8 Reasons Why Women Should Weight Train

Are you afraid of weight training? Do you think it's too hard or that it will "bulk you up"? Do you find cardio exercise to be a better use of your workout time?

In many instances, the answer to these questions keeps most women out of the gym and away from weights. However, in spite of what many women believe, weight training is absolutely critical for weight loss, weight maintenance, and overall good health. Here are 8 reasons why weight training is especially beneficial for women:

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Seasons 52: A Dining Experience that Celebrates the Art of Eating and Living Well

Chicago is indeed one of the best cities for foodies, there’s no doubt about that. But, as a healthy foodie who lives nearly 40 minutes outside of the city, I’ve got to be really excited and enthused about a restaurant to make the commute. Prior to last week, there were only two restaurants in Chicago that have wowed me to the point of wanting to travel. Now, there’s a third – thanks to the grand opening of Seasons 52 in the North Bridge downtown area. 

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Micronutrients: The Nutritional Building Blocks for Good Health

I always emphasize that a nutritionally balanced diet is of the utmost importance for weight management, disease prevention, and overall good health. When most people think of such a diet, the first foodstuffs that generally come to mind are carbohydrates, fats and protein, which are collectively called macronutrients. Less thought of and rarely considered is the critical role of micronutrients.

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Turkey and Mushroom Stuffed Peppers with Goat Cheese

Bell peppers are extremely high on the list of nutrient-dense foods, as they supply an abundance of vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting antioxidants that promote overall good health. In addition to their nutritional qualities, bell peppers are unbelievably low in calories (about 18 calories in 1 medium pepper) making them the perfect go-to food for weight watchers.

But it doesn’t stop there!

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Why I Preach Moderation as Opposed to Elimination for Good Health

Nowadays so many foods have been dismissed and put on a hypothetical 'NO' list that people feel as though there's nothing left to eat. While there are certain foods that should be consumed in moderation, or totally eliminated (overly processed foods that are high in sugar, sodium, and artificial fats), you'll never find me dismissing any foods that promote good health.

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Nutrition Tip: The Importance of a Balanced Diet

When it comes to weight loss, far too much emphasis is placed on calorie restriction at the expense of a balanced diet with good nutrition. While losing weight is primarily a matter of creating calorie deficits, you can successfully manage your weight, improve your health, and substantially lower your risk of disease by simply eating a wide range of nutritious foods on a day-to-day basis.

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