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Healthy Recipe From Gold’s Gym, Douglasville

October is the best month for cranberries, apples, pomegranates, grapes, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, winter squash, broccoli, spinach, and lettuce.

Did you know that sweet potatoes are a great substitute for white potatoes?  Sweet potatoes are virtually fat-free, cholesterol-free and very low in sodium. One cup of cooked sweet potatoes has 180 calories.

How to select one.  For the most nutrition value, always select sweet potatoes with a deep orange color.  Avoid sweet potatoes if they have white areas on them, are damaged, or show any sign of decay.  Never store in the refrigerator, as this will produce a hard core in the center.  Instead store them in a cool, dry, well-ventilated container. For the best flavor use your sweet potatoes within a week or two of purchase.  Sweet Potatoes are most nutritious if they are cooked in their jacket.

Sweet Potatoes freeze well.  Wrap unpeeled, cooked sweet potatoes individually in aluminum foil or freezer wrap.  Place in a plastic bag, date and freeze.

Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Fries


  • 6 sweet potatoes, cut into french fries
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil or olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons taco seasoning mix
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


1.       Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

2.       In a plastic bag, combine the sweet potatoes, canola oil, taco seasoning, and cayenne pepper. Close and shake the bag until the fries are evenly coated. Spread the fries out in a single layer on two large baking sheets.

3.       Bake for 30 minutes, or until crispy and brown on one side. Turn the fries over using a spatula, and cook for another 30 minutes, or until they are all crispy on the outside and tender inside. Thinner fries may not take as long.

Amount Per Serving  Calories: 169 | Total Fat: 4.7g | Cholesterol: 0mg

Gold’s Gym Douglasville and West Cobb, serving the West Ga area.


Weight Loss and Fitness in Douglasville- Gold’s Gym

Healthy Grocery Shopping Tips

Healthy habits start before you ever get to the grocery store. Preplanning your week’s menu and grocery shopping ahead of time will save time and money keeping you focused on what needs to be purchased, reducing unhealthy and costly impulse purchases. Arm yourself with a grocery list of healthy snacks and ingredients for this week’s meal plan.  A pre-printed grocery list kept in the kitchen is great for keeping track of when you run out of something.

A healthy shopping list will contain items such as:  fruits and vegetables, whole grain breads and pastas. Read labels to look for 100% whole-grain or 100% whole-wheat to be sure you are getting whole grain products.  Your protein and meat choices should be lean protein selections like fish, poultry, lean meats. Eggs, nuts, seeds and legumes are another good source of protein.  Dairy products should be low fat choices when selecting milk, cheese and yogurt.

Shop the perimeters of the store.  That is where fresh foods like fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat and fish are usually located.  Avoid the center aisles where the prepackaged and junk food is found.

Stay clear of foods with labels that are targeted to children – the ones with the cartoon characters on them.  If you don’t want your family eating junk foods, don’t bring it in the house.

Read the food labels. Avoid food containing more than five ingredients, artificial ingredients and ingredients you can’t pronounce.

Frozen foods are a convenient way to keep vegetables and out of season fruits on hand. Frozen fruits and vegetables are often flash frozen at the source, locking in nutrients in a way fresh or canned can’t compete with. Avoid the frozen, breaded selections of chicken, fish and processed items such as pizza. They are high in fat and sodium.

If possible, leave the kids at home when you grocery shop.  They don’t always appreciate the effort that can go into healthy eating especially when they are hungry and tired.

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Nutrition Tips From Gold’s Gym, West GA

Drink This For A Better Run

Sure, water’s a great hydrator, but knows that sometimes you long for something ore interesting.

Here are four sips that give runners what they really need—without adding gobs of calories. Fill in the blanks, and see which drink is ideal for you.

When I run I …
feel sluggish and tired

If this is you: Sip a cup of green tea 20 to 30 minutes before you run. The caffeine will pep you up and power you through to the last step, and its antioxidants may help with endurance, too.

When I run I …
always get a side stitch

If this is you: Try coconut water; it’s chock-full of cramp-preventing potassium (15 times that of most sports drinks) it has fewer than 50 calories per cup. Try eight ounces before or during your run to stay pain-free.

