Category: Dieting

Protein Bars vs. Shakes: Which to Choose?

When it comes to protein intake, it may be challenging at times to hit your daily protein needs, especially if you are strength training and your protein needs increase in order to build muscle. One of the most popular solutions to finding quick and easy protein is incorporating a protein bar or protein shake to supplement your meals eaten throughout the day. Adding in a bar or a shake will give you the flexibility you need to increase your protein with an often portable, shelf-stable solution. However, this raises the question: which should you choose? Outlined below are the benefits to choosing one option over the other, to help you make the best decision based on what works for you!

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Keto or Paleo Diet: What’s the Difference?

Improving your health and succeeding in your workouts have a lot more to them than just exercising and staying active. It is also necessary to eat a healthy diet that gives you the vital nutrients you need to get the results you want. Two popular choices that are actually similar in their goals are the Ketogenic diet and the Paleolithic diet. However, it can be tough to know which diet will best help you reach your goals unless you research how each one affects your health. Here is a quick breakdown of paleo vs. keto so you can learn more about which foods to eat, which to avoid, and how they can bring short- and long-term success.

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Diets to try in 2017

 

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At the start of every year, everyone makes their new resolutions and many start a new diet that promises to help you reach your goals. Instead of just making healthy lifestyle decisions, we choose diets that we don’t know much about or if they are detrimental to our health.  Some diets that you should avoid in 2017 include diet pills (not prescribed by a doctor,) teatoxes, 6:1 diet, and juicing. All of these can cause more harm than help to your body. They might create an impression of weight loss and detox but they are very hard to maintain and can cause complications. Instead of choosing one of these fad diets this year, here are 4 lifestyle diets that will help you achieve a healthier, well-balanced self, while helping you slim down.

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What to eat Pre & Post Workout

Most people know that it is important to give your body the proper nutrition it needs but some might not realize the importance of what you eat before and after a workout is also important. When you fuel your workout with the proper nutrition you will help maximize the benefits of all your hard work during the workout.

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Paleo Diet: Good or Bad?

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The insanely popular Paleo diet cuts out dairy, legumes, grains, and processed junk foods in favor of nuts, meat, and other foods said to be preferred by our ancient ancestors.  The concept behind the Paleo Diet is that Humans evolved on a diet very different from today. Therefore, it is argued that to be healthier, leaner, stronger and fitter, we must change our diet and remove foods that the cavemen couldn’t eat. The diet promises that you will have more energy, weight loss, and clearer skin. While the Paleo Diet might have good qualities let’s take a closer look to see if it is actually good for you.

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Which Is Better? Protein Shakes or Bars?

Protein shake advantages

Protein energy bars and shakes each have passionate bands of adherents in the fitness community, with aficionados of each willing to swear by their chosen supplement, but which one is really better?

Both. Protein bars and shakes each have their advantages, and which one is best for you really depends on your individual needs and fitness goals.

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Everything You Need to Know About Squats

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Check any fitness blog and between articles on the best high protein nutrition bars and secrets for the perfect workout, and you’ll probably see dozens of entries about squats. In the past few years, squats have become an incredibly popular exercise in the fitness world, thanks to their ability to engage multiple parts of the body and give them a strenuous and effective workout.

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Eight Quick & Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Quick & Healthy Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so skimping on it simply isn’t an option. To stay in good health and to get into optimal shape, eating a good breakfast each day is a must.

This can be difficult if you have to hit the ground running each day – getting kids to school or clocking in early at work. Luckily, there are many great options for a quick and healthy breakfast, including nutritional bars and shakes and more traditional fare.

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Tips for Staying Physically Fit and Motivated During the Summer Months

Staying Physically Fit

Working out during the hotter summer months can make you want to retreat to the indoors and avoid going outside until fall. However, with some minor adjustments, you can maintain your routines and stay fit. If you are going to train outdoors, you will want to avoid the hottest parts of the day, which are from around 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

It is recommended to work out early in the morning before heading off to work. Not only is it much cooler outside, your body will have increased energy and higher cognitive functioning throughout the day. If you are unable to get to your routines at this time, consider doing them in the evening after the sun has started to set.

If you are a night owl, you could even get in your workout routines in the evening, when it is much cooler. Just remember to wear reflective, brightly colored, or white clothing, and carry a flashlight to make it easier for motorists to see you.

