Losing Weight

Multivitamins have NO effect on Heart Disease, Cancer or overall Mortality??

According to the medical journal “Annals of Internal Medicine”, there is no evidence that multivitamins have any effect on cognitive decline, heart disease, cancer, or overall mortality. Wait what??

However, adequate intake of vitamins/minerals from food and/or supplements IS necessary to prevent deficiency, promote optimal health, improve nutrient partitioning and promote fat loss and muscle gain.

Ditch The Multivitamin or Not??

Ideally, just supplement the specific nutrients you are deficient in. Avoid supratherapeutic doses of vitamins – doses greatly in excess of recommendations. And know what you are working with: low-fat diets for instance can inhibit adequate absorption of fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E, and K. Perhaps your diet just needs a little tweaking; all of your vitamin and mineral requirements CAN and arguable SHOULD BE met from actual food intake by eating a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.

If you struggle with medical ailments, check with your healthcare provider to see if specific vitamins or nutrients may need to be supplemented.

Taste The Rainbow!

…can we say that?

Vitamins are “any of a group of organic compounds that are essential for normal growth and nutrition and are required in small quantities in the diet because they cannot be synthesized by the body.”

We have overwhelming access to a variety of fruits and vegetables all year round, and there truly is no reason outside of a medical complication or deficiency that one should require a daily multivitamin.

If you use a vitamin/mineral supplement, look for one providing nutrients derived from whole foods. Be sure this includes natural forms of vitamin E rather than the synthetic versions. Vitamin A should come from precursors like carotenoids and not preformed retinoids for instance. Labdoor.com is an independent company that creates a quality score for label accuracy, product purity, nutritional value, ingredient safety, and projected efficacy!

**Check with your healthcare provider as special populations often need special consideration with supplemental vitamins. Those on blood thinners need to take precaution before adding in supplemental vitamin K. Those on a plant based diet might benefit from supplementing with iodine, vitamin D and vitamin B12. Those suffering from malabsorption syndromes will need to adjust their micronutrient intake accordingly. Always check with your healthcare provider before supplementing your diet.**

Vitamin D: The not-really-a-vitamin Vitamin

“Vitamin D” is actually the one vitamin your body is capable of synthesizing on it’s own! All you need is sunlight. Because of this you may meet your requirements for this vitamin with no effort at all in the Summer, but come Winter you may be totally deficient! (Especially for those of us in the North experiencing extended periods of below freezing temperatures and reduced daylight hours).

Getting adequate vitamin D can improve mood AND provide long-term protection against cognitive decline and bone deterioration. Many studies show that deficiency in vitamin D is also associated with increased susceptibility to infection and immune dysfunction!

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3166406/

What to Eat, When to Eat, and What it Means for Your Workouts

Thankfully, it seems the era of fad-diets, fat-free, no-carb or other diets that entirely slash a whole category of macronutrients is coming to a close! But with that said, it is still difficult to find reliable information on proper nutrition! Let’s take a look at how eating factors into the effectiveness of your workouts, and maybe we can make sense of some of this.

“What should I eat before/after my workout?”

For most of us who exercise for health and not training for a high-level competition, our meals will contain some combination of high quality protein, high quality carbohydrates, healthy fats, and some fruit and vegetables 1-2 hours before and/or after your workout to get the maximal benefit. Whether it is “and” vs “or” will partly depend on the intensity/duration of your activity, daily caloric intake and what is on the menu for the rest of your day

Break it down for me: What’s important – and Why?

Protein can help maintain muscle size, reduce muscle damage, provide your bloodstream with amino acids when it needs them most, and helps you adapt to your exercise over the long term! But most people are at least somewhat aware of the importance of protein for strength training – what about carbohydrates?

Pre-Exercise carbs fuel your workout and help with recovery/muscle retention with even shorter, intense workouts. Post-exercise carbs however should come from whole foods like fruits and vegetables because these are better tolerated by the system than insulin-spiking refined carbohydrates and are just as good at restoring muscle glycogen over 24 hours.

Alright…but tell me more about “When”.

