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The Deal with Sugar: Why It Isn’t as Scary as You Think

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If you look around the web these days, you’ll often see a lot of forums devoted to being anti-sugar. If you’re in a bookstore and browse the health section books, you’ll likely see several books devoted to revamping your diet to be void of all sugar. But why? What is society’s beef with sugar, anyway? The truth is, that there are some sugars that are good for you. In fact, there are some sugars that you need in order to properly recover while training with hard workouts.

What are the different kinds of sugar?

Let’s start with the basics. Not all sugar is created equal and so we want to review with you what each kind of sugar is and where it comes from.

Fructose: This is the natural sugar that is found in fruits. Each time you eat an apple or sprinkle some berries on top of yogurt, you’re treating yourself to a lovely dose of fructose.

Lactose: This is the kind of sugar that comes from milk products. Whether you’re drinking milk or eating cheese or yogurt, the sugar occurring in these items comes from lactose.

Sucrose: This is your general white table sugar. Raw sugar isn’t white like this is. The reason this sugar is white is because it’s been processed. This is the type of sugar that is considered bad because it spikes your insulin levels. When people talk about sugar being a leading cause of Type 2 Diabetes, this is the kind they’re referencing.

Each of these sugars is considered simple sugars or simple carbohydrates. Fructose is a monosaccharide, meaning it contains one molecule of sugar. Lactose and sucrose however, are disaccharides, meaning they contain two molecules.

So, are they bad to consume?

The short answer to this is no, but like everything, it’s best to be conscious and consume sugars in moderation. We advise people to stay away from processed sugar, like sucrose. However, natural simple sugars that come from fruit or milk products, fructose, and lactose, are perfectly safe to consume, and you need them.

Wait, I need sugar?

Yes, I know. It’s hard to believe. But, your body needs sugar, especially if you’re training and weight lifting. We’ve talked before about pre and post-workout nutrition and how protein and carbohydrates are important. Most people think of carbohydrates and sugar as two different things but really they are one in the same. Remember, simple carbohydrates are simple sugars.

When you work out, you’re using up your body’s glycogen, or stored energy, that your body has worked to keep aside for when it’s needed. The way that you obtain that energy is to eat simple sugars.

Because we want to make sure we’ve always got some energy in storage, it’s smart to eat something with sugar (or carbs) before your workout to prepare your body. But after your workout, you’ve used up a lot of that energy. After a workout do you ever notice that you feel a bit light-headed? This is because your body’s glycemic index is low. Everyone’s body reacts differently to amounts of sugar, but that’s why it’s a good idea to include some sugar with your post-workout snack or meal with your protein—so you control your insulin levels.

Head to the Farmer’s Market

Because summertime has arrived, it’s a great time to take advantage of natural sugars and incorporate more fruits into our diets and pre and post-workout regimented snacks. Here’s a list of what’s in season. Of course you can’t always get fresh fruit to fit sugar into your diet post-workout and if that’s the case, try taking a Promax bar with you on the go. If you can take advantage of fresh fruits though, we encourage you to try mixing up your routine by adding some new things you haven’t tried before.

Posted in Energy, Nutrition, Recovery | July 21, 2015

9 Fattening Foods That Should Be Avoided

dried-fruit_650You’ve carefully planned your diet full of healthy veggies and protein bars. You’ve started a new workout routine. You’ve done everything you’re supposed to, but for some reason you’re still not losing any weight. What’s going on? If you’re eating any of the 10 foods listed below, you may be sabotaging your own diet without even knowing it.

Granola

Granola is often touted for its healthiness. But, despite its reputation as great health food, granola is often anything but. The problem is in the calories – up to 500 per serving! – not to mention the sugar. If you do feel the need to munch on some granola, be sure to stick to a high fiber, low sugar variety. And, even then, watch the calories. You’re probably taking in more than you think.

Flavored Yogurt

A lot of people think that flavored yogurt can fit into their diet plan as long as they stick with a fat-free variety. But this just isn’t the case. Even fat-free flavored yogurt is loaded with unhealthy amounts of sugar – up to 16 g in a tiny 6 oz. serving.

Dried Fruit

But fruits are healthy and full of vitamins, right? Yes, they are, but companies regularly add sugar and sulfur to their dried fruit. Fresh fruit is always a better option – it doesn’t have any additives, and usually has less calories.

