What Are Ketones And How Does Your Body Use Them?

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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People have been searching for the best way to get in shape, get healthy, and lose weight for decades. There have been hundreds, if not thousands of different types of diets and weight loss fads that have come and gone, but most people are still searching for something that works for them.

Everyone wants a magic bullet – the diet or exercise plan that works with little effort and commitment. We all want to look like Arnold but we don’t want to work like Arnold. We know that diet doesn’t exist, but there must be something better than all the fads that have come and gone.

Maybe there is. Ketosis is a natural process of the body and is the basis of the keto diet. Let’s break it down and see if the keto diet is what we’ve been looking for for so long.

What Are Ketones and Why Do They Matter?

So what in the world is a ketone and how will it help you lose weight? A ketone is produced when your body starts burning off its own fat. When your body runs out of glucose to burn for energy, it starts burning its own fat and protein and creates ketones as an alternate fuel source.

Your body then uses the ketones to generate energy in the absence of glucose.  Ketones are a much more stable and steady source of energy than glucose is, which we get from carbohydrates.

This process is called ketosis. Ketosis can become dangerous when too many ketones build up in your body. High levels of ketones can lead to dehydration and they can change the overall chemical balance of your blood. When ketosis goes too far, ketoacidosis sets in. Ketoacidosis occurs when enough ketones build up in your body that they become acidic. In a worse case scenario, this can cause coma or even death.

However, it’s fairly simple to keep your ketones in check, and even easier to test your ketone levels to be sure you don’t build up too many. We’ll talk about this a little later on.

What Is The Keto Diet and How Does It Work?

So how do you use ketosis to lose weight? How can you manipulate your ketones to burn fat and lose weight?

The keto (or ketogenic) diet is a low carb diet, also known as an LCHF (low carb high fat) diet, or simply, a low carb diet. It’s similar to diets like the Atkins diet that restrict carbohydrates from your diet and encourage more fats and proteins.

When you restrict your carbs, your body quickly burns through the stored glucose you’ve enters a metabolic state. That’s where the magic happens.

Once you’ve burned through all of the glucose, which can take anywhere from 3 days to a week, the body starts producing the ketones from stored fat.

That’s ketosis.

If you can maintain this diet by restricting your carbs, it can be a great tool for weight loss.

But not only that, there are studies out now that have shown that the keto diet may reduce the risk factors for diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and even Alzheimer’s disease.  These studies are relatively new, and more research still needs to be done.  But if there’s a chance you can shed some pounds AND reduce your risk of some awful diseases, that’s a win-win.

Ketone Testing and Treatment

As mentioned earlier, it’s fairly easy to test to see if your body is producing too many ketones, or if they’re producing any at all. All that you’ll need is a simple urine test that can be purchased at your local pharmacy. You can purchase them without a prescription, so there won’t be any additional hoops to jump through.

You can begin testing to see if you’ve entered ketosis just a few days after you’ve started your diet. It can take between 3 days to a week to enter ketosis, so this is also a good time frame to start your tests. If your ketone concentration is high enough, your test will change colors, which means you’ve successfully entered ketosis and begun your diet.

Positive ketones aren’t a problem if your blood glucose levels are kept within range and you’re trying to lose weight on the keto diet.

If you find yourself in a position where you do have too many ketones built up, you’ll need to drink plenty of water. The water will help flush out the excess ketones and bring your levels back to normal.

You’re going to want to test yourself every three to four hours until your levels are under control. It would also be a good idea to contact your doctor just to be sure everything is okay, and to be sure the keto diet is right for you.

Raspberry Ketones

Because of the success of the keto diet and the effects of ketones, raspberry ketones have become a pretty popular ingredient in fat-loss supplements. But, even though the word “ketone” is in their name, they have no relation at all to ketones.

So what are they if they have nothing to do with ketones? Raspberry ketone is a natural substance that gives red raspberries their powerful smell. You can also find it in blackberries, cranberries, and kiwis in smaller amounts.

