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Flat Ab Foods

Flat abs are something that I think we all strive for. I mean, who doesn’t want a rock solid tummy?! Working out is only a small contributor to abs, believe…

Flat abs are something that I think we all strive for. I mean, who doesn’t want a rock solid tummy?! Working out is only a small contributor to abs, believe it or not. As my high school PE teacher would say, “Abs are made in the kitchen!” And it is true! The food you eat has a huge impact on your body and your weight loss. Here are a few foods that help you in your journey to flat abs.

  1. Eggs: They are the perfect protein source! They have a great balance of essential amino acids that help build muscle, plus if you eat one for breakfast, you are less hungry as the day goes on! Less hungry = less snacking = less calories consumed!
  2. Apples: Apples are 85% water, which helps you feel full, and have 5 grams of fiber! This makes them an awesome midnight/midday snack! Plus, apples help promote healthy lungs and prevent some cancers, so an apple a day DOES keep the doctor away.
  3. Leafy greens: Leafy greens are things like kale, spinach, and broccoli! They are a great source of calcium which helps fuel your workouts, and help prevent cancer! Plus, they make great salads. 😉

Munch away!

XOXO, Chels

 

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What to Eat for Breakfast to Shed Pounds

Was one of your New Year’s Resolutions to drop a few pounds? If so, then you need to know that you can use your breakfast as a tool to lose…

Was one of your New Year’s Resolutions to drop a few pounds? If so, then you need to know that you can use your breakfast as a tool to lose weight! Here is the perfect breakfast equation to help you start seeing results.

  1. Calories: Aim to consume about 300-350 calories at breakfast.
  2. Carbs: Your breakfast should be 45-50% carbs. Skip sugary foods or foods with enriched white flour, and choose whole grains, fruits, and veggies.DSC_4737
  3. Protein: 15-20% of your breakfast calorie intake should be protein. Getting protein at breakfast is key to keeping you satisfied throughout the morning. Eggs, dairy products, soy milk, protein powder in smoothies, and nuts and seeds are great sources of protein.
  4. Fats: Your breakfast should be about 10-15 grams of fat. This doesn’t mean bacon or cheese, it means nuts and seeds, avocado, and nut butter like peanut or almond butter!
  5. Fiber: ¼ of your daily fiber intake should be in the morning. Berries, apples, pears, greens, and other veggies, nuts and whole grains can help you get to your goals.
  6. Sugars: Use sweeteners like maple syrup, agave and honey in your breakfasts to avoid overdoing the sugar. Also, if you are eating fruits in the morning, they have natural sugars in them.

Isn’t it cool that one way to lose weight is to actually eat? We just have to be smart about what we fuel our body with.

XOXO, Chels

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How To Burn More Fat When You Run

Sometimes I feel like no matter how much I run, my stubborn fat just won’t go away! I recently started discovering a love for running and I am so excited…

Sometimes I feel like no matter how much I run, my stubborn fat just won’t go away! I recently started discovering a love for running and I am so excited to its impact on my health, but sometimes I feel like I’m not seeing results. If you cut out foods that are high in fat and incorporate these tips into your next run, you can kiss that belly fat goodbye!download

  1. Mix up your pace: Interval workouts are a surefire way to boost your metabolism. Instead of running at one set pace for your whole workout, alternate between running at a fast pace for about a minute and then running at a slow pace for 2 and a half minutes.
  2. Turn up the time: Just doing crunches wont trim your waist. You have to put the work and the time in! Every 5 minutes of running at a ten-minute mile pace burns about 45 calories, so think about that during your next run and it will motivate you to go just a bit longer!
  3. Kick up your knees: One way to strengthen your core is to do one minute intervals where you run with high knees. Concentrate on using your abs rather than your leg muscles and get those knees as high as you can!

I cannot wait to use these tips on my next run! I am so ready to kick belly fat to the curb.

XOXO, Chels

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Foods to Avoid if You’re Trying to Lose Weight

Are you trying to shed a few pounds before the school year starts getting crazy busy, or are you trying to keep weight off and maintain your summer bod? There…

Are you trying to shed a few pounds before the school year starts getting crazy busy, or are you trying to keep weight off and maintain your summer bod? There are a few foods that you need to steer clear from if you want to be successful. So, if you want to shed a few pesky pounds or keep your weight where it is, avoid THESE foods!

