Easiest fitness hack that you’re not doing
It’s the time of year for focusing on fitness, health, and self-improvement; and, as to be expected, I’m busier than ever with clients looking to shed pounds and to take the New Year by storm.
I love seeing this renewed enthusiasm for fitness and the surge of motivation in the air! I hope that you’re feeling it too.
What’s not as awesome is the struggle that I see so many of you endure when it comes to shedding pounds and transforming your body to firm and toned. Improving your fitness level should be enjoyable, and it’s my sole purpose to help you in this process of achieving your best body and best health yet.
Let’s start with the easiest fitness hack of all, something that I can almost guarantee you’re not doing. By making this small change to your daily routine you’ll quickly find those unwanted pounds coming off quickly and easily.
***Warning: This fitness hack is going to sound so easy that you may be inclined to simply dismiss it. My advice is to try it out before writing it off as too easy.***
The easiest fitness hack that you’re not doing is to drink a minimum of 64 ounces of water daily.
Now I know that sounds boring, but take a moment to reflect on your water intake over the past few days. Did you even get close to the minimum of 64 ounces? Really, for optimal fat loss, you want to be drinking closer to a gallon of water each day.
Why is water such a big deal? Here are 3 compelling reasons as to why drinking a minimum of 64 ounces of water a day will help you drop pounds and achieve a stunning transformation…
#1) Water Aids Fat Metabolism in the Liver
When it comes down to the technical process of losing fat, your liver is where the action is. The key to having a highly functional liver, one that quickly removes metabolic waste and built up toxins, is to be properly hydrated by drinking a minimum of 64 ounces of water each day.
Your liver is a filter for your body. When you aren’t drinking enough water, your liver accumulates a build up of waste product that slows the process of fat metabolism down.
#2) Water Helps Balance Hormones
Without getting too technical about the science of fat loss, it’s important that you understand that your hormones play an important role in your body’s ability to lose fat. When your body enters a state of dehydration, your organ and digestive functions are compromised, which in turn negatively impacts hormonal balance.
This stress, brought on by dehydration, impacts your adrenal glands, signaling the need for an increase in cortisol, which encourages your body to begin storing fat, rather than burning it.
#3) Water Reduces Calorie Intake
Now that you understand the science behind water and weight loss, let’s examine the positive effect that proper hydration has on your daily caloric intake.
By drinking a minimum of 64 ounces of water daily, your desire for high calorie, sugary drinks like soda and high fructose juices will diminish. This decrease in fattening calories really adds up!
In addition to weight loss, drinking water has an infinite number of benefits – including improved skin complexion, boosted immune system, cleansing toxins out of the body, etc.
While it’s important to drink plenty of water in general, be sure you’re increasing your amount before and after your workouts. The more you sweat, the more water you lose, and it’s important to replace that lost water to avoid dehydration.
Does this make sense? Remember: Drink a minimum of 64 ounces of water each day.
I hope that you find this simple fitness hack to be helpful in your quest for a new and improved you this year! Remember that participating in a challenging and consistent exercise program is absolutely vital when it comes to getting into great shape.
I’m here to help you on your fitness journey. Call or email me today to get started!
Committed to your fitness success,
Mel Parker Jr.
Water ALSO Boosts Your Energy!
When you’re dehydrated, your body becomes sluggish, tired, and even irritable.
Which means productivity is out the window.
The next time you feel tempted to hit the vending machine for a “pick-me-up” sugar filled snack during the 3pm slump, try chugging a tall glass of water.
You’ll see your energy and mood get the boost it needs to power through the day. So drink up, my friend, drink up!
Faux Fried Chicken Apple Skillet
Is there anything better than single skillet dinners? I wish every meal only required a single pot, pan or skillet! That would sure save us some clean up time. This recipe, for Skillet Fried Chicken with Apple, is everything that a comforting, cold weather dinner should be. The chicken is lightly coated in coconut flour, giving it the feel of fried chicken without the extra fat, calories and guilt. Apple cider and fresh apples along with fresh sage bring seasonal flavors and close-your-eyes worthy taste.
