Focusing on Real Food Not Food Products

Focusing on Real Food Not Food Products

With sugar and fat being infamously known as “bad” foods, it’s no wonder that food companies create and sell foods listed as being sugar-free, light, low-fat, etc. They do this in an attempt to make you, the consumer, think these foods are healthier options by using popular buzz-words.

What do these terms mean? For a food item to be listed as “light”, “low”, or “free” of something, it has to meet a certain specification when compared to the regular product.

Here are the qualifications for companies to label their products with these buzz-words:

  • “Fat-free” foods must have less than 0.5 gram of fat per serving.
  • “Low-fat” foods must have 3 grams of fat or less per serving.
  • “Reduced-fat” foods must have at least 25% less fat than regular versions of those foods.
  • “Light” foods must have either 1/3 fewer calories or 50% less fat

However, most of these foods are processed snacks. You’ve probably seen them in the grocery store; they’re usually lurking in the middle section of the store, in the aisles with the crackers, chips, puddings, and sodas.

 

Here are some examples: 

 

The problem with these foods is that typically, by taking something out (like sugar or fat), manufacturers have to compensate by putting something else in. For example, the sugar in diet sodas is often replaced with artificial sweeteners which have been shown to negatively affect your metabolism, among many other health problems.

People often eat these foods in an attempt to avoid the calories, sugar, and fat in a food. However, what they don’t realize is that they are doing a lot more harm than good, and even if a food is free of something doesn’t make it healthy. A handful of nuts, for example, is definitely not fat-free; but it has many health benefits that make it well worth eating.

Just because a food is “fat-free”, doesn’t mean it’s guilt-free. Often, foods like this leave you craving and reaching for the real thing to satisfy your taste buds. We have seen many clients avoid fat like the plague because they think fat will make them fat. This is not the case. You want to incorporate healthy fats into your diet such as nuts, seeds, and avocado.

Instead of turning to these food products, focus on eating real, whole foods. This includes veggies, fruits, lean proteins, healthy sources of fat and whole grains. Eating healthy foods will keep you full and satisfied, as well as making you feel good so that you can tackle your goals!

Xomir Nadal

Xomir Nadal

6 Week Challenge Finisher
Xomir lost 12lbs and 3% Bodyfat.

What did she learn:
“I lost my mom and aunt to breast cancer within the last 11 months and I was very sad.
I found that I need to keep myself healthy because breast cancer runs in my family.
I also found the ability to go through life with a positive attitude, happy, and healthy. This definitely changed my life.”

Christopher Sallawich

Christopher Sallawich

Chris started a 6 Week Challenge last November. His results have been incredible. He has lost 44 lbs without losing any lean muscle and an incredible 21% Bodyfat.
He is now at 8.5% BF and is now on a maintenance program of 80/20. You ROCK Christopher Sawallich!

“I came to Sweat Factory after hearing about the 6 week challenge as a way to get my health back on track. I was in the worst shape of my life, and by far the biggest, growing into a size of clothes that I did not like at all. I could feel a difference in little things , like being winded when walking up a flight of stairs that I did not like at all, nevermind being so tired at the end of the day that I was looking to head to the bedroom by 7pm every night. My wife and I moved to Florida a few years ago to enjoy it, but although I was enjoying the food, I was too tired to enjoy much else other than the couch.

At this point I saw a a facebook post about the 6 week challenge and as a someone who had completed crossfit quite some time ago I was intrigued. I went and spoke with Clint and saw how much he cared about his members and the different mindset of the crossfit of old that used to be all about the score of the Rx workout without care of injury or form. With the Sweat Factory approach of the Fit Class, Level Method and truly scaled WOD’s, I knew Sweat Factory was a good fit for myself I signed up immediately for the six week challenge.