  1. Frosting: I know I know, it is just SO GOOD! But, it is actually so BAD. It is packed with trans fats, which raise bad cholesterol and can lead to belly fat! Plus, it can lead to inflammation and bloating, which is totally no bueno.LuckyCharms_Bowl
  2. Soda: We all know this one. Soda is something that should be out of your diet, whether you are trying to lose weight or not! One can of soda is like a can of water with 10 packs of sugar in it. For us gals, the recommended daily amount of sugar intake is 24 grams, and a soda has 39 grams! You go way over your daily sugar intake with just one soda.
  3. Sugary cereal: I will be the first to admit that I love me a big bowl of Lucky Charms in the morning, especially when I want a sweet, quick breakfast in college. But, sugary cereal can actually cause your skin to break out and become red because of the high gluten content! Yikes!

These are just a few of many not-so-good for you items that you need to nix if you are trying to melt away the pounds, but it is always good to start off small and work your way up! Good luck!

XOXO, Chels

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Midnight Snacking Done Right

Midnight snacking is one of my weaknesses. I am usually up pretty late at night finishing up homework or editing videos, and my tendency is usually to go down to…

Midnight snacking is one of my weaknesses. I am usually up pretty late at night finishing up homework or editing videos, and my tendency is usually to go down to the kitchen and grab myself a yummy late night snack. The problem with this? The later at night you eat, your body is more and more likely to store those calories as fat. Eating healthy midnight snacks can help keep you from consuming unnecessary calories!

  1. Greek yogurt: Instead of reaching for the pint of ice cream in your freezer (although very tempting!), grab some sweet, cool Greek yogurt. Top it with frozen berries or honey to add some pizazz to it!greek-yogurt-1
  2. Air-popped popcorn: Instead of reaching for a bag of potato chips, although crunchy and very satisfying, opt for air popped popcorn. Add some salt and a smidge of butter to make it taste just like bagged microwave popcorn, but with much fewer calories.
  3. Almond butter and apples: Peanut butter contains healthy fats, but it is also packed with calories. Get the same nutty, rich flavor from almond butter, and dip slices of your favorite type of apple in it! Salty AND sweet.
  4. Chocolate: Yes, chocolate! But the RIGHT kind of chocolate. Two squares of dark chocolate are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and have way less sugar and more antioxidants.

Happy snacking!

XOXO, Chels

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4 Ways You Could Be Dooming Your Metabolism

I often hear people say “Man, I wish I had a better metabolism and could eat anything I wanted.” It is true, a fast metabolism is something that a lot…

I often hear people say “Man, I wish I had a better metabolism and could eat anything I wanted.” It is true, a fast metabolism is something that a lot of us wish for. Luckily, it can be achieved! There are a lot of things you do every day unknowingly that are driving your metabolism down, so it is important to drop these habits if you want to improve your metabolism.

  1. Sitting all day: When you sit all day it causes your body to turn off at the metabolic level as your circulation slows. Your fat burning enzymes turn off and your blood sugar is used less. Try getting up and walking ever hour or so to wake your circulation up. I know this can be hard, being in school all day, but walking to class can help wake that circulation up.a972dcb2-100c-4343-8513-153879ad6b69_2048x2048
  2. Not getting enough snooze time: Not getting enough sleep can cause our metabolism to slow down to conserve energy. Sleep deprivation also increases our cortisol levels, which lowers the hormones that are used to metabolize nutrients.
  3. Drinking too little H2O: Water isn’t the most fun drink to guzzle (I mean, Dr. Pepper tastes pretty much 10x better), but it is the best thing for you. It can speed your metabolism up almost 30% after you drink some down!
  4. Eating at bad times: Your body has a natural rhythm that goes with your sleep and wake cycle, and it has a hard time digesting food at night. People who eat later at night burn less calories than those who eat earlier in the evening, studies prove it! Also, eating light meals during the day and then a big meal at night is not smart.

Staying away from these metabolism-slowing habits helps you kick your calorie-burning power into gear, but you still need to eat healthy and exercise to be as healthy as you can be.

