE YOU right back here on Monday!!
Pamela Stewart, NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Weight Loss Specialist