How to Build More Muscle

Thomas Wallace

Teacher, football coach, online marketer and cancer survivor. Degree in Business Management and an advanced degree in physical education and athletic psychology and exercise.

"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Avid bicycle racer in my twenties and thirties. Realized I had to keep pedaling to finish the race! I use that logic in everything I do.

I'm truly thankful for all the people that have helped me along this journey! I make sure I do the same for other people.

"You can have everything in life, if you help enough people get what they want." -Zig Zigler

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Go big or go home! It’s the likely motto of people who want to get bigger muscles. But you can’t get bigger overnight, not even after a few days. And it will take a lot of hard work. However, there are hacks which can make the process faster, as well as a bit easier. Here are five examples of ways to improve your workouts.

Compound Exercises Target Several Muscle Groups

Multi-tasking is big when it comes to the workplace. It’s also a big hit in the gym. But it does not mean you’ll be doing multiple exercises at the same time. You just need to do one exercise which targets multiple muscle groups at the same time. That’s where a compound exercise comes in. Compound exercises target several muscle groups at once. Unlike isolation exercises, like a traditional bicep curl, which target only one muscle. An example of a compound exercise is a squat. A squat will target your glutes, thigh and leg muscles at the same time.  Remember to push through your heels to build your gluteal’s.

However, there is a downside to compound exercises. If you have a weak muscle in the compound’s group, you’re sure to get tire easily. That’s why it’s good to have a balanced training regimen that target all of your muscles.

Do Your Strength Training First

If you do strength training and cardio, it’s best to hit the weights first, then the aerobic exercise. The basis for this is that if you perform cardio exercises first, by the time you do strength training your muscles will already be tired. If you perform weight training first, your heart rate will already be up, so your body won’t have problems transitioning to the cardio exercise. Your muscles won’t be as tired, since, typically, you’ll be performing upper body exercises. People who want to lose weight should also be glad to know that after strength exercises, your metabolism peaks. You burn calories even at rest. But if you follow it up with cardio, the fat-burning intensifies.

You Need To Eat Carbs and Protein Right After A Workout

Probably the best advice you’d love to hear is: eat immediately after a workout. However, don’t go binging or eat just about anything. Aim for a 4:1 carbohydrates to protein ratio. Why these nutrients and what’s with the ratio? Carbohydrates are fuel for the body, and you’ve lost lots of fuel during the workout. Protein is to make sure your muscles are supplied with fuel to grow stronger and rebuild itself. In terms of the ratio, don’t worry, there’s no need for calculations. Just take four parts of carbohydrates and a part of protein. That’s why some people suggest a shake composed of chocolate milk and a medium sized banana. Besides the carbo and protein boost, you’ll also get a good dose of calcium and potassium. If you want an actual meal, some brown rice and lean meat or fish also makes a great post-workout meal.

Keep Your Workouts To One Hour

Most people think that a workout session should always last for hours on end. However, that may not be the case. Unless you’re a professional athlete who is preparing for a competition, that may not be a good idea. Keep in mind that your muscles need rest to heal itself to become stronger and grow. Burning yourself out won’t be doing your muscles any favor. Instead, target an hour or less for a workout.  (My workouts are under an hour with my weight training taking about twenty minutes every other day and cardio the remainder.)

Add Weights Gradually To Your Workouts

While on the topic of burning your muscle out, remember not to add too much weight during your training session. Adding weights should be gradual to allow your muscles to adapt and not be overwhelmed. Injuries can occur when you force yourself to take on more than what you can chew at the weight room. The rule of thumb is to add five percent of weight per week. For example, if you bench press one hundred pounds, add five pounds the next week. Doing this, gives your muscles the challenge it needs without straining it. If you’re a beginner and you have trouble with the five percent per week, add another week so you can fully adjust.

As you try these hacks, remember to wear the comfortable workout clothing. You should also have durable shoes with lots of protection that are comfortable and safe. Cross Training shoes, for example, are great for workouts.

Finally, despite your desire to build more muscle in less the time, don’t forget to enjoy your workout. The more you enjoy it, the easier it will be.

Enjoy Your Next Workout

Thomas W.