XOXO, Chels

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The “3 Miles or 30 Minutes” Exercise Rule

It can be hard to find time to work out, especially in the winter when the days are so much shorter and colder! That is probably why, during the winter…

It can be hard to find time to work out, especially in the winter when the days are so much shorter and colder! That is probably why, during the winter months, we start to pack on a few pounds. Dieting is never easy, and spending hours at the gym just isn’t realistic, so I found a great realistic workout plan! Ill explain.

It is called the “3 miles or 30 minutes” plan. It was created by a celebrity trainer! It is really simple. Every day you should either run or walk 3 miles, or if you cannot do that, work out for 30 minutes. 30 minutes of your day is nothing! This sort of plan downloadhelps you stay active during the week with little time commitment. It is easy to stick with this because you can easily do a 30 minute youtube workout in your living room, or if you have time, go on a 3 mile walk or run! Trying to do crazy hard bootcamps or strenuous workout classes frequently may make you dread working out and may discourage you from it, so just try this “3 or 30” rule out!

 

If you are trying to lose weight, stay healthy, or maintain your weight, try out this rule for yourself! It is totally easy to do and will get you in the habit of working out every day!

XOXO, Chels

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How to Maintain a Healthy Weight

Ladies, have you ever heard people say that losing weight is hard, but keeping it off is half the battle? It is so true. Losing weight takes work, and once…

Ladies, have you ever heard people say that losing weight is hard, but keeping it off is half the battle? It is so true. Losing weight takes work, and once you’ve got those pounds off you feel amazing! But, life happens, you get busy (and maybe lazy) and the weight starts creeping back. Here are 5 tips on how to maintain a healthy weight.

  1. Even a few minutes of exercise makes all the difference: Even if you can only get 15 minutes of exercise in, it is better than nothing. I get it, life is busy! But if I can squeeze in a few minutes of exercise, like jumping jacks and sit-ups while I watch TV, I am still getting my heart rate up and my body moving.LandingWeightLoss2
  2. Follow through: If you plan to work out, actually do it! You will feel accomplished and proud of yourself.
  3. Mix things up: I can get stuck in the same exercise routine, and I find myself dreading working out because it is boring. To prevent this, mix up your exercise tactics! Do yoga one day, run the next, and maybe try some Zumba! Keeps things interesting.
  4. Think positive: When you think about working out, or about skipping a workout, focus on how great you will feel afterwards. You know that great tired feeling you get in your muscles and the endorphin high you feel? Focus on that. It will motivate you to get your booty to the gym or out on the trail!
  5. Work out, even when you’re sore: That doesn’t mean go out and run ten miles. It means take a nice walk or do some yoga to work the lactic acid out of your muscles and stretch you out. It will help your muscles recover!

Maintaining your ideal weight isn’t a walk in the park, and it takes work, but you can totally do it, and you will feel so good about yourself!

XOXO, Chels

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How to Lose Weight While Walking

You don’t have to be sweating your tail off in the gym or running 4 miles a day to lose weight, you can shed pounds by simply walking! Running and…

You don’t have to be sweating your tail off in the gym or running 4 miles a day to lose weight, you can shed pounds by simply walking! Running and other cardio exercises can be really hard on your body and cause a lot of wear and tear on your joints. Here is how to make the most of your walk!walking-shoes-530

Walk faster: By simply walking faster you can burn way more calories and really improve your fitness! If you walk briskly you also reduce the risk of heart disease more than a run that burns the same number of calories.

How to walk faster: Stand tall with your shoulders back. This helps prevent lower back stress. Bend your arms at 90 degrees and swing your arm as you walk. Also, roll off each foot and push off your toes at the end of every stride. This keeps your foot on the ground a bit longer making for stronger, shorter faster steps.

Slip on the right sneakers: Having the right shoes is important! You don’t want to injure yourself. You want shoes that are flexible and roll with each step. You also want beveled heels that helps with heel-to-toe rolling. The next important feature is that they are designed for walking not running.

You don’t have to be a runner to burn major calories! Lace up your walking shoes and get on out there!

XOXO, Chels

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What Happens When You Stop Drinking Soda

Experts say that soda is an addiction that is similar to the addiction people have with drugs alcohol. It may taste good when you are drinking it, but it has…

Experts say that soda is an addiction that is similar to the addiction people have with drugs alcohol. It may taste good when you are drinking it, but it has terrible effects on your body in the long run. It negatively effects every part of your body, and your health will improve SO much when you replace it with water. Ill explain.

