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Shoes that Tone Your Butt? The Truth Revealed.

Reebok EasyTone

Bummer.

After watching the commercials and seeing all the hype, I must admit that I was significantly influenced to go out and by myself a pair of the Reebok EasyTone shoes.  Toning shoes are all over the media these days.  Who doesn’t want to be able to put on a pair of shoes and eventually get hot buns and thighs? Count me in!  But after doing my own research and looking at studies that have recently been conducted by reputable universities, I think I’m going to pass on the miracle shoes.  Here is why.

 

The shoe companies claim that these shoes cause minor instability, similar to that of instability balls at the gym on a much smaller scale.  This instability results in more muscles working and thus more toning in the legs, butt and thighs.  If you read reviews online, such as Amazon.com, people who have worn these shoes find that their muscles are sore afterwards.  So the shoes must be working, right?

 

Well not entirely.  According to WebMD, the soreness is most likely attributed to the muscles working in different ways, but not enough to warrant claims of overall toning.  The muscles quickly will adapt to the odd instability before your buns become steel.

 

A study was done at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse with four different pairs of shoes (3 toning brands and 1 regular tennis shoe).  12 active women between the ages of 19-24 wore the shoes for 12 five minute intervals on the treadmill. Researchers then monitored how hard they worked.  A second test group of women between the ages of 21-27 performed similar tests while wearing the shoes.  Researchers then looked at muscle usage while wearing the shoes. The results? There was no significant change in calories burned or muscle usage when comparing the four shoes.

 

So, this sucks because I was really looking forward to buying a pair of these shoes.  People say they do feel better for people who put a lot of pressure on their heels when standing and walking.  Maybe there are people who would just like the shoe for the comfort factor.  Still, don’t be expecting to walk in these shoes for a few days and end up with the kind of legs and buns seen in the commercials.  For those results, looks like it’s exercise and diet that win again!

 

To read more about the study, go to http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/truth-about-toning-shoes.

Have a Happy and Healthy Turkey Day!

Turkey

Eat A Healthy Turkey!

This year, don’t eat yourself into oblivion, but still take the time to enjoy the holiday meals we all love!

Here are a few small ways to tweak your favorite dishes!

Turkey – Avoid eating the skin and stick to the white meat. Pass on the gravy as well.

Green Bean Casserole – Use low fat ingredients such as low fat cream of mushroom soup and fat free skim milk

Cranberry Sauce – Make your own homemade! It’s not that difficult and you can cut back on sugar,etc.

Sweet Potatoes – Use less butter and less sugar than you normally would.

Mashed Potatoes – Again skim milk and less butter! Use chives and non-fat yogurt in place of sour cream if called for in a recipe.

For dessert, just remember everything in moderation.

And most important, don’t stuff yourself silly. Take small portions and if you are still hungry, wait a little bit and then take a little more turkey. Don’t make a meal out of sweet potato pie!

At the end of the day, keep these tips in mind, but don’t stress so much that you end up not enjoying the time with friends and family. Be thankful that you are lucky enough to have a good meal in front of you and people who love you. That is what Thanksgiving is all about.

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/slideshow-naughty-list-of-holiday-foods

View the WebMD slideshow for more tips!