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Not Hungry?  Don’t Eat.

Not Hungry? Don’t Eat.

We’ve been told by the fitness media and from some fitness professionals for many years now that we need to eat 5 or 6 times a day to keep our metabolisms up and to help us stay lean. This advice fueled the creation and marketing of an endless amount of “healthy” snack foods, breakfast bars, protein bars and meal replacement…

If Your Primary Goal Is Weight Loss, Carbing Up Before Your Workout Is Not A Good Idea

If Your Primary Goal Is Weight Loss, Carbing Up Before Your Workout Is Not A Good Idea

Its not uncommon to hear people talk about carbing up before a workout.  This is at typical practice with distance runners or cyclists and weight lifters and it certainly helps with performance.  However, if your primary reason for working out is weight loss then carbing up probably isn’t going to help you.  You will certainly have a stronger workout but…

The Ratios Of Bacteria In Our Gut Determines How Many Calories We Store Or Burn

90% of the bacteria in our gut is made up of two major types: Firmicutes and Bacteroidetes.  The populations of these two types of bacteria make up our F/B ratio. The Firmicutes bacteria absorb more calories from our food than Bacteroidetes, AND trigger the storage of calories as fat.  Bacteroidetes don’t absorb as many calories and allow more of the…

When Losing Weight, Beware of Eating Too Much Fruit

  While fruit is a nutritious food with many needed antioxidants, it is still a source of sugar and can limit weight loss.  Fruit contains both fructose and glucose in varying ratios depending on the fruit. Glucose is the primary sugar in starches like grains and potatoes and is the main source for glycogen for our muscles.  When muscle glycogen…

When Losing Weight, Keep Lifting Weight

Just because your goal is to lose weight, don’t think you avoid lifting weights. One of the greatest benefits of resistance training is insulin sensitivity. Insulin sensitivity means that your muscles are receptive to insulin bringing fuel to be stored in the muscle- NO, this does not make you bulky. It actually provides energy for when you move those muscles.

The opposite of insulin sensitivity is insulin resistance which means that your muscles don’t respond to insulin so the fuel is diverted to your FAT CELLS for storage. Increased insulin resistance leads to, not only fat gain, but also diabetes.

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