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What to ditch when you want a flat belly

Posted by Lizelle Pool on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, In : Nutrition 

When you look at January, almost over and done with.If you look at the calendar, almost 3 weeks have passed since the new year and maybe you made buckets full of gains (or losses) but, maybe nothing happened. So I thought I'll give you some tips on the stuff that we eat and drink that we think is ok but will really hamper your efforts in getting that belly to go down a bit.

ImageLet's not just always focus on the no no and give you some ideas on replacing them with healthier options. so first up is...


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An all out war

Posted by Lizelle Pool on Tuesday, November 26, 2013, In : Nutrition 

So it is a little less than a month to Christmas and a little more to New Year's. Some may argue that this might be a little too late to try and get in shape for whipping off the shirt on the beach. Maybe, some of you are not going to the beach and are carrying some extra weight that you want to get rid of. I sure know I do. So you can look at December as a little different than usual. You can give up for a whole month, party like there is no tomorrow, put on some more unwanted weight and the...


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Healthy is always best

Posted by Lizelle Pool on Thursday, September 26, 2013, In : Nutrition 
We always have a choice in everything we do in life. Are we going to drink too much on Friday night and suffer for it the rest of the weekend or are we having one drink and have a fit and healthy, well hydrated weekend without toxins raging through our bodies? Are you going to binge eat from Friday night right through to Sunday evening and say that you will start again on Monday? Or are you going to have that one meal with a milkshake, some french fries and a burger, maybe a chocolate brownie...
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What carbs can I eat to get a flatter stomach?

Posted by Lizelle Pool on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, In : Nutrition 

We go through the ebb and flow of the ocean when it comes to carbs (and many other aspects of the macro nutrients on offer these days) is it good? Is it bad? Should I cut it? Should I just eat in moderation? Can we win in this battle of the bulge and incorporate carbs in our diet?

 

You look at diets like the Atkins, South beach, Paleo and other low carb diets out there and carbs get a real evil look from a lot of people these days. We want to oversimplify the use of carbs and maybe that is...


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Can you “out train” a bad diet?

Posted by Lizelle Pool on Friday, January 4, 2013, In : Nutrition 


Carbs have been getting a bad rap in the last couple of months and I thought it a good thing to just talk you through using carbs in your diet and still drop weight.  You need to be warned that there are no quick fixes so you have to have a long term plan in mind and with 2013 lurking around the corner, now is a very good time to think about your long term health. The problem with this approach is called “weekends, family gatherings, bir...


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Diet, diet where for art thou?

Posted by Lizelle Pool on Thursday, April 19, 2012, In : Nutrition 
Hey, so stop me if this does not sound familiar: One day not so long ago, I decided to go on a diet, it was so cool, I got over my initial sugar cravings and started feeling really good and energized, then my body started rebelling and I got a bit hungry. Of course, I did not have the right food available and, alas, I ate what I could find and, yes, my diet started suffering. One time I was travelling for work and got stuck in an airport and, yes, again I made a couple of bad choices, and my ...
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My little experiment

Posted by Lizelle Pool on Thursday, December 22, 2011, In : Nutrition 

I recently went on a little holiday with my family. Nothing fancy, just down to the coast for a week, self-catering little chalet, just very cosy and just what the doctor ordered.  Mom went with and of course with mom, comes all sorts of goodies and of course you are on holiday so you let your guard down and eat and drink a little more than you should and that is good for your liver. Don’t be too harsh on yourself if you know you are going to do this the rest of the week, we do have to le...


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Start rotating if nothing else works

Posted by Lizelle Pool on Wednesday, October 26, 2011, In : Nutrition 

People have been around the block when it comes to eating right, losing the unwanted fat and getting into shape for “take your clothes of season” We hear the word diet and we run the other way due to many psychological issues, one of them that springs to mind is big limitations in not only food choices but also portion sizes. If you look at the word diet it actually means the way we eat and it has no negative connotations whatsoever but we as human beings have made it an evil word that on...


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Get ready and start eliminating.

Posted by Lizelle Pool on Wednesday, September 28, 2011, In : Nutrition 

In lieu of the article I wrote a week or so ago (Our unhealthy and deadly addiction – is it killing us? September 12, 2011) we are going to dig a little bit deeper into a couple of things today. Firstly, we will look a little closer to our supposed food allergies and its connection to our lack of fat loss and lack of health and secondly we are going to look at how to incorporate it into our daily lives.

