WHOLE FOODS MARKET TOUR: BEST OIL, VINEGAR & SALAD BAR OPTIONS | HOW TO SHOP FOR WEIGHT LOSS PART 4

Best Oil, Vinegar & Salad Bar Options - Whole Foods Market tour (PART 4) where you will learn how to shop for weight loss & optimum health. Understand which foods and grocery products are best, when on a weight loss diet. This is episode 4 in a 5 part video series, created by Max's Best Bootcamp & Whole Foods Market. This episode focuses on the best oil, vinegars & salad bar options, in the Danbury CT store. Healthy fats, vinegars & salads can all work well for losing weight, but there are advantages & disadvantages to specific ones over others. We break it down for you!

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You know that eating salads is key for healthy weight loss, but are you doing it right? Many times, our clients say that they're eating pretty well, mostly salads. Truth is, that salad may taste great, but it's loaded up with so many additional goodies, that it's probably 2-3x the amount of calories it should be! Base it on tons of leafy greens, add 1 serving (4-6 ounces) of roasted or grilled protein (meat, chicken, fish) and top with 1 tbsp oil & vinegar of choice.

Which oil is best for you salad? Rule of thumb: use extra virgin olive oil for raw applications (like salads, dips, etc) and coconut oil everywhere else. You see, coconut oil has a higher smoking point, because it's a saturated fat. But Max. isn't that a "bad" fat? Nope, that's been totally debunked. Some of the latest studies from the AHA have folks asking "is coconut oil healthy?" They must really be desparate for press, because that new finding was based on old research, that only showed a discrepancy in cholesterol. While in some cases, LDL went up, in most all cases, HDL went up - the good kind! Especially when combined with a proper fitness program 💪

Make sure your apple cider vinegar label says these 4 things! Raw, organic, unfiltered, unrefined.

Make sure your apple cider vinegar label says these 4 things! Raw, organic, unfiltered, unrefined.

As far as vinegars go, apple cider vinegar is a great food for weight loss & gut health. It doesn't taste too great though, so consider consuming it on its own, diluted with water 1-4x per day. Otherwise, for salads opt for 1-3 tbsp of red wine or balsamic vinegar. Looks for lower calorie, no-added sugar on the label. If you're a balsamic vinegar freak like me, that could mean saving 50-100 calories per salad. Freshly squeezed lemon juice also has some great health benefits & works well here too.

We hope this helped you discover new insight & knowledge into what's available at Whole Foods Market, or wherever it is that you do your shopping. Have any other questions? Post them below & have an awesome day!

~ Max

 

WHOLE FOODS MARKET TOUR: BEST DAIRY & DAIRY-FREE ALTERNATIVES | HOW TO SHOP FOR WEIGHT LOSS part 3

Whole Foods Market tour (PART 3) where you will learn how to shop for weight loss & optimum health. Understand which foods and grocery products are best, when on a weight loss diet. This is episode 3 in a 5 part video series, created by Max's Best Bootcamp & Whole Foods Market. This episode focuses on dairy and dairy-free yogurt, milk, cheeses & products, in the Danbury CT store. Milk, yogurt & cheese can all work well for losing weight, but there are advantages & disadvantages to some dairy and dairy free alternatives over others. We break it down for you!

GOT MILK, OR NAH?

Some tolerate dairy, others don't. 

Nut milk galore

There's never been a better time, as technology & innovation has provided us with new non-dairy products.

Coffee lover?

Opt for unsweetened coconut or almond milk options.

Watch the full video (top of this post) which goes into great detail, about which options are best, when shopping for weight loss. I personally don't digest dairy well at all, so many of these new dairy-free products are a big help, to staying on track with my diet regimen. Does this resonate with you, or someone you love?

A take home point for you, regardless of dairy or not, is that if a food works well with your body, then it's a great choice. On the flip side, if it's supposed to be "healthy" but it doesn't sit/digest well with you, then regardless, it's probably not a good choice for you.