Making Exercise More Fun

Thomas Wallace

Teacher, football coach, online marketer and cancer survivor. Degree in Business Management and an advanced degree in physical education and athletic psychology and exercise.

"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Avid bicycle racer in my twenties and thirties. Realized I had to keep pedaling to finish the race! I use that logic in everything I do.

I'm truly thankful for all the people that have helped me along this journey! I make sure I do the same for other people.

"You can have everything in life, if you help enough people get what they want." -Zig Zigler

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Making Exercise More Fun

Bored ManNothing beats waking up in the morning with the thought of going to the gym to lift weights or jog on the treadmill. After a hard days work, the gym is one place you don’t even want to think about. Sometimes, even the thought of exercising at home with your own equipment can be less than desirable.

Sometimes, just trying to get and stay motivated to exercise on a regular basis can be a challenge. No matter how you look at it, exercise can be down right
boring and even tedious at times.

So, you may be wondering just how you can get the motivation you need to exercise on a regular basis. If you’ve been wondering what you can do to make
exercise more fun, you’ll find some ideas below that just may help to make exercise more fun and a little bit easier.

Exercise With A Friend

Two people jogging on a roadFirst things first, you should exercise with a friend. You can challenge each other, help each other out, keep each other motivated and on track, make each other laugh or just make a game out of your exercise programs.

You can also try something different. If you go to the gym each and every day and use the same piece of equipment or use the same piece of equipment at home, you should try mixing things up. Reverse your routine or just change the order of your exercises.

Try The Park……………..

Go to a city park that has playground equipment and use the slide, climb on the monkey bars, do pull-ups, hang from your knees, just let your imagination
guide you. You don’t always need to follow a strict routine, just get out there and have fun working your muscles.

Woman stretching at the park.An outdoor circuit in the park is also something you can try. There are some parks that have circuitcourses set up with a planned course where all you have to do is walk or jog to each station and then follow the instructions. If there isn’t a planned course, then you should do a combination of jogging and walking, picking a distance of a couple hundred feet. Jog 100 feet then drop and do a couple of push ups, walk the next 100 feet and then drop to do sit ups.

You can also ride a bike around your neighborhood or hike on a hiking trail. A walk in the park or around your neighborhood is also a great way to get some exercise. Doing yoga in the park or on a beach is also a nice and relaxing way to exercise both your body and your mind.

Playing a competitive sport is also something you can try. A lot of cities have team activities such as softball, volleyball, tennis, soccer, and so on. These types of activities will not only provide you with good exercise but they will
also help you to meet new people as well.

When You Exercise, Picture Yourself…………

When you exercise, try to picture your muscles getting bigger. Research has personal goals 1. go to the gym 2. eat healthy 3. be awesomeshown that if you focus all of your thoughts on the muscles that you are working, they will respond better. Try to watch them work with each repetition as your
muscles contract and relax.

As you can tell, there are plenty of ways you can make exercise more fun and interesting. You don’ t need to follow the same routine day after day,
as you can do many other things to get in some exercise.

man and woman smilingThe important thing is that you should always try to incorporate exercise in any various form into your everyday life and make these habits the kind of habits that will last a lifetime.

 

 

To Your Health and Happiness

Thomas Wallace

 

Reasons to Embark in Vegan Cooking

Thomas Wallace

Teacher, football coach, online marketer and cancer survivor. Degree in Business Management and an advanced degree in physical education and athletic psychology and exercise.

"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Avid bicycle racer in my twenties and thirties. Realized I had to keep pedaling to finish the race! I use that logic in everything I do.

I'm truly thankful for all the people that have helped me along this journey! I make sure I do the same for other people.

"You can have everything in life, if you help enough people get what they want." -Zig Zigler

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Vegan cooking can offer a large number of benefits.

With so many people around the world looking to embark on a greener lifestyle it is no wonder that the Vegan lifestyle is receiving a large amount of attention lately as well. From people who are looking to embark in just some minor changes to those who are looking to completely revamp their entire lifestyle. Regardless of whether you are looking to make a massive change or just a few small differences Vegan cooking can offer a large number of benefits, which helps to ensure that many people start picking up the habits.