One viable alternative for summertime workouts is to spend more time swimming and in the pool. There are plenty of water-type physical fitness exercises you can perform to help maintain and improve your abilities.

Regardless of the outdoor routines you prefer, remember to slather on the sunscreen and reapply frequently to protect your skin. You should also wear a baseball cap to shade your eyes, and UV protectant sunglasses. Take time to rehydrate yourself while working out by drinking plenty of water. Most people suggest drinking a small amount every fifteen minutes.

If you simply cannot handle the heat of the outdoors, look for a gym or fitness center in your area that offers short-term summer memberships. These facilities offer the comforts of air conditioning and access to a wide array of equipment you can use to ensure your entire body gets the attention it needs.

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If you are finding it hard to stay motivated, even with these various options, try implementing these tips:

  • Start listening to music to liven up your mood and motivate you to exercise.
  • Take time out to reward yourself for reaching fitness goals. Schedule a massage, go shopping, have a “cheat” day, or anything else you like.
  • Set easy-to-obtain goals. During the summer months, you will want to adjust your short-term and long-term goals. It can be harder to set higher demands on your body and, if you fall short, you can be discouraged and lose your motivation. For instance, if a short-term goal is to shed 10 pounds in a month, you might want to adjust this to losing a minimum of a pound a week for 10 weeks.
  • Don’t punish yourself if you skip working out for a day or two. If it is simply too hot outside, and you need to stay indoors, avoid feeling guilty about it. Instead, do some pushups, sit ups, or house cleaning to get in some physical activity.

After intensive workouts during the summer and throughout the rest of the year, remember to refuel your body with workout and sports nutrition bars from Promax Nutrition. Order yours today online, or call us at (888) 728-8962 for further help in selecting the right bars to fit your needs.

How Do Olympians Train for the Games?

How do Olympians train

Olympians are the best athletes in the world. If you’re looking for amazing displays of just what the human body is capable of doing, there’s no better place to look. Of course, getting to the level of an Olympian isn’t easy; it takes a combination of natural talent and years of dedicated training it be able to do what those athletes do.

Not everyone has the natural talent, but anyone can take an example from the training that Olympians use to get in peak physical shape, and apply it to their own workout routines.

Proper Diet

What, did you think training to be an Olympian was all springs and weight lifting? Any Olympic athlete or trainer can tell you that just important to getting into shape is proper diet and hydration.

Specifically, Olympians eat a breakfast rich in carbohydrates and lean protein, and keep eating every 3-4 hours (and within 90 minutes of every workout). Also, they drink lots of fluids. LOTS of fluids. On a typical day, an Olympian drinks half their own body weight in water, plus sports drinks rich in electrolytes after workouts.

Warm-Up and Recovery

Also important to developing the perfect Olympic training regimen is understanding the role warm-ups and recovery exercises play. A typical Olympic warm-up includes 10 minutes of jogging or jumping rope, followed by 10-15 minutes of dynamic warm-ups (skipping, reverse lunges, or other exercises that improve flexibility and coordination, and prevent injuries).

Once the workout is finished, Olympians always make sure to follow up with recovery techniques to reduce soreness and keep the body limber – foam rolling, massage, and stretches are a must.

Planning and Mental Training

It’s always a good idea to have a specific fitness goal in mind, so that you have something to work toward and a way to measure your progress. Like with everything else, Olympians take this to the next level.

Most Olympic athletes plan their training schedules years in advance (four years in advance, to be precise), and then stick with that schedule from the time one year’s Games end and another begins.

While most people may not have the time or discipline to stick to a four-year plan like that, they can still follow Olympians’ example by setting a specific goal for themselves, and a timeframe in which they want to meet it. Training like an Olympian requires exercising your brain and willpower, as much as your muscles.

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Diversify Your Routine

Most athletes may focus on one particular event, but that doesn’t mean that they keep their training confined to just one of exercise. Runners don’t just run – they do sit ups, pull ups, ball exercises, and sometimes even take ballet. To be the best physically, you need to build all your muscles and train your entire body.

Training like an Olympian starts with the perfect diet. Promax Nutrition sports nutrition bars are designed to provide athletes with the perfect mix of proteins and nutrients, and come in a variety of flavors and formulas to meet your needs. Want to learn more? Contact us today.