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Are you eating dairy-free alternatives & products because you're lactose intolerant? Do you find them more healthy? The truth is, some people do well with dairy, while others don't. We hope this helped you discover new insight & knowledge into what's available at Whole Foods Market, or wherever it is that you do your shopping!

Let me know how else we can help you, anytime.

Thanks for stopping by & have a great day,

~ Max

10 MINUTE INNER THIGH SCULPTING WORKOUT WITH KETTLEBELLS

Get ready to sculpt & tone your inner thighs. 5 moves, 2 rounds, 1 kettlebell, 10 minutes of thigh burning bliss! This full length routine combines bodyweight & kettlebell exercises for thighs. Follow along with master personal trainer Max Barry & Jess, as we burn thigh fat for good! Modifications & progressions shown, so that all fitness levels can benefit from this kettlebell circuit workout. Here's a list of the thigh exercises in this video:

  1. KB Sumo Deadlifts
  2. Plank Jacks (hands on KB)
  3. KB Touch Jacks
  4. KB Glute Bridge + Squeeze
  5. 1-Leg Burpees (R/L)

We recommend using a heavier kettlebell for the deadlifts if you have it. A lighter KB for the other exercises. We have over 80 different kettlebells & growing at Max's Best Bootcamp...come join us for your complimentary session today!

We hope you enjoyed this thigh burner! If you have any questions about it, or ideas for future posts, let us know in the comments section below.

Thanks for stopping by & have a great day,

~ Max

LULULEMON BOOTCAMP WORKOUT TO INSPIRE LOCALS - MAX'S BEST BOOTCAMP X LULULEMON DANBURY

To get the nation into better shape, it's got to start at a local level. That's why we partnered up with Lululemon Athletica, to give a free workout to our community. Danbury Connecticut residents were in for a treat, when Max's Best Bootcamp and Lululemon hosted this free boot camp workout series called Summer Sweat Saturday together at Kenosia Park. The workout was lead by yours truly, master personal trainer Max Barry. Everyone got sweaty, toned up, tanned up, and summer body ready! 

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It was a 60 minute boot camp workout by the water at Kenosia Park, in Danbury CT. Get a glimpse of what it was like to be there in this highlights video! It started with partner exercises, then the main routine included bodyweight, cardio, abs, and resistance bands to work those glutes & total body...what a fun day!

HIIT and circuit training are the most effective routines for fat loss and conditioning. Try some of these boot-camp workout ideas at your gym or outside with your workout buddy! Better yet, if you live in the area, come try them with us at our clean & spacious facility. Which ones have you tried? Which exercises do you think will burn the most?

Thanks for stopping by & have an awesome day!

~ Max

WHOLE FOODS MARKET TOUR: HOW TO SHOP FOR WEIGHT LOSS | PART 2 - BEST PROTEIN SOURCES

Whole Foods Market tour, where you will learn how to shop for weight loss & optimum health. Understand which foods and grocery products are best, when on a weight loss diet. This is episode 2 in a 5 part video series, created by Max's Best Bootcamp & Whole Foods Market. This episode focuses on the best protein sources, in the Danbury CT store. Sources of protein like meat, chicken & fish can all work well for losing weight, but there are advantages & disadvantages to some proteins over others. We break it down for you!

HERE FISHY FISHY

When you start with a high quality piece of fish (or any other whole food) you don't need to do much to it, for it to taste amazing. While some fish, like salmon, is higher in calories that tilapia, they're both great protein sources for weight loss & optimum health. One serving per meal is ideal, which is about the size of your smart phone. Before you plan which one you buy, be sure to ask your fish monger what's fresh that day! He or she will be proud to tell you what's freshest & also share with you exact tips on how to cook them, too.

LET THEm EAT...GRASS?

If you haven't had a nice steak in a while, you may want to reconsider. Many of our new clients say that they've stopped eating red meat, because "it's bad." Well, that's been debunked. If the animal is healthy, then they're healthy to consume. Conventional meat (of all varieties) is an unhealthy animal, so we don't recommend supporting it. Instead, look for local, pasture raised & grass-fed beef. They're beautifully healthy animals, that eat only grass their whole life & are never pumped with antibiotics or hormones. Local is always best, too!