Vegan lifestyle is much more green friendly than eating tons of meat it also has a huge benefit of being a much cheaper lifestyle.

Aside from the reality that a Vegan lifestyle is much more green friendly than eating tons of meat it also has a huge benefit of being a much cheaper lifestyle. Because the majority of the foods that are eaten in a Vegan lifestyle can be grown at home it provides a substantial savings that you would not otherwise be able to realize if you were relying on purchasing the majority of your foods from a grocery store. By omitting meats from your diet you are not only doing your part to help the environment but with savings in the thousands of dollars possible each year it can be a huge benefit to look towards a Vegan lifestyle.

Many Vegans opt to grow their own produce.

Other concerns that are important is the ability to avoid chemical treated foods. Many Vegans opt to grow their own produce, which provides the huge benefit of allowing you to use your own home grown organic foods. This makes them much cheaper for you, which again can significantly decrease your average grocery bill. It is still very important to realize that you might need to buy some food items from the store, however you will not need to worry about the items that you do need to purchase as much since the costs will be significantly lower and there are generally less likely to be subject to harmful chemicals.

Many people opt to turn to a Vegan lifestyle due to the health benefits. It is a proven reality that people who consume large amounts of meat tend to weigh more. This is a reality that cannot be avoided especially due to the increasingly large number of people around the world who are becoming obese. By changing to a Vegan lifestyle, it is much easier to lose weight and find a much healthier lifestyle that will benefit your entire family. In order to really see the benefits of this it is necessary that you take some time to really devote to the Vegan lifestyle to see a real benefit.

Most people find that the Vegan lifestyle is perfect for their needs.

There are some studies lately that speculate that Vegan cooking has been linked to also help reduce the occurrence of diabetes as well. In order to really know if this is true for you it is important to talk to your doctor. Many people experience huge changes to their blood sugar levels by switching to a Vegan lifestyle, however many others also find that it is increasingly difficult to find a good method of changing their blood sugar levels to reduce the need for additional medication. If you are looking to reduce your blood sugar levels then it is important to talk to your doctor before making the adjustment.

You can save money on a Vegan Diet.

With any change you might be considering you should always take plenty of time to review your options. Most people find that the Vegan lifestyle is perfect for their needs without spending months of research however; you should still take at least a bit of time to ensure that this is the right lifestyle for you. If you are not interested in making a permanent change then you should consider making some small changes and working to tweak each of these changes to your exact lifestyle preference. You might need to make several changes, but you should be able to settle into a comfortable pattern and lifestyle quite quickly if you devote a bit of time and effort to the process.

Thomas Wallace

 

 

What is a Caveman Diet?

Thomas Wallace

Teacher, football coach, online marketer and cancer survivor. Degree in Business Management and an advanced degree in physical education and athletic psychology and exercise.

"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Avid bicycle racer in my twenties and thirties. Realized I had to keep pedaling to finish the race! I use that logic in everything I do.

I'm truly thankful for all the people that have helped me along this journey! I make sure I do the same for other people.

"You can have everything in life, if you help enough people get what they want." -Zig Zigler

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What is a “Caveman Diet”?

A Caveman Diet or better known as the Paleo Diet is a diet where you basically eat how a caveman ate. No sugary foods and processed foods. Cavemen did not have hot dogs and burgers, nor taco’s for lunch or a bag of chips for snack time. They had to hunt for their own meat. In its most basic definition, a caveman diet is a diet where you just eat meat, nuts, fruits, vegetables and drink water; LOTS of water! ( I add water based drinks like Crystal Light and Tea, because I like them:) (Try protein chips instead of regular chips!!)

If you remember in your history book in school you may have seen cavemen pictures most probably. If you notice, the cavemen are built really well with very little body fat! That’s something for you to think about. They have very fit bodies because they don’t sit around watching TV all day or use a computer 10 hours a day and eat junk food.

They eat lean protein, run around looking and hunting for food. They even have to chase their food really long distances just to eat! Considering this, the “Caveman Diet” was born. Eat “natural food” and get plenty of sleep and exercise. It sounds simple and it could be simple depending on your addiction to sweets or processed foods. Anyway, once you get started after your first few days, it’s time for a tasty healthy lifestyle for good!

