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WHOLE FOODS MARKET TOUR: CHOCOLATE, BEVERAGES & SWEETENERS | HOW TO SHOP FOR WEIGHT LOSS PART 5

Healthy Chocolate, Diet Drinks & Sweeteners - Whole Foods Market tour (PART 5) 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 5 in a 5 part video series, created by Max's Best Bootcamp & Whole Foods Market.

This episode focuses on healthy chocolate bars, the best diet drinks & sweetener options, in the Danbury CT store. Healthy chocolate, diet drinks & sweeteners 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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So are you a chocolate fan, or more of a savory treat person? Feel free to ask any questions that you have in the comments below. We hope you found these weight loss tips helpful & thanks for stopping by!

~ 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

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?

are grains bad

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.

focus on leafy greens

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:

healthy carbs in veggies list

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