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

 

Weight Training For Beginners

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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Muscle building for beginners is an ideal regimen if you’re a skinny guy who wants to gain weight and muscle mass. Or if you’re a fat guy, you can do muscle building for beginners if you want your shoulder to be broader than your waistline. Otherwise, if you just want to be stronger and faster, you can do so by building muscles. Building muscles need you to do 3 things so that you’ll gain muscle and get bigger and stronger:

  • You should lift things that are heavy
  • Stick to a diet that promotes your muscle-building goals
  • Provide time for rest

Lifting heavy things is an essential part of building muscles. To do this more effectively, workout in a gym that has an efficient section for free weights and machines. Do some body weight exercises. It’ll bring big results for your weight loss goals and in maintaining your muscles. If you’re serious about weight training, most gyms have all the equipment you’ll need to become fit.

You’ll want to gain functional muscle strength and size, and in this case you should do full-body workout routines in combination with compound exercises. Multiple muscle groups have to be targeted by your exercises. Weight machines have improved greatly through the years so it’s not a bad thing anymore to use machines.  You’ll see many body builders now days on different machines.

As you continue to build strength you might want to consider adding free weights into your program. Do barbell squats instead of the squat machine. It’s a compound exercise that works every muscle in your physique. 

What about your diet? It depends on your current situation. If you’re skinny, your diet will comprise 90% of the muscle building battle. If you want to build size, you have to create a calorie surplus through your diet. In other words, you should take in more calories than what you burn. When you get that problem wherein you’re not gaining weight despite lifting ample weights, it means that you have to improve your diet. What are tips for a weight gaining diet? First off, eat lots of protein. It’s a different approach for weight gain that works. Make sure about your protein intake. It has to be 200 grams a day. Then gorge the rest of the 3500 calories from any foods that you find tasty, such as milk, pasta, rice, pizza, chicken, protein shakes, milk shakes and so on. (This is really fun if you’re under the age of thirty:)  I used to eat lots of peanut butter too!  Now if I just look at the jar I gain weight:)

Another approach to gaining weight for building muscles is to eat plenty of healthy foods. Your food choices for this option include brown rice, chicken, oatmeal, homemade shake, almond butter sandwiches of whole-grain wheat bread, fruits and veggies, milk, beef and eggs. Eating lots of healthy food is kinder to your insides, and it’s better than eating lots of any stuff. It may not work optimally for weight gain, but still, it makes sense.

If your overweight, this is what I did to lose weight while building strength and fitness: Fiber tablets twice a day, ate lots of protein, lifted weights every other day and reduced my carbs to under 40 grams a day.  (Mostly got rid of regular desserts and bread!)  There are plenty of low carb meal plans out there…check them out.  Including plenty of bread and dessert ideas:)

Rest in muscle building is as expedient as eating and working out. ( I can’t stress this enough! Skinny guys who want to build muscle should avoid doing cardio. Cardio is the antithesis of building large muscle mass, because it conditions your body to slow down your muscle growth. You can, for example spend 3 days a week in the gym, but know that your muscles grow when you’re at rest. What fitness experts usually practice is to workout exhaustively and then give their bodies ample time to recover by resting. Spend 8 to 9 hours of your time for sleeping (daily) and take naps whenever you can.

 

Hopefully, this helps you on your way to health and fitness!

Thomas W.

Work Out At A Gym Or At Home?

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 the decision of where you will go to exercise is a very important step in reaching your goals of fitness. A lot of factors go into this
decision, and each one should be evaluated well before you start exercising. Once you have made a decision on where to exercise, you can move on to deciding how you plan to work out.

As you probably know, exercising at home has many advantages. The out of pocket expense is one of the best advantages. With the gas prices being what
they are today, it is quite obvious that you’ll save money on fuel as well as wear and tear on your vehicle by choosing to exercise at home.

Memberships to a gym can often be quite expensive and may include other things that you don’t need such as child care or swimming pools. ( I have a gym membership because I like to swim laps and use the spin bikes five days a week.) You also won’t need to be concerned about the latest  trends of exercise gear as you most likely will be exercising by yourself at home. (No waiting for weight machines at home:)

Keep in mind that working out at home will cost you. Possibly even more than going to the gym.  You’ll need to get weights, barbells or machines or both.  Let’s not forget the bench for the chest press and a lot of other fun stuff.

Even though you may plan to run, it is very important that you have high quality running shoes. This statement applies to any type of equipment that
you may purchase to use at home. If you go out and buy cheap equipment, you’ll probably end up getting hurt or getting frustrated because you aren’t making any progress.

Along with the financial gains, exercising at  home may also help those who don’t like to work out in public. If you are worried about how you
look in gym clothes, it is very comforting to know that the only person who has to be with you when you exercise at home is you. Also, when you exercise at home, you don’t need to worry about time at all.

Those of you who are motivated by being with people you know or come to know while working out away from home, a gym may be a better idea than working out at home. At the gym, you’ll also have more of a selection of equipment as well, far more than you’ll have at home.