The amazing benefits of following the Caveman Diet:

  • Improved sleep
  • Increase in muscle mass
  • Greatly increased speed of weight loss
  • Less or no bloating
  • Reduced allergies
  • Better absorption of nutrients from food
  • Greatly lowered risk of heart disease, diabetes or cancer
  • Mental clarity
  • Healthier gut flora
  • Increased lipids
  • Improved mood or attitude
  • Clearer skin
  • Healthier looking hair

But does the Caveman Diet come with side-effects? Is it really worth it? According to Robb Wolf, the only side-effect of following the Paleo diet and eating like a caveman is that it will bother your friends how great you’re going to look after being on the Caveman in short time!

For example, If you’re in a restaurant and your friend asks to order for you and he/she orders something that’s not really “Paleo” then you’re going to have to refuse which might bother other people and you might be considered a “party pooper!” but real friends will support your Paleo diet and will admire you eating like a caveman!!

So do the pros outweigh the cons? I think so, but you’ll have to decide for your self:)  I know, I’ve lost over thirty pounds on this and I’m not starving!  Just saying:)

Have a Wonderful Day!

Thomas W.

Exercise and Stress

Thomas Wallace

Teacher, football coach, online marketer and cancer survivor. Degree in Business Management and an advanced degree in physical education and athletic psychology and exercise.

"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Avid bicycle racer in my twenties and thirties. Realized I had to keep pedaling to finish the race! I use that logic in everything I do.

I'm truly thankful for all the people that have helped me along this journey! I make sure I do the same for other people.

"You can have everything in life, if you help enough people get what they want." -Zig Zigler

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Exercise And Stress

man and woman stretchingEven though exercise may not be the most exciting word in your vocabulary, it sure is a word with a lot of benefits. Participating in daily work outs will not only make you healthier in general, but it can also diminish the effects of stress on your body as well.

Think about all the times you have heard someone say “the doctor says it’s stress related”. Normally people will laugh it off, concluding that doctors
say that when they don’t know the real answers or diagnosis. The truth of the matter is that too much stress will play a role in many diseases.

man and woman doing squats togetherTo help increase your immune system and decrease your stress level as well, try exercise, as movement is the key word here. Bending, stretching, reaching
and walking. There’s really no need to buy any expensive equipment either, as you can implement more movement into your daily routine and reap the benefits.

If you like aerobic exercise, you should grab a partner and have a blast with one of the basic aerobic videos. Or, you can simply go out for a walk and enjoy spending time together. As you may have heard, walking really is the best overall exercise you can do for your health. As long as you have a pair of walking shoes, you’ll be fine.

woman stretching before working out.As you go through your daily activities, make it a point to walk a little farther, bend down and pick something up without using a pick up stick
or moving the item towards you with your foot. While you are sitting, you should also do some simple and quick stretches for your neck and shoulders.

If you enjoy sitting around watching television, you should consider buying a jogging board. These padded boards will make running, jumping, or walking in place less stressful on your knees and joints. They are easy to store as well and also very portable.

In many people’s opinions, jogging boards are the best pieces of equipment you can buy. They are also far cheaper than bulky treadmills and stationary bikes.

woman walking with her dogThere are several different exercises that you can do to help you eliminate the stress in your life. Walking is by far the best, as you can easily lose yourself and your troubles by walking. Even if it is just around the block, walking can do wonders for your health as well as stress.

If you have a lot of stress in your life, you may want to consider a gym. Working out then sitting in the sauna is also a good way to relieve tension. If your gym has a pool, you may find swimming to be very beneficial as well, as it helps you to relax.

Hope This Helps

Thomas Wallace

 

 

Now That I Have To Eat Salads, Any Suggestions?

Thomas Wallace

Teacher, football coach, online marketer and cancer survivor. Degree in Business Management and an advanced degree in physical education and athletic psychology and exercise.

"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Avid bicycle racer in my twenties and thirties. Realized I had to keep pedaling to finish the race! I use that logic in everything I do.

