Don’t let extra hours lounging in bed stand between you and a flatter belly. While getting enough sleep can help boost your metabolic rate, sleeping in may undo any benefit you’d enjoy from catching a few extra winks. One study reveals that late sleepers who snoozed past 10:45 in the morning ate nearly 250 more calories over the course of the day, despite eating half as many fruits and vegetables as their early bird counterparts. Even worse, they chowed down on more salty, sugary, and trans fat-laden fast food than those who woke up earlier. If you happen to head out of the house early, you’re in for an additional metabolic boost; researchers at Northwestern University have found that people exposed to just a short period of early morning sunlight had lower BMIs than their late-waking counterparts.
The main advantage of the low-carb diet is that it causes you to want to eat less. Even without counting calories most overweight people eat far fewer calories on low carb. Sugar and starch may increase your hunger, while avoiding them may decrease your appetite to an adequate level. If your body wants to have an appropriate number of calories you don’t need to bother counting them. Thus: Calories count, but you don’t need to count them.

It has to do with your hormones leptin and ghrelin.[4] Your levels get all sort of messed up and it leads to them telling your body you're hungry when you're really just tired. And to top it off, when you're sleepy, you load up on sugar, grab take out for dinner because you're tired, and skip the gym for the same reason. That's three strikes right there.

Switch it up. It's too easy to develop a routine...and then get bored with it. Either your muscles get bored or your mind gets bored or both. And when this happens, you actually burn fewer calories -- you're pushing yourself less hard. So switch it up! Either mess around with duration or intensity or do a completely new activity. Your body and mind will thank you for it.


"Any competitor who drastically cuts calories to try to get leaner for a show learns that that's not the best way to diet," says IFBB fitness competitor Laurie Vaniman. "You end up looking flat and depleted." The same holds true for noncompetitors; aim for a modest decrease in calories instead. Smaller bodybuilders shouldn't cut more than 200-300 calories per day, and larger bodybuilders shouldn't cut more than 500, says Aceto.
It is best to achieve one's dietary requirements somewhere in the middle and, once again, bodybuilders have led the way in this regard. To gain muscle and lose fat requires a steady stream of nutrients to feed our cells and fuel our workouts. Bodybuilders - dating back to the 40s and 50s - have noted that when consuming four to five (sometimes up to seven) smaller meals per day they are better able to remain lean and muscular.
Any molecules that don’t dissolve in water — like fat molecules — are called lipids. Most fats we eat are made of triglycerides and, molecularly speaking, triglycerides are made of three fatty acids (the yellow squiggle) bound to one glycerol i.e., the “backbone” of all lipids (the green oval). Those fatty acids can be used directly as an energy source by most tissues in the body which means… they’re important.
Yes, you read it right: The vast majority of the fat we eat — or that comes from our storage rooms (adipose tissue) — is converted into CO2 and lost in the air! The leftover weight is lost in the form of water via sweat, tears, urine, etc. In fact, almost everything we eat exits the body via CO2 and water — it’s only fiber that remains undigested and makes its way out your backend.
Use the meal as a reward for a week’s worth of hard work, or the completion of a project you’ve been dreading. “It’s OK for people to blow one meal a week without feeling guilty,” says James W. Anderson, M.D., director of the Metabolic Research Group at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. “If you follow a healthy diet 95% of the time, you can relax and enjoy yourself the other 5% of the time without gaining weight.”
For overall health improvements - the mental boost it provides and enhanced blood circulation etc - aerobic exercise should be included in any good fitness program, and indeed it does burn body fat and can assist weight training throughout this process. But to overemphasize it while neglecting high intensity weight training is a fundamental mistake. In fact, excessive cardio may negate our weight training efforts; it can rob us of our strength and negatively impact our recovery abilities. Yet, used correctly as a tool rather than blindly using it as foundational to the achievement of our fitness goals, it can improve recovery and enhance muscle growth: three 45 minute sessions per week would be sufficient, slightly more or less depending on the host of individual factors (metabolic response, body type and so on) that often make designing specific training programs difficult.
It’s impossible to target belly fat specifically when you diet. But losing weight overall will help shrink your waistline; more importantly, it will help reduce the dangerous layer of visceral fat, a type of fat within the abdominal cavity that you can’t see but that heightens health risks, says Kerry Stewart, Ed.D., director of Clinical and Research Physiology at Johns Hopkins.
Getting enough decent sleep is also important to ensure a healthy hormone balance. Your body produces the most testosterone and growth hormone at night, which are key hormones for better body composition. Quality sleep also reduces the stress hormone called cortisol. When we’re sleep deprived, cortisol increases in order to keep your body running – but the result of this is lower ‘real’ energy, fatigue, food cravings and mental fog.
But in today's unenlightened "believe everything you hear" age this most effective and proven approach, for some strange reason, does not seem to attract much interest. This is no more obvious when one witnesses the "technological" revolution that is happening within the fitness industry, where a newer even more ridiculous gadget compared to the one that preceded it promises to build you the body of your dreams, with little effort on your part, "in 30 days or your money back"; where a machine that does most of the work for you is touted as a suitable replacement for actually applying a modicum of effort.
Thе mоѕt important part іѕ tо cut bасk on sugars and starches (carbs). Thеѕе аrе thе foods thаt stimulate secretion оf insulin thе most. If уоu didn’t knоw already, insulinіѕ thе main fat storage hormone іn thе body. Whеn insulin gоеѕ down, fat hаѕ аn easier time gеttіng оut оf thе fat stores аnd thе body starts burning fats іnѕtеаd оf carbs. Anоthеr benefit of lowering insulin is thаt уоur kidneys ѕhеd excess sodium аnd water оut оf уоur body, whісh reduces bloat аnd unnecessary water weight . It іѕ nоt uncommon tо lose up tо 10 pounds (sometimes more) іn thе fіrѕt week оf eating thіѕ way, bоth body fat аnd water weight. Thіѕ іѕ а graph frоm а study comparing low-carb аnd low-fat diets іn overweight/obese women. Thе low-carb group іѕ eating untіl fullness, whіlе thе low-fat group is calorie restricted аnd hungry. Cut thе carbs, lоwеr уоur insulin аnd уоu wіll start tо eat lеѕѕ calories automatically аnd wіthоut hunger . Put simply, lowering уоur insulin puts fat loss оn “autopilot.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqOK2hsCKRM
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