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5 Tips To Curb Hunger(And take control of your weight in 2021!)

5 Ways To Curb Hunger in 2021

Take Control in 2021!

Hey Ice Fam! It’s that most wonderful time of the year where resolutions are made and weight loss ads are everywhere you turn. “Lose 5 pounds in 5 seconds” or “Drink this and become that” promises are ad nauseum.
But here’s the truth, losing weight and being healthy is hard work. There isn’t a quick fix or a magic pill, you just have to be honest with yourself and know that with hard work and determination results will come. You can take a look at my own transformation story here. So, whether you are just looking to lose a few pounds or are needing a complete lifestyle change, I do have a few tips and
tricks that can help make the process work for you.

1.) Drink More Water 

Drinking more water is going to make you feel full and stop you from eating as much and as frequently. One of my go to weight loss hacks was to drink sparkling water at nighttime to fill my stomach up and stop me from chowing down.

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2.) Eat more vegetables 

Vegetables are filling and are very low in calories. Feel free to fill up on some green beans or broccoli with every meal.

3.) Go for a run or workout when you are hungry

This is the best way to get your mind off of food and burn a bunch of calories! The next time you want to eat but know you shouldn't, throw on some shoes and hit the gym or go for a run.

4.) Stay busy

You eat more when you are bored. Every year during the holidays when I am extremely busy, I end up losing a bunch of weight. I am so consumed with work that I forget about eating (the exact opposite than when I am sitting on the couch bored)

5.) Intermittent fasting

This is something I tried, and it definitely helped control my hunger. The first 2 days were brutal, but after that I could control when I wanted to eat. I would start eating at noon and stop eating at 8pm. After a couple of days, it just became part of my everyday life. I actually ended up stopping because I was losing too much weight.

Just remember, there are going to be good days and bad but it’s the entire journey that you’ll remember and it makes it feel that much better when you reach your goals!

All the best in 2021,

-Chris Gronkowski

Founder/CEO Ice Shaker Inc.

Want to Start Eating Healthy? Then You Might Want To Watch What You Drink First

Is your beverage intake ruining your diet?

Healthy Drinks
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We all know that exercise and nutrition go hand-in-hand, which is why people will often make some dietary changes as they're starting their fitness journey. Our previous post on the Best Fruit and Vegetables to Mix with Protein Powder highlights that the right food can give you the nutrients you need to stay in fighting form.

However, the problem is that it's usually just food that people think of when it comes to nutritional changes. Watching what you drink is just as important if you really want to have a healthy lifestyle. Some would argue that monitoring your drink intake is even more important since most people don't take stock of what they drink in a day.

To help solve that, below is an overview of the three main culprits that people should watch out for in their drink intake: sugar, coffee, and alcohol.

Sugar

It's not just soft drinks that you have to watch out for. Eat This Not That cites Naked Juice as one of the worst offenders when it comes to sugary drinks — their Mighty Mango drink has over 57 grams of sugar, which is more than a Hershey's bar! Although these juices don't have any sugar added, the problem is that manufacturers have to include lots of fruit to fill up one bottle while blending it together robs fruit of its natural fiber content.

This finding is extremely worrying, as lots of people tend to go for these bottled juices thinking they're healthier alternatives to things like powdered drinks and bottled ice teas. If you're opting for bottled drinks, do yourself a favor and check for the sugar content in them first.

Coffee

Coffee doesn’t necessarily have a lot of calories in it (unless you’re going for sugary lattes and the like), but calories aren’t the only thing that you should watch out for. The FDA estimates the half-life of caffeine to be about five or six hours, which is why a cup of coffee can seriously harm your sleep cycle even long after you’ve taken it.

These side-effects are worth considering since sleep is an important part of any exercise regimen. That said, there’s no denying that caffeine can be a great source of energy with Pretty Me’s lifestyle team recommending Lean n Green as a healthier alternative. Green coffee has less caffeine than your regular bean while also being loaded with antioxidants, which is a definite win-win!

Alcohol

The media likes to send mixed messages about alcohol and fitness. From wine yoga classes to beer companies sponsoring marathons, there seems to be an idea that drinking alcohol isn't detrimental to your fitness goals (in fact, people even talk about sweating out their hangover the next day).

That said, associate professor of muscle physiology Daniel Moore notes that the dangers of dehydration are huge. He points out your liver metabolizes 90 to 98 percent of the alcohol you consume, so sweating it out isn't actually doing much. It also goes without saying that alcohol is calorie dense, which can be a huge deciding factor for those who are counting their macros.

It's unreasonable to stay away from sugar, coffee, and alcohol entirely, and you should be able to treat yourself once in a while. The phrase "everything in moderation, including moderation" comes to mind when watching for what you drink.

By Gail Marcuzzi

What is Electronic Muscle Stimulation (Stim) and should I be using it?!

What is Electronic Muscle Stimulation (Stim) and should I be using it?!

The good ol' Stim & Ice

If you are an athlete and have had some kind of muscle stain or pull then you have probably used stim & ice.  I was first introduce to stim & ice when I was playing college football.  I showed up on campus after having this nagging injury in High School that wouldn't go away.   The trainers put me on the table, slapped on some of these pads (like the ones in the picture below), connected the cords to this big machine and turned it on.

My muscles started to fire in a rhythmic pattern without my control and I wasn't exactly sure if this was going to help or not.  To my surprise this nagging injury, that bothered me my entire senior year of high school, was gone after a week of stim & ice.  

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As my career went on, this became standard practice for any muscle strains, tears or pulls.  But when my career was over, and I strained a muscle while working out or shooting some hoops, I didn't have the ability to get stim & ice anymore. 

So what exactly is Electronic Muscle Stimulation? 

EMS uses electrical impulses to cause the contraction of targeted muscle groups. The impulses are generated by a device and are delivered through electrodes on the skin near to the muscles being stimulated. The electrodes are generally pads that adhere to the skin. The impulses mimic the action potential  that comes from the central nervous system, causing the muscles to contract.  

My Solution: PowerDot

Powerdot

I was recently introduced to PowerDot, which is what I would consider an all-in-one muscle stimulation solution, with over 15 programs plus what they call Smart Recommendations. PowerDot takes data from apps like Strava and provides therapy recommendations to help you recover faster from workouts and be ready to perform better.

The mobile app is what sets PowerDot apart. That’s right, it is designed around a mobile app that acts as a controller for your device. This allows the programs, design, and features to be updated over time based on customer feedback. It’s like getting a new product every couple months, all at no additional cost. This design also makes PowerDot extremely portable and convenient. The actual pod that you place on your skin, which is extremely powerful, is only about 60mm and weighs in at under 25g (extremely small and light compared to the machines I used to get hooked up to back in my college days!)

The other thing I really love is the amount of education you get right within the app. You are able to select the body part you want to focus on, the program that best suits your needs, and you are then prompted with pad placement guides as well as additional tips on use. No need for user manuals, or searching the internet to figure out how to use it.

To no surprise, PowerDot is being used by professional athletes around the globe. NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS, athletes as well as Tour de France cyclists and CrossFit athletes are all using this technology.

Are you a Cyclist?!  Then check out the PowerDot Grand Tour

Participants who complete at least 100 miles in the month will be entered into a random drawing for a product package from PowerDot, Whoop, AMP Human, KYOKU, and Stay Classy Meats. Athletes willing to push themselves over 750 miles in July will qualify for a Grand Prize drawing of $6,000 plus the product package. Two runners up will also receive $2,000 each plus the product package. These huge prizes make this one of the largest and most unique Strava challenges ever, and is sure to bring in a large number of cyclists from around the world.  Learn more Here.

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