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.
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.
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.
No matter the time of year, spring, summer, winter or fall, having a gut is unhealthy, unappealing, limits physical abilities and can even affect sexual performance. Let’s take a deeper look at abdominal fat and a few things you can do to keep that waistline in check.
Sugar cravings are perhaps the worst thing that can happen to a dieter. They can take you from a place of being in control of what you put in your mouth to a raging, out-of-control sugar addict, willing to eat almost any sugary treat to help curb the craving. Here are four sugar-busting suggestions to help you control your cravings for good and stay on the road to getting ripped.
For those who are focused on a goal, diet is a crucial ingredient – and that’s when these situations can become a huge sources of stress, even to the point of creating the “Screw It” effect. What’s the “Screw It” effect? When an obstacle gets in the way of our planned diet and, since we are already off plan, we decide to take it to the extreme and go way, way off plan.
Over time the continuity of being on a low-carb diet can down-regulate critical hormones involved in not only your fat metabolism, but also your muscle building. Cycling your carbs can provide a shock to your body increasing the hormones that enhance protein synthesis as well as fat oxidation.
Here’s a list of 10 protein-packed vegetables to help you close in on those extra 15-30 grams of protein you may need to reach your daily protein goals and build your ideal physique.