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Weight Loss what’s a phony

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Weight loss is something everyone wants, but how do we achieve that desired goal? We look at many things from cosmetics to all natural ideas. It seems alot of people have Ideas on what is the right way. Lets be honest here, there are many products out there that are a scam. How do we know what is a scam and what is not?

What principles are correct, what are the myths, and what are the scams? If it sounds to good to be true,it is. Nothing comes without some sort of change. If anything says you won’t need to change your lifestyle, do not believe them. You got into your situation because of the lifestyle you started. Even if your genes are geared for weight gain and slow metabolism there are still things you can do to change and make life more healthy and manageable.

I did mention there are a few principles or things to look for to see if it is legit. One is how does it effect my metabolism? Your metabolism is how effective we are able to use food into energy to make it simple. If we have a fast metabolism, it means we are able to be efficient in burning alot of calories into energy. If we have a slow inefficient metabolism the body will store alot of the calories into fat.

To increase the effectiveness of your metabolism there are some small principles, if done consistently, will help you gain a better metabolism. When do you eat and how often you eat are very important. Also, the volume you are eating is very critical. We have to reach a certain intake each day within those calories. They are broken into 3 major groups, fats, protein, and carbohydrates.

This leads to our next concern. Are we getting an excess of nutrients or a delinquent amount of nutrients? If some product says only eat this product, it is wrong. All three major nutritional groups provide specific needs that make up a balance within the body. Without one specific nutrient, it can throw the body out of balance. Out of balance in all likely hood is making the body unhealthy even if you are unable to notice it.

When your body is missing a nutrient, it either will miss it completely and the area needing the nutrient will either wither away. Or the body will need to spend time trying to produce it. Now I’m not going in depth in all aspects of what is a false claim or not, but what I have mentioned here are very sound principles that have to be used if you are going to feel healthy and lose weight…the right way.

You can look at any product and see if they follow a few simple rules, you will know how legit it is. If it makes some outlandish claim, it properly is stretching too far to gain some sells. You can sign up for our email list to get new ideas on products , exercise and nutrition ideas.

Should we be Anabolic?

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Ok everybody seems to want one of two things lose weight or Gain Muscle.  The answer for both is the same need we have to place our body in an anabolic state. With an anabolic state means healthy metabolism , healthy eating habits, more energy and overall better self-image of your self

The answer is simple and of course I can answer it in one word. Before I do that what really is anabolic and how does it affect us. There are two major stages we place are bodies in:  Anabolic or Catabolic. what do they mean?

Anabolic: anabolic is a simple term which basically means growth. When your body is naturally gaining the nutrients to stay out of starvation mode you are in an anabolic state. Your body has a time-table  for nutrients and keeping your metabolism running in an optimum rate.

Catabolic: This is the opposite of growth Catabolic destroys the body . When the body is in a Catabolic state means it isn’t getting the proper nutrients in a timely matter. You don’t want to be in this stage. When the body is in this stage it also known as starvation mode.

So we have made the distinction of the two stages we place on our body. When you here , you need to eat 6 meals a day . There is only one reason why ,your body is in need of nutrients at all times. When you have 3 meals a day there are hours you are depriving your body of nutrients. When this habit is occurring you are going from an anabolic state to a Catabolic state and your body moves to the starvation mode.

Starvation mode is when your body has learned that the nutrients aren’t coming on a regular basis so it needs to hold on to what little nutrients it can. This causes fat storage and your metabolism goes from good to bad.

Do the meals have to be big ,NO. Start off by Planning  your meals around daily activities , and remember the big three foodpyramidFats , Carbs, and Protein.  Each one needs to be thought of and used in their perspective orders. Carbs give you the energy (complex carbs are great because it helps keep your blood sugar leveled ) Protein helps in maintenance of the body while fats like omega 3 help with brain function, lubrication of joints to name a few things.

So having a small plan around your activities and eating on a regular basis 6 plus meals will allow your body to stay in an anabolic stage and a promise or a Christmas Gift is you will have more energy, feel better, and  have a desire to be out in about

 

The Magic Pill? Is it true

I think it’s funny how everybody makes accusations towards people before understanding really what has happened and what will transpire. First people make accusations that this person is strong so he takes steroids  First taking anything without putting work and effort will not make you better but will make you worst. As an example steroids really is just one big cholesterol molecule which means if you aren’t training hard eating right you will become fat slow and bloated.

I’m going to talk about what I say is some what of a magic pill as long as you put forth the effort. Glutamine is an amino acid and its main property is to help rebuild muscle fibers. When we do any sort of exercise what we are doing is tearing down the muscle fibers. When we are doing this the body sends cortisone to help to get rid of it. This is where L – glutamine  comes in and helps.

The first thing that L- glutamine does for the body is block the cortisone from tearing down the fibers any further. Why is this important with out the blocking of the cortisone we can not help rebuild the fiber back up.Once this happens then it can  restore and rebuild the fiber back up. Like I said it takes work over a period of time and consistent period of taking after physical exercise and balance diet you will see  the change with in the body.