But isn't red meat high in calories? Relative to chicken breast, yes. In general, beef is about 50-60 calories per ounce VS. chicken breast which is about 40 calories per ounce. So, as long as you potion your servings properly, it's all good! Plus, there's a thermogenic effect when you consume protein...meaning your body will rev up to burn calories, just to consume it. This is less true with carbohydrates & fats. I usually get the grass-fed ground beef here. Would you want me to make a post on how I meal prep protein?

365 DAYS OF CHICKEN

If you're like most people when dieting, you eat nothing but chicken breast. Venture out people, haha! Don't get me wrong, it's a great protein source, but it's pretty bland & not that much different calorically from thighs or legs. Barring skin, it's about 5-10 calories per ounce. Either way, when buying chicken, be sure to look out for local & free-range/pasture raised sources. Here's a great recipe that my friend Alicia & I came up with that's absolutely delicious...

We hope you found these weight loss tips helpful! What other questions do you have about protein sources? 

If you're serious about finally losing weight & getting your health back, check out our customized meal plans today. Many people think they can out train a bad diet. That won't work. We will create a meal plan that super simple, will get you instant results, and will allow you to keep the weight off for good! Used best in conjunction with a proper fitness program. Come try a complimentary workout with us, if you're in the Danbury CT area.

Thanks for stopping by & have an awesome day!

~ Max

WHOLE FOODS MARKET TOUR: HOW TO SHOP FOR WEIGHT LOSS | EPISODE 1 - CARBOHYDRATES

Whole Foods Market tour, discussing how to shop for weight loss & optimum health. Learn exactly which foods and grocery products are best when on a weight loss diet. This is episode 1 in a 5 part video series, created by Max's Best Bootcamp & Whole Foods Market. This episode focuses on healthy carbohydrates, in the Danbury CT store. Grains, fruit, and vegetables can all work well for losing weight, but there are advantages & disadvantages to some over others. We break it down for you!

BANANAS VS. CHIPS

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People often ask if bananas make you fat. Let's be real...no one ever got fat from eating fruit! Too many calories make us fat, especially when they're highly processed foods. Eating clean will allow your body to feel great & perform at it's best. Not only that, your will increase your body's ability to burn fat! So opt for the banana over the chips any day of the week, ok?! 1-2 servings of fruit per meal or snack is ideal. So 10 bananas is not a great idea...but still better than the whole bag of chips/fries/oreos (insert favorite sweet/salty treat here). Berries are best for weight loss & fat loss, because they're higher & lower in sugar than most other fruits. Apples & pears are also a solid pick.

 

Are Grains Bad?

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Are grains bad? Are some "better" than others? They're more or less the same, when it comes to their carbohydrate load on the body. It's dose dependent. Meaning, how much you eat at one time, determines how they will affect your blood sugars. When we eat any carbs, it will cause an insulin response. That means sugar, brown rice, oatmeal, quinoa, honey. That's why we always recommend a no added sugar, low starch diet. It's naturally anti-inflammatory & will allow your body to burn fat as fuel, vs having to burn the sugar out of the system first. Also, consuming too many carbohydrates leads to insulin spikes, fat storage, diabetes, increases cardiovascular risks as well. If you really want to have grains, then you may have a serving at a time. But, you don't need them & you'd be better off getting your healthy carbohydrates from fruits, yogurt, and veggies.

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non starchy veggies

Non starchy veggies, like leafy green, cucumbers, green/yellow squash, celery, bok choy, asparagus, broccoli & cauliflower are amazing for weight loss AND health! You see, they're made up of mostly water & fiber, so they will fill you up & equate to a nearly zero calorie food. That means that you can load up on these veggies in unlimited amounts, to keep you full, nourished & add volume to your meals, without adding calories. Other veggies are great too, however these non-starch veggies are net zero calories, and so they will help keep your nutrition up, while keeping your calorie consumption low. Below is a list of carbs in vegetables:

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what to eat instead of grains?

