Diet Plans

Diet Plans

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Why using fat for energy, works!

Recently I spoke about low carbohydrate diets and that the only concern one should have is the development of high levels of ketone bodies in the system, and in fact the brain can utilize ketone bodies as a form of energy. Not only that, but low carbohydrate diets or any diet in fact that causes you to utilize your stored form of fat as energy, is a very efficient way of producing energy in the body and also a very brilliant way of shedding all of that extra body fat! As time goes on and I acquire more knowledge in my studies, efficiency and methods of losing weight, building muscle, etc., will be posted, but for now I want to focus on why using fat for energy works. As mentioned above, there are many diets that forces your body to use the stored form of fat, for energy. In your body, dietary lipids (fats that you consume), are stored as TAGs (triacylglycerols) in your white adipose tissue. It is in these adipose tissue that these TAGs are degraded during states of fasting or when glucose levels are not high in the system, where another source of energy needs to be implemented. This is where beta-oxidation or the use of your stored fat, comes into play. Lets talk quickly about what happens when you’re in a well fed state and you’ve consumed a large amount of carbohydrates in your meal. Once you’ve rolled over and ethnic fatigue starts kicking in, your[…]

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The 411 on low carb diets

There are a lot of different dieting fads out there, which most people tend to draw towards because it promises them a very quick solution to their weight problem. Although some of these fads have merit to it, a lot of people do not place much time into researching the overall concept that’s related to the dieting protocol. Instead, they read one article while searching google for suggestions on how to lose weight, and jump head first into it. This in itself, can be very dangerous because when the reality of the diet sets in, and they realize it’s not a long term solution to their problem, they drop it immediately and gain all the weight back. Once this happens, they give up their fitness journey, figure they are never going to lose the weight, gain the muscle or what have you, and throw in the towel prematurely.

This article, is written with some insight on how low carb dieting can work but how one needs to be very much aware of the side affects that come with low carb dieting. I am not just going to tell you that low carb dieting is a risky diet plan, but I will tell you why it is risky and how you can overcome these risks and stay healthy!

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Low Carb Dieting

Currently, I am using a low carb diet to kick start my fat loss process. It’s a very good way to lose strictly body fat, while maintaining muscle mass. This diet can be used for people who are now getting into lifting and want to shed some body fat while gain some muscle mass. It also can help those who have bulked for a while and looking to kick start their own cut.

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IIFYM – Revisited

IF IT FITS YOUR MACROS, the eating protocol that most strict fitness experts may not advise their clients to follow, but I have personally tried it and have gotten excellent results from it. It’s no miracle eating protocol and it’s not the eