- Beans and legumes: Are high in protein and they help build muscle, burn fat as well as regulate digestion.
- Spinach and other green vegetables: They aide in digestion as well as cleanse the body of free radicals that make fat loss difficult. There are many many more benefits to having greens some of which are decreased inflammation and greater energy to name a few.
- Oatmeal: Is a good carb that helps boost energy, reduces cholesterol, maintains blood sugar levels fights obesity and helps with weight loss.
- Natural Peanut butter: Has healthy fats as well as protein that helps boosts testosterone, helps build muscle, burns fat as well as helps prevent muscle loss.
- Almonds and other nuts (with skins intact): ,Nuts help reduce cravings
- Eggs: Help in building lean muscle providing protein as well as help with fat loss.
- Turkey, Chicken Fish and other lean meats: Lean meats are very high in protein and assist tremendously in building lean muscle reducing cravings and assisting in fat loss. Keep in mind try to focus on having lean hormone and chemical free meats. Also when having other forms of meat like beef and pork focus on getting "USDA Select" that has the least amount of fat.
- Extra Virgin Olive oil or Coconut Oil: These are also healthy fats that aid in fat loss as well as help lower cholesterol and boost immune system.
- Protein Supplement (whey) powder: Whey protein helps assist in building lean muscle while assisting in fat loss. A great time to drink Whey protein is after a workout.
- Whole grains: Grains are carbs. We need carbs because they are our bodies energy source. Whole grains help prevent the body from storing fat. They also
- Avocados Avocados are also healthy fats and can aid in lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Avocados are also high in fiber, which helps promote weight loss, at least in the context of a healthy, real food based diet.
- Chia seeds: are very high in fiber, calcium, omega-3s; and prevents body from storing fat.
- Fruit juice concentrate
- Dehydrated cane juice
- Corn sweetener
- Maple syrup
- Corn syrup
- Corn syrup solids
- High fructose corn syrup
- Determine What Your Exact Goals Are: Committing to meal prepping works best when there’s something behind it to motivate you. So what’s your goal? Perhaps you want to lose 20 pounds, or maybe you want to work on getting rid of sugar cravings, or you just want to develop healthier eating habits to get in better shape. Whatever those goals are that you are trying to achieve make sure to write them down and be as specific as possible. This will increase your chances at meal prepping success.
- Make Your Grocery List: Write out your list of foods that you will be buying for your meal prepping. Write them down in sections on a piece of paper or in a folder on your smartphone. For example, a section for carbs, protein sources, veggies, healthy fats and snacks.
- Pick A Day To Meal Prep: Now that you have your groceries, choose the best day to meal-prep your food for the week. In my opinion the best days are Saturday and/or Sunday before the start of the upcoming work week. This gives you a head start on the coming week and you will be prepared and ready to meet the week head on!
- Schedule Your Meal & Snack Times:When we fail to plan ahead, it becomes so much more difficult to stay on track with our healthy eating lifestyle. Many people have very busy work days and won't step away from their desk to eat until they're stomachs are growling. As soon as we are hungry, we tend to react by eating the first thing we can get our hands on, which often times may not be the healthiest choice. Prepping your healthy meals and snack times in advance will ensure that you stay on track with your healthy eating.
- Have The Right Containers In Place: And the last thing you need is to finish with all that meal prepping and have nowhere to stash your food. When you have matching containers or at least enough containers where you can store everything, it will help tremendously. I recommend color coded portion control containers to put your snacks in as well as to measure out your food portions. As well as divided meal prep containers so that you can section off your food plate into carbs protein and veggie sources.
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Simple Nutrition Fat Loss Tips For A Leaner Body!
Greetings, here are some very basic simple tips you can use to help get your body leaner. These tips should be followed in conjunction with a good results based exercise program.
Eat 4-6 Meals: it's important to have healthy portioned meals every 3-4 hours to help the body stay in fat burning mode. Eating "more" doesn't mean eat anything, the key is to focus on foods that are nutrient dense foods that are high in water fiber and protein. You can have 3 square meals and 2 light healthy snacks like yogurt or a protein shake one between breakfast and lunch and another between lunch and dinner.