When I run I …
get really sore the next day

If this is you: With its perfect ratio of carbs to protein—plus the calcium—chocolate milk is an excellent way to help your muscles recover post workout. Drink a cup within 30 minutes of finishing a long run, when muscles are most receptive.

When I run I …
sweat a lot

If this is you: A sports drink, with body-replenishing sugars and electrolytes, is the best way to stay hydrated. Choose one that’s free of artificial colors, flavors and preservatives, and sip four to six ounces every 15 to 20 minutes during your workout.

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Low Calorie Pizza Recipe from Gold’s Gym West Georgia

Get your pizza fixwithout all the added calories!  ENJOY!

Flat Out Light Wraps, 1 wrap
Mozzarella Cheese, part skim milk, 2 oz (1/2 cup)
Hormel Sliced Turkey Pepperoni, 1 serving (7 slices, cut in pieces)
Marinara sauce – 4 tbs. (per your taste)

SUBSTITUTIONS: You can use whole wheat light tortillas (90 calorie range) if Flat Out isn’t available at your super market.

Also, if you wish, use half the pepperoni and you’ll cut the sodium considerably. Another excellent alternative is to sprinkle Low Fat Turkey Italian Sausage on top. You can use no fat or reduced fat cheese as well to reduce the fat content.

Assemble the pizza, place on non stick and bake at 425 for 12-15 minutes. Time will vary depending on your oven and how crispy you want the pizza.

Add veggies to your liking. In my experience don’t overload it or you’ll have a soggy pizza. You can pre-bake the flat out to help with this.

Number of Servings: 1
Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 1
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 207.1
Total Fat: 14.5 g
Cholesterol: 51.3 mg
Sodium: 1,220.4 mg
Total Carbs: 23.3 g
Dietary Fiber: 10.0 g
Protein: 28.3 g

Gold’s Gym West GA – Weight Loss Blog


3 Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Weight – Why Weight Loss is Harder for Some People than for Others

By Dean Anderson, Fitness & Behavior Expert

You’ve been sticking faithfully to your calorie range and exercise plans for awhile now, but you’re not seeing the results you want on your scale. Meanwhile, your weight -loss buddy is happily watching the pounds melt away week after week. Not fair!

What’s going on here? Why don’t your efforts seem to be paying off while weight loss seems so easy for other people? Is there anything you can do to get better results?

Sometimes there is a simple, general reason why one person loses weight faster than another. For example, men tend to lose weight more quickly than women, mainly because most men naturally have more lean muscle mass (thanks to their higher testosterone levels), and more muscle translates into a faster metabolism. Men and women also tend to store excess weight in different places—men in the abdominal area (“apple” body type), which is usually easier to lose; women in the hips and thighs (“pear” body type), which is usually harder to take off.

People who have more weight to lose may also drop the pounds more quickly in the beginning of a weight-loss program. This is because the more you weigh, the more calories you burn during any given activity. (Walking with an extra 50 pounds on your frame is harder than walking with 20 extra pounds of weight.) A person who weighs more can also cut more calories from his or her diet without jeopardizing the body’s ability to function efficiently. If you weigh 300 pounds, you may need 3,500 calories per day or more to maintain that weight; cutting 1,000 calories from your diet (down to 2,500/day) will let you safely lose 2 pounds per week. But if you weigh 150 pounds, you may only need 1,800 calories to maintain your weight, and if you try to cut the 1,000 calories from your diet (down to 800/day), your body won’t have enough fuel and your metabolism will slow down drastically, making fat loss harder, not easier. Therefore a person with less weight to lose needs to aim for a smaller calorie deficit, which will translate to a slower rate of weight loss.

Likewise, factors like age and body type can affect how fast you can shed extra pounds. Older people, for example, often lose weight more slowly, perhaps because of hormonal changes and/or because they have less muscle mass or may be less physically active.

So, if you’re comparing your weight loss to someone else’s, make sure you’re not comparing apples to oranges (or pears)—that’s just going to be frustrating and won’t tell you anything useful about your own efforts.

