Want to lose fat? Then, count your calories and burn off more than you consume. This mantra has been repeated so many times throughout the past several decades that this simple mathematical equation has spun off into numerous diet programs, meal plans, calorie-counting apps and even devices you wear that estimate how many calories you are burning.
There used to be a saying that “fat is fat.” Dietitians and cardiologists conspired to convince Americans that the growing problem of weight gain was due to “energy-dense” foods. Of the three macronutrients (fat, carbohydrates and protein), fat has the greatest energy density with 9 calories per gram, as opposed to 4 calories per gram for carbohydrates or protein.
A lot of research has been done in the area of creatine supplementation. The vast majority of this research has looked at the effect of creatine on strength and muscle size or hypertrophy. This means subjects are given creatine while performing weight training.
So, you've bulked up a little too far, and now you're ready to shed that extra fat. You know you could do things slow and steady, but why wait? You can get ripped quick by going on a super low-calorie diet for a few weeks, right?
Men have been misled into following low-fat diets/high fiber for cardiovascular health, not realizing that low-fat/high-fiber diets cause reductions in testosterone. For example, reducing dietary fat from a moderate-fat diet (greater than 30 percent calories from fat and low fiber less than 20 g/day) to a low-fat diet (less than 15 percent calories as fat and 25-30g fat per day) significantly reduced total and free testosterone levels and adrenal androgens (androstenedione and DHEA) . Here are a couple of other studies suggesting that low-fat diets are not conducive for testosterone levels.
Here are 12 tips to keep you from packing on the pounds and help you stay on track this Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season.
For the bodybuilder or image-conscious person, the purpose of dieting is to improve one’s appearance by reducing body fat to reveal a healthy and impressive physique. Few people diet with the intention of losing muscle; certainly not bodybuilders and athletes. Unfortunately, most dieters suffer a balanced loss of both lean and fat mass due to extreme caloric restriction, excessive cardio, or unwise use of stimulant-based weight loss products and thyroid hormones.
You've undoubtedly read many articles pertaining to the 'good' and the 'bad' fats and their effects on the body but do you really know what this means?
For very few people is the cause of weight gain is completely genetic, but this includes less than 10 percent of all obese people. For the vast majority, the reason for an unhealthy and lasting weight gain is simply eating too much. Certainly, the decreasing popularity of exercise and reduced occupational activity contribute to the problem, but relative to putting on the pounds, it is all about how much is eaten.
Eating right is hard. Unfortunately, restaurants and grocery stores aren’t trying to make it easy for us. Foods advertised as “healthy” often are the reason you’re not making the gains you want in the gym. To help here are the top3 health scams you need to avoid immediately.