|Nutrition Tips to Improve Fat Loss
by: Rick DeToma
|Incorporating these fat loss tips will improve your nutrition program. Start off slowly and
add one a week, you don't have to adopt all of them at once. Before long, you’ve
cleaned up your nutrition program and on your way to reaching your goal. Trendy diets,
fads and the infomercial product of the month, are not going to help you reach your
weight loss goals. A well thought-out nutrition and exercise program will.
Proven time and again, those who eat breakfast are more successful at controlling their
weight than those that don't. Plus, when doing strength training exercises (and you know
you should be), it's even more important to make certain you fuel those muscles after an
overnight fast. The perfect time for burning fat because glycogen, blood glucose and
insulin levels are all low.
Unfortunately, it may also be perfect for burning muscle, because glycogen levels are
low, and levels of the catabolic stress hormone cortisol are high. If you skip breakfast
and eat lunch at noon, you’re not only in a highly catabolic (muscle wasting) state, you’
re also sending an unmistakable starvation signal to your body.
Eat less sugar
Start reading labels! Sugar is hidden in almost every commercial food item. A single
tablespoon of ketchup gets 3 of its 4 grams of carbs from sugar. A 12 oz can of cola has
a staggering 40 grams of sugar, and ALL of the carbs in a cola are sugar! Why does that
Simple sugars are digested very quickly and cause a rapid spike in blood sugar. Your
body then releases large amounts of insulin. Insulin quickly clears the glucose from the
bloodstream leading to low blood sugar (hypoglycemia.) Low blood sugar causes
cravings, hunger, weakness, mood swings and decreased energy. These cravings for
sugar result in a vicious cycle of ups and downs in blood sugar levels throughout the day.
Eat More Often
Studies have shown that those who eat 4-6 smaller meals per day have less body fat
than those eating 2-3 meals a day, even if both groups eat about the same number of
calories. This is because of maintaining steady blood sugar levels. Too much insulin
activates fat storage enzymes and forces fat in the bloodstream into fat cells for storage.
High insulin levels also inhibit enzymes that promote the breakdown of existing stored
body fat. You can manage your blood sugar and insulin levels by choosing fewer simple
carbohydrates, more complex carbohydrates, eating fiber and having your carbohydrates
with lean proteins approximately every three hours.
Be sure to include enough protein for your level of activity (you are exercising…right?)
Protein speeds up your metabolism because your body has to work harder to digest,
process, and utilize it compared to fats or carbs.
The "thermic" effect of protein is one of the reasons that a higher protein diet is more
effective for fat loss than a diet high in fat or carbs. Too much of any food can be stored
as body fat, but protein is less likely to be converted to fat than any other nutrient.
Eat nothing from a box
The closer your food is to nature the better off you are. Have you looked at the
ingredients list in most packaged food these days? You need to be a scientist to figure
out what half the ingredients are. Stick to real, wholesome foods, fruits, vegetables,
whole grains, lean protein, etc.
Eat your vegetables
I don't mean fast food french fries. Try to get as many vegetable servings into your
meals as you can. It's nearly impossible to over eat vegetables. They are full of fiber and
will help keep you full between meals. They also contain loads of antioxidants. Raw is
great, steamed is another good way to have them. Hold the heavy cheese sauces please!
Eat protein and carbs together
If you want to keep your blood sugar in check, then don't eat your carbs by themselves.
Strive to always have balanced meals of protein, carbs and healthy fats. You'll feel
better and your muscles will thank you.
Prepare your own food
Best for several reasons…It's cheaper than eating out, you know exactly what you are
eating, and it saves time. It takes no more time to cook up 6 healthy chicken breasts
than it does to cook one or two. Make things easy. Prepare them over the weekend and
your lunches for the next few days are done. While you are at it, put on a pot of brown
or wild rice, or bake up some sweet potatoes and you're good to go.
LOTS! Most people are already dehydrated. Strive to drink a gallon a day. If you drink
a lot of coffee, then you need an extra 8 oz for each cup of coffee. Exercise will put
more demands on your fluid levels. You need water. Drink 50-75% of your body weight
in ounces of water. Add an additional 16 oz for strenuous exercise. No complaining!
Get more exercise
Get some exercise on most days of the week, and alternate between strength training
exercises and cardio training. If you are a beginner, shoot for two weight workouts a
week and progress to 3 or more depending upon your goals. Get in as many cardio
sessions as your schedule will allow, but aim for at least 3.
Commit to adopting these nutrition program changes and you'll be well on your way to
reaching your weight loss goal, whether it's ten pounds or many more. Sound nutrition
and exercise will always succeed in the long run. Don't give into the temptation of fads.
The information contained in this article is strictly for informational purposes and is not
intended to provide medical advice. If you are sedentary or over 40 please get clearance
from a doctor before starting an exercise program.
© By Rick DeToma
About The Author
Rick DeToma is a fitness coach, and trainer who specializes in home workouts. Contact
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