Sometimes, though, people who seem to share a lot of these factors—similar body size, weight, age and activity levels—just don’t get the same results, even when they do the same things. A lot of individual factors, including your individual genetics and quite a few medical conditions can make weight loss difficult. If you’re in this boat, you may need to work closely with your health professional to find an individualized approach that will maximize your weight loss results without jeopardizing your health.

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Gold’s Gym West GA helps you understand Calories vs Cardio

 How long does it really take to work off the calories in the foods you eat?  We’ll show you the time before you do the crime.  You already know that eating  a bacon cheeseburger and fries will cost you a couple thousand calories — and a couple hours of cardio at the gym. But you may not realize that any food, no matter how healthy it seems, becomes instantly unhealthy once you eat too much of it. Here are some surprising — and not so surprising — caloric offenders, and exactly the price you’ll pay in sweat.

Deep-dish pizza

220 calories, 7 g fat, 240 mg sodium per slice
Add extra cheese, pepperoni, sausage and ham for an extra 120 calories per slice. And let’s be frank — are you going to stop at just one?
37 minutes on the stair climber for each overloaded slice

Large blended coffee with vanilla shot

440 calories, 4.5 g fat, 330 mg sodium
Top it off with whipped cream for an additional 120 calories and 11 grams of fat.
37 minutes on the elliptical trainer

Multigrain bagel

400 calories, 9 g fat, 600 mg sodium
Who gets a bagel without cream cheese? Add a schmear of reduced-fat strawberry cream cheese for an extra 150 calories and 10 grams of fat.
52 minutes of intense circuit training

Six-inch deli meat sub sandwich

410 calories, 16 g fat, 1,450 mg sodium
Maybe it’s not the worst thing you can eat, but it’s definitely not the best. The values above don’t reflect any of the tasty fixin’s, like mayonnaise, oil and vinegar, and fancy flavored dressings. Depending on how heavy-handed your server is with the squeeze bottle, you could be squirting another 200 calories on that sub. Oh, and over 50% of daily recommended sodium intake.
1 hour, 6 minutes on the row machine

Cobb salad

708 calories, 55 g fat, 1,328 mg sodium
We haven’t gotten to the dressing yet. How about reduced-fat vinaigrette? Boom! 100 calories.
1 hour, 29 minutes on the stationary bike

 Honey BBQ wings (10)

90 calories, 5 g fat, 260 mg sodium per wing
A tiny serving of zesty ranch or blue cheese dressing tacks on an additional 140 calories.
1 hour, 33 minutes of jogging

Bacon cheeseburger

790 calories, 39 g of fat, 2,070 mg sodium
You probably also ordered a medium fries (380 calories, 19 g fat) and a medium soda (210 calories) for a heart-stopping total of 1,380 calories.
1 hour, 32 minutes on the elliptical trainer

Chili cheese fries

1,920 calories, 147 g fat, 3,570 mg sodium
The prosecution rests.
2 hours, 25 minutes of full-speed running

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Healthy Eating Tips From Gold’s Gym, West GA.

 Going out to dinner is an opportunity to wind down after a long week and spend time with friends and family. Eating healthy and losing weight present more challenges when you leave the cooking to someone else. Here are a few suggestions to help you make better choices when dining out:

 Never go to dinner hungry. Have a protein snack and one to two glasses of water before you leave for the restaurant. When you are full, items on the menu don’t look as enticing. It’s easier to make good choices when you are not starved.

 Have a plan. Know what you want to order ahead of time. You may find the menu and nutrition information on the restaurants website. Ordering appetizer portions is a great way to save money and calories.

Just say NO. Let the wait staff know you do not want them to bring the bread or chips to the table.

 Prepare take-home immediately. If you are dining at a restaurant known for serving large portions, ask for a to-go box immediately. Before you start eating put ½ of the served portion in the to-go box.

Eat slowly. Put your fork down after every bite. Be the last person to finish their meal.

 Focus on the conversation. Eating out is a social event and a great way to spend time with family and friends. Make friendship the center of the attention and not the food.

We want to hear from you. What are your favorite tips for eating out on a diet?

Gold’s Gym, Douglasville and West Cobb have nationally certified trainers on staff to help you meet your healthy weight loss goals.

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