I'm truly thankful for all the people that have helped me along this journey! I make sure I do the same for other people.

"You can have everything in life, if you help enough people get what they want." -Zig Zigler

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Now That I Have To Eat Salads, Any Suggestions?

When people resolve to lose weight, they know snacks and junk foods will have to be eliminated and replaced with salads and fruit. In order to stay on such a dietetic resolution it is imperative that the meals be enjoyed.

Of course, it’s easy as pie to peel a banana or grab an apple and enjoy the delicious flavors of these and several other fruits without the hassle of preparation. However, everyone knows that we still need our vegetables as some nutrients which may be lacking in fruits are very much more present in these substances.

 

Moreover, when it comes to weight loss, as we detoxify with exercise and diet, it is imperative that the body is nourished and provided with as much essential substances as possible to maintain adequate health and wellness. These are abundant in green leaves and vegetables and in addition to this; these substances possess the fibrous qualities to serve as intestinal brooms for ridding the body of excess debris.

But how many people do you know that just grab plain lettuce or cabbage and chew on these items like rabbits? Even if you came across someone so inclined, I bet you they wouldn’t last long on such a practice. But still we need the vegetables. So how does one ensure to get them and enjoy them as we go on a weight loss diet?

Perhaps the tastiest and most creative way will be by eating salads.
Now, to enjoy them and to be able to have fun making them on your own for saving money and knowing exactly what is in your meal, here are some tips and recipes that should come in handy.

Ensure to chop the base vegetables all to the same size to allow the flavors to intermingle. When making for the whole family you can double the ingredients in the recipes and increase the vegetables.

Great choices for base vegetables for salads are Lettuce, Cabbage and Kale.
You can augment these with fruit vegetables like Cucumber, bell peppers, tomatoes etc or root vegetables like carrots or plain celery.

For a dressing, you can use any choice of the following to enjoy your salads while you go on a diet for weight loss

1. Tom-Avo
-2 organic Roma or Hot House tomatoes
-2 big Avocadoes (pitted)
-2 tsp orange juice (freshly squeezed) 2 oz of water

Serving Suggestion: Chop some Red Cabbage say a cup or less finely and sprinkle into the soup
2. The Real Ranch Dressing:
-2 medium sized tomatoes
-2 young coconuts
-1/2 tsp of salt
-6 organic sun dried tomatoes
-I stalk of Celery
-1 tbs of lemon juice (optional)

Blend all and use as a dressing for a lettuce based salad. (Note: I recommend using one base leafy vegetable at a time, if desired a fruit veggie like cucumbers or organic bell peppers can be used along with shredded carrots)

3. Guacamole:
-2 avocadoes
-2 medium tomatoes
-1/2 orange
-Sea salt to taste
Process everything in your food processor.
I would say this can be an excellent first food for a child in the evenings. Serve in lettuce leaves or largely cut cabbage leaves a la Tortilla chips and dips.

4. Dress Down Dressing:
-1/2 lemon
-2-3 avocadoes
-Sea Salt to taste
-1/2 cup water

With the suggestions above, now that you may have to include more salads and vegetables into your diet for a safe and healthy weight loss, these delicious recipes will ensure that you not only enjoy how you make your meals but most importantly that they taste good. This way you can stay on your weight loss program and still not compromise tasty meals per-se.

Well, enjoy your salads and have fun working out later on.

Have A Great Day!

Thomas Wallace

 

P.S.  Please check out this comprehensive blog post on 127 Weight Loss Tips for a   Fit & Healthy Body.

You Need to Move for Greater Weight Loss

Thomas Wallace

Teacher, football coach, online marketer and cancer survivor. Degree in Business Management and an advanced degree in physical education and athletic psychology and exercise.

"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Avid bicycle racer in my twenties and thirties. Realized I had to keep pedaling to finish the race! I use that logic in everything I do.

I'm truly thankful for all the people that have helped me along this journey! I make sure I do the same for other people.