 

Brain: When you are tired, do you reach for a Diet Coke or a sugary drink? It may give you a temporary energy boost, but after a while soda can actually have a negative effect on your brain. Eventually it can lead to impaired learning and memory! This is because the sugars and saturated fat can influence your brain function. Prevent this by just not drinking soda.why-is-diet-soda-bad-for-you

 

Teeth: Soda absolutely destroys your teeth, so saying see-ya to it will lead to better teeth and gums. Soda can even do as much damage to your teeth as much as drugs can. Yuck!

 

Bladder: Soda causes you to need to go to the bathroom urgently and often because it is a diuretic. It also can irritate your bladder and cause infection! Keep your bladder healthy, avoid soda!

 

Weight loss: One of the easiest ways to lose weight is to cut out soda. Even cutting it down to one soda a day can make a world of a difference. It may be hard, but you will quickly start to see positive results!

 

 

I have cut soda out of my diet, now it is your turn! 

XOXO, Chels

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Trying to Lose Weight? Avoid These Foods.

Are you trying to shed a few pounds before summer surfaces? There are a few foods that you need to steer clear from if you want to be successful. So,…

Are you trying to shed a few pounds before summer surfaces? There are a few foods that you need to steer clear from if you want to be successful. So, if you want to shed your winter layer of “warmth” before summer hits, avoid THESE foods!637480133

  1. Frosting: I know I know, it is just SO GOOD! But, it is actually so BAD. It is packed with trans fats, which raise bad cholesterol and can lead to belly fat and lower your levels of good cholesterol! Plus, it can lead to inflammation, which is totally not glamorous.
  2. Soda: We all know this one. Soda is something that should be out of your diet, whether you are trying to lose weight or not! One can of soda is like a can of water with 10 packs of sugar in it. For women, the recommended daily amount of sugar intake is 24 grams, and a soda is WAY more than that!
  3. Sugary cereal: I will be the first to admit that I love me a big bowl of Lucky Charms in the morning! But, sugary cereal can actually cause your skin to break out and become red because of the high gluten content! Yikes!

These are just a few of many not-so-good for you items that you need to nix if you are trying to melt away the pounds, but it is always good to start off small and work your way up! Good luck!

XOXO, Chels

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7 Ways to Lose a Pound

Did you know that one pound is equal to 3,500 calories? I sure didn’t! I have been doing my research on exercise because of the approaching season we all call…

Did you know that one pound is equal to 3,500 calories? I sure didn’t! I have been doing my research on exercise because of the approaching season we all call summer.  Here are 7 workouts that burn 500 calories. Do one each day for a week and viola, one pound gone!

1. 45-minute jog at a 10-minute mile paceMinistry-inspiration-310812

2. 2-hour walk at a moderate pace

3. 1 hour of dancing

4. 40-minute jump rope session

5. 2-hour round of tennis

6. 2-hour Power Yoga class

7. 45 minutes of treading water

I am super pumped to crank out a few of these short and sweet workouts to get myself ready for summer! These workouts are all relatively easy and pretty much anyone can do them!

Work it, ladies!

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How to Lose Weight without Trying

Losing weight doesn’t have to be a huge hassle! It isn’t ALL about sweating your booty off on the treadmill. There are a few simple ways to shed a few…

Losing weight doesn’t have to be a huge hassle! It isn’t ALL about sweating your booty off on the treadmill. There are a few simple ways to shed a few pounds that don’t require you to count calories. Here they are!

  1. Always start your meal with a glass of water: This ensures that you stay hydrated and feel fuller right away, which keeps you from overeating!
  2. Control your portions: If you are aiming to lose weight, keeping your portions in check is a must. Use a smaller plate andworkout-to-lose-weight fill it up, that way it will trick your mind into thinking you have more food than you actually do, and it will also keep your portions small. Also, don’t go back for seconds!
  3. Make simple swaps: Instead of ranch dressing, try a vinaigrette and save 80 calories! Opt for fresh fruit instead of dry and save a ton as well!
  4. Move more: If you don’t have time to get a workout in, take the stairs instead of the elevator or park a little further away from the school entrance!
  5. Eat a early, light dinner: Eating too much too late can cause digestion and sleep issues that make it hard to stick to a healthy routine. You need to eat at least 2-3 hours before bed.