Let us firstly look at our food allergies. In recent years, so many experts are digging...


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Coffee or nothing

Posted by Lizelle Pool on Monday, September 19, 2011, In : Nutrition 

We always wonder about this and it has been a debate for decades and the IOC changes their stance on caffeine at every Olympic Games, but I suppose we need to dig a little to find out if there is a smart way to consume our regular java and reap the benefits in our daily lives and our training.

So let us start at the beginning. What is caffeine? Coffee was discovered about 1000 years ago and in all these years the product itself is still shrouded in mystery of what exactly it does to our bodi...


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Our unhealthy and deadly addiction – is it killing us?

Posted by Lizelle Pool on Monday, September 12, 2011, In : Nutrition 

When we talk about addiction we think the hard stuff. Alcohol, drugs, the stuff that ruins our lives. Yet, most of us (majority, if not all of us) suffers from one certain addiction that is really ruining our lives, yet, we think nothing of it and uses it on a daily basis. It is as, if not more, dangerous than the “hard stuff” that you would never dream of and it is called SUGAR! The problem with our society these days are that most people will deny being addicted to sugar. We will always...


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The shocking truth about dairy

Posted by Lizelle Pool on Thursday, September 1, 2011, In : Nutrition 

It has been ingrained in us that eating and drinking dairy products are good for us due to the high protein content and the ratio to carbohydrates. It has been instilled that from a young age we need to consume this product for good strong bones due to the calcium content. Thus, at almost every meal a kid will have a glass of milk to finish before the meal is up and this then automatically grow into a habit almost till the day we die.

Now we are not telling you that dairy is the big bad wolf...


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The after effect of Easter and how to torch the fat

Posted by Lizelle Pool on Wednesday, April 27, 2011, In : Nutrition 

So the Easter long weekend was fun! We had our fill of good old Easter bunny chocolates and you know what? That is ok. You might feel a little bit bloated and a lot more sluggish than before the Easter weekend but that is what we are there for. Let Rapid Results show you how to get back in line and burn off all the excess “stuff” that you are now stuck with.

So with no further frills and spills, here is a list of to do’s to let rip and get rid of all excess and unwanted blubber and slu...


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Foods that will help you stay lean these coming holidays

Posted by Lizelle Pool on Wednesday, April 20, 2011, In : Nutrition 

We all like to just kick back and enjoy a couple of public holidays and this Easter it is going to be no different. But, with Easter comes a lot of eating traps for us and this little piece of information is going to help you choose the right foods to help you stay lean and not pick up unnecessary kilo’s.

The golden rule is always: If it is in your house/cupboards/fridge, you are going to eat it. So rule number one should be to get rid of all the junk immediately. Ok, so there might be som...


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The hidden truth about chemicals

Posted by Lizelle Pool on Wednesday, March 16, 2011, In : Nutrition 
 

We have been going up and down the ladder about why we should eat as fresh as we can, why organic or naturally grass fed beef, chicken and wild fish is best for your diet and so on and so forth. Now, just to put another nail in the coffin of some of our favourite processed foods, here is another reason why green, crunchy and fresh is best.


Yet another little monster is rearing its ugly head when it comes to humankind's battle to eat and stay healthy. It is called hidden chemicals in our...


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The best of the best

Posted by Lizelle Pool on Monday, February 21, 2011, In : Nutrition 
 

Let us start with a very simple scenario. It is Saturday morning, you are home alone. Best friend, hubby, flat mate, kids are not around. You have finished your chores and you can now just relax. This is you time and you deserve it. Nothing wrong with that. You switch on the television and pick a movie/series/cartoon to watch, good stuff. Lazy is very good sometimes. This is also the very critical time when you might (I say might because you might just be one of those super people that nev...


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"Nutella for breakfast"

Posted by Lizelle Pool on Saturday, February 12, 2011, In : Nutrition 
 

Wow, I think it is time for a rant, in a big way. I get home this afternoon, something that only happens of Friday afternoons, the rest of the time it is grind until night time. With laptop on lap :) ready to go through the week's e-mails I switch on the television and settle into some mails and some research. My goodness, what research I was in for!


The first advertisement on the TV is of Nutella, you know, that yummy chocolate spread that we can dig into with a large spoon! Now this a...


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"Have you seen the Powerade ad?"

