Thursday, January 3, 2008
Stop Drinking Your Calories and Start to See the Scale Move
It amazes me that people are still drinking sugar containing beverages while trying to lose weight. There’s no possible way to have read up on weight loss and not been told about the evils of these sugar laden drinks.

Today I was doing a consultation with a brand new client. She had brought in a regular (sugar containing) Snapple Green Tea. She thought she would get a pat on the back and a “good job” because it’s green tea. Now, green tea is good for a plethora of things from raising metabolism a bit to providing cancer fighting antioxidants. I love it and drink a few cups of it most days… without sugar.

While she had good intentions, as many people do in her situation, it certainly pays to dig a little deeper and learn the basics. Eliminating sugar is one rule of those basics. Eliminating beverages containing any calories (from fat or sugar) is another rule of the basics.

Here are 3 outstanding reasons why NOT to drink your calories

1) If you’re on a diet, this assumes you will be eating less total food anyway. Don’t you want to get the feeling of actually eating the little bit that you are eating?

2) The calories often come from fat or sugar. At this juncture, these are empty calories. They do nothing to support your fat loss goals and subsequently, make a calorie deficit more difficult to achieve.

3) Sugar laden drinks boost insulin levels, and then plummet them. The sugar is liquid, devoid of fiber, and high glycemic. This is a recipe for an immediate spike and crash of blood sugar. This means triggered cravings and possible invoking a binge cycle, where you eat more than you normally would have. On top of that, simply having insulin raised in this manner will stop body fat from being burned.

Awful.

The only time during a dieting phase that you should be drinking calories is during your workout energy and recovery intake. To stay in the hormonal fat burning zone, stick with water or unsweetened, zero calorie beverages

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posted by Michael Collins @ 10:34 AM   0 comments
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Eating Often to Lose Body Fat

When trying to lose body fat, you need to create a caloric deficit. That is, you must take in less calories than you’re expending throughout the day doing things like working, working out, sleeping and even breathing. Everything you do takes calories to provide energy. When trying to burn off body fat, you want to use those fat stores as fuel instead of the food you eat.

Since eating less calories is the name of the game, it would seem strange that I’d recommend you eat more often, but it is this case.

When in a dieting down phase (attempting to lose body fat), there are several benefits in eating more often- like 6 or 7 times a day. The first being you are able to manage your insulin levels more effectively, resulting in more body fat being accessible to be used as fuel. Also, when insulin levels are kept in check, hunger goes down as well.

One of the underrated aspects of eating 6 or 7 times per day is that you avoid lulls in mental energy. Mental energy is crucial for getting “thought- type” work done. If your paycheck is based on how creative you are or how fast you think on your feet, you’ll certainly appreciate the stable, consistent energy more frequent meals provide.

Perhaps the greatest benefit of eating more frequently is its ability to bolster your ability to stick to it- “it” being your workout program, your diet, everything. Think about this, last time you cheated on a diet, or quit on that diet, we’re you feeling full or hungry and deprived? I’m willing to bet it’s the latter.

If you’re only eating the traditional 3 meals per day- breakfast lunch and dinner, it’s time to update. Adjust by increasing the frequency of meals by 1 meal per 3 days. This will allow your mind and body to acclimate to your new schedule.

Another thing to keep an eye on is your calorie intake. The point here is not to eat more. The key is to spread the total food you are eating out over more meals.

Start a food journal now. This can be an invaluable tool in your effort to lose body fat. Also, for an in- depth comprehensive program to lose weight now, purchase our instantly downloadable, 100% guaranteed fat loss program the Black Book of Secrets

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