"You can have everything in life, if you help enough people get what they want." -Zig Zigler

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Incidental activity is very important in the process of losing weight as you can burn more calories than relying on dietary means alone. Fat is burned from the body when cells oxidize to release energy in the form of exercise or movement. When the exercise is done slowly to moderately then the majority of energy is taken from the fat stores.

No Such Thing As Spot Reduction

The loss of fat comes from fat cells all over the body, not from one or more specific area’s so spot reduction of a certain area is not possible. The main priority of this article is to show you the quickest and safest way to lose fat from the body.

The key to effective aerobic training that burns off the maximum amount of fat is long-term consistency not intensity. It doesn’t matter if you run a mile, jog a mile or walk a mile you will burn exactly the same amount of calories.

Fast Walking is Outstanding!

The best exercise by far for the purpose of fat-loss is fast walking either indoors Person walking in the woodson the treadmill or outdoors. What many don’t know is that walking produces a greater percentage of fat loss as opposed to jogging or running. Other aerobic activities are the treadmill, bike, climber or any other training gear found in or out of the gym.

Walk or exercise until you are mildly puffing and hold that rate until the allotted time. If your aerobic activities leave you panting or breathless, your going too hard, your energy is coming from your carbohydrate reserves and not from your fat stores. Try fast walking for one hour a day every day of the week if you are able.

Here are some of the benefits of Fast Walking:

Easy to Perform
Most Conventional
All Natural Body Movement
Doesn’t Cause Injuries
Can Be Done Anywhere
The Best Minimal Effort Exercise for Fat Loss
Research shows that regular, brisk walking is one of the best exercises we can do for overall fitness. It suits people of all ages and fitness levels, it’s easy to get started and there’s no complicated technique to learn or equipment to buy.

Walking is an excellent way to get fit because it uses nearly all the muscles and, as you have to carry your body weight, you can get a good workout from it.

It’s also safer on the joints and the back than most other forms of exercise because you’re not jumping up and down, so the impact is low.

Reduce Your Risk Of Heart Attack

Studies have shown that taking a daily 20-minute walk can reduce the risk of heart attack as much as 50%, it also reduces high blood pressure and helps to burn fat to keep weight under control.

Walking and other weight bearing exercises (Strength training) helps to increase bone mass, which protects against osteoporosis and bone fractures.

In the first two weeks, go for a 20-minute walk every other day and then increase Heart Healththis to 40 minutes. At first try to do five 20-minute walks per week totalling 100 minutes a week. Once you get used to the regular exercise, increase this to 40 minutes for five times a week.

You can then gradually increase this as you see fit, if you want to walk every day for 40 minutes or even an hour so be it. Remember the more you walk the more fat that will be burned off. The best pace for fitness training will make you slightly breathless, but you should still be comfortable and be able to carry on a conversation.

As you get fitter, you’ll want to stretch a little harder to keep your heart rate up. Try lengthening your strides, increasing your pace. Keep your shoulders back, your chest lifted and your tummy pulled in when you walk, hold your head up for open, easy breathing.

Practical Tips…

If your feeling stressed, try counting your steps repeatedly from one to ten as you safety firstwalk, this helps some people achieve a meditative effect and can be a great tension reliever when practiced over a full 40 minutes.

Time yourself, measure the distance or increase the gradient to make the workout more challenging. Drink plenty of fluids during and after your walk.

Safety First

Make safety your first consideration. Don’t walk after dark except in well-lit, busy places. Start the walk slowly, and then gradually increase the pace.
In all other activities try to move, move, move. Try parking the car further away from your destination so you can walk the extra distance, hide all your remote controls so you have to get up and change the channels manually. These all help burn those extra calories and body fat from your frame.

Have A Great Day!

Thomas Wallace

The Omega 3 Benefits in a Paleo Diet

Thomas Wallace

Teacher, football coach, online marketer and cancer survivor. Degree in Business Management and an advanced degree in physical education and athletic psychology and exercise.

"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Avid bicycle racer in my twenties and thirties. Realized I had to keep pedaling to finish the race! I use that logic in everything I do.

I'm truly thankful for all the people that have helped me along this journey! I make sure I do the same for other people.