Have A Protein Source At Each Meal: (ex grilled chicken, fish, turkey etc) having protein is great because of its many benefits. For example, protein allows us to "stay full" longer, and releases fat burning hormones. Protein also helps to build as well as maintain lean muscle which is critical for the fat loss process. The more lean muscle we have the less fat we will have. If burning fat and getting lean is your goal adding an adequate amount of protein to your diet is essential.
Avoid Heavy Meals In The Late Evening: There's no set time as to when one should stop eating for the day. The reason being is everyone's schedule can be different and not everyone arrives home at the same time. Ideally I'd say try to have your last meal by 8 pm the latest and then have a protein shake before bedtime. Preferably have a shake that has a slow acting slow absorbing protein source in it like Casein Protein. This will help preserve your lean muscle stores while you sleep.
Avoid Foods That Increase Hunger: Monitoring this is very important because eating these foods will hinder your fat loss efforts. Avoid or significantly reduce eating foods that are loaded with synthetic artificial sweeteners, fast foods, tv dinners and high sugar sweet snack foods like cakes. Instead focus on foods and drinks that control food cravings like lean protein sources, green teas, water and foods high in fiber.
Don't Go Long Hours Between Meals: Whenever we go more than 4 hours between meals or snacks out bodies go into starvation mode and begin to store fat and feed off of lean muscle. Try to avoid this by having small frequent meals and healthy snacks like a protein shake or low fat yogurt spread out throughout the day. Not to mention when we are very hungry and haven't planned out our meals in advance it is common for us to eat the first thing we can get our hands on which usually isn't something healthy. At that point we eat to "survive" and our blood sugar levels are low.
Eat Healthy Fats: while reducing unhealthy fat from a diet is a good thing we all still need fats, the key is to focus on eating healthy fats. Eating healthy fats actually help with weight loss and fat burning efforts. Focus on getting your fats from Olive oil , avocado, fish, coconut oil, nuts, seeds and healthy organic grass fed meats.
Plan Your Meals In Advance: When it comes to getting lean and getting that nice, tight, healthy body everyone wants preparing our meals in advance is critical. This will go a long way in achieving success with your fat loss efforts. Make sure you prepare your meals in such a way that you plan for your full day of eating ahead of time. For example, take your lunch to work in Tupperware and have your snacks ready with you also (to eat between lunch and dinner), whether it’s healthy yogurt, healthy fats like cashews, or a nice meal replacement low-sugar protein shake or fruit. The best way to do this is to prepare your meals over the weekend, before the start of the upcoming work week. Have everything labeled and packaged nicely in pre measured Tupperware containers and Ziploc bags for each day.
Yours in health
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
Is Too Much Cardio Bad For Weight Loss?
I'm often amazed at how much cardio people actually do when it comes to trying to lose weight. In short yes too much cardio is counter productive to your weight loss and fat loss as well as your lean muscle building efforts. Here's the reason why, it's called "cortisol".
Cortisol is a hormone released in the body during intense times of stress as well as during excessive bouts of cardio exercise. What Cortisol does when released, it begins to eat away at lean muscle putting the body in what's called a catabolic state which reduces protein synthesis as well as tissue growth. This causes the body to store fat and cause the opposite desired effect which is fat storage and not fat loss.
Keep in mind, this is not just limited to traditional cardio exercises but to boot-camp style workouts as well. Training for over 90 minutes and over 2 hours doing boot-camp style workouts can also release cortisol and tap into your lean muscle stores. Be mindful when working out to keep your workouts short and intense this will help create an after burn effect within your body and enable your body to continue to burn calories after the workout is over for up to 24 hours. But the key is to keep the training short and intense, this is the reason why our personal training and boot camp workout sessions run from 30-45 minutes tops. No more than that is needed to create that desired after burn effect.