Energy Drinks

Believe it or not, energy drinks aren’t regulated by the FDA, which means that there are no health standards they have to meet with their ingredients. And, one look at the ingredients list of any random energy drink will tell you everything you need to know: lots of sugar, and almost nothing healthy. If you need to hydrate, go with water. It gives you a much healthier energy boost, without the crash later.

Smoothies

A homemade smoothie is a healthy, delicious drink. A smoothie made in a store or a restaurant, on the other hand, is probably loaded with fats, sugars, and other diet-busting ingredients. It’s definitely worth the time to make your own to get your daily smoothie fix.

Fish Sandwich

Fish is a healthy, protein-laden food that tends to have much less fat than your average red meat. But when breaded, fried, and put into a fish sandwich full of fatty tartar sauce and a carbohydrate-heavy bun, all the fish’s health benefits disappear. Stick to grilled fish with a bit of rice and veggies, instead.

Wraps

Wraps used to be seen as a staple of the health food industry. But, no matter how many veggies and lean meats you put into one, you can’t get around the fact that your average tortilla has between 400 to 800 calories, all by itself.

Fat Free Muffins

Remember what we said about fat-free yogurt? The same thing applies to fat-free muffins – just because they’ve had the fat removed doesn’t meant they aren’t loaded with sugar. Muffin manufacturers add more sugar to their fat-free muffins than they do their regular ones, in order to add taste that gets lost when the fat is taken out.

Diet Soda

It’s no secret that just having “diet” in the name doesn’t necessarily make foods healthy, but diet soda comes with an extra caveat. In addition to all the sugars and preservatives they’re taking in, studies have found that people are likely to eat more calories than usual after drinking a diet soda.

For your daily dose of protein, there’s no better option than Promax protein bars. Look around our website today to place an order or find a store near you.

Posted in Healthy Eating, Nutrition | July 14, 2015

White Chocolate Yogurt Bars – #MAXMunchies

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4 bars – 315 calories
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Ingredients:
1 Promax Greek Yogurt Honey Nut bar
1/2 T white chocolate chips (7g)
Sprinkles!!!!

Directions:
1. Cut Promax bar into 4 pieces (across then up and down)
2. Melt white chocolate in microwave (will need more than 1/2 T to make melting and drizzling easier)
3. Drizzle bars with white chocolate
4. Cover in sprinkles
5. Let cool and enjoy!!

*courtesy of DOer Kim Hoeltje

Posted in MAXMunchies, Nutrition, Protein, Recipes |

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Promax_FF_071015_Photo_215x215What makes you the Featured Fan?
I have been eating Promax since 2006!! I love how they’re a great part of my fitness routine.

Which PROMAX bar do you like best?
Promax Original Cookies ‘n Cream… refrigerated!

Why is fitness and nutrition important to you?
I want to be healthy for my family of three girls, and for my husband. Looking good is important, too!!

What is one unique thing about you?
I like to run 5k races and tend to win my age division!!

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Posted in Featured Fan | July 10, 2015

David Parker

Promax_FF_062415_Photo_v1What makes you the Featured Fan?
I think I have a pretty remarkable story. I have been the typical 98 lb. weakling for most of my life. After hitting a fairly low point in my life where I was alone, unemployed, and incredibly depressed, I decided to do something to change my circumstances. The first thing I thought to do was change the way my body looked and felt. I started going to the gym every other day, and starting eating one Promax bar per day. Then it became two, then three, and eventually ate four bars throughout the day. After a few short months, I had gained 25 lbs. of lean, rock solid muscle. My confidence shot the through the roof. I suddenly wasn’t afraid to talk to people, especially women, and began going on a lot more dates. I am happy to say that I now have a beautiful and loving fiancée and I have a job that I love and am doing very well for myself. My friends and family are amazed at my transformation and constantly ask for advice on fitness and nutrition. I’ve been telling them that it has been simply from working out and eating healthy, but more specifically, I believe the real secret was/is eating Promax bars everyday! : )

Which PROMAX bar do you like best?
Promax Original Cookies ‘n Cream.

Why is fitness and nutrition important to you?
Fitness is important to me because it completely changed, and saved, my life.