If you do some more research, you will find that grains are not necessary to consume at all. That doesn't mean you don't have to forgo them completely. We just challenge you to swap them out with wholesome starchy veggies instead. They are much easier on the digestive system, won't spike your blood sugars as much & have many of the touted benefits that you would find in grains...but they're a much cleaner carb source & will aid in fat loss! Focus on sweet potatoes, winter squashes, carrots, peas, and beets for your starchy veggies, but still be sure to limit them to one serving per meal. The rest of your plate should be filled with non starchy veggies, protein & a healthy fat source. Stay tuned for the next episode in this 5 part series...

We hope you found these weight loss tips helpful! What other questions do you have about carbohydrates? 

If you're serious about finally losing weight & getting your health back, check out our custom meal plans today! Many people think they can out train a bad diet. That won't work. We will create a meal plan that super simple, will get you instant results, and will allow you to keep the weight off for good! Used best in conjunction with a proper fitness program. Come try a complimentary workout with us, if you're in the Danbury CT area.

Thanks for stopping by & have an awesome day!

~ Max

3 KILLER GLUTES EXERCISES WITH BANDS

Blast your glutes with these 3 highly effective band exercises. If you want to tone & lift your booty, then definitely check out these mini band moves. Add them into your glute workouts today. Your gluteus maximus will thank you!

Best Minibands (set of 3) http://amzn.to/2rASfnn

3 Best Glute Exercises With Bands

  1. Thick Band Plyo Squats - Use one thick band or double up with thinner ones. Place miniband just above the knees, perform plyo squats or go without the jump if that's too much impact.
  2. Miniband Runner - Use a lighter resistance & loop band under/over your feet. Keep your feet flexed straight forward, as you run in place. If you get tired, continue marching it out.
  3. Resistance Band Plank Jacks - Use medium bands for this booty abs blaster. Place it just above the knee, just like the plyo squats exercise. Get into plank position & work the legs in & out, like a jumping jack. This one move will burn fat, strengthen your core, tone your inner thighs & lift your booty.

Try doing 10-30 reps of each move, or 30-60 seconds each in circuits. You will be feeling the burn right away with these 3 moves! We incorporate these & dozens more in our Max's Best Bootcamp group training sessions. If you're in the Danbury CT are, come join us for a complimentary session.💪

Which of these 3 glute lifters were your favorite? Want to see more quick exercise tips like this? We'd love your feedback!

Thanks for stopping by & have an awesome day,

~ Max

HEALTHY PIZZA RECIPE WITH ALMOND FLOUR CRUST

Ok, you're trying to eat clean, but you REALLY want some pizza. Great news...this pizza recipe is healthy & totally approved! Just don't eat ten of them 😂🍕

This healthy pizza recipe includes 2 ways to top it & features a gluten free, grain free almond flour crust. The first version is a classic style & the second is a white pizza with chicken & pesto. Both absolutely delicious & will satisfy your desires to cheat on your diet, without actually cheating!

ALMOND FLOUR PIZZ CRUST

  • 2 Cups Almond Flour
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 Whole Eggs (beaten)
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil (melted)

Mix together until just combined. Form 2 personal pizzas or one larger one. Place on parchment lined baking sheet, or pizza stone if you have it. Bake on 350 for 10-15 minutes, until slightly golden brown. Take out of the oven, ad your favorite toppings, then place back in the oven until cheese is melted. Mange!

What are your favorite toppings? Do you want to see more recipes like this, or have ideas for future posts? We love your feedback, so please feel free to drop any comments or questions below in the comment section.

These are delicious, BUT if you eat to many & need to burn off those extra calories fast, come join us for a complimentary bootcamp session! Want more info, on how we can create a customized nutrition program, that will have you lean, toned & feeling your best? Check out our custom meal plans today!

Thanks for stopping by & have an awesome day!

~ Max

 

GREATEST PROTEIN MUFFINS EVER

Best tasting protein muffins ever. In this video, you'll learn exactly how to make this vanilla protein muffin recipe & 6 healthy frosting options! High protein muffins that are gluten free, grain free, sugar free, and low carb. 

