Advices for Weight Loss Menus
People who follow weight loss menus should be aware of some of the important elements in these, and not oversee the basics in diets and nutrition while battling for weight loss. A brief understanding of how these elements works will strenghten the weight loss prosess.
Protein, Essential for Your Muscles
Protein is extremely important, as it represents the building blocks of your muscles. An increased protein intake while dieting could keep up your muscle mass and prevent your body from katabolic effects of a lower energy consumption. Protein also stimulates fat burning.
Those who decide to eat a little more protein while on a weight loss menu, also should know that protein most likely not will be converted to fat. Protein will use extra energy in terms of increased temperature to burn the extra amount of energy added.
Water Is a Must for Weight Loss
To burn fat the fat has to be released from you fat cells and transported by the blood stream to the muscles. For this to happen, we would want to have a hydrated body, to ensure that this process goes smoothly. If you don't drink enough water, your blood becomes thick and will have difficulties feeding your muscles with fat to burn.
Water also has quite special characteristics, as it is the only nutrient that doesn't add any engergy to our bodies. In fact, when you drink it, it actually will case you to burn more calories than you would do without.
Please, also see this article about benefits of drinking water.
Fiber, Your Good Friend
Fiber can be divided into soluble (as found in oats, fruits and vegetables) and water insoluble (as found in beans and lentils). The soluble fiber is good because it provides a slower absorption of carbs when you eat, resulting in a decreased release of insuline and better fat burning. The water insoluble fiber is also good, because it increases the feeling of being satisfied in your diet, without adding too much extra energy.
Certain fiber rich foods, as rye for instance, can bind the fat in the food, preventing it from being absorbed in the blood, leaving it to end up in the toilet as the alternative. As a matter of fact, studies have shown that rye is an excellent food for those who want to lose weight.
Remember the Carbohydrates
Carbs have to faces. They cause the body to release insulin, which is the body's strongest signal to store fat. At the same time, you must have carbs in the muscles if the fat burning process should be efficient. There is a saying about this: "Fat burns in the flame of the carbs".
If your diet is low on carbs, it will become very difficult to train hard, just because the consumption of easily transformable carbs is less. If your training capasity is low, you most likely can conclude that your fat burning rate is decreasing also.
Don't Consume Too Little Energy
This is a common mistake people do. There are examples of people following extreme diets down to 1,000 calories. These diets should only be followed by heavy overweighted people under medical supervision by doctors.
If you are training to get a visible six pack it is absolutely not reccommended to eat too little. This will only lead to decreasing metabolism as well as increasing fat storage. After a while when you start to normalize your eating, you will add even more fat than you had earlier.
If you should start a diet, you shouldn't lower your energy intake, however you should just change the nutritional composition so that you eat right. Only this will give results from the beginning, and you will probably lose some body fat. Then, when you stop losing more body fat, you can lower the energy intake with about 20%. If you normally eat 3,000 calories a day, this will mean you can lower you intake to 2,400 calories/day. After a few weeks you probably will stagnate, and the results stop improving, you can go down further a bit more, to 30% less calories than normal. From the example, this will mean 2,100 calories/day.
Don't run a low energy diet for more than 3 - 4 months, as it struggles your body. Actually, and it should be mentioned, I don't like low energy diets at all. I prefer small adjustments in what I eat, to see to that the food I eat is healthy and diversified. To achieve health benefits beyond that, I exercise. This way, the weight is decreasing slowly, just as I want.
Supplements for Weight Loss Menus
There is a neverending debate of the views on eating supplements for weight loss and/or body building. Anyway, there are protein supplements available of high quality, that make protein easily available when you would need it. Some supplements consist of vitamins, minerals and carbs in addition to protein, which makes them worthy as a full meal supplement. However it is adviced not to have more than maximum 2 meals a day based on these kind of shakes.
New Strategies for Attacking Your Stubborn Belly Fat
The TruthAboutAbs and others have introduced the results of newer research. The basic recipe is as follows:
Instead of wandering around in the boring and socalled fat burning zone, as stated on the threadmill and on the stationary bike, make a big change in your efforts. Vary between periods of 20 seconds with maximum efforts, and periods of 10 seconds with rest. Do 8 of these intervals 3 times a week, and you will most likely see very good results. The TruthAboutAbs program will of course show you lots of exercises as well as how healthy meals should look like.
Drink Coffee - And Exercise Before Breakfast
When you wake up in the morning, it has been a long time since you ate, and your storage of carbs is relatively small. In this situation your body will save it's last reservoir by burning fat instead of sugar. To do this your body has to take energy from the fat storage to magke energy. To do this optimally, many people rides their bike or have a quick walk for about 45 - 60 minutes, before breakfast. To increase the pressure in the muscle cells and to limit the catabolic effects it is a good advice to drink much water before and during this workout. After the workout, you should obtain normal dieting routines.
To increase the effect you can start your day with a cup of coffee. The coffein will give you a good feeling and add an extra kick to your fat burning. So:
1. Get up in the morning
2. Drink one cup of coffee
3. Cycle to work
4. Eat breakfast when you get there.
Take a look at the sample weight loss plans.