So if Raspberry Ketones don’t have anything to do with ketosis, how can they help you lose weight? There are a few specific things they can do, including helping to suppress the appetite and boost your metabolism.

As with any supplement, double check with your doctor to make sure they won’t interfere with any medications you’re taking.

Exogenous Ketones and Ketone Supplements

So now that we’ve figured out what ketones and ketosis are, what are exogenous ketones? An exogenous ketone is just a fancy way of saying ketone supplement. It simply means that it’s a ketone that is made outside of your body and consumed like every other supplement on the market.

There will be times when maintaining your keto diet isn’t realistic. No one is perfect, and there are certain times of the year (like Thanksgiving) where it’s almost impossible to stick to any diet.

The purpose of exogenous ketones is to provide the body with extra ketones to use when you aren’t currently in ketosis. They can be a huge help for beginners while they transition into a state of ketosis.

The supplements are pretty easy to find, and there is a pretty good selection of exogenous ketones at most health stores.

Ketone supplements were introduced in 2014, so there hasn’t been a lot of time for extensive exogenous research. However, studies have shown that the exogenous ketones may also provide a multitude of other benefits not limited to weight loss including cancer prevention, cognitive improvement, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Like everything in life, with the good comes the bad. Thankfully, in this case, the bad isn’t all that bad, and the side effects that come along with the exogenous ketones aren’t that serious or long-lasting. Some common side effects are flu symptoms, dizziness and drowsiness, low blood sugar, brain fog, muscular cramps, and heart palpitations.  These side effects pass rather quickly, and you may not experience any of them. The effects of the supplements will differ from person to person, but it’s always a good idea to cover all of our bases to be sure we know what we’re getting into.

Conclusion

Even though it might not be the elusive magic bullet diet everyone is looking for, ketones and the keto diet may be what you need to finally shed some pounds.

Cut the carbs from your body, add some fats, and let your ketones do the heavy lifting. Mix in some exogenous ketone supplements to complement your diet along with some exercise, and you might see yourself on the cover of GQ (maybe).

Just remember not to go overboard and get too many ketones in your body and test regularly to be sure your levels are where they need to be.

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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:)

7 Outstanding Ideas for Managing Diet And Health

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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It’s no secret that there’s a direct connection between diet and health. Not only does your body run on the fuel you give it, to a large degree your body is the fuel you give it. But these facts don’t make it any easier to eat well and maintain a healthy weight, as evidenced by the $64 billion weight loss industry in the US.

Here are seven simple ideas for managing your health, fitness and diet:

 1.  Set Reasonable and Attainable Goals

You can’t climb Mt. Everest on your first day of hiking. So set an achievable goal and be sure to give yourself a big high-five when you achieve it. Then fix your sites on the next reasonable goal.

Fit-Bit: Be realistic in your objectives.

2. Record And Review Your Progress

Keep a log of what you eat (there’s more than one app for that) as well as your fitness program (more apps). When you know you’re logging what you eat, you’re more likely to lose weight, while seeing those fitness graphs and sharing them on your favorite Social Networks is great reinforcement.  (My mom told me years ago about this one and of course I denied it’s wealth to your health.  When I saw the light and started to do this, amazingly my diet improved and of course my weight dropped.)

Fit-Bit: Track it.

3.  Keep healthy foods in the house.  In other words ditch the chips and cookies.

If you are what you eat then, in fact, you are what’s in your pantry. So don’t stock junk food at home. If your family members or roommates want that kind of stuff, ask them to keep it out of site. When you’re hungry and there’s only healthy food around, that’s what you’ll eat. And on the flip side, take healthy snacks with you so that the “healthy pantry” goes wherever you go.

Fit-Bit: Keep the junk away and the healthy stuff at hand.

4. Eat a High Protein Breakfast Daily

Eating a high-protein breakfast which is nutritionally balanced will make you less likely to overindulge the rest of the day because you’ll feel less hungry.

Fit-Bit: Jump start your day with high protein.  Continue that all day!