How much cardio is considered bad?
Typically anything over an hour of steady state cardio is too much. Now with that said, there are instances where people need to do cardio for over an hour. If you are training for an endurance event like a marathon or a long obstacle course race, those are times when you must do long bouts of cardio to prepare yourself for those specific endurance events.
We have several clients here at Temple Fitness that are endurance athletes, running marathons as well as obstacle course races. With that said I always stress the importance to them of strength training to preserve lean muscle to combat what long bouts of cardio and cortisol do. There are times that running for over an hour is justified, however if that's not the case for you there really isn't much of a reason to do so.
How much Cardio should one do?
If your goal is weight loss and to burn as much fat as possible then ideally you should try to keep your cardio sessions between 20-45 minutes working really hard during that short window. What this does is the opposite effect of long steady state cardio, you want to preserve your lean muscle stores so that your body can combat fat and help you to lose weight in the process.
One of the very best ways to achieve this is by doing "HIIT" High Intensity Interval training. The goal of your cardio sessions should be to preserve lean muscle, burn fat and calories while increasing the effectiveness of your heart. HIIT training does all of the above without taking up too much time which is perfect.
Ideally you want to keep your HIIT sessions short and performed at a pretty high intensity depending on your fitness level. For example, you can jog for 1 minute followed by a sprint for 30 seconds followed by another 1 minute jog then a 30 second sprint and keep repeating this until you get to the desired time. This is HIIT training and it can be performed outside on a track or on pretty much any cardio machine like a treadmill, rower or elliptical.
Lastly, don't forget to have an emphasis on muscle, meaning you should always lift weights and strength train. No matter what your goal is, it is always imperative to strength train to achieve your goals. The more lean muscle you have the less fat you will have. The long standing proven formula to get lean is to do short intense cardio, lift weights and have a balanced healthy meal plan. In applying these methods consistently your body will transform and you will arrive at your health and fitness goals.
Yours in health
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
10 Quick Nutrition & Fitness Tips For Fat Loss!
Here are 10 quick nutrition and workout tips for fat loss and to help you live a healthier lifestyle.
5)Add body weight movements to your routine. Don't just focus on weights and on using machines. Machines in particular can cause imbalances and the weaker side of the body doesn't get stronger because our stronger side does a lot of the work and compensates. Body weight movements like push-ups pull-ups dips chin-ups squats, lunges and box jumps are great because the whole body is engaged during these movements and you will get stronger and leaner as a whole.
6) Limit Long Slow Paced Cardio unless you are actually training for an endurance event. Keep your cardio sessions to 20-45 minutes depending on your fitness level and goals. But when you do focus on doing High Intensity Interval Training (H.I.I.T.) this will yield much better results in terms of burning fat without tapping into lean muscle stores.
7)Cut back on having too many carbs. If you're looking for a more lean look cutting back on carbs can definitely help. I'm not saying not to have carbs you need carbs to survive and it's our energy source. What I am saying is to mindful of your carb intake especially later in the day if your goal is weight loss.
8)Plan your meals for the week in advance. This is a tremendous way to increase your likelihood of success and getting the results you are looking for. Meal prep and planning takes the guess work out of things and more importantly keeps you regimented. If you have your meals and healthy snacks with you at work you won't be as open to eating the first thing you find which usually is unhealthy fast food when you have a long work day and are "starving."
9) Switch it up don't spend too much time doing the same workout over and over. You're body will eventually adapt to the workout routine and plateau. You will get results initially but then once you're body gets used to the routine you will see a dramatic decrease in your gains. Sticking to a plan is important but you must change it up at least every 4-6 weeks.
10) Focus on lifestyle not on a quick fix. Living healthy is a lifestyle and not something that should be looked at as a short term thing. Take the steps needed to get better and don't give up when you have setbacks. Setbacks are a part of life it's no different when it comes to exercising and eating healthy. The key is to stick with it and keep pressing forward and strive to be better than you were yesterday. Stay the course and never give up!
Yours in health
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
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