Posted by Lizelle Pool on Tuesday, January 18, 2011, In : Nutrition 
 

When you train, you lose more than just water”


That is what the Powerade brand is claiming in their new ad campaigns, but is this just a gimmick to make you buy their drinks or is there justification in what they are saying? The first thing you have to look at when talking about sports drinks is the fact that when you read up on it, the research says it is basically sweetened water. It has to taste good, otherwise it is not going to sell so they put in stuff like corn syrup (sugar ...


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Are you doing this for breakfast?

Posted by Lizelle Pool on Thursday, September 30, 2010, In : Nutrition 
 

We live in a century and a world that is so work orientated that nothing else matters. The first thing we think of is making a success with our lives and to be financial independent. To do that we let most things slip and the first thing that goes is health and wellness. Of course the first thing we skip on a daily basis is breakfast. Easy enough to skip and way easier and better than skipping getting dressed or combing your hair when you are late in the morning.


What usually happens in...


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How about those eggs?

Posted by Lizelle Pool on Sunday, July 4, 2010, In : Nutrition 
 

There is a big debate going on out there in the big bad world about the validity of throwing out the egg yellow. We get peppered by the MD's out there telling us that the cholesterol content of it is too high and that is where our problem lies. (Did the good doctor also mention that it is not just the fact that you eat eggs that makes your cholesterol climb through the roof, it is also the sausage and bacon and the deep fried chips and all the burgers and the beer, the ice cream and chocol...


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The wonder of water

Posted by Lizelle Pool on Friday, June 18, 2010, In : Nutrition 
 

Why is it that the most important and yet the most easily accessible ingredient in a healthy diet is also the most overlooked and underused ingredient? Why do so many people shy away from this ingredient because they feel like it makes them bloated and let them retain it? Absurd? Not at all, so many of us do not understand the importance of water in our successful attempts to lose weight!


If the question is asked, how much water do you drink? The answer should probably be, not enough. I...


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Go ahead, eat...a lot!

Posted by Lizelle Pool on Monday, May 31, 2010, In : Nutrition 
 

Want to look great? Oh what type of question is that? Of course you want to look good. Is it any easy mountain to climb? Might as well be Everest hey? No way, more like an Everest on top of an Everest an we are closer to the truth.

Take the worries about what to eat out of the equation, will it be easier to do? Maybe. So let's start with what is in the way. If you look at your daily nutritional speed traps, what are they?


  • Parties

  • Travel

  • Restaurants

  • Not planning your daily ...


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Overcome the weekend binge

Posted by Lizelle Pool on Friday, May 21, 2010, In : Nutrition 
 

Worked hard with your training routines this week? Ate very healthy nutritious meals this week? Slept enough and did not overly stress your body and mind at work? Did not drown your sorrows in alcohol? Congratulations, you have made it through a week by being healthy and you are one step closer to reaching your ultimate fitness goals and body. Now to just get through the weekend without proverbially poking yourself in the eye.


How do you stop yourself from putting those crisps in your m...


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This pill will solve the problem!

Posted by Lizelle Pool on Wednesday, May 5, 2010, In : Nutrition 
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It is amazing how many of us will drop everything we do when we see a headline like this. We will read up on it, we will watch the late night advertising on TV, we will Google the names of the wonder drugs and we buy them at great cost! A new pill/powder/ab machine to make me look great in no time, without training and without adjusting my eating habits.


I am sorry to announce that all y...


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Confessions of a weekendholic

Posted by Lizelle Pool on Monday, April 19, 2010, In : Nutrition 
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Yes, it is Monday and if you are a regular trainee at any gymnasium, you will notice that Monday is the day that they gym is packed. The equipment that are full with smoke coming out of the motors are the treadmills. Very many fitness professionals call it the weekend confessional. People trying to run off all the calories consumed over the weekend!

So let us just think about it for a couple ...


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Do we need to detox?

Posted by Lizelle Pool on Monday, April 12, 2010, In : Nutrition 
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We all like to use the buzzwords quite often and this particular buzzword is detox. I am detoxing this week to get my body back to its natural state, is something we hear very often these days. Let me throw a little spanner in the works here. If we live healthy all the time we do not need to reset the clock all the time. If we have to detox every month or so, are we not putting so much strai...


