Is Your Goal Really Weight Loss?

Written by Nathan Latvaitis

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In addition to water, if you have been working out lately to speed along your “weight loss” (you mean fat loss, right?) progress you probably have gained some muscle doing so. This gain in muscle can also affectrepparttar numbers you see onrepparttar 131205 scale. Muscle is also more dense than fat.

You may be wondering how you are going to measure your progress now thatrepparttar 131206 scale doesn’t mean as much as it used to. Well, there are several methods to measure your body fat percentage. None of these methods are 100% accurate, but they will be much more useful thanrepparttar 131207 use of a scale.

One ofrepparttar 131208 simplest ways is to use a caliper. You can usually find these at your local sporting goods/fitness shop. If you can’t find them locally, you can order them offrepparttar 131209 internet. Calipers measurerepparttar 131210 thickness of a skin fold on your triceps. Then there are directions that come withrepparttar 131211 caliper that show you how to userepparttar 131212 number you get to derive your body fat %.

If you don’t want to go out and buy some calipers, there is a body fat % calculator on my website. The calculator usesrepparttar 131213 circumference of several parts of your body and then plugs them into a formula developed byrepparttar 131214 U.S. Navy to derive an approximation of your body fat %.

You can find this calculator here:

There are also much more accurate ways to measure your body fat % like buoyancy testing orrepparttar 131215 use of special lasers.

If you insist on knowing your progress by weight loss and want to use a scale, try to weigh yourself atrepparttar 131216 same time everyday. Probablyrepparttar 131217 best time would be right when you wake up inrepparttar 131218 morning and before you do anything.

So, your new goal should be to shoot for fat loss and not weight loss. Don’t necessarily trustrepparttar 131219 scale allrepparttar 131220 time as it can be deceiving - your weight is affected by more than just how much fat you have gained or lost. In addition, it is almost physiologically impossible to gain or lose a pound of fat in one day.

Nathan Latvaitis runs a website at where you can find even more fitness/weight loss articles, product reviews, book reviews, calculators, a message board, and more.

The Big FAT Lie

Written by Ray Gebauer

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High Fat Conversion Foods

These are some common foods with their glycemic index numbers, that are especially high on this index, and thus stimulate fat storage:

Common sugar (sucrose)—92 Macaroni and cheese—92 Potatoes (mashed—100; French fries—107; baked—121; potato chips—high) Corn—78; pop corn—79; corn chips—105; corn flakes—119 Pizza—86 White rice—83; brown rice—79 White and wheat bread—101 Cold cereals (most). E.g. Life—94; Grapenuts—96; Cheerios—106; Total—109 Cooked cereals (e.g. Cream of Wheat—100, oatmeal—87 (steel cut is less) Bananas—77 Most juices and all drink mixes and soft drinks (97) Desserts (ice cream—87); donuts—108 Fat-free bottled “lite” dressings (due to added corn syrup and maltodextrins). High fructose corn syrup—89 Maltodextrins—150 (added to many foods, but deceptively not counted as sugar!)

Did you notice that some of these foods are worse than pure sugar? It is wise to eat these foods sparingly. And when you do eat these foods, balancerepparttar glycemic index forrepparttar 131203 whole meal by eating low index foods with them.

Fat Burning Foods

Here are some ofrepparttar 131204 foods that are rated as having a low glycemic index:

Fructose—32 Trutina Dulcem (a fruit sugar fifteen times sweeter than regular sugar) “Super sugars” (glyconutrients) Stevia—though not “approved” byrepparttar 131205 FDA as a sweetener, it is often used as such High protein foods (e.g. fish, meat and eggs) Most vegetables including sweet potatoes and yams Beans—40 Salads—low Avocado—low Stone ground bread and sprouted grain—low Barley—36 Rye—48 Most pastas—varies; spaghetti—59 (but very low nutritional value) Berries—low Cherries—32 Apples—54 Oranges—63 Peaches—60 Pears—53 Dairy products; whole milk—39 (there are other concerns mentioned previously) Soy milk—43 Seeds and nuts—as low as 21 (peanuts) Butter (in moderation—far superior to margarine) Olive oil Soy beans—25 Celery—very very low

There is one other huge advantage to using low glycemic foods besides weight control: longevity! According a study by T. Par entitled "Insulin Exposure and Aging Theory" inrepparttar 131206 Journal of Gerontology - 1997; 43:182-200, high insulin levels, which result from consuming high glycemic foods, promotes accelerated aging. Both calorie restriction and a low glycemic index diet appear to be important for longevity, BUT a diet of low glycemic foods is even more effective than calorie restriction for longevity.

This article is posted by Lori Wilton and Ray Gebauer. Lori and Ray are business partners. Ray has written numerous books, articles, and pamphlets on health concerns, personal development, and success. Lori Wilton is an independent wellness representative, who consults people in glyconutrient supplementation. br> To get your FREE report entitled, “The Ten Deadly Health Myths of the 21st Century” click here:

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