Vanilla Protein Muffin Base:

  • 1/2 Cup Almond Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Max's Best Bootcamp Protein Powder (or your favorite brand)
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Tsp Organic Stevia Powder (optional)
  • Pinch Sea Salt
  • 2 Whole Large Eggs
  • 3 Tbsp Coconut Oil (melted)
  • 1/4 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup Almond Milk (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 Tsp Apple Cider Vinegar

Mix dry ingredients in one bowl, the wet ingredients in another. Then combine wet into the dry until just combined. Don't stir the heck out of it, or your muffins will be flat & firm, instead of fluffy like ours shown in the video. Place in muffin tins or molds & bake on 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Makes 6 muffins.

Healthy Frosting Recipes:

Purple Frosting

  • 1 Cup Purple Sweet Potato (cooked, peeled, and mashed)
  • 1/2 Cup Blueberries
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Cup Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Butter
  • 2 Drops Liquid Stevia (optional)

Pink Frosting

  • 1 Cup White Sweet Potato (cooked, peeled, and mashed)
  • 1/2 Cup Raspberries
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Cup Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Butter
  • 2 Drops Liquid Stevia (optional)
Max's Best Bootcamp Protein Muffins Recipe

Orange Frosting

  • 1 Cup Orange Sweet Potato (cooked, peeled, and mashed)
  • 1/2 Cup Mango
  • 1 Tbsp Orange Juice
  • 1/2 Cup Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Butter
  • 2 Drops Liquid Stevia (optional)

Green Frosting

  • 1 Cup White Sweet Potato (cooked, peeled, and mashed)
  • 1/2 Cup Kiwi
  • 1/4 Cup Frozen Spinach
  • 1 Tbsp Lime Juice
  • 1/2 Cup Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Butter
  • 2 Drops Liquid Stevia (optional)

Chocolate Frosting

  • 1 Cup White Sweet Potato (cooked, peeled, and mashed)
  • 1/2 Cup Strawberries or Banana
  • 1/2 Cup Chocolate Protein Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Butter
  • 2 Drops Liquid Stevia (optional)

You & your whole family will absolutely love these! Which flavor frosting will you try first? If you eat too many of these, we may know a place you can burn those calories fast. 😉🔥  

We love getting our members awesome results & if you're in the Danbury CT area, come join us for you free trial session today! Check out our custom meal plans, to learn more about how we can create a nutrition program that will take the guesswork out of your weight loss results.

Thanks for stopping by & have an awesome day,

~ Max

4 EXERCISES THAT WILL BLAST YOUR LOVE HANDLES

Blast your love handles with these 4 kettlebell exercises! In this tutorial video, you will learn exactly how to perform each love handle exercise properly. Technically know as our obliques, or side abdominals. The great thing about these kettlebell side abs moves, is that they will also strengthen your entire core. Try incorporating them into your love handle workouts in a circuit for 30-60 seconds each, or 10-20 reps each.

1. KB Strikers - Start with your feet shoulder width apart. Circle the kettlebell around your waist, then raise it up, catching the bell in one hand, while driving your opposite elbow parallel to shoulder hight. Repeat.

2. KB Side Plank + Thrust - Get into a side plank position. Place KB on you hip & hold it there, while thrusting down & up.

3. 1-Arm KB Swings - Just like the common 2 handed swing, but this variation will challenge your core in a whole new way. High fat burning too!

4. KB Everest Climbers - Start in a plank position, with your hands on the KB. Performing everest or mountain climbers like this creates instability. This simple grip change will force your side abs to engage more, than you standard climbers.

Incorporate these 4 moves consistently into your ab routines, and you can kiss those love handles goodbye! Of course, the only way to truly get rid of them for good, is to combine a proper fat burning exercise program & clean eating. Seems complicated right? Let us take the guesswork out for you & create a customized plan that will get you results fast. Contact us today!

Which of these oblique exercises was new to you? Which ones did we leave out that you do? Let us know if you'd like to see more of these type of tutorials & as always, have an awesome day!

~ Max