Posts Tagged ‘fat loss’

The 6 Best Breakfast Ideas to Help with Weight Loss

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

Good morning! It is time to start your day, and breakfast comes in handy in giving you the energy to get you going. Eating the right breakfast will not only ensure that you jump-start your metabolism but also trigger your body to burn fat for improved weight loss.

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Are you interested in losing weight, but do not know how you can shed an extra pound through your breakfast? Well, there are viable ideas that if incorporated into your morning meals can cause significant changes in your weight.

 

This article samples the top 6 breakfast ideas for weight loss. Enjoy! (more…)

5 Protein Bars you can Munch on a Ketogenic Diet

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

So, what is a ketogenic diet anyway?

Lean man and womanA ketogenic diet refers to a low-carbohydrate diet, specifically where daily net carbs total 50g or less. At these levels, the body process stored fat and dietary protein for energy, causing a state of ‘ketosis’. Usually when total calories are low enough on a ketogenic diet, after 3-4 days when ketosis kicks in, rapid weight loss begins. A Keto diet can also be useful for managing certain illness and conditions such as epilepsy, heart & brain disease, diabetes, and even acne.

The biggest drawback to the ketogenic diet is the food choices. If you’re on a Keto diet, you know how hard it is to find a high-fat, low carb and low-glycemic meals that rarely leaves you feeling hungry. With plenty of products to choose from, it can be a bit cumbersome to weed all through the products, and find the right one. (more…)

The Benefits of Implementing a Ketogenic Diet

Friday, September 8th, 2017

If you are dieting for a contest, or just to be in shape for the beach, then you might want to consider the ketogenic diet as your diet strategy. The keto diet has been gaining in popularity as a way to get lean and reduce levels of gastrointestinal inflammation. Lean man and woman Using the keto diet can help you get healthy while you get shredded. Recent nutritional science has discovered a lot of information regarding the health effect of a high-fat diet, the most interesting being that carbohydrates serve very little nutritional value in our diet.

What is Ketosis?

Ketosis is the name of a metabolic state where the body converts dietary fat and adipose body tissue into ketones then used as metabolic fuel. The body relies on a process of gluconeogenesis to create the ATP needed to fuel metabolic functions and process. The body converts the glucose found in carbohydrates into glycogen and then stores the excess as body fat. (more…)

8 Ways to Stay on Your Diet and Ditch Junk Food

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

So when the cravings hit you forget all about diet and fitness and start relishing whatever is on the table? Suddenly, New Year Resolution fades into oblivion and after a gourmet meal, you feel of indulging in your guilty pleasures? This is a dilemma of every person with little on the heavier side and their struggle to reach their ideal weight goes down the memory lane with every bite of glazed doughnut.Stop Eating Fast Food

So here we bring smart hacks that will help you stick to your diet and break up with junk food at least for some time:

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How to Deal with Loose and Sagging Skin From Weight Loss

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

belly skinLosing a huge amount of weight in a short time-span may not be the healthiest practice out there, but it sounds as no short of a dream come true to many. Still, one of the things that they often tend to forget is that the fat in their body is not the only thing that has expanded over the course of the years. In order to follow up, your skin has probably significantly stretched, as well, which might turn into a huge issue once you lose all that extra weight. With this in mind, here are few ways of dealing with loose skin and getting that beach body you always dreamed of having.

Why Is This Such a Problem?

Ok, so you lost weight, have some extra skin, what’s the big deal, right? It is a serious issue, as reported by NBC news, faced by many bariatric surgery patients or really anyone who has lost 300+ pounds of fat. Keeping sagging skin long-term is even reported to directly affect the longevity of the weight loss.
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How to Run Interval Sprints on a Treadmill

Friday, March 10th, 2017

The High Intensity Incline Treadmill Workout

treadmill sprintsIf you’re looking to keep your cardio fitness levels running high throughout the year regardless of weather conditions or other hindrances, then the incline treadmill workout is the best training option.

Incline workouts offer many benefits.

For starters, it’ll help you simulate hill running, thus burn off colossal amounts of calories without having to go outside and stomach the bad weather. In addition, incline workouts are great boredom busters, hence if you dread indoor cardio training, use the incline to your advantage and make your workout more challenging and fun.

As a result, if you’re not doing an incline workout—at least once per week—then you’re doing yourself a big disservice.

Here are a few practical tips that can help.