What is one unique thing about you?
I am 37 years old, but I totally look 21. Thanks to eating Promax bars! ; )

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Posted in Featured Fan | June 24, 2015

How to Tone and Strengthen Abs and Hips

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The most difficult areas of the body to lose fat are the belly and the hips. It is important to remember there are no “quick fix” solutions to getting rid of the fat in these locations. Rather, it takes a little bit of patience and persistence to lose fat and build muscle. In addition, it requires following a balanced routine of targeted strength building exercises, a healthy diet, and cardiovascular exercises. Combined, these three are the most effective ways to get rid of that unwanted fat on the hips and belly.

Strength building exercises are essential to build muscle and lose fat. Simply dieting to lose weight is not effective. Instead of losing fat, what occurs is a loss to muscle mass. While your scale might indicate the pounds are going away, it is most likely the result of less muscle, not less fat. Additionally, you should never use a scale as your sole method of measuring your progress, because muscle tissue weighs more than fat tissue. Use a tape measure to measure your belly and hips on a weekly basis, as the measurements will give you a better picture of your progress.

Exercises need to target specific core regions. It is equally important to strengthen both the front and back muscle groups. Five strengthening exercises that will help include:

  1. Push-ups: Use a chair or other stationary object and do pushups at an angle rather than flat on the floor.
  2. Sit Ups (Ab Crunches): Have someone hold your feet or put your feet under the sofa. You may also use a workout bench and lay on your back and do sit ups this way.
  3. Leg Lifts: Standing in an upright position, lift the legs upwards while bending at the knee, and raise the leg as high as you can unassisted.
  4. Step Ups and Downs: Use a flight of stairs in the home. Step up one stair, then down one, then up two, and, then down two, etc.
  5. Low Back Pull Ups: The lower back requires strengthening, too, as you lose belly and hip fat. Lean over a weight bench seat in an angled position at the waist, cross your arms over your chest, and pull yourself upright.

Avoid over exerting yourself too quickly. It is better to do one or two sets of each exercise, and then move on to the next one. As you become stronger, you can increase the number of sets.

Exercising should not be done on a daily basis. The muscles need time to rest. It is suggested to do exercises two or three times a week, every other day. On the off days, focus on cardiovascular training, like walking or jogging. Lastly, no regimen would be complete without the proper diet. Ideally, you should eat five to seven small meals and snacks throughout the day. For snacks, try nutrition bars, since they have vitamins, minerals, and protein your body needs.

For assistance in finding the best workout bars, feel free to contact Promax Nutrition today.

Posted in Fitness, Nutrition | June 22, 2015

The Benefits of Drinking 8 Glasses of Water a Day

Did you know that the adult human body is made up of 55 to 60% water? Drinking water daily is vital to your health for a number of reasons. Water keeps your digestive system flowing and helps your kidneys eliminate toxins. People who drink 8 cups of water every day are less susceptible to disease, including several forms of cancer. Drinking water also helps you lose weight by curbing your appetite.

Water is especially important for athletes to keep their muscles hydrated and lean so they can achieve peak performance. You can prevent muscle fatigue by staying adequately hydrated. That’s why you will often see top athletes drinking water at major sporting events.

Your skin needs water in order to protect it from exposure to dry environments so that you can look your best. Please see the infographic below for more information about the benefits of drinking 8 glasses of water every day.

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Posted in Fitness, Nutrition | June 19, 2015

Five Foods to Help You Lose Weight

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For many, the hardest part of shedding excess pounds is staying satiated between meals. When actively trying to lose weight, it’s best to eat foods that contain a mix of fiber, protein, and healthy fat to slow down digestion and absorption, to keep you full longer and without blood sugar spikes. Here are five nutrient-dense foods, like healthy energy bars or sweet potatoes, to incorporate into your diet:

Sweet Potatoes

Adding more sweet potatoes to your diet can help curb your appetite by providing a healthy dose of fibrous carbohydrates. This root vegetable is loaded with vitamins A, C, and E, yet low in calories. Sweet potatoes also contain potassium, iron, magnesium, and beta carotene to help nourish your body. Try drizzling baked sweet potatoes with olive oil and a sprinkle of salt for a great side to chicken or fish.

Apples and Pears

Both fruits make a satisfyingly sweet snack that can also help you lose weight. A single piece of fruit contains less than 150 calories and plenty of fiber, plus helpful compounds like polyphenols to promote growth of friendly intestinal bacteria. Increasing levels of good bacteria help fight bad bacteria in the gut, restoring microbial balance. In the long run, a balanced digestive tract can reduce chronic inflammation throughout the entire body, and help counteract the risk of obesity and diabetes.