If you ate a normal-sized, balanced meal a couple of hours before training (or a smaller shake closer to training), then you have 1-2 hrs after training to eat your post-workout meal and still maximize the benefits of workout nutrition.

But if you are like many who work out early in the morning or directly after leaving work, and you ate only a small meal within the last 3-4 hours before your workout, or you are in a fasted state, then you should consume a meal within one hour after your workout to prevent a slowed recovery. A whole food meal pre/post workout provides many things including important phytonutrients that build muscle, supply energy, decrease inflammation, and boost recovery.

Ya know, it just isn’t the same for me!

You might be right! In the end, the total amount of protein and carbohydrate consumed over the course of the day is far more important to lean mass gain, fat loss, and performance improvements than any specific nutrient timing strategy. If you are a high-quality eater (you are only looking to tweak minor things) check out this infographic that further breaks down your meals by body type!

When in doubt, keep it simple and fill each nutrient slot:
Protein – Scrambled Eggs with veggies
Fat – 1 “thumb” of cheese
Carb – 1 slice of Ezekial toast or fruit

Now we’ve got some recipes to help make finding a well-balanced, complete meal a little easier for you!

Asian Scrambled Eggs:

Shake up your eggs with a few new elements like some incredibly healthy ginger root and nutritious snow peas!
Check the recipe here!

Classic Protein Pancakes:

Rolled oats, eggs, cottage cheese, fruit – these pancakes have everything you need to call them a complete meal!

Find this recipe and more on our previous blog post here!

PB & Chocolate Banana Shake:

1 scoop choc protein powder, 1 fistful of spinach, 1 banana, 1 “thumb” of peanut butter, and 8 oz choc unsweetened almond milk. Blend and enjoy!

Need even more ideas? How about Banana Cream Pie Oatmeal?? Peaches and Cream Omelet?? You can find those and MORE in Precision Nutrition’s Gourmet Recipes List!

Please stop dieting!

Please stop dieting!

Everyone needs muscle. You need it to keep your metabolism as high as possible so you maximize fat burning.

Older folks, like our grandparents, need muscle for daily activities (from walking to gardening or even bike rides). It’s also important to be able to bend, stoop and move freely.

Young folks, like you and I, need muscle to look sexy. Because that’s what we do. We just sit around all day looking sexy, right? Tough life, I know. But hey, we’re good at it!

—Anyway, there are a few factors in avoiding muscle loss.

First, you must lift weights with the right amount of intensity and volume.

Another factor, dieting, is where most people go wrong (unless they are doing too much steady state cardio – that’s the big exercise no-no, of course).

So what’s the best diet to use?

One where you cut your calories every day? Or one that allows you to eat healthfully seven days per week?
Does the best diet demand that you eat obsessively and compulsively? Or can you just eat like a normal human being?

The good news is that you can eat normal healthy foods and just pay some extra attention to your protein intake and you can keep your metabolism rev’d up 24/7!

Questions? Give us a call or send an email – www.ellipsefitness.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

Ellipse Fitness Contestants Lose 740 Pounds of Fat in 6 Weeks and Win $1500

Appleton, WI. – July 2, 2013 –  Ellipse Fitness is proud to announce our Summer Shape Up contest members have lost 740 pounds of fat in 6 weeks.  Winning teams from each of our five participating locations also won $1500 in cash. The contest is a team competition where groups of three people worked together to lose the most amount of body fat and gain muscle.

Ellipse Fitness President Lisa Welko explains: 

“My inspiration for offering the Ellipse Fitness Summer Shapeup Contest was to assist others in making a significant change in their lives.  There is nothing better than working with someone who puts all the parts of the fat loss equation together.  Winning the contest is a big deal, but, motivation to continue the fitness journey is even bigger.”

People interested in attending the next Shape Up session should contact Ellipse Fitness at info@ellipsefitness.com or call your local studio for more information.