"You can have everything in life, if you help enough people get what they want." -Zig Zigler

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First of all, the Paleo diet is a diet where you are supposed to eat whatever your Caveman chasing a steakancestors ate. ( No, They didn’t eat processed candy bars:) I know this is a very brief description but it captures the essence of this diet. It might be a little difficult to duplicate our ancestor`s exact diet, but you could always eat a more popular version of the diet.

 

Ready, Set…..Go

You could begin by eating more nuts, seeds, grass fed meat and wild caught fish in your diet. If you implement more of these foods then you will increase your omega 3 intake.

How does the Paleo Diet improve your intake of Omega 3?????

• Grass fed meat has a lower omega 6:3 ratio than industrial raised meat

• Flax seeds contains high amounts of omega 3

• Wild fish contains more omega 3 than farm raised fish

• Pastured eggs contains vast amounts of omega 3 and has a considerably lower omega 6:3 than conventional eggs

Why it is important to get enough omega 3:

These are some of the positive effects that omega 3 is said to have:

• Lower the risk of coronary heart disease

• Anti-inflammatory

• Improve your cholesterol

• Support against cancer, depression, ADHD and Alzheimer

Plant based omega 3:

Another great source of omega 3 that you will gain when following a paleo diet are seeds, such as flax seeds. Flax seeds contain large amounts of ALA fatty acids, which is a type of omega 3.

When ingested, ALA is converted to DHA and EPA in the body. These two types of omega 3 are huge when it comes to health benefits.  However,…………. your body converts the ALA to EPA/DHA at a low rate, hence it could be hard to obtain the same amounts of DHA/EPA from plant based omega 3 sources as you could from animal based fat sources. Nevertheless, omega 3 from plant based sources such as Flax seeds are still beneficial for you and should be a part of your diet.

An easy way to implement flax seeds in your diet is to include it in bread recipes. Here it is important to grind the seeds in order for your body to digest the seeds properly.

Why it is important to focus on the omega 6:3 ratio:

When it comes to omega 3 it is important to use the ratio of omega 6:3 and not only the omega 3 intake in itself.

The modern man probably has a ratio around 20:1, and the optimal ratio of omega 6:3 which is associated with most of the health benefits are somewhere between 4:1- 1:1. When regular grain fed beef has a 6:3 ratio of around 20:1, and grass fed beef has a 6:3 ratio around 3:1, then you see why it is beneficial to consume grass fed beef over grain fed beef.

Conclusion:

In conclusion, omega 3 fatty acids are very beneficial for you. However it is important to keep in mind that the ratio of omega 6:3 is really important to enjoy the full benefits of omega 3. Seeds, grass fed meat and wild caught fish could help you optimize the omega 6:3 ratio in your body.

To Your Health

Thomas W.

The Seven Proven Scientific Benefits of a Low-Carb Diet Plan

Thomas Wallace

Teacher, football coach, online marketer and cancer survivor. Degree in Business Management and an advanced degree in physical education and athletic psychology and exercise.

"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Avid bicycle racer in my twenties and thirties. Realized I had to keep pedaling to finish the race! I use that logic in everything I do.

I'm truly thankful for all the people that have helped me along this journey! I make sure I do the same for other people.

"You can have everything in life, if you help enough people get what they want." -Zig Zigler

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A very popular diet used to help lose weight is the low-carb diet plan. As the name implies, the diet is based on consuming more of proteins and limiting your carbohydrates. In fact, the only carbohydrates advised to eat while on the diet are those found in fruits and vegetables.

While there are seven proven scientific benefits of following a low-carb diet, it is always better to consult your doctor before starting it, especially if you suffer from health problems like high blood pressure and diabetes.

  • You will lose weight if you stay on a low carb diet

Research and results over the years prove that it’s possible to lose weight while following a low-carb diet. However the amount of weight you lose can and will be different for individuals, and depends on how determined and capable you are at eliminating sugars and carbs from your diet.  (In other words can you stick to the rules of a low carb diet:)

  •  Blood pressure and sugar levels should improve

Hypertension or high blood pressure are one of the strongest risk factors for stroke and heart disease, it’s important you lower the risk of this disease by lowering your blood pressure levels. While pills can help you do this, even following a healthy diet like a low-carb diet plan helps reduce high blood pressure especially in the obese.