Courtesy of RealHealthyRecipes.com
Here’s what you need
- 2 pounds chicken tenders
- sea salt and black pepper
- ¼ cup coconut flour
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil, divided
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
- ¾ cup broth (chicken or bone)
- ¾ cup Apple Cider
- 2 apples, seeded and diced
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon fresh sage leaves, minced (use the smallest leaves intact as garnish)
- Season the chicken tenders on both sides with salt and pepper. Set 1 Tablespoon of the coconut flour aside, and dredge the chicken through the remaining coconut flour, shaking off the excess.
- In a 12-inch skillet place 2 Tablespoons of the coconut oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until browned, about 7 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a plate and tent with foil.
- Add the remaining 1 Tablespoon of coconut oil to the same skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and garlic; cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the remaining 1 Tablespoon of coconut flour and cook for another 2 minutes.
- Deglaze the skillet with the broth and cider and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until it thickens, about 5 minutes.
- Add the apples, vinegar and sage. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Simmer until the apples soften, about 5 minutes. Add the chicken back to the skillet, and cover with the sauce. Garnish with fresh sage leaves. Enjoy!
One serving equals: 216 calories, 12g fat, 21g carbohydrate, 12g sugar, 265mg sodium, 3g fiber, and 29g protein.
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|Mel Parker Jr.Perfect 4 You Fitness
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I was your typical married, father of three. Spent my days at a desk job, and my evenings with my family. There was always something going on and seemingly never any need or consideration for exercise. Sure, I was an active growing up, but now that I had my wife and kids, there was no need to get into shape…right?. Well, this philosophy was all well and good until one day at work I could barely catch my breath going up the stairs, and when I went retrieve a Frisbee of the roof of my house, I wasn’t strong enough to life myself off the ladder. It was time to change. At age 36, I joined a gym for the first time in my life, and through cardio and watching others on the machines, started to get myself back on track. But it was not until I met Mel that things really started to improve. Through constant education about resistance training, cardio work, and nutrition, Mel has brought me a long way. To a place I never would have achieved without working with him. Mel’s thorough knowledge of the science behind physical fitness, combined with his personal experiences in weight training, friendly and non-intimidating demeanor, and constant encouragement make him the ideal training coach. In about a year, I have grown from benching a one time max of 135 lbs to two sets of three reps at 225 lbs. I went from being able to barely do I chin up to being able to bang out 3 sets of 8-10. My waist line is down two sizes, and I feel like I am in the best shape of my life. And the progress is not just seen in my physical strength - my mental attitude and self confidence are greatly improved as well. Thanks Mel,. Brian Cahill Turnersville, NJ
I joined the gym where Mel trained his clients. I saw Mel training his clients throughout the gym. I decided to ask him if he could train me. He has a lot of clients and it was hard to get an appointment. Once I did get my appointment and worked out with Mel my fitness level changed almost immediately. I couldn't believe how he pushed me and what I was capable of. To this day, I train 2 days a week with Mel and my fitness level is what I never thought possible. I'm 36 and I have 4 children. All ranging from 13 years of age to 5 years of age. Believe me when I tell you nobody believes I have 4 kids. I have Mel to thank for my overall fitness level. The thing I love about training with Mel is he finds your fitness level and pushes you to your potential. My body fat lowered and I lost inches from my waist within the first couple of weeks of training with Mel. He has taught me so much about weight training, including the correct form, which is a necessity if you want positive results. Believe me I am now capable of working out on my own, but I can't give up my 2 days a week with Mel. He keeps me motivated and always pushes me to my max. Dedicated trainee
Working with Mel has turned out to be one of the best decisions I ever made. I had been working on my own for a few years, and at the rate I was improving, it seemed it would be years more before I finally saw the results I wanted. Needless to say, I was astonished at how rapidly my body began changing after I started working with Mel. He's like a modern day alchemist who transforms fat into muscle. I will always be filled with gratitude for the way he has improved and continues to improve my appearance. It's a privilege to be able to work with such a gifted trainer. Denise Gould Ledvina