As I progressed through the challenge, I found that the diet was a key component. Through the initial education and documentation it gave good knowledge to get started. By no means was it easy, from someone who has a very mobile job, a diet has always been a challenge. Meal prepping for the week was key. Without that I wouldn’t of had anywhere near the success I had. The first few weeks was a challenge, but it soon became routine and I found better ways to do things while keeping a vey balanced diet with calories under control. I was now eating less calories in a day than I was previously eating just in lunch alone. The first two weeks of Fit class were pretty rough, but continued to push through and held myself to not missing any of the three workouts weekly. Some nights it was tough to get home form work and head back out to the gym, but just would not let it hold me back from going. The toughest part was getting to the box, but once I was there, the fatigue became a non issue. The hardest part is getting there.. I didn’t even let Thanksgiving and Christmas get in the way. I made all three workouts for all six weeks and stayed true to my meal prep all seven days of the week, even with Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner.

After completing the Six week challenge with great results, I felt conditioned enough to move over to the Crossfit side while continuing my health dietary habits. I continued the three day habit of working out, until challenged by another member to remain nameless …..Cheryl…😛 to up my schedule. I’ve since been hitting the box 4 to 5 days a week and couldn’t feel any better. I’m up until late at night now, have much more energy during the entire day, and am enjoying hearing at least three times a day from others about how much weight I’ve lost. I was not easy by any mean, but the challenge was well worth it. Myself and now my wife have developed some real quality eating habits, I fell and look better, and I’ve met some really awesome people from the family that Clint and Maci have built.

Say Hello To Jennifer Delia

Say Hello To Jennifer Delia

Say Hello To Jennifer Delia
We have an amazing family. You inspire more than you know. Jennifer has one of those amazing personalities that you can’t help but like. She has completely turned her life around with hard work in and out of the box.

“7 months ago, I did something I never thought I’d do- I joined…gym isn’t quite the right word because Sweat Factory is so much more than that to me (more on that later). The last 7 months have resulted in:

a loss of 30 pounds (and still counting)
a loss of 15% body fat (I’m now in the healthy range!)
a gain of 4% muscle mass
dropped from a size 14 to a size 6 (and this is still changing)

So, how did I get here?

7 months ago, I was in a rough place. My brother encouraged me to check out Sweat Factory as he thought exercise might help me. I thought “What do I have to lose?” I set up a meeting with Clint to talk about the new 6 week program. When I arrived at the box for our meeting, I took one look at everyone working out and immediately thought, “Oh ‘heck’ no! This is not for me!” But after speaking with Clint, I decided to give the 6 week program a try. After all, if I didn’t like it, I could stop at the end of the program. I started attending the Factory Fit classes 3 days a week. It was rough. My body was not in shape. I had never exercised like this in my life. I could barely walk after the first few classes. However, about 3-4 weeks in, I started to attend classes 4 days a week and by week 6 I was there 5 days a week. Fast forward 6 months. I’m at the box 5-6 days a week and receive personal training 1 time a week. Working out has helped me manage some of my stress and anxiety. I’ve also started to step out of my comfort zone and try new things- like competing in the Intramural Open and the Festivus games. I absolutely love working out at the box and look forward to it everyday. However, my success isn’t just because of the workouts. It’s because of the amazing coaches who support, guide, and push me every step of the way. It’s also because of the amazing people I’ve met at the box. They’ve welcomed me with open arms and are just as supportive as the coaches. It often feels like a joined a family, not a gym. It’s been an amazing journey and I can’t wait to see what changes the next 7 months will bring. #chasinghappiness “

PROTEIN POWDER 101

PROTEIN POWDER 101

Both seasoned athletes and gym neophytes know that the cocktail of choice when working out is a protein shake. Lots of these powders are designed to serve different purposes, which means there are so many to choose from it can make your head swim, Phelps style. If you feel overwhelmed when shopping for a protein supplement, don’t fear, there are answers to all of your questions. Nutrition School is in session and your first class, Protein 101 will teach you all you need to know.

