How Much Is Too Much Protein?

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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Let’s start by figuring out what are proteins? Proteins are large molecules made up of smaller molecules called amino acids. There are twenty different types of these acids used to make protein. When you eat protein, your body does a breakdown of these amino’s and sends them where your body is in need of them the most. Protein’s main job is to build, maintain and repair body tissues. Eating too much protein can have a major effect on your kidneys causing a whole list of issues so ladies and gentlemen, protein in moderation is key.

Many believe that the more protein the better right? But in this case, is more really better after a workout? (Remember we’re not talking about losing weight by low carb methods.  We’re talking about building lean muscle mass.)

Does this sound familiar? We’ve just finished a great workout and the first thing you know you’re supposed to do is eat tons of is protein!  We want to maximize our protein synthesis and build our lean muscle so we believe that ingesting protein in large quantities will benefit us….like eating a huge plate of red meat. I mean, protein helps build muscle and ultimately that’s what were aiming for isn’t it? I know I’ve gone home from the gym and have done this more than once…ok like, fifty times…..I thought that it would give me the muscles I was yearning for however, new research shows that too much protein could actually be bad for you.

Muscle protein synthesis rates subsequent to a meal in response to increasing doses of whey protein at rest and after resistance exercise” which states that 40 grams of protein after a workout is actually not beneficial whereas 20 grams seems to be the perfect amount. This study tested young men after a weight training workout with both 20 grams of protein and 40 grams. 40 grams of protein resulted in a stimulation of amino acid oxidation and ureagenesis which, in other words, didn’t add any extra benefits however, the 20 gram protein intake did.”  Really about the size of your palm is really all you need.

By not consuming too much protein, your body ultimately focuses on burning FAT for fuel instead of the excess protein you keep ingesting thinking your doing your body good when you’re actually hindering it.

So what’s the verdict? Consume about 20 grams of protein in 5 meals throughout the day and that should work perfectly to activate protein synthesis. Consuming protein after an intense lifting session may amplify your results and increase your recovery time, it doesn’t make or break your lifting in the gym. Focus on the whole, big picture of your nutrition and training approach which includes eating enough calories throughout the day along with the correct amount of protein. My suggestion is to consume a meal, either whole-food or in a liquid form, within an hour after your workout and be sure it contains both fast digesting carbs and protein. 

May Your Next Workout Be Your Best!

Thomas W.

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.

How To Improve Your Bench Press And Other Fun Lifts Too:)

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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 1.  Find A Workout Buddy

Most people, but not all peeps need a training buddy who is going to challenge them. Not only this, but you need someone that is going to be there to spot you if the weight is too heavy and it gets stuck on you. (If you workout at a gym you can start out on a chest machine and then move to free weights if you like.) You have to be fearless in the bench press. If you are bench pressing with free weight and you don’t have someone spotting for you chances are unless you’re crazy, you will be scared the heavier weight will fall on you towards the end of your workout. This will probably cause you to not lift as heavy as you probably can.

2. Get On A Program

Bench pressing 225 really is not miraculous by any standards, but it is definitely a step in the right direction. If you tell a person that you have a 225 bench press, they will probably be quite impressed.

The reason that you need to get on a program is because you need to develop overall strength. You don’t want to have toothpick legs while your upper body is the size of a house. (You know you’ve seen that before and it’s really not pretty:)) Getting on a program will teach you the correct techniques and how to build your entire body.  Whether this is switching up volume, sets, or reps and how often to work out, supplements, protein levels and fun stuff like that!

3. Technique Is Very Important!

The biggest mistake many people make when on the adventure of increasing their bench press is that they start too big. The idea of strength training is to make gradual gains every week. You may want to start each week by adding 5 pounds, after starting at a weight that you can easily manage. After this, you may want to add 2.5 pounds per week. It shouldn’t be a surprise that many people should start with just the bar (45 pounds) and work up slowly from there adding 5 pounds per week. This will not only help you not plateau, but it will improve your form and avoid injuries until your muscles and joints get used to a heavier weight. I CAN’T EMPHASIZE THIS ENOUGH: LEARN THE CORRECT TECHNIQUES FOR EACH LIFT BEFORE LIFTING ANYTHING HEAVY!!!!!

4. Be Consistent With Your Workouts

This is really the second most important step. If you are not consistent with your training, you are going to end up with a lousy bench press or any other lift. You have to bench press at least once every ten days. This will improve your form and it will get you better at the movement. If you are not consistent with your training you will never make any progress. Even if you are not increasing the weight each week, that is okay. The key is to stay patient and keep hitting the weights week in and week out. Eventually your numbers will start to increase.

May Your Next Workout Be Your Best Ever!

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

 

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.

Here’s A Short List Of Bodybuilding Fiction

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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Here’s a short list of bodybuilding fiction.

1. Twelve Rep Rule

Most weight training program include this much repetitions for gaining muscle. The truth is this approach places the muscles with not enough tension for effective muscle gain. High tension e.g. heavy weights provides muscle growth in which the muscle grows much larger, leading to the maximum gains in strength. Having longer tension time boosts the muscle size by generating the structures around the muscle fibers, improving endurance.

The standard prescription of eight to twelve repetitions provides a balance but by just using that program all of the time, you do not generate the greater tension levels that is provided by the heavier weights and lesser reps, and the longer tension achieved with lighter weights and more repetitions. Change the number of reps and adjust the weights to stimulate all types of muscle growth.  I actually do either five sets of five or I’ve gotten a lot stronger by doing three heavy sets of three.  It takes about seven minutes once I’m warmed up and really ready to go!

2. Three Set Rule

The truth is there’s nothing wrong with three sets but then again there is nothing amazing about it either. The number of sets you perform should be base on your goals and not on a half-century old rule. The more repetitions you do on an exercise, the fewer sets you should do, and vice versa. This keeps the total number of repetitions done of an exercise equal.

3. Three to Four Exercises Per Muscle Group

The truth is this is a waste of time. Combined with twelve reps of three sets, the total number of reps amount to one hundred and forty four. If your doing this total amount of reps for a muscle group with a lighter weight, your not doing enough. Instead of doing too many varieties of exercises, try doing thirty to fifty reps. That can be anywhere from two sets of fifteen or five sets of ten reps.

4. My Knees, Over My Toes

It is a gym folklore that you “should not let your knees go past your toes.” Truth is that leaning forward a little too much is more likely a cause of injury. In 2003, Memphis University researchers confirmed that knee stress was almost thirty percent higher when the knees are allowed to move beyond the toes during a squat.

But hip stress increased nearly ten times or (1000 percent) when the forward movement of the knee was restricted. Because the squatters needed to lean their body forward and that forces the strain to transfer to the lower back.

Focus on your upper body position and less on the knee. Keep the torso in an upright position as much as possible when doing squats and lunges. These reduces the stress generated on the hips and back. To stay upright, before squatting, squeeze the shoulder blades together and hold them in that position; and then as you squat, keep the forearms ninety degree to the floor.

5. Lift Weights, Draw Abs

The truth is the muscles work in groups to stabilize the spine, and the most important muscle group change depending on the type of exercise. The transverse abdominis is not always the most important muscle group. Actually, for most exercise, the body automatically activates the muscle group that are needed most for support of the spine. So if you focus only on the transverse abdominis, it can recruit wrong muscles and limit the right muscles. This increases the chance of injury, and reduces the weight that can be lifted.

The bottom line, you need to decide if you want to build strength or lean muscle mass.  Once you figure that part out, then you can figure out how much weight and reps work for your specific goals.

May Your Next Workout Be Your Best Ever!

Thomas W.

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.

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.

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.

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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