If you need other services than just weights and equipment, the gym may have just what you need. If you plan to swim a triathlon, you’ll find the
swimming pool at the gym to be just what you need to prepare yourself. Swimming is also a great exercise for your body and cardio, as it will work
muscles in your body that you probably didn’t even know you had.

Gyms will also offer you classes that you may find very motivating. If you attend class on a regular basis, you may be motivated enough to continue
so you don’t have to defend yourself when asked where you’ve been or what you have been doing. You can also meet new people in class, or just help others along if you choose.

All in all, making the choice of exercising at  home or at the gym is a choice you should make based on your goals and personal preference. The
most important decision you’ll need to make is to determine what type of environment you want to be in and how you want to accomplish the
fitness goals in your life.

Once you have given it some thought and weighed out the pros and cons, you’ll have no problem making the choice. Always keep in mind that
once you’ve made your choice, you can always switch if you aren’t happy with the choice you made.

May Your Next Workout be AWESOME!!!

Thomas W.

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

 

 

Why You Should Exercise Regularly

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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Many us need to follow an exercise program, in order to remain healthy. Below, you’ll find several good reasons why you should start exercising now.

1. Fat loss

It is well proven from scientific research all over the world that physical exercise contributes to weight loss. If you burn more calories than you
consume through nutrition, you’ll lose weight. When you exercise, you burn more calories than when you don’t. It’s really simple – the more you exercise,
the more weight or fat you’ll lose.

2. Prevent Disease

The chances of developing several various diseases has been proven to decrease when exercising. These diseases include heart disease, cancer, diabetes,
and stroke. (Exercise has also been proven to help recover from these diseases.)

Around 4 out of 5 deaths caused by heart disease and cancer, are linked to factors that include stress and lack of exercise. We all know that diabetes
increases the chance for heart attacks and strokes. What this shows, is that many of the risk factors and diseases caused by not exercising are working
in conjunction to damage your health. To prevent this from happening, start exercising.

3. Improving Disease

Many severe and minor diseases can be improved or even healed through regular exercise. These even include the diseases listed above. By following
a regular plan, you can also decrease HDL cholesterol levels, decrease triglyceride levels, and decrease your blood pressure as well.

Exercising on a regular basis will also reduce the risk of prostate cancer for men, breast and uterine cancer for women, and much more. All of
this is scientifically proven, which is why you should start exercising today.

4. Think Better and Sleep Better

Everyone knows from the many scientific studies that regular exercising will lead to an increased release of endorphins in the body. These chemicals
will fight depression and make you feel happy. The body releases these endorphins only 12 minutes into the workout.

There is another chemical known as serotonin that is increased during and after a workout. The increased levels of serotonin in the central nervous
system is associated with feelings of well being and decreased mental depression. The chemical can also help you sleep better at night.

5. Enhance Your Wellness

When you are in great shape and well fit, you’ll have more energy and you’ll notice that your overall mood is improved. You will have experienced that
you can stretch beyond your own limits and you know that you can do more than you thought possible.

6. Persistence

Exercising regularly will give you more energy,  which can help you be more productive at home and at work. Exercising can help give your new goals
a sense of purpose and give you something to focus on and aim for. This can help you increase your persistence and prevent you from going off track
while you aim for your goal.

7. Social Capabilities

After a workout on a regular basis you can boost your self esteem. This can help you look better and you’ll be more comfortable as well. Exercise
will also help you to become more active and meet new people, which will prevent you from feeling isolated and unsupported. Exercise will also
increase your interests in sex, and can help you to improve your marriage or your partner relationship.

After knowing all of these tips and reasons to exercise, you shouldn’t hesitate to get out there and exercise. You can exercise at home or go out
there and join a gym. There are several different ways that you can exercise, all you have to do is select a few that you like. Take a little bit of time out of your day and start exercising  you’ll feel better than ever before and your body will thank you.

Sincerely

Thomas W.

Weight Loss on a Low-Carb 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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Losing weight is one of the most difficult tasks that overweight people face in their weight loss journey. Many people are looking for a fast fix and end up following diets that do more harm than good. Yes, there are many diets specifically tailored for certain body shapes, but if you want to lose weight quickly and effectively, then low-carb diets can be very helpful in dropping those unwanted pounds.

Low-carb Diet

A low-carb diet is exactly what it says…………low on carbohydrates that are found in grains, fruits, starchy vegetables, wheat products and pasta. the dieter really wants to keep their carbohydrates on the low side, while keeping their intake high in proteins and fat derived from the animal and the vegetables alike.

How a Low-Carb Diet Works?

The intake of the products high in carbohydrates causes the insulin levels to spike. The high amount of insulin locks the fat which leads to glucose burning instead of the fat.

A person loses the most weight during the initial period of the diet. The reason for this is because the low levels of the insulin in the body causes the kidneys to shed an excessive amount of sodium. Moreover, the carbs in the bodies are stored in the form of glycogen. The glycogen binds water molecules to the liver and muscles. When the level of the carbohydrates reduces in the blood stream, the amount of glycogen automatically lowers, bringing the level of water down with it.

