Archive for September, 2007

Don’t cut your calories too low!

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

Many dieters make the mistake of cutting their calories too low…thinking less is better. What they don’t realize is, they’re actually slowing down their metabolism. Eating less than a 1000 calories a day will put your body into starvation mode…causing it to hold onto it’s fat stores.

Choose Protein First

Monday, September 24th, 2007

If you trying to build muscle…make sure you’re consuming enough protein. Proteins are made up of amino acids…and muscles are made up of these amino acids. I suggest consuming 1 gram of protein for every pound of muscle you have. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds at 20% body fat…you have approx. 160 pounds of muscle. If you are eating six meals throughout the day, each meal should consist of approx. 27 grams of lean protein. So, when trying to choose your next meal…choose your protein first.

The Good Egg

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

If ever you find youself second guessing the freshness of an egg…there’s a quick and simple test you can perform. Put the egg in question in a glass and fill it with water. If the egg floats…don’t eat it. If the egg falls to the bottom…it’s GOOD!

Cut out the soft drinks

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

Soft drinks are loaded with sugars and calories…empty calories (no nutritional value). These calories add up fast and will more than likely end up as stored FAT…right around the waistline. A 20 ounce bottle of Coke equals 250 calories. If you drink only two cokes per day, you are consuming an extra 3500 calories per week; 3500 extra calories per week equals FOUR extra FAT pounds per month. So, if you want to cut out the fat…cut out the soft drinks.

Simple weight loss tip

Monday, September 10th, 2007

Stop eating more than your body needs! Weight gain comes from unused energy (stored fat). If you eat more than your body needs…you will gain weight.

Increase your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) by building MUSCLE

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

Your body requires energy (calories) to sustain its everyday functions (e.g., heart, brain, liver, etc.). Your BMR is the amount of energy your body needs to keep these functions working. For every pound of muscle you build through resistance training, you require (burn) an extra 50 calories per day. If you add an extra 10 pounds of muscle to your body through weight training, you can burn an additional 500 calories per day at rest…3500 calories per week. The more muscle you have…the more fat you burn!

Mix it up!

Sunday, September 2nd, 2007

Are you caught in a rut with your fitness routine? Mix it up to keep your muscles guessing and growing. Vary your exercise routine regularly; change your routine at least every 2-3 weeks.