Similarly, low carbohydrate diets do help reduce the levels of fasting glucose and glycated hemoglobin. So if you are diabetic, you enjoy the dual benefit of losing weight and reducing blood sugar levels by following a low-carb diet plan.

  • Helps improve triglyceride levels  (This one is huge for me:)

Triglyceride levels are an important risk factor for cardiovascular disease where its high levels are related to risk factors like abnormal lipoprotein metabolism, insulin resistance, obesity, diabetes mellitus and low HDL cholesterol levels. There have been many studies that prove that reducing your carbohydrate intake helps significantly reduce triglyceride levels.  (Remember though fruits and veggies are not eliminated from your diet:)

  • Improves HDL cholesterol levels

Low HDL cholesterol levels are associated with an increased risk of heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases. One way to improve its levels is by restricting your carbohydrate intake through a low-carb diet plan.

  • Insulin resistance will be lowered in most cases

People with the metabolic syndrome suffer from insulin resistance, which seems to have an association with cardiovascular disease. Research has proven that restricting your carb intake helps lower insulin resistance more than by restricting your fat intake.  (Keep the veggies and fruitees and drop the candy:)

  • Low carbs will help lower insulin and C-reactive protein levels

High insulin levels or hyperinsulinemia is a risk factor for coronary heart disease and is associated with insulin resistance. Lowering insulin levels is better and possible through carbohydrate restriction.

  • Helps reduce C-reactive protein levels

C-reactive protein (CRP) is a known marker of inflammation and is measured in blood. While high sensitivity CRP is associated with a heightened cardiovascular risk, carbohydrate restriction helps lower CRP levels. This proves that low-carb diet plans do indeed help reduce inflammation. (I know this one is huge for me.)  My stomach shrank within days.  I was shocked!)

With so many benefits associated with a low-carb diet plan, there’s no harm in following the diet. Not only to lose weight, but also to experience these amazing health benefits and thus end up feeling better and healthier!  (Basically, going low carb will make you feel better in days.  You’ll be getting the bad stuff like sugar out of your diet and eating a lot more vegetables and fruits…….you can’t go wrong.  Try an orange for dessert instead of that huge bowl of ice cream:)

Milk Products That Fight Fat

Thomas Wallace

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Milk Products That Fight Fat

Most of you who are on diet are trying to use less milk. But this strategy might be Different bottles of milkinaccurate cutting of milk may increase your amount of fats. How does this work? The reason is obvious- lack of calcium slows down combustion of fats. If there is not enough of calcium the effect of ferments, who combust fats, slows down. It is known that daily limit of calcium is about 800mg (this is about 0.5litre of milk).

Calcium in other products:
100 g of milk, yogurt – 125mg;
100g of curd – 150mg;
100g of melted cheese – 740mg;
100g of ferment cheese – 1024mg;

Thus during the day you should have about 3 glasses of milk products: kefir, sour milk, and yogurt. Buttermilk is good for digestive system and it is low calorie. Don’t use cream as it is high calorie and fat product.

1 tablespoon of cream (30%) – 32kcal;
1 tablespoon of cream (10%) – 13kcal;
1 tablespoon of sour cream (30%) – 32kcal;
1 tablespoon of sour cream (10%) – 13kcal;
1 tablespoon of low fat curd – 23kcal;
1 tablespoon of 20% curd – 35kcal;
1 tablespoon of 40% curd – 50kcal;

Express Milk Diet

If you are milk lover and have strong will, we suggest you 3 day diet. You should pink and white milk glasslose up to 2 pounds or kilo’s. It is not recommended to follow this diet longer. If you want to limit calories- chose 1 – 2.5% fat milk. Always drink additional liquids (about 1.5 liter of green mint tea, without sugar, gas free mineral water). You can have couple slices of black bread additionally.

Day Menu:

Breakfast: boiled egg and one glass of milk;
Lunch: half glass of milk;
Dinner: 200g potatoes boiled in water without salt and butter and one glass of milk;
Supper: one glass of milk.