Don't Do A Quick Weight Loss Program This January!
Posted Jan 10 2011 1:13am
Just because its January, you don't have to resort to another quick weight loss program (that ultimately won't work again)! You deserve better than that! Make your weight loss goals long-term. Then, you won't have the same weight problem next January!
A “30-day Weight Loss Only” goal is a short-term fix for your weight problem and will not ultimately help you attain your goals! Instead, you will be setting yourself up as a prime "yo-yo dieter" candidate. Establish eating and exercise habits that will help you burn fat and lose weight for a lifetime.
The type of food you eat and timing of what you eat is very important for your metabolism to work properly.
Your body needs adequate amounts of the macronutrients ( carbohydrates , proteins, fats ) to function properly.
Increasing muscle mass is critical to permanently speed up your metabolism. Your body has to work harder to maintain muscle mass. And, increasing muscle mass will burn the fat off of your body. So, start doing your regular weight training workouts 2-3 days a week.
Protein's main role in your body is to repair and rebuild body tissues (especially so after an intense weight training workout). When your body doesn't get enough protein, it will take protein from other sources--mainly your muscles! Obviously, you don't want that to happen. Including foods with protein in every meal will help you eat less during the day. This happens because it takes your body longer to digest protein.
Carbohydrates, in the form of glycogen, are your body's preferred source of energy. Glycogen is stored in your liver and muscles and it is broken down into glucose. Glucose is then used by your body to make energy.
As a result, when your glycogen stores are low, your body's performance will suffer. When your body doesn't have enough carbohydrates, it uses energy mainly from proteins. As stated above, protein has another primary role in the body. And, again, your muscle mass will take the hit. Carb cycling can be useful in some situations, but don’t start with this method. Establish your eating foundation first.
Fat is important for your diet because it helps you feel full for longer periods of time and keeps skin, hair and nails healthy (among other things). You should limit your intake of saturated fats (usually solid at room temperature, such as butter) and trans fats ( partially hydrogenated fats found in packaged foods and fast foods).
Instead, increase your intake of heart-healthy unsaturated fats, such as olive, canola oil, fish, nuts, seeds and avocados. Fats should not exceed 30% (closer to 20%) of your total caloric intake. Again, fats should not be used as your primary energy source.
Your body needs the macronutrients at all times to function properly. When your body functions properly, your metabolism will also function properly. That's why you should eat every 3-4 hours to give your body what it needs and to protect your vital muscle mass.
If you are a person who skips breakfast--don't! You are sabotaging your fat loss and weight loss efforts and throwing your metabolism out of wack!
Eat for health, fat loss and weight loss. You should not ever try a “30-day Weight Loss Only” program to reach your long-term goals.