Why should you choose protein powder? Whether you are a gym rat or a couch potato you need protein. Protein is composed of amino acids, which are the fundamental building blocks of muscle proteins and enzymes, making it a crucial part of a daily diet. According to Men’s Health, protein also prevents blood sugar spikes and boosts the hormones that tell your body you’re full and should put the fork down. We believe that the biochemical mechanism responsible for preventing sugar spikes is gluconeogenesis. Basically, when a protein is broken down to amino acids, these amino acids can be used to make proteins such as muscle proteins or biochemically changed to sugars. This transformation is called gluconeogenesis.  What is interesting is that gluconeogenesis is a way to slowly adding sugar to your energy system without spiking sugar or insulin.

Protein powder can be a great way to up the health quotient to your favorite recipes. Bodybuilding states that whey protein is a good addition to your menu if you are looking to build muscle and lose fat. When you combine whey with a health regimen like a workout routine, this protein supplement can help pump you up with lean muscle and increase your strength, as well as help you maintain the hard body you already have. A study in Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism stated that 35 grams of protein per meal is a target amount for a healthy diet.

You should always read the Supplement Facts information on labels  When choosing a protein powder, checking out the fine print is a smart idea. Finding a high-quality protein will not only taste better but offer you more benefits and a healthier shake. When weighing which kind to buy, whey comes out on top as far as nutritional value. The ‘biological value’, or the proportion of absorbed protein you get from your food, is generally higher with whey products. The other types of protein powders: casein, egg white, soy, hemp, and others are lower biological value. Furthermore, in the case of soy protein, there is the chance that you are getting protein derived from a GMO source. Be on the lookout for powders with a limited amount of added sugar and carbohydrates as well as little in the way of additives. Beware of the blends, suggests Oxygen magazine, powders that have “concentrates” or “solids” which can be hard on the digestive system and might cause problems like bloating or gas.

If you are using shakes to shed pounds, according to the Cleveland Clinic, choosing a powder with no added sugars or sweeteners is key.

When is the best time to throw back a protein packed shake? Some people use their shakes as a meal replacement, having one at the beginning of the day or as their lunch when they don’t have time for a mid-day meal. That said, protein powders shouldn’t replace real food, as a rule. Many bodybuilders and fitness fanatics like to imbibe before or after a workout. Some sip during their sweat session too. According to a study in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, there is a small window of time when a shake is optimal for your body. About thirty minutes after a gym session, these amino acids will have the most impact on your muscles, bringing you a bit of extra strength and muscle gain. It also helps to repair muscles and recover after exercise. For weight management, the Cleveland Clinic suggests a steady supply of protein at meals to keep you constantly satiated.

In the SFH supplement world, some powders are created to take before a workout. Fuel is a great option if you aren’t going home after the gym or you need something to get your get-up-and-go going before your exercise routine. FUEL contains coconut milk, which is a natural source of coconut fat. This is considered an energy fat burns quickly, providing a burst of energy rather than being stored as fat. FUEL is a fantastic way to get your energy revved without having a heavy meal sit in the pit of your stomach and weigh you down.

How can you mainline your protein powder in the most delicious way? Shakes are the most popular way of getting your powder boost. There are many recipes, from simply adding water or milk and shaking, to combining a variety of fruits, vegetables, nut butters, and ice and blending into a creamy, frothy frappe. Depending on your favorite foods, you can mimic the taste with different shake recipes. If you’re a fan of chocolate covered strawberries, try making a protein smoothie with chocolate protein powder and blended strawberries. If you like pina coladas, you can go for a run in the rain with your smoothie made from coconut and pineapple blended with vanilla whey protein powder.

There are other ways to get your amino acids in powder form. You can use protein powder like flour and make protein-rich pancakes, waffles, muffins, cookies, muffins and more, making those treats and sweets a little more nutritious. Maybe add some powder to your coffee for a protein-infused latte. Make a batch of quick overnight oats with added protein powder for a complete meal, which will hold you over until lunchtime. Using unflavored powder can also enhance your cooking. Adding a scoop to your appetizers, like hummus or guac, could mean you will fill up faster and dip fewer chips. Or perhaps sprinkle the powder in a soup or sauce you are making for extra oomph. The powder will be undetectable to the taste buds, but the addition of protein in your diet will be duly noted by the rest of your body.

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