5. Start Your Diet And Workout Routine Simultaneously

That little voice in your head will tell you that you don’t want to take on too much at once. However, there is evidence that embarking on your healthy diet and new exercise regime together actually works in your favor in the long-term, with each working together to help build a better leaner body for you.

Fit-Bit: Eat right AND exercise together from Day one.

6. Supplement Your Hard Work  Take a Fiber supplement two to three times a day.

Taking a fiber supplement will help you feel full longer and also help your intestinal health.  There are many good ones out there!  Follow the directions given by each supplement company.

Fit-Bit: Augment your diet by taking a fiber supplement two to three times a day.

7.  Make It Sustainable

Your friend tells you how her new diet and swimming regimen has worked wonders, she’s lost 15 pounds in the last few months! Sounds great, but if you hate swimming that is not your ticket to health. Find a workout you enjoy so that you’ll keep it up over the long haul.  Remember that exercise and diet have to become a habit.  Once that happens, you will love working out and eating healthier.  This doesn’t mean you can’t eat fun stuff, it just means you can’t eat the bad stuff every day or every meal.   Try eating a “treat” like once every five meals.  Then go seven meals, then nine, you get the idea.  You could also have a cheat meal every two days then three days etc.  Be creative.

Fit-Bit: Do what works for you in the long-run.

These Seven Tips really work for me.  Try them and they might do the same for you:)

All The Best

Thomas W.

 

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Move, Move, 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

Milk Products That Fight Fat

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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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.

The Health Benefits of Coconut Water

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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The Health Benefits of Coconut Water

Coconut water, especially tender coconut water, has incredible health benefits. It is a tasty and invigorating low-calorie natural drink. Here are some of its amazing health benefits.

Glowing Skin

Got dry skin? While skin texture is mainly hereditary, there is a lot you can do to improve it. Not many are aware of the benefits of coconut water when it comes to skin care. The liquid, considered the purest after water, helps skin to absorb water, making it look more young and supple.

Energy Boost

It is a good source of carbohydrate and gives you an energy boost. It can also eliminate stomach problems like heartburn, gastroenteritis and acid reflux. This is a healthier choice than any other fruit juices because it is almost entirely fat-free and sugar-free. So you can have it almost every day.

Re-hydrate The Body

This drink is the best to quench thirst. In case of fluid loss due to excessive sweating or vomiting, this juice helps to re-hydrate the body.

Lowers Blood Pressure

Coconut water is rich in vitamin C, potassium and magnesium content and can control high blood pressure. Potassium can balance out the harmful effects of sodium, thereby helps to lower blood pressure. Drink fresh coconut water twice a day and see the results.

Heart Healthy

Tender coconut water is good for your heart. It can lower ‘bad’ cholesterol and increase high-density lipoprotein or the ‘good’ cholesterol levels, thus reducing heart disease risks.

Improves Blood Circulation

It has anti-inflammatory properties and helps to improve blood circulation. Thus, it helps reduce plaque formation in the arteries and lowers the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Cure for Hangovers

This is also a great natural remedy for hangovers. Alcohol dehydrates your body, while this coconut juice replenishes the electrolytes in the body and boosts hydration.

Promotes Weight Loss

Coconut water is an ideal drink for weight loss. It is low in calories and easy on the stomach. In fact, this light and energizing drink has various enzymes that aid weight loss. Drink a glass of coconut juice every day to lose weight. However, do not drink in excess as eventually it may add more calories than you want.

Treats Headaches

Dehydration is the cause of most headaches. Coconut water can supply electrolytes to the body and boost hydration. Low levels of magnesium can cause migraines. This is rich in magnesium hence it can cure migraines. Studies also suggest that magnesium can help reduce the frequency of migraine attacks.

All The Best

Thomas W.

Advantages of a Low Glycemic Index 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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Advantages of a Low Glycemic Index Diet

Australian research team lead by Dr. Jennie Brand-Miller at the University of Fruits placed in a heart shapeSydney conducted a trial in which 129 overweight subjects ages 18 to 40 were randomly assigned to one of four weight-loss diets for 12-week. All four diets were comprised of reduced fat (30 percent of total energy intake) and held daily calories to 1400 kcal for women and 1900 kcal for men.