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Five Sustainable Diet Changes You Can Make Today

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

You might not be aware of this – but when it comes to your diet – even the smallest things can really add up to make a world of difference. Most people, when they hear the word “diet” assume that it requires radical changes to their lifestyles and misery-inducing food restrictions. However, the reality is quite different, because it’s far more effective to make small changes, instead of aiming for a major lifestyle overhaul. Sustainable weight loss

Stop Eating Before You Feel ‘Full’

The most basic thing you can do is to try and follow “Hara Hachi Bu” – and don’t worry – while the phrase might seem complicated at first, it is actually an old Japanese saying, which roughly translates to “stomach 80% full.”

The term refers to an ancient way of eating, practiced mainly by the residents of Okinawa for centuries at this point.

Even though it might be difficult to quantify what 80% actually is, the simpler way of putting this in practice would be this – stop eating when you’re no longer feeling hungry. It’s quite simple when you take a second to think about it. (more…)

The 5 Step Plan to Start Journaling Your Food so You Can Beast Harder

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Nutella BingeIt’s happened.

Yet again.

It’s 5am, and you are standing in the light of your fridge, with a ladle in the Nutella jar, greedily chomping down any hope that you were going to eat well that day.

“Maybe tomorrow will be the day I lock down my nutrition,” you tell yourself.

“There, there—of course tomorrow will be the day,” the not-so-helpful you replies, the ladle craning towards your mouth, brimming with that sweet, sweet hazelnut spread.

If this feels familiar (and lawd knows it does for me), you aren’t alone.

We all struggle mightily with our nutrition at one point. Or many points. Or all the fuckin’ time.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. And before you laugh and shuffle off to another one of the 7 tabs you have open, you should consider starting a food diary.

Maybe you’ve thought about writing your food before.

Then you were like, “Nah, I ain’t got time for that.”

Or you snickered at the idea of keeping a “food diary.”

Sounds kinda prissy, right?

But really, put aside giving a baker’s hoot what others may or may not think for a moment.

If you want to feel metric butt-ton better, have higher and more consistent energy levels over the course of the day, and you know, beast at a 20% harder rate*, then start putting pen to paper and unleash this certified and proven weapon for kicking names and taking ass—err—in the kitchen.

* Anecdotal approximation. See a doctor if it lasts longer than 4 hours.

Here’s how a food journal will help you open a can of whoop-ass in the gym and in life: (more…)

Beta Alanine – One of the Most Promising Endurance Supplements Out There, But What is it?

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

What IS beta alanine?Creatine and Beta Alanine

Beta alanine is a non-essential amino acid. This means that it’s produced by our body (in the liver) and it isn’t therefore essential to include it in our diet. However, weight lifters and body builders can, and do, benefit from taking it in supplement form to top up the levels naturally present in their bodies. It’s also naturally present in high protein foods such as meat and fish.

How does beta alanine work?

Most amino acids are the building blocks of protein, which helps give us a lean body. However, beta alanine does not help towards building protein, instead, along with histidine it is converted into carnosine which the body uses to increase stamina, improve strength and help build muscle. So, for more stamina, strength and muscle building, more beta alanine and therefore more carnosine is advantageous.

As we exercise, lactic acid builds up in our muscles, causing the pH to lower, in turn causing fatigue and the eventual end of our workout. Carnosine helps eliminate lactic acid and other by-products of intense physical exercise, and regulates the pH of the muscles allowing us to work out for longer. It also helps reduce post exercise recovery time, allowing for more rewarding workouts in quicker succession. (more…)

Fitness Cutting Guide: how to build muscle while burning fat

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Simultaneously lose fat and gain muscle. Can it be done?

Cutting and BulkingGenerally speaking, bodybuilders and certain athletes find themselves going through two training and dieting phases each year: bulking and cutting. For bodybuilders, bulking is a joyous time of the year as they get to basically eat a selection of nice tasting foods, which whilst being healthy for the most part, still are made up of slightly unhealthier choices, with plenty of cheat meals thrown in for good measure.

When bulking, the idea is to build up a calorie surplus so that you basically consume more calories than you’re able to burn off.

This is primarily how muscle mass is grown. Whilst bulking however, it is important bodybuilders still keep an eye on their daily macros because if they consume too many calories, not only will they build muscle, they’ll also find themselves gaining a fair amount of fat in the process, and that is not ideal.

The second phase, they find themselves in, is one which is enjoyable, yet difficult and stressful at the same time – cutting, or fitness cutting as it is sometimes referred to as. At Project Swole we like to refer to this cutting phrase as a shred, as in Project Shred

The idea behind fitness cutting is that they attempt to lose as much fat as possible, whilst maintaining or building as much lean muscle mass as possible. When fitness cutting, a bodybuilder’s primary goal is to become as lean, defined, vascular, and shredded as possible. If these sound like your goals, take a look at our handy fitness cutting guide outlining everything you need to know. (more…)