Spice up your workout with a 6 am bootcamp workout and your weight loss regimen too!
Could the time of day you exercise make a difference in weight loss? Or,what about the spices,herb or flavors you use in cooking?
One of the biggest complaints about so-called "diet" food has always been the lack of flavor. Some people still think that eating healthy means flavorless grilled lean meats and bland salads. But incorporating herbs and spices into your diet will not only excite your taste buds, but the right herbs and spices can also enhance your weight loss and provide additional health benefits. Eating light can still be flavorful and delicious.
Herbs & spices are low or no calorie
Most herbs and spices have only between 3-7 calories per teaspoon, so it's possible to get a whole lot of flavor for very few calories. And while fresh herbs and spices are best, the dried versions offer the same benefits - and they can be a great source of nutrients.
You can boost your vitamin A intake with paprika, add some vitamin C to your diet with parsley, get a little extra calcium from caraway seeds, and increase your iron and fiber with cinnamon. Plus, several herbs are rich in antioxidants, which can help protect cells and arteries: nutmeg, mint, fennel, allspice, basil, clove, coriander, rosemary, sage and dill are just a few of the herbs with these antioxidant properties.
And in addition to nutrients and antioxidants, many herbs have additional health benefits. Mint and ginger can relieve nausea and intestinal discomfort; thyme can help relieve cramps; cinnamon helps regulate blood sugar and reduce your LDL, and sage can act as an anti-inflammatory. The list goes on and on.
Just remember - whether you are trying to lose weight, become healthier, or just enjoy your food more, herbs and spices can be your "secret ingredients" to success.
In addition to the spice-it-up concept you, it might be time to change the workout time,intensity and duration if you are in a weight loss plateau . Adding spices to your next meal will heat things up on an internal level,but, to burn fat and access your fat stores efficiently you must cross train and use cross patterning rotation to maximize your efforts. In a recent test trial where women split there workout in two segment,the group that split their workouts got better results than those that just did one workout a day. An early morning (6am bootcamp) workout is a great way to kick things up.Try using a medicine ball running up a steep hill or outdoor train,then jump rope for 3 minutes,run for 2 minutes,step up with weight 5 minutes,300 jumping jacks,then kickboxing drills with light weight,isometric cardio paterns (like the ISO-Towel workout and then repeat. Of course, you will do your daily stretches and ab workout too!
Need another tip-try adding a pedometer to your workout will also minimize the guess work when factoring your 10,000 step a day minimum. So,what is the magic formula? Don't get complacent with your nutrition,fuel,hydration,workout challenges,intensity,duration and don't forget to try new herbs and spices next time you plan your next meal.