This was the first clinical trial comparing the effects of glycemic index and high-protein diets on weight loss and cardiovascular risk.

The diets varied in target levels of carbohydrates, proteins, and glycemic load (i.e., glycemic index multiplied by the amount of carbohydrate, divided by 100) as follows:

Diet 1: carbohydrates comprise 55 percent of total energy intake, protein 15 percent of total energy intake, high glycemic load (127 g)

Diet 2: similar to diet 1 except a lower glycemic load (75g)

Diet 3: protein comprises 25 percent total energy intake (based on lean red meat), carbohydrate reduced to 45 percenttotal energy of intake, and high glycemic load (87 g)

Diet 4: Similar to diet 3, except low glycemic load (54 g).
Brand-Miller and her team report that the diets resulted in similar reductions in weight (4.2 percent to 6.2 percent of body weight), fat mass and waist circumference.

Lowering The Glycemic Load Doubled The Weight Loss

However, in the high-carbohydrate diets, lowering the glycemic load doubled the Grains, and pastafat loss. The investigators also found that total and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels increased with diet 3 and decreased in diet2.

In the short term findings suggest that dietary glycemic load, and not just overall energy intake, influences weight loss,

Foods with a low degree of starch gelatinization, such as pasta, and those containing a high level of viscous soluble fiber, such as wholegrain barley, oats, and rye, have slower rates of digestion and lower glycemic index values.

Use Low Glycemic Index Grains and Lower Starch Veggies

Without any drastic change in regular dietary habits, one can simply replace high Fruits and veggiesglycemic index grains with low glycemic index grains and starchy vegetables with less starchy ones and cut down on soft drinks, that are often poor in nutrients yet high in glycemic load.

 

Have A Great Day!

Thomas Wallace

 

P.S. Click here to see how I’ve lost 28 pounds and counting.  

Exercise For Diabetics

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 For Diabetics

The most common types of diabetes are known as Type 1 and Type 2. The Type 1 diabetes, which is also known as adolescent diabetes, differs from Type 2
in the sense that the body will stop producing insulin altogether. Type 2 diabetes is normally diagnosed in older adults and occurs as the body
stops producing enough insulin or the individual becomes resistant to their own body insulin.

No matter what form of diabetes it is, you’ll lose your ability to adequately utilize sugar. The blood sugar levels will increase due to the body’s
difficulty in transporting sugar into the cells and out of the blood stream. There are several ways to lower your blood sugar levels, including diet,
exercise, and medication.

As a whole, exercise is a very important part of diabetic management for both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics. Those that have Type 1 will find regular
exercise helps to maintain insulin sensitivity, helps to prevent the accumulation of excess weight, and also increases the use of glucose by muscles.
Although there is really no way to prevent Type 1 diabetes, it is possible to prevent Type 2 diabetes.

The things to consider when you attempt to prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes are regular exercise supplementation with vitamins and herbs that will
help to prevent insulin resistance and proper control of weight.

Lowering Blood Sugar Levels

Not only with exercise help directly with diabetic management by lowering blood sugar levels and maintaining insulin sensitivity, but it will also
help minimize several of the complications that can occur in a diabetic individual. Research has shown that walking 30 minutes each day can
diminish the possibility of developing Type 2  diabetes.

Almost all diabetics tend to develop circulatory problems and exercise can help lower blood pressure and improve circulation throughout the
body. Seeing as how people with diabetes tend to have poor blood flow to their lower areas and feet, better circulation is a great benefit.

Benefits of Exercise Outweigh The Risks

Even though there are risks associated with  exercise, the potential benefits will outweigh the risks. Exercise does indeed lower blood sugar
levels, so those with diabetes should measure their blood sugar both before and after they exercise. Since your body uses more sugar while
you exercise and makes you more sensitive to  insulin, there is a risk of blood sugar becoming too low and causing hypoglycemia as a result.