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Natural is best

Posted by Lizelle Pool on Tuesday, March 23, 2010, In : Nutrition 

If you want to confuse the living daylights out of yourself or anybody out there do one thing. Go type the word “diet” into any search engine and choose something that will work for you. Easy? No way, if it was that easy we would all be in super shape and the diet pill and wonder juice market will fall flat on its face. We are bombarded with so many options on how to eat and what to drink to look awesome that we just throw our hands up in the air and walk away. Stop making life too compli...


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Awesome...body

Posted by Lizelle Pool on Monday, February 1, 2010, In : Nutrition 

We all want to look good. Awesome, show stopping. You look up photos on Google of your idols. You download them. Put them up as wallpaper on your computers. You have their photos stuck on your mirror to inspire you. You want to look like them and create a stir like them when you walk into a room. You get caught up and sucked into their lives. You want to look like them. Awesome in everything we wear, look, feel and feel great. Do you want to make the sacrifices they make to look like that?

I...


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F.A.T – Frequently Attacked Terror

Posted by Lizelle Pool on Thursday, January 7, 2010, In : Nutrition 

We just love to hate fat don’t we? It is the baddy that is the root to all our problems. We want nothing to do with it, yet it is the biggest percentage of our diets. It just tastes so amazingly good. We are drawn to fat like a moth to a flame. We can’t help it, it just happens, as soon as we see, that plate with a burger and fries are standing in front of us and we are halfway through the meal already!

Let us backtrack just for a moment and clear a couple of things up. All fat are not p...


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Rome wasn’t broken down in a day either

Posted by Lizelle Pool on Thursday, December 17, 2009, In : Nutrition 

You know the saying “Rome wasn’t built in a day” and we refer a lot of things to that saying. Especially eating right, exercising hard and all round healthy habits. It takes a while to create these healthy habits and it is all hard work. It also takes a while for us to see the results, weeks, if not months, to see those kilo’s dropping or the leg muscles to show. We can look at it from the other side as well. What am I talking about? If we take months to get our bodies used to eating ...


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Ideas to avoid picking up weight during the festive season

Posted by Lizelle Pool on Tuesday, December 8, 2009, In : Nutrition 

We have all been there countless times. We work hard during the year on all our fitness goals and eating habits. We may falter a little bit during the winter months but all in all we are kind of happy with our results. Then comes November and we basically throw the baby out with the bathtub around the middle of the month. Christmas parties start, people that are leaving their jobs for new ones have farewells, lots of cookies and sweets in the shops that just jump into our shopping baskets wit...


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Are we obsessing enough about our health?

Posted by Lizelle Pool on Tuesday, December 1, 2009, In : Nutrition 

Strange question, you might say. Just look at it for a moment. We obsess about money, a lot. We obsess about Christmas and all the presents we must buy and the food we must prepare for the in laws coming over for the weekend. We obsess about work deadlines and when we are home we obsessed about clean towels and if the bed is made. This is all valid points to obsess about, but do we even stop for a second between all these obsessions of ours and think about how are we going to make the next ye...


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Why is vitamin and mineral consumption important?

Posted by Lizelle Pool on Friday, November 27, 2009, In : Nutrition 

We need energy to survive and function properly. What we eat on a daily basis will be used as energy to keep our bodies going through the day. The food we eat consist of calories and the number of calories any human being needs is dependent on his/her age, height, weight, gender and how active they are on a daily basis. The equation is simple: If the amount of calories we take in daily  is more than the calories we can expend, we are going to start picking up weight and eventually become over...


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Wonderful wheatgrass?

Posted by Lizelle Pool on Wednesday, November 25, 2009, In : Nutrition 

It has been around since the early 1960’s. When it first came onto the scene, it was discussed with great passion. Good or bad, healthy or unhealthy or is it yet again another fad? When all the dust settled, it was agreed that wheat grass is one of the super foods known to humans and a lot of people have adapted to consume this wonder food on a daily basis.

 

First of all, it has an extremely high nutrient content. The high levels of chlorophyll (the basis of all plant life) in the ...


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Gluten. Public enemy number 1?

Posted by Lizelle Pool on Thursday, November 19, 2009, In : Nutrition 

What is gluten and why is everybody up in arms about it? Is it the next component that is a big no-no in Hollywood diets? Maybe it is a new fad in the quest to lose weight and look pretty? Or a new idea to make a quick buck?

 

Let’s look at gluten and what it is.

Gluten is an elastic, rubbery type of protein that is found in rye, wheat and barley that helps bind things together. Gluten also provides important qualities to bread like keeping the gasses that is releases when brea...


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