The initial lack of carbs leads the body to get rid sodium along with water which leads to the most weight loss in the initial period.

The Best Foods for a Low-Carb Diet

A low-carb diet requires the individuals to cut down on the high carbohydrate foods. What this means is that the people would need to create a specific diet that is high in protein and fats. Fortunately, there are a hundreds of healthy alternatives that are extremely high in healthy fats as well as protein.

Red Meat and White Meat: Meat includes every type of unprocessed meat that you can imagine such as beef, lamb, veal, and pork. When it comes to poultry, always try to eat turkey, chicken, duck and any other fowl with their skins.  Processed meat really should be left out of the diet, but if your cravings take over you then always opt for one that has the lowest amount of carbs in it.

Seafood: You should avoid cultured or farmed fish or shellfish. Instead, choose wild or freshly caught seafood.

Healthy Fats: All the fats and oils that are solid at room temperatures such as lard, butter, and ghee are extremely healthy. Avoid trans-fat and hydrogenated oils.

Basically, as a general rule…..stay away from foods that are high in sugars, starches, and inflammatory oils.

A low-carb diet might work wonders in the beginning, but you need to exercise to aid in the weight loss journey. Also you need to know that losing weight fast on a low-carb diet without any direction or guidance can be harmful, so always try to talk to professionals to get the most out of your diet.

 

To Your Health

Thomas W.

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 Atkins Diet And Ketosis

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 idea behind the Atkins diet plan is that ketosis can help you burn off fats for energy. Lots of people, even those people who are following low carb diet programs, do not really comprehend ketosis or exactly what the heck it does.

Most Diets are of the Low Calorie Kind

The majority of diets are calorie-reduction diet programs. They help you shed weight. However, a part of the weight loss will be coming from body fat and then a part of it will be coming from lean body mass. Although you might have lost weight on the scale, your metabolic is slowing down at an alarming rate.  The more muscle tissue you eliminate the more sluggish the metabolic process is going to be. This will make losing weight harder and also gaining pounds again even easier.

Atkins is a Low Calorie Plan

The Atkins diet plan, however, is carb restricted. It causes ketosis within your body that will burn just body fat rather than muscle tissue. A major source of your energy is going to be body fat as ketones. The liver will turn body fat into ketones but it can never be changed back again. It is going to be passed out of your body by natural means.

Ketones are Energy

Ketones are actually an ordinary and also effective supply of energy for the body. These are made in the liver out of the essential fatty acids which derive from a breaking down of fat. They show up if there is no glucose or sugar in the body to provide energy. In the Atkins diet plan, you decrease the level of glucose and sugar in your blood. Because of this, the body generates ketones for energy. If the body is producing ketones it is known as ketosis.

Ketosis is a Normal Condition

There is also the widespread false impression that using a ketogenic diet plan such as Atkins is harmful. The reality is that ketosis is a totally normal condition. The body produces ketones for utilizing as energy when glucose is not available.

In the Atkins weight reduction program, Dr. Atkins recommends utilizing ketone-testing strips in order to figure out your stage of ketosis while losing weight. The tiny plastic strips are placed in the urine flow and include a unique chemically treated absorptive pad. That pad changes shade when ketones exist in the urine. In the presence of ketones, the strip changes different colors from baby pink to purple. There is also a coloring scale on the label of the container that will help you figure out your ketone concentrations.

Ketone Strips are Recommended

Ketone strips can be found in almost any local pharmacy and are found with the diabetic items. In some places, these are stored behind the cashier which means you may need to request these. You will not require a prescription in order to purchase these however. When you open up a pack of ketone strips they have a life span of six months. It might be useful to note down the opening date on the package.

Ketone strips will show you if you have been moving ahead properly on the Atkins diet plan. When you are sticking to the Induction plan 100% but are not seeing purple do not be concerned. Many people never ever display small levels of ketones or they might display slightly above the bare minimum. So long as you are reducing your weight as well as losing inches then you are effectively utilizing ketones. Additionally, when you have just worked out a couple of hours prior to utilizing the strips, you might not see purple.

Some people erroneously think that a darkish purple outcome on the testing strips signifies that they are slimming down quicker. The dark purple shade is an indicator of lack of fluids. This means that the urine is very highly concentrated and thus you have to drink more water.

Where do Ketones originate?

Ketones originate from fats in the blood, be it fats which you consume or body fat which you burn off. If you consume food quite heavy in fats and promptly utilize a testing strip, well, then you will notice a darkish purple outcome. Make sure you use the strips to help you plan your meals. However, do not become obsessed with the shade.

Achieving a condition of ketosis will be crucial for good results on the Atkins diet plan. It is as easy as removing carbs from the food plan. Follow the diet properly and utilize the ketone testing strips when needed.

All The Best

Thomas W.

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:)