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Carb cycling and intermittent fasting do they work?

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In this Your Healthy Family, as spring is finally here and swimsuit season is right around the corner, if you’re looking to drop a few pounds, we’re taking a closer look at some of the current popular diet trends and if they work or not.

Dr. Kristen Kells, D.C., B.S.c. owns Dr. Kells’ Weight Loss in Colorado Springs where they specialize in helping people who are in their 40s and 50s and beyond lose weight, where they have failed in the past.

Dr. Kells is traveling her own weight loss journey and knows firsthand the struggles that come with trial and error, with whatever the latest popular weight loss trend is.

One very popular trend on social media right now, is called carb cycling. Dr. Kells says, “Carb cycling is eating what is called a very low-calorie diet or very low carbohydrate diet, or VLCD. It restricts carbs and we do know that in the long term doesn’t work well. You do it maybe three days a week, eating lower carbs, and lower calories, and then you cycle that with days of higher carbohydrates. We typically see this type of eating pattern in the athlete population, so if you’re an endurance athlete or bodybuilder or you’re a wrestler, or you have high-activity days you need those carbohydrates. But what most of the sedentary population does not need on any day is a ton of carbohydrates.”

Another popular trend is intermittent fasting. Dr. Kells explains, “Intermittent fasting is withholding food for certain periods of time. There are many different ways to do it. You can do what we call 16/8, which is eating all of your

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7 Best Exercises for Men To Stay Fit In Their 40s

If you are a man reaching your 40s, you might be struggling to maintain your fitness, muscle mass, energy levels, and physical appearance. Unfortunately, the reality of male aging is a slow decline in all of the characteristics associated with masculinity. While some of this is inevitable, the good news is that with the right training program, you can slow down the aging process, and in some cases, reverse these age-related declines. I’ve trained many clients in their 40s who have successfully seen dramatic positive changes in their bodies through resistance training programs. The following article breaks down my top seven exercises for men to stay fit in their 40s.

For each of the below exercises, complete three to four sets of eight to 10 repetitions using a weight that feels heavy for that rep range. Rest for 90 seconds between sets, and perform the workout one to two times a week. You can split it into two to three workout sessions, or perform a single longer session, although I generally recommend the former. When combined with a high-protein diet, healthy sleep habits, and regular low-intensity cardio, you can fight the effects of aging on your own terms and turn your middle-aged years into a time of flourishing physicality.

Keep reading for the seven best exercises for men to stay fit in their 40s, and next, be sure to read about the 4 Exercises That Can Drastically Change Your Body Shape After 40.

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Deadlifts are a fantastic exercise for targeting the posterior chain—especially the hamstrings, glutes, and lower back. This exercise is a real-world functional movement that helps improve balance, stability, and strength, making everyday tasks easier and keeping you physically strong and fit.

To perform a deadlift, stand with your feet hip-width apart, with the barbell resting over

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