I have tremendous gratitude for Mel Parker’s knowledge, guidance, and constant encouragement. Over the years I would often wonder how it would look and feel to be in my ultimate physical peak shape and appearance. After training with Mel I didn’t have to wonder any longer! On the verge of turning 40 years old, I felt age was not on my side and working out alone was not the most efficient way to obtain my goal. I decided to approach the trainer at my gym who, in my opinion, was the only trainer whose physical appearance showed me he knew what he was talking about! The proof that my hunch was correct was when 14 weeks after training with Mel, I was up on a stage in front of more than 300 people at Joe Tete’s North American Body Building Championship. In 14 weeks I went from 22% body fat down to 9% and a loss of 16lbs! Mel’s approach is simple and direct and the results are life changing. I can’t thank Mel enough for the wonderful experience. The benefits went beyond just appearance they included increased confidence to tackle other goals, more energy and focus on my business, and the realization that you’re never too old to look and feel great! Mel’s training is not just for people who plan to do a show. Look in the mirror, don’t like what you see? Then you should meet with Mel and describe to him what you would hope to see in that mirror. If you are ready to see results, then working with Mel is the best investment you can make in yourself!!!
I love Mel's continued drive to improve my overall fitness. Besides the constant drive to enhance my weight training, Mel encourages me to maintain a clean diet and a focused cardio program. I have increased my muscle tone and reduced my body fat and couldn't have done it without Mel!
My name is Bill Yerkes and I am 43 years old. I have been battling with my weight all my life. I tried everything including working out a gym, on my own, meeting with little or no results, and going back to old habits; putting the weight back on again. This past summer I saw Perfect 4 You Fitness on the Black Horse Pike. I decided to check out the website and send an email to get more information. I was invited to a free assessment with Mel Parker, where I learned what it would take to meet my personal goals. I signed up and began meeting with Mel 3 days a week. Within a short time a could see and feel results. Not only was my body changing, but my habits were changing because I was motivated. Mel pushed me along and challenged me every step of the way. He changed my life! In 3 months I lost 4% of my body fat and gained 5 lbs of lean body mass. Inches were coming off where I didn't want them, clothes were fitting better, and my overall appearance was changing. Perfect 4 You Fitness truly was perfect for me. I have continued working out and following the plan Mel gave me and the weight keeps going down and my health has never been better. I tell all of my friends with the same issues how important it is to get to a gym where you can learn what is right for you and your personal goals. Nothing works like a plan designed specifically for you! Come visit Mel! Find the perfect plan that works for you!
“I discovered Perfect 4 You Fitness a few years ago, when I would bring my son in for sports training with Mel. After dropping off my son, I would often drive to a nearby fast food restaurant and indulge in a quick snack, and then hide the evidence of my bad habits by stashing the wrappers under my seat. Afterwards, I would talk to my son about his training with Mel, and I always encouraged him to continue his hard work. However, I didn't take my own advice, and the wrappers piled up. Finally, in June of 2012, after much prodding, I mustered the courage to walk into Perfect 4 You Fitness myself. This was one of the best decisions of my life. The first thing Mel had me do was step on a scale. I was shocked that I, once a fit and proud Marine, weighed 271 pounds and was close to 30% body fat. But, with the help, guidance, and education from Mel, his lead trainer Christian, and their nutritionist Bernie, I have gotten my health, and my life, back on track. At my most recent assessment I weighed 200 pounds and had reduced my body fat to about 15%. Pretty good for a 47-year old! If, like me, you want to improve your life, find the courage to walk into Perfect 4 You Fitness. With their help, the rest will seem easy! In the Marine Corps, our motto is Semper Fidelis, which means "Always Faithful." I will always be faithful to Perfect 4 You Fitness for how they helped me.”
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