For more information on Ellipse Fitness, visit http://www.ellipsefitness.com

 

About Ellipse Fitness®:

Founded in 2002, Ellipse Fitness is a classes-only fitness and nutrition franchise specializing in providing regularly scheduled exercise classes and nutrition programs for our members.  Our proprietary workout programs are set in a group exercise format and emphasize functional movement, cardiovascular training, building core strength and adding lean muscle mass.  For information on programs and locations please visit ellipsefitness.com.  For information about owning an Ellipse Fitness franchise please visit ellipsefitnessfranchise.com.

Contact:

Todd Weiss

Ellipse Fitness®

866 934 7167

todd@ellipsefitness.com

 

Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

For the chicken:
24 Oz. Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
1 Celery stalk
1/2 Onion, diced
1 Clove Garlic
16 Oz. Fat-free Low Sodium Chicken Broth
1/2 Cup Hot sauce (i.e. Frank’s Hot Sauce)

For the wraps:
6 Large Lettuce Leaves, Bibb or Iceberg
1 1/2 Cups Shredded Carrots
2 Large Celery Stalks, cut into 2 inch matchsticks

Directions:
In a crock pot, combine chicken, onions, celery stalk, garlic and broth (enough to cover your chicken, use water if the can of broth isn’t enough). Cover and cook on high 4 hours.

Remove the chicken from pot, reserve 1/2 cup broth and discard the rest. Shred the chicken with two forks, return to the slow cooker with the 1/2 cup broth and the hot sauce and set to on high for an additional 30 minutes. Makes 3 cups chicken.

To prepare lettuce cups, place 1/2 cup buffalo chicken in each leaf, top with 1/4 cup shredded carrots, celery and dressing of your choice. Wrap up and start eating!

Serves: 6
Exchanges: 4 Extra Lean Protein, 1 Vegetable

Skinny Turkey-Vegetable Soup

Skinny Turkey –Vegetable Soup

2 Medium Onions, chopped
2 Medium Carrots, chopped
2 Celery Ribs, chopped
½ Cup Chopped Sweet Red Pepper
1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
3 Garlic Cloves, minced
4 Cups Water
1 Can (10 oz) Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies, undrained
½ Cup Frozen Peas
1 Bay Leaf
4 Tsp. Sodium-free Chicken Bouillon Granules
½ Tsp. Dried Basil
½ Tsp. Dried Thyme
¼ Tsp. Ground Cumin
¼ Tsp. Pepper
¼ to ½ Tsp. Hot Sauce (optional)
½ Cup Uncooked Whole Wheat Orzo Pasta
2 Cups Cubed Cooked Turkey Meat
1 Tbsp. Minced Fresh Cilantro

Directions: In a large saucepan, sauté onions, carrots, celery, and red pepper in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 2 minutes longer. Stir in water, tomatoes, peas, bay leaf, bouillon, basil, thyme, cumin, pepper, and pepper sauce if desired. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.

Cook orzo according to package directions; drain. Stir orzo and turkey into soup; heat through. Discard bay leaf. Sprinkle with cilantro.

Serves: 6
Exchanges: 2 Lean Protein, 1 Carb, 1 Vegetable, 1 Fat

Tomato and Vegtable Salad

Tomato & Vegetable Salad
1 Pound of Cherry or grape tomatoes (4 cups)
1 Large cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise & chopped
(2cups)
2 Large celery stalks, halved lenthwise & chopped
(About 1 1/4 cups)
1 Large Green Bell Pepper, cored & chopped
(About 1 1/4 cups)
1 Small Red Onion, chopped (About 1/2 cup)
1 Garlic Clove, minced
1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
1 Tbsp. Red Wine Vinegar
1 Tsp. Lemon Juice
1 Tsp. Salt
1/2 Tsp. Ground Black Pepper
Several dashes of red pepper sauce, like Tabasco

Directions: Mix all ingredients in a large serving bowl, toss well, and serve!

Servings = 6
Exchanges: 2 Vegetables, 1 Fat

Tip: If you make this salad in advance, wait to add the Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, lemon juice, and salt until you are ready to serve so that the vegetables do not get mushy. You can make this as spicy as you want by adding the Tabasco!!