Now there are many advantages for glutamine  which is one of the main amino acids your body naturally produces. I wont go over other benefits that glutamine helps the body. Keep this in mind many supplements are aren’t worth the money they just don’t have the main benefits for the price but you pay, You  can’t go wrong with  adding glutamine to your nutritional plan.

There is no such thing as a special pill to get you to lose weight, get stronger, or look the way you want. It takes a plan from a balanced diet proper education hard work and depending on the level of intensity of exercise proper supplementation with your balanced diet. You will never lose money with glutamine the benefits out weigh the price you will pay for it.

 

FAD Diets? What is wrong with them?

The glycemic index classifies carbohydrate-containing foods according to their potential to raise your blood sugar level. Foods with a high glycemic index value tend to raise your blood sugar faster and higher than do foods with a lower value.Maria Collazo-Clavell, M.D.

It’s funny since I’ve been a trainer I’ve noticed all of these different types of diets. What is the most common thing between each of them? They all had their fifteen minutes of fame and everyone ended back where they started. Growing up and going to grade school they taught about eating right and eating healthy. I never once heard of a teacher recommend  Twinkies or a pop for lunch or snack. So why is it now we see so many people consuming for meals junk?

That is something I have scratched my head on for 12 years. USA Today reported that by 2030 our obesity as a population will be at 42%. Out of that 42% they have said half will be over 100 pounds obese. Now my last nutrition post spoke on your metabolism. The argument people will  have is “I have a slow metabolism.”

I see a few important factors that everyone should follow if they are looking for first, having more energy and second, starting to loose weight and keeping it off. As with any process if we learn how to incorporate things in our lives the more likely we are able to follow them on an every day aspects.

When deciding what to eat, ask where does it stand on the glycemic index? Now this only a guide line but there are so many advantages on following the glycemic index rather than just eating anything. It helps to regulate the blood sugar and that alone will give you a better overall feeling of being healthy.

This is just the first step in getting your body at a more healthy energetic level. One of the best advantages it helps to eliminate many unneeded Health problems such as type  II diabetes.

It can be difficult to follow a glycemic index diet on your own. For one thing, most foods aren’t ranked by glycemic index. Packaged foods don’t generally list their GI ranking on the label, and it can be hard to estimate what it might be. Still, basic principles of the glycemic index diet may help you better manage and control your blood sugar:

  • Choose high-fiber foods, such as whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables.
  • Choose fresh or raw foods over canned or processed foods.

If you have diabetes, the glycemic index diet is just one tool to consider when determining your diet. If you’re interested in learning more, talk to a registered dietitian. He or she can help you make changes in your diet. as mentioned by  Maria Collazo-Clavell, M.D.

 

Are Energy drinks good?

Metabolism is the process by which your body converts what you eat and drink into energy.

As an elite athlete and coming out of a four year retirement, I have noticed that there are more and more energy drinks in the mix. Before, when I was running behind before the gym I use to grab an energy drink to boost my efforts while working out. Was this good for me or not? Your body is a machine just like a car it can run Perfect, Good, OK , or Bad and how does this happen? There are two major factors we can do to ourselves to have those same results. What we put into our bodies the nutritional values of each item. The other value is when or the time of day we are adding these nutritional values.

There is one basic thing we need to remember when we are talking about anything with our nutrition which is, how is our metabolism. What our metabolism does for our body is help regulate how quickly we handle and digest our food. As stated by the mayo clinic- Metabolism is the process by which your body converts what you eat and drink into energy. So this is the first thing we need to do is help keep our metabolism running on a steady base.

When we eat crap or junk food it does two things to our body and over time will have your body from running good to bad. It will have your blood sugar levels doing up and downs. Now this is one major reason why energy drinks can be bad. The amount of sugar and caffeine will have your body or blood sugar going up and then down when you have finished the drink over time this can start coronary heart diseases, Hypertension and even type II diabetes .  The second thing is there is no nutritional value. Which means you have raised your blood sugar drastically up and then when you hit the down you are even worse than you started. So was getting an energy drink bad for me?

Next of the two is important for any diet when we eat one or two even three meals it slows down our metabolism instead of having an energy drink and going on a roller coaster ride with our blood sugar. Plan your meals around your activities. The more constant we are in gaining nutrition through out the day( On average 6 meals a day). We are starting the path of keeping a healthy metabolism and starting to loosen the needs of needing an energy drink because of being tired.

I will say what my motto is with everything, moderation with everything. We should all be aware of what we put into our own gas tanks and the lasting effects it will have on our bodies. The sooner we are  aware of the actual nutrition we add to our bodies the happier and healthier we will be.

For most people, occasional energy drinks are fine, but try to limit yourself to about 16 ounces (500 milliliters) a day. If you’re consistently fatigued or rundown, however, consider a better — and healthier — way to boost your energy. Get adequate sleep, include physical activity in your daily routine, and eat a healthy diet. If these strategies don’t seem to help, consult your doctor. Sometimes fatigue is a sign of an underlying medical condition, such as hypothyroidism or anemia.- mayo clinic

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