3 Exercises to Pair with the Carbohydrate Addict's Diet

The Carbohydrate Addicts Diet was created by Dr. Rachel and Dr. Richard Heller based on the meal plan they followed for their combined loss of 200 pounds. This diet, which was first published in 1991, is based on the belief that by balancing insulin levels, individuals will be able to reduce cravings.  According to the Hellers, many people’s bodies are unable to proper metabolize carbohydrates, which leads to unnecessary spikes in blood sugar levels. While the Carbohydrate Addicts Diet advises individuals to exercise, the diet does not recommend any specific exercise routine. Below are several exercises that you can incorporate into the Carbohydrate Addicts Diet to help maximize weight loss.

Exercise #1: Stairclimber

The stairclimber is a great machine to help you tone your lower body while raising your heart rate. This low impact machine is easy to use. Simply hold onto the handrails and step onto the stairclimber. Walk to the highest step and then select your setting for the workout. Your form and motion should mimic walking up a flight of stairs. Begin your workout with an easy 5 minutes warm-up, then increase the speed or resistance for 20 to 30 minutes and then conclude the workout with a 5-minute cool down. Other low-impact cardiovascular exercises could include the elliptical trainer or the row machine.

Exercise #2: Group Fitness

Group fitness classes are a great way to get a complete workout lead by a knowledgeable and certified instructor. In addition to this expertise, the invigorating class environment will motivate you. Many gyms offer group fitness classes for all fitness levels and interest. Classes often focus on strength training, stretching, cardiovascular, core training and sports-focused topics. When entering a class for the first time, introduce yourself to the instructor and explain this is your first time. This should help eliminate any anxieties and the instructor will work to make sure you enjoy and benefit from the class.

Exercise #3: Yoga

There are numerous health benefits connected to yoga practice. Yoga can help you increase flexibility, strength and balance. Additionally, you are never too old or unfit to begin practicing yoga. Yoga includes a series of poses called asanas that safely stretch your muscles and soft tissues. The stretches work to release lactic acid that has built up in your muscles, which can reduce stiffness, pain and fatigue. One of the biggest benefits of yoga is that the practice has shown to lower blood pressure and reduce heart rates. A reduced heart rate can help reduce hypertension and chances of a stroke or heart disease. In addition to the physical benefits, yoga has shown to reduce stress, improve concentration and heighten mood.

Try any of above recommended exercise to help maximize your weight loss when following the Carbohydrate Addicts Diet. The United States Department of Health and Human Services recommends that all individuals get 30 to 60 minutes of exercise most days to build strength, fitness, reduce stress, increase energy and lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, certain cancers and other health risk.

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