Feeling Tired? Can't Lose Weight? Tap Into Protein Power!Written by Kim Beardsmore
You're always hungry right? The last thing you have time for is to plan meals ahead. Don't despair, you body was designed to be refueled continually. We are not camels and we are unable to work in tip top condition without essential nutrients our body requires. Your body was designed for a regular supply fo good quality food throughout day.
If you are a woman who eats less frequently than three 'square' meals and an afternoon snack or a man who eats less than three meals and a mid morning and afternoon snack... you *should* feel hungry! Probably your body is crying out for nutritious food and one of first signs is lethary, tiredness and dimished concentration.
Exectutives rushing through day not stopping for lunch? Moms running after small children and surviving on toddler left overs? Women skipping breakfast and then eating a salad or cup of soup for lunch? Any of these situations fit you? If so, then it is likely you can dramatically change your energy levels and sense of vitality through learning a few simple keys about food! It amazing that so few people realise importance of eating what your body requires.
If you recognise yourself above, it may also be true that you are overweight. Despite lack of food, you continue to find those unwanted pounds are impossible to budge! Those who have adequate amounts of protein in their diet, however, may find they've escaped being part of this alarming trend. That's because latest nutritional research indicates that protein has numerous dietary benefits that give a boost to weight loss and weight management efforts. Let/s look at some of ways you can benefit from a healthy daily protein intake.
Burning Fat vs. Burning CaloriesWritten by Vernita Sherman
To lose weight and get in shape you must have a good diet and exercise regularly to burn fat. The first thing you must understand about exercise is that just because you are burning calories does not mean you are burning fat. Your main focus when you exercise should be losing body fat, and you can’t lose body fat just from burning calories. When we exercise, our bodies will start burning calories, but calories that are burned are calories from carbohydrates in our system. In order to burn calories from your stored fat, your body requires presence of oxygen. There is a certain amount of oxygen that your body needs in order to start burning fat and only way for you to measure amount needed for your own body is to keep up with your target heart rate during exercise. Please understand that if you continue to only burn calories from carbohydrates, you will lose mostly “water weight” which leads to a decrease in your metabolism. Also, think of calories that are burned from carbohydrates as your energy calories. If you lose too much energy calories then your muscles will not receive enough energy to increase your metabolism which indirectly burn fat. Therefore you must increase your calorie intake when you are on an exercise program to replace your burned energy calories. Burning Fat Calories during exercise During aerobic exercise, your body goes through several stages before it reaches point where you are burning fat. You will hear people say that you are only burning sugar (carbohydrates) not fat during first 10 minutes of exercise. This is true to a certain extent. I say this because you will continue to burn sugar past 10 minute mark if you are not working out hard enough for your body to want more oxygen; or you are working out too hard and you can’t supply your body with enough oxygen for fat burning. When you exercise you must move at a steady pace (not too fast, not too slow) so your body will utilize your stored fat (not carbohydrates or sugar) as its energy source. Also remember that just because you reached fat burning stage does not mean you will stay there. Staying at fat burning stage once again depends on if you are moving at a pace that is right for your body. Make sure that you are within your target heart rate range.