Can spicy foods be effective in weight management?

Can spicy foods be effective in weight management?

Although the notion that spicy foods can help in weight management might sound like something in a supermarket tabloid, the idea has some intriguing possibilities. For one thing, spicy foods can increase metabolic rate by raising body temperature. The greatest increase in body temperature is triggered by capsaicin, a molecule that’s found in chili peppers; it’s what makes hot peppers hot. It’s also the active ingredient in pepper spray. Keep in mind, however, that the thermogenic effect of capsaicin on metabolic rate is temporary—and small. Remember, too, that eating any food will increase your metabolic rate. The reason: The body uses calories to digest, absorb and transport food. This thermic effect of food—referred to scientifically as “specific dynamic action”—accounts for roughly 10% of the body’s daily caloric intake. But the real benefit of eating spicy foods is that it seems to curb appetite. Research indicates that spicy foods produce an increase in satiety and a decrease in caloric intake. Taken together, an increase in caloric output (however slight) and a decrease in caloric intake would help in weight management. One…

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The Golden Rule of Eating

The Golden Rule of Eating

Learn and put into use our latest rule from the Fortza Fit Rules of Nutrition to get into your best shape yet, and feel your body function at the peak of its powers. These rules support cell health, and this increase your energy capabilities, while decreasing inflammation and acidity. This results in a truly younger, healthier and happier you, and a metabolic system that runs smoothly. Here’s the first rule of the Fortza Fit Nutrition Philosophy : As a personal trainer, I empower  my clients with scientifically proven methods to lose weight, and gain muscle.  I tell my clients to keep tabs on their calorie intake, but also keep tabs on the nutrient density of what they eat.  Focus on nutrients rather than calories.  Calories in VS. Calories out, the biggest mantra in fitness.  Simple right?  People understand simple and “calories in vs. calories out” works.  The downside is having people only focus on hitting their calorie numbers, and not on the quality of those calories.  One has to consider the nutritional value of these calories.  You should be looking for food that give you more nutritional bang…

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Kraken by Sparta Nutrition Available at The Pro-Shop

Kraken by Sparta Nutrition Available at The Pro-Shop

Are you hitting a plateau in your workouts? Are you looking for the extra boost to take your workout to the next level?  Maybe your goal is to add weight to your deadlift or squat or improve your time for your next WOD. A good pre-workout will give you that extra boot to hit your goals.  Kraken by Sparta Nutrition is an excellent product to help you become an Elite Athlete.  This products will improved focus, energy, pump, endurance and has no proprietary blend.    Loaded with 200 MG DHMA, 4 G L CITRULLINE AND 3.2 G BETA ALANINE, Kraken is the ultimate EXTREME PRE WORKOUT.        

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Detoxify With Food | Fortza Nutrition

Detoxify With Food | Fortza Nutrition

Have you ever thought of the onslaught of chemicals that your body absorbs on a daily basis? Not just through food, but though the pores on your skin and the air you breathe. There’s many ways your body absorbs chemicals, some of them can be artificial coloring such as what gives Cheetos their neon orange color, the smoggy air you breathe when stuck in traffic, or the chemicals in the facial moisturizer you slather on your face every morning. Your body has to metabolize and excrete your chemical load. The higher your intake of chemicals, the higher the stress this places on the body. Processed foods, pollution, and the chemicals in our environment wreak havoc on our bodies, leading to decreased immunity and inflammation. The concept of detoxification wether with foods or juices is that you’re allowing your digestive system to rest and repair while flushing out toxins through the liver, kidneys, lungs and skin. Although your body is designed to naturally excrete toxins, a little help can go a long way. I’m not advocating to only drink pressed juices for six months.…