Chicken Grilling Packets

Chicken Grilling Packets
4 Chicken Breasts
3 Cups of Asparagus, cut in 1″ pieces
1 Large Onion, cut into large pieces
2 Red Peppers, cut into large pieces
2 Green Peppers, cut into large pieces
Salt & Pepper (or Mrs. Dash Seasonings!)

Lay flat two pieces of heavy tin foil and spray lightly with PAM cooking spray. Lay 4 oz. chicken breast on foil and season with salt, pepper, and/or Mrs. Dash Seasoning. Top chicken with vegetables. Fold foil sides together to form a packet. Place on grill and cook until chicken is cooked through. Enjoy!

SERVES: 4
Exchanges: 4 Extra Lean Protein, 2 Vegetable

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Baked Chicken Nuggets

2 – 8 Oz. Chicken Breasts, cut into bite sized pieces

Salt & Pepper to Taste

2 Tsp. Olive Oil

6 Tbsp. Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs

2 Tbsp. Panko

2 Tbsp. Reduced-Fat Parmesan Cheese

PAM Cooking Spray

Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray. Put the olive oil in one bowl and combine the bread crumbs, panko, and parmesan in a separate bowl. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and then place in the bowl with olive oil and mix well. Coat each piece of chicken in the bread crumb mixture, then place on the baking sheet, spray with a quick spray of cooking spray and bake for 8-10 minutes. Turn chicken over and cook for an additional 4-5 minutes or until cooked through.

Serves: 4

Exchanges: 3 Extra Lean Protein, 1 Fat, 1 Carb

Ellipse Fitness Talks “Metabolism” at Fab Five Woman’s Expo!

Appleton, WI. – Ellipse Fitness President Lisa Welko was a featured speaker at the Woman’s Fab Five Woman’s Expo at the Grand Meridian Hotel in Appleton, WI last Saturday.  The event was designed to help woman explore and improve the 5 priorities in their lives.  The five aspects discussed were “faith”, “family”, “finance”, “fun, and “fitness”.  The event featured over 75 local businesses, provided workshops and demonstrations to help people explore a variety of ways to live a happy and healthy life.

Ellipse Fitness President Lisa Welko was the featured speaker on both fitness and nutrition.  Welko helped co-found Ellipse Fitness which is celebrating their 10 year anniversary this month.  Ellipse Fitness is a fitness and weight loss franchise with 8 locations in Wisconsin and St Louis.

Since they opened, they have helped hundreds of people lose weight and get back into shape.  One of their greatest accomplishments is their nutrition and weight loss program.   To date they have helped many people lose more than 100 pounds!

Ellipse’s workout programs are designed to work with people of all fitness levels.  Some people simply want to lose a few unwanted pounds, while others wish to shed more weight.  The bottom line is everyone has different needs and goals so it’s important to understand the needs of the client.

Welko’s presentation focused on one of her favorite topics – helping people learn how to safely and effectively increase their metabolism.  It’s designed to teach people the importance of the concept of metabolism, and how they can make changes in their daily eating and exercise routines to improve their fitness and weight loss results.  According the Welko:

“One of our core principles is that life is NOT a perfect circle.  We all need coaching and accountability. Our goal is to help both our members and the surrounding community live happier and healthier lives.  This is something we are very passionate about.  We strive to help people not only get healthier, but feel better about themselves.”

Lisa Welko is heavily involved in the fitness industry.  She is a best selling author, featured speaker and a regular participant on the Fox morning television program Real Milwaukee.
About Ellipse Fitness

Founded in 2002, Ellipse Fitness is a classes-only fitness and nutrition franchise specializing in providing regularly scheduled exercise classes and nutrition programs for our members.  Our proprietary workout programs are set in a group exercise format and emphasize functional movement, cardiovascular training, building core strength and adding lean muscle mass.  For information on programs and locations please visit ellipsefitness.com.  For information about owning an Ellipse Fitness franchise please visit ellipsefitnessfranchise.com.

 

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For More Information, Contact:

Todd Weiss

Ellipse Fitness

Phone: 866-934-7167

Email: info@ellipsefitness.com