Cleansing for the Distance

I am not an endurance athlete, nor do I have any aspirations to be. However, I admire those that go the distance and hope these tips will be helpful.
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It’s The Season For Sniffles

It may be the joyous time of holidays approaching, but it is also cold and flu season. Below are some tips to help keep you healthy and ready to enjoy upcoming celebrations.
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Cooler Weather Workout

If you’ve been waiting for the temperature to cool down before you workout, your time has arrived. Here Are some great ideas to get, and keep, you going.
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Cleansing and Performance

These great tips can help endurance athletes benefit from Cleanse Days.

At Isagenix, a frequently asked question of runners and other endurance athletes is “can Cleanse Days be used without hurting performance?” The answer is yes… with a few exceptions. Here’s what you need to know:

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To Snack Or Not To Snack?

Everybody snacks, right?  So let’s be smart about it.  Here are some good thoughts.

Snacking can help or hurt your weight loss goals, depending on what you choose. Snacking can help or hurt your weight loss goals, depending on what you choose. Americans are snacking now more than ever. In fact, recent studies have shown that for many people, typical eating habits are more like an all-day buffet rather than the classic three meals a day (1-3). With this new shift from traditional meal times to constant grazing, health researchers have wondered about the effect snacking has on weight gain as well as weight loss. Does snacking curb appetite and prevent over-eating or can it pack in extra calories? A close look at the science of snacking reveals some surprising facts: Snacking between meals can be either bad or good for your waistline, depending on your snacking choices. This article will break down the science of snacking and show how Isagenix can help you snack smartly while slimming down in the process. Skip Late-Night Snacking A recent study carried out by researchers at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California highlights some concerns with typical snacking habits (1). The researchers used a smartphone app to track the eating habits of more than 550 overweight adults and found that the majority of them were snacking up to 15 hours a day. The researchers also noticed a tendency toward eating more food late in the day. The people who participated in this study ate less than 25 percent of their calories before noon, but ate more than 35 percent of their calories after 6:00 p.m. For the second phase of this study, the participants were coached to limit their eating to a 10-to 11-hour period during the day for 16 weeks without making any other changes in their eating habits. By the end of the study, the participants had not only lost weight, but also reported better sleep and more energy. What You Eat Matters Most Several studies have investigated the relationship between snacking and body weight. Some of the snacking habits associated with weight gain are not surprising. For example, one study published in the International Journal of Obesity, compared the snack choices of obese and lean individuals. The researchers found that obese individuals snacked more frequently on sweet or fatty foods, like cookies and potato chips (4). In another study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the aim was to describe snacking behaviors in a group of office workers and compare snack habits with diet quality and body mass index (BMI) (5). The researchers found that the most significant factor associating BMI and diet quality was the type of food people chose for snacking. On average, people who regularly ate snack foods rich in protein or fiber, such as nuts, fruits, and vegetables, had a higher diet quality and lower BMI. The opposite was true of people who snacked on desserts and sweets; these snacking habits were associated with lower diet quality and higher BMI. Something to Chew On When done smartly, snacking can be one of your best allies for weight-loss success. Allowing your appetite to get out of control makes the temptation of high-calorie junk foods hard to resist and can increase the likelihood of overeating during meals. Planning healthy snacks throughout the day will help keep your appetite in check (6). If you are ready to shape up your snacks, Isagenix can help. These three snacking solutions have been carefully formulated to be your secret weapon for curbing appetite: 1. Feel full longer with fiber Fiber Snacks™ are a delicious and satisfying way to boost fiber and a great alternative to a typical sugary granola bar with only 150 calories and six grams of fiber. Slim Cakes® are another quick, filling option that contain five grams of fiber to keep hunger at bay. 2. Power up with protein Whey Thins™ provide a crunchy, protein-packed snack with 10 grams of protein and only 100 calories. Whey Thins are a smart alternative to other savory snacks that are high in fat and empty calories like chips. 3. Be smart about your sweets If sugary snacks are your weakness, IsaDelight® milk or dark chocolates satisfy any sweet tooth without the guilt. These individually wrapped chocolates with green tea extract are perfectly portioned so you can still enjoy chocolate without the excess calories. Snacking has become the new normal as the increasing trend toward all-day grazing replaces the traditional breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals. The science of snacking shows that munching throughout the day can be a great tool to support your weight-loss goals, as long as you snack smartly. Whether you are craving something sweet or savory, chewy or crunchy, Isagenix has convenient, grab-and-go snacks that will help you steer clear of the vending machine so you can snack your way to success. References Gill S Panda S. A smartphone app reveals erratic diurnal eating patterns in humans that can be modulated for health benefits, Cell Metabolism 2015; pii: S1550-4131(15)00462-3. Sebastian RS et al. Snacking patterns of U.S. adults: what we eat in America, NHANES 2007-2008. USDA Food Surveys Research Group Dietary Data Brief No. 4. June 2011. Kant AK, Graubard BI. 40-year trends in meal and snack eating behaviors of American adults. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2015 Jan;115(1):50-63. Berteus Forslund H, Torgerson JS, Sjostrom L, Lindroos AK. Snacking frequency in relation to energy intake and food choices in obese men and women compared to a reference population. Int J Obes. 2005;29:711–9. Barnes TL, French SA, Harnack LJ, Mitchell NR, Wolfson J. 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