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Weight loss: Cardio vs Weight training - or both?



When most people think of workouts, they will go straight to cardio. Running, cycling, jumping rope, and other forms of cardio are known for burning calories fast. Cardio also increases heart health and metabolism. So what are the downfalls to using only cardio in your workouts? First, when your body gets into the system with the cardio, it is more difficult to lose fat. Not only will you have trouble losing fat, but you can lose muscle mass. To build muscle, your body needs an efficient amount of calories, and when you do strictly cardio, your body is trained to burn those calories instead of use them to build muscle. So how do you lose weight but keep muscle?

Weight training

Incorporating weight training into your workout routine makes all the difference in getting toned. When you lift, you’re not only building muscle but also burning fat, so if you’re trying to slim down, you can do that while getting toned and strong. If you use your weights the safe and right way, you build up your strength so that you are less susceptible to injury. There’s a difference between a slim body and a shapely body - and you won’t get that defined body by hopping on the treadmill everyday. Not only does weight training improve your appearance - it also aids in balance, reduces back pain, and many other benefits.

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So should you use cardio or weight training to lose weight?

The answer to that varies for each person, but using both cardio and weight training has multiple benefits. With the incorporation of both into your workout routine, you can burn those unwanted calories while building a body you will love. Both have proven to improve heart health, increase metabolism, lower diabetes risk, and improve mental health. Your dream body could mean only a change in your routine cardio.

What is the Ketogenic diet, and does it work?

What is the Ketogenic diet, and does it work?

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It is easy to get online and find hundreds of diet fads claimed to help you lose weight. The question is: do they really work? One of these rising diets is the ketogenic- or keto- diet.

What is the keto diet?

The goal is to shift your body into ketosis- which leads to ketones in the blood. This diet is usually passed by because of the confusion of what exactly ketones are, so here’s the breakdown: When you fill your body with carbs, these carbs will convert into glucose for energy. So why don’t we want that? When your body is using these high glycogen levels for energy, it is storing fat. Limiting your carb intake, on the other hand, forces the body to convert the fats in your body into ketones for energy. So instead of storing fat, you’re burning it.

What are the benefits?

- Quick weight loss

- High and longer lasting energy

- Mood improvement

- Appetite suppression

- Low blood pressure

- Prevents epilepsy

- Low risk of type-2 diabetes

So what do you eat for the keto diet?

Most people on the keto diet get their nutrients from about 70% fat, 20% protein, and 5% carbs.

Do not eat:

- Grains and starches: bread, cereal, pasta, potatoes, ect.

- Sugar: chocolate, syrups, soft drinks, artificial sweeteners, ect.

- Fruit: bananas, apples, ect. excluding avocados and berries occasionally

Do eat:

- Meat: chicken, steak, turkey, beef, ect.

- Fish: salmon, lobster, shrimp, tuna, ect.

- Nuts: almonds, pecans, walnuts, macadamia nuts, ect. (great for snacking)

- Vegetables: best to use above the ground leafy green vegetables. Broccoli, brussel sprouts, spinach, celery, ect.

- Fats: butter, olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, ect.

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So- does it really work?

Everyone’s body and optimal diet plan is different, but for the majority, the keto diet has proved to work. It has been used by many celebrities including the Kardashians and Megan Fox. If you still don’t believe it, the instagram account @ketotransformations shows results from hundreds of people using the diet.

Want to use your Ice Shaker bottle to aid in your keto diet? There are many options of keto friendly protein powders to throw a shake together for a dieter on the go.

The Top 3 ways to keep your drinks ice cold (these are genius!)

How to keep your drinks ice cold in a steaming hot car

Who has had this happen to them? Your driving around in the hot summer heat and you accidentally leave your water bottle in the car. You come back and are so thirsty but when you go to take a sip it is boiling hot and you can't even drink it! Not anymore, leave your Ice Shaker in your steaming hot car that is baking in the 100 degree sun and come back 2 hours later from shopping, a ball game or getting a pump in at the gym and take a nice refreshing ice cold sip from your Ice Shaker bottle.

 The #1 way to keep your drink ice cold

The ice shaker 26oz bottle as seen in the video above will hold ice for over 30 hours in a 75 degree room. When tested in the blazing hot truck, the bottle held ice for over 24 hours!  The 26oz Ice Shaker is the ultimate utility cup and used for almost anything.  Each Ice Shaker comes with an easy open pop top lid that is great for sipping on your favorite drink while your driving.  The removable twist in agitator is great for breaking up powders or mixing your favorite cocktail, and the measurement markings inside the bottle let you know exactly how much you are drinking.

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The 26oz Ice Shaker is ideal for keeping your drinks ice cold on a boat

The #2 best way to keep your drink ice cold

The Ice Shaker skinny steel tumblers are idea for sipping your favorite ice cold drinks. Each skinny steel tumbler comes with a straw and will keep your drinks cold for up to 24 hours.  The skinny bottle is stylish and easy to hold and is a huge favorite for bringing to the beach or the pool.  The sweat free bottle does not allow sand to stick to it!  Personalize one of our skinny steel bottles for your next vacation or event and sip on your favorite ice cold drink all day long. 

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The #3 best way to keep your drinks cold

The Ice Shaker 16oz shaker bottle is convenient on the go bottle.  With the same features as the 26oz bottle, the 16oz Ice Shaker will keep your drink cold for up to 24 hours.  Choose from 8 different color combinations, the Ice Shaker bottle collections will satisfy anyone's need for an ice cold drink.

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The agitator also works great as a fruit infuser

To check out our full line on insulated bottles that will keep your drink ice cold, visit our shop here.