Whenever you exercise, it is important to let others know that you are diabetic. They should also be informed about what they should do in
case of hypoglycemia. To be on the safe side, you should always carry candy or fruit juice with you to treat low blood sugar when it occurs.

During and after you have exercised, you should pay very close attention about how you feel, since rapid heart beat, increased sweating, feeling
shaky, or hunger can signal that your blood sugar levels are getting too low.

With diabetic management and treatment, exercise is very important. Exercise will help with blood sugar control when the muscles use more glucose and
the body becomes more sensitive to insulin.  Exercise will also help to prevent and minimize common diabetic complications which include heart
problems, high blood pressure, and circulatory deficiencies.

Exercise Needs To Be A Part Of Your Daily Routine

If you are a diabetic, as doctors say exercise should be part of
your daily routine. You should always exercise at a slow pace and never overdo it. Also, you should be sure to exercise around people you know
or at a gym, so there will always be people around you in case something goes wrong. Being a diabetic doesn’t have to hinder your life or your
performance, as exercise can help you get your life back on track and heading in the right direction -the healthy direction.

Have A Great Day!

Thomas Wallace

 

A Look at Fitness and 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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A Look at Fitness and Diet

Many people nowadays are very conscious about their own health and fitness. In addition to that, these people, and many others as well, are now having that desire to sculpt their bodies to achieve that magazine-cover look. As a result, gyms, health spas and other fitness centers have proliferated all over to cater to the needs of the fitness buffs and aficionados.

Even on television exercise machines, weight loss products, and other paraphernalia to improve fitness have more or less gained control over the airwaves and made their way into the households. But execrise is not the only way to build that body beautiful. It also entails certain amount of responsibility on the foods one chooses to eat. Being healthy and fit requires one to observe diet fitness. (I’ve learned this one the hard way!)

Diet fitness is as essential as exercise itself. Diet for fitness provides the essential nutrition one needs to restore worn-out muscles and for healthy growth. Diet fitness should never be taken for granted. With the popularity of keeping fit, many different views, methods, programs and dieting strategies have been formulated by many professionals. Among these are high carb diets and high fat diets. Which one is more effective and which one should one choose to follow?

Two Diet Approaches

First thing to know would be the fundamental differences between these two diet approaches. As the name implies, high carb diets concentrates on taking in carbohydrate-rich foods while high fat diets endorses fat-rich foods. High carb diets are utilized to glycogen stored in the liver and muscles. Glycogen is a glucose complex that provides large amounts of energy ready for use in anaerobic exercises.

Fats, on the other hand, is well-nown for being the richest source of calories. It actually contains 2.5 times more calories than carbohydrates and proteins alike. Studies also show that it takes the body 24 calories to metabolize carbohydrates while it only takes 3 to burn down fat. So which one to follow? A person can follow a high carb and low fat fitness diet or the other way around. It is absolutely not recommended to follow both at the same time; unless of course if you want to gain body fat.

But then diet fitness is not all about losing fat, one must also consider this diet in order to keep fat away. Research shows that sustainable loss of weight can only be achieved on a diet which suits the individual food preferences, lifestyle, medical profile and satiety signals.

Diet Programs Will Help You Lose Weight

Diet programs all over can help you shed off excess pounds, but only one diet can help you stay sexy, and it is the one that satisfies you most. Other important aspects of having a fit diet are moderation, balance and variation. One must be careful not to leave out important nutrients and other substances necessary for healthy body functioning. health organizations are clear about the amounts of nutrients an individual should have in the body.

Low fat high carbs, high carbs low fat; the question is not which diet program will work out but which is it that will work for you. Striving for a sexy and healthy body does not have to burden an individual, diet fitness does not have to mean sticking to the same kind of food for life. One may even try to be adventurous and try out new foods out there. Who knows? one may even discover spinach interesting.

Have A Great Day!

Thomas Wallace