Study: Certain Probiotics Could Help You Lose Weight (if You’re a Woman!)

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Kefir Smoothies: Probiotic power foods!

Here’s some good news for yogurt lovers: consuming probiotics could help you lose weight and keep it off… at least if you’re a woman.

Scientists already know that the bacteria living in the digestive tracks of obese people — their “intestinal flora” — is quite different from that of lean people. The difference is mainly due to the effects of high fat, low fiber diets. They also already know that the type of bacteria in your gut can have a direct effect on your body weight.

So the question is: can adding the right kinds of “good” bacteria to your body — by taking probiotic supplements for example — help you lose pounds and keep them off?

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Simple Tips for Finding the BEST Workout for You

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Tire dragging workouts: always fun!

One of the most common fitness questions, especially during this time of year, is:

“What the heck is the best workout for me?”

The overly simplistic answer is: “The workout you enjoy most, can do on a consistent basis, and that provides you with the fitness results you want.”

The actual answer is a bit more complicated, especially if your exercise experience is limited.

There are literally 100’s of different workout options available to the typical person. Many people, especially fitness beginners and “newbie” exercisers, feel overwhelmed when they look at all the different types of exercise, workout equipment, gyms, classes, DVDs, books, gadgets, etc. etc. Confusion and frustration can easily set in, which is not good when you’re looking to get motivation-boosting results quickly!

So, what really is the best workout for you?

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Cool Fitness Stuff from CES 2014

As usual, this year’s CES event featured a lot of cool new fitness-related products. Unfortunately, despite being held in our hometown, we weren’t able to make it to the show.   🙁

Luckily drop-dead gorgeous fitness expert/model Lunden Souza made the trip and created a great video to highlight some of the best stuff. Check it out:

How cool is it that whole body vibration machines are becoming a “hot” fitness trend again?


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Expert Tips to Lose the Last 10 Pounds

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Anyone who has gone on a long-term weight loss plan knows that, without a doubt, losing the “last 10 pounds” is one of the most difficult thing to do. This is because — after weeks of regular exercise and dieting — your body has adapted. It has become much more “efficient” and burns far fewer calories during exercise than it once needed to.

It’s also moved into “survival mode” and is fighting to hold on to those last 5 – 10 pounds of fat, which your brain considers to be vital stored energy. This is a very useful mechanism when you’re actually out in a jungle somewhere with very little food. But it’s a huge pain-in-the-butt when you’re trying to get a 4-pack or 6-pack!

Here are a few proven tips to help you lose those last 10 pounds…

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Top 10 Workout Programs People Searched for Last Week

photo of group Zumba workout classSo last week was the 1st week of the new year and, as usual, millions of people jumped online searching for effective weight loss and fitness info. Early January is new year’s resolutions time, after all, and by far the #1 resolution worldwide is lose weight!

Recently Mashable released a very interesting article that listed the top 10 most popular workout/exercise programs people searched for in the Yahoo search engine last week. It has a few new programs we hadn’t heard of, which was kind of a surprise.

Here are the 10 most searched for fitness programs for the beginning of 2014:

1. CrossFit — Awesome high-intensity workout and one of our favorites! It has exploded in popularity over the past couple of years but, for many people, it’s a bit “too much”… at least at first!

2. Yoga — The classic “Eastern”  wellness workout that’s almost always popular.

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