Dieting is SO not fun. Making these small changes makes losing weight an achievable goal!

XOXO, Chels

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Beat The Freshman 15

Are you a freshman in college? Or are you a high school student getting ready to head to college in the near future? Then I am sure you have heard…

Are you a freshman in college? Or are you a high school student getting ready to head to college in the near future? Then I am sure you have heard of the dreaded phrase “freshman 15”, which refers to the weight that you gain in your first year of college. Have no fear, the freshmen 15 doesn’t have to be a problem! Actually, experts say that the average college student only gains 3-4 pounds in their first year of college, but still, we can avoid it! Here is how:

Break for Breakfast: If you don’t stop and eat breakfast, you will be starving throughout your day, and probably shovel junk down your pie hole at lunch because you are so famished from skipping breakfast! As your mother has drilled into your skull, breakfast is super important. Breakfast also supplies your brain and muscles with the energy they need to get through the day! It also promotes a healthy metabolism, which is crucial to maintaining a healthy weight.

Snack Smart: Yes, I know that Cheeze-Its are totally delicious and mega addicting, but they might not be the best all-day-every-day snack. Try for something a little more healthy such as apple slices and peanut butter or granola as your go-to snack. Also, snack often! This ensures that you will not over eat at meals, and it keeps your energy level and metabolism at 100% throughout your day.freshman15

Don’t Drink your Calories: You would be surprised how many calories we actually drink in a day. Switch out the soda for water or tea! It is a small change that makes a huge difference.

Get a Great Workout Buddy: Grab your roommate or best bud and make set days of the week your “workout days”. This will ensure that you get your exercise in for the week and you have a set schedule you can keep to so you are accountable.

Good luck in college, I know you can keep that freshman 15 from bearing its ugly teeth!

XOXO, Chels

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Top 4 Reasons Why You Aren’t Seeing Results

Are you kicking booty in the gym, running as much as you can, and trying to eat right but seeing no results? Not only is it discouraging, but it is…

Are you kicking booty in the gym, running as much as you can, and trying to eat right but seeing no results? Not only is it discouraging, but it is also a huge bummer when this happens! Not to worry, though, that can easily be fixed! Here are the top 4 reasons you are not seeing results.

  1. You aren’t lifting weights: Cardio is great for your heart health and a great way to lose weight, but if that is the only kind of exercise you are doing and you are leaving the weights in the corner to rot, that is no bueno! After lifting weights, your muscles are burning through calories hours after your workouts, whereas with cardio after you are done, you’re done.
  2. You are doing the same ‘ol same ‘ol every time: If you aren’t mixing up your routine in the gym that can hinder you! Your body gets used to the exercises and isn’t challenged, so you won’t see improvements!
  3. No food discipline: You can go to the gym and kick some serious boootay, but if you come home and eat half a peperoni pizza and three chocolate chip cookies then all of your hard work is for nothing. Be mindful of what you are eating! Remember, weight loss is 20% of exercise and 80% of what you eat.
  4. Sipping away: If you drink a lot of sugary drinks, it can really set you back! Juice, soda, coffee, all of those have
    chelsea crockett soda tons of added sugars and carbs that you just don’t need! Opt for herbal tea or lemon water when you are looking for a drink other than water.

I believe in you, ladies!

XOXO, Chels

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5 Ways to Reduce Belly Fat

Just in time for summer! Do you have a little bit of extra fluff around your tummy you want to shed before the summer hits? Here are 5 ways to…

Just in time for summer! Do you have a little bit of extra fluff around your tummy you want to shed before the summer hits? Here are 5 ways to reduce belly fat so you can have the rockin’ summer bod you always wanted!

  1. Drink warm water with fresh lemonchelsea crockett
  2. Eat lean protein, like oatmeal or black beans
  3. Reduce stress
  4. Eat healthy fats, like nuts
  5. Reduce sugar intake

You also have to exercise to get the bod you dream for! These tips should be paired with exercise. If you need some workout ideas you can check out a few of my past articles, such as “Simple Crossfit Workout” and many more! Just type “workout” or “exercise” into the search bar on my website! I am going to start using these tips in my daily routine so I can feel healthy and confident this summer!

Show your bodies some love, ladies!

XOXO, Chels

 

 

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