Beans

Incredibly high in fiber, beans are slow to digest and keep you feeling fuller, longer. Beans are very inexpensive, as well – especially when sold by the pound – and are incredibly versatile. Try a sweet potato loaded with black beans and salsa for a filling lunch, or puree white beans and garlic to make a delicious dip for raw veggies.

Almonds

Like fruit, almonds are a great on-the-go snack. They’re a high-calorie and high-protein food, so a small handful is all you need per serving. In addition to containing fiber and healthy fats, almonds also have vitamin E to help promote healthy skin, hair, and nails. Pack a bag of almonds in your gym duffle, or grab some in between meetings to keep hunger pangs at bay.

Avocado

This creamy fruit has a reputation for being high in fat, but weight-loss seekers need not fear. Avocados are a primary source of heart-healthy monosaturated fat. Plant-based fatty acids like those found in avocados have anti-inflammatory benefits that can help arthritis symptoms and lower the risk of heart disease. Similar to olive oil, another good fat, avocado increases absorption of soluble nutrients and can make almost any meal more filling. Avocado tastes great as a topping for salads, or mixed into a side like quinoa or rice medleys. You can also use avocado as a tasty substitute for mayo on a sandwich or wrap.

If you’re looking for foods that will keep you powered for a workout, as well as satiated between meals, try a protein bar from Promax. Our great-tasting bars are lower in sugar, yet high in fiber and protein, to contribute to a healthy diet. For more information, visit our product page or our blog.

 

Posted in Nutrition |

Five Foods that Burn Fat

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If you’re looking to lose weight, try eating fat-burning foods frequently throughout the day. The best strategy for shedding pounds is to consume five to six small meals daily, like snacking on fresh veggies or grabbing nutrition bars on the go. Eating frequently will keep your metabolic rate accelerated, especially by incorporating the foods below:

Spices

Many common spices have thermogenic properties, meaning they can boost metabolism upon consumption. For example, capsaicin found in hot peppers has been proven to increase body temperature and metabolic rate simultaneously, melting calories away. Try adding cayenne pepper to stir-fries and sautés, or folding green chilies into an egg white omelet.

Other mild spices can help your weight loss goals as well, by improving overall health and assisting your workouts. Ginseng is one such herb, known to boost energy. Others include ginger, to help digestion, and turmeric to break up fat.

Egg Whites

Whereas weight loss coaches and healthcare practitioners often shun yolks, egg whites are perpetually praised as a source of good fat. Egg whites are chock full of protein, which means they’ll keep you full longer. If you’re bored by egg white omelets and scrambles, try a frittata! It’s a delicious way to use up leftover veggies, and a great low-calorie meal for any time of day.

Green Tea

Used for centuries for health and wellness, green tea contains a high amount of polyphenols, which can counteract harmful triglycerides that lead to weight gain. Green tea also provides potent antioxidants that can stimulate your body’s metabolism and promote weight loss. Along with the caffeine found in green tea, these antioxidants boost the central nervous system and allow fat to be released into the blood stream and used as fuel.

Nuts

A handful of nuts is a no-frills yet delicious snack that can keep you full and powered for hours. Stay away from sweetened trail mixes or nut blends with added fat. All you need is a little bit of salt for flavor. If you can’t handle nuts in their purest form, try chopping and mixing into a salad or side dish.

Grapefruit

This citrus actually lowers insulin levels to prevent our bodies from storing excess sugar as fat. Decreased insulin levels can also curb your appetite, making grapefruit a great weight-loss tool. Grapefruit is also known as a “negative calorie” food, meaning a single fruit has fewer calories than it takes to digest. Though the most health benefits can be found in fresh fruit, grapefruit juice is also incredibly beneficial.

Eating healthier can provide the nutrients your body needs while adding to a reduced-calorie diet plan. Many nutritious foods, such as nuts or fruits and vegetables, have also been scientifically shown to help you lose weight by boosting your metabolism and making it easier to shed pounds. If you’re looking for a delicious workout snack to power your active life, try a protein bar from Promax. Our bars are great-tasting and packed with replenishing protein, and do not contain artificial sweeteners. For more info about Promax, check out our product page or our blog.

 

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