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Total Carbohydrate Load

Total Carbohydrate Load

Learn and put into use our latest rule from the Fortza Fit Rules of Nutrition to get into your best shape yet, and feel your body function at the peak of its powers. These rules support cell health, and increase your energy capabilities, while decreasing inflammation and acidity. This results in a truly younger, healthier happier you, and a metabolic system that runs smoothly. Here’s the next rule of the Fortza Fit Rule of Nutrition number ten: Overeating processed, starchy and sugary carbohydrates is a pastime as American as apple pie– literally and figuratively– keep in mind that maintaining this pastime can cause your body to release too much insulin, the hormone that helps your cells absorb glucose from the blood. When blood sugar concentrations stay high for too long, you’re put on track to inflammation, micro-vascular damage, and diseases like adult-onset diabetes. Even thought quick-fixes and media-sensationalized diets have mislead many to avoid carbohydrates at all costs, carbs are not the problem. Negative thinking about carbs is good only if it keeps you away from pastries and muffins, but…

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Eat Good Fats to Lose Bad Fats | Fortza Nutrition

Eat Good Fats to Lose Bad Fats | Fortza Nutrition

Learn and put into use our latest rule from the Fortza Fit Rules of Nutrition to get into your best shape yet, and feel your body function at the peak of its powers. These rules support cell health, and  increase your energy capabilities, while decreasing inflammation and acidity. This results in a truly younger, healthier and happier you, and a metabolic system that runs smoothly. Here’s the next rule of the Fortza Fit Rule of Nutrition number nine: We’ve all heard it, “fat is bad for you”, fat can put you at risk for cardiovascular disease”. Cutting fat from your diet to stay lean isn’t the answer.  It may seem contradictory, but in order to lose fat you need  to eat fat. The key is of course to eat healthy fats. Healthy dietary fats are critical to keep your body running smoothly – not to mention shiny hair, and vibrant plump skin. Healthy fats help maintain your cell membranes pliable, which is necessary for healthy hormone production. Including hormones that aid in digestion and the elimination of fat (who knew right?) . Dietary fats also…

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Eat by the season | Fortza Nutrition

Eat by the season | Fortza Nutrition

Produce in season tastes better- so this month – Eat locally, in season, and organic whenever possible.  Learn and put into use our latest rule from the Fortza Fit Rules of Nutrition to get into your best shape yet, and feel your body function at the peak of its powers. These rules support cell health, and  increase your energy capabilities, while decreasing inflammation and acidity. This results in a truly younger, healthier and happier you, and a metabolic system that runs smoothly. Here’s the next rule of the Fortza Fit Rule of Nutrition number eight: Today we have limitless food choices, and making the right one for your health has only become more complicated than ever. We suggest to keep it local, super-fresh, and as clean as possible. We know life is oftentimes unpredictable, but making this your guideline will help you enforce it most of the time. Even if you haven’t thought of becoming a localvore, eating locally simply makes sense. Wouldn’t you prefer to eat ripened tomatoes from a vine on a nearby farm than those trucked in from Mexico? When something…

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Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies

Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies

Looking for a easy healthy “cheat” snack?   Eating healthy starts with simple changes.  Try this recipe and don’t feel as guilty now!!!!!       Prep time: 10 min Cook time: 10 min   Ingredient 2  ripe bananas, mashed 2 scoops vanilla protein powder 1 cup oats 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter 1/3 cur chocolate chips     Instructions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix all the ingredients together until just combined. Spoon heaping tablespoon fulls onto the baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes until tops are firm. Cool on cookie sheet 5 minutes, then remove to wire rack to cool completely.   SOURCE     

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Core Specific Nutrition

Core Specific Nutrition

  Remember proper nutrition is a key component while training with Core Specific Boot Camps and Core Specific Express Classes.   Here is a quick and easy healthy Berry Protein shake recipe!! INGREDIENTS 1 cup mix frozen berries 1 scoop Vanilla Myofusion protein (available at the pro-shop) 1 cup Vanilla Almond Milk unsweetened 1 cup Ice Cubes   Blend all of the ingredients together and there you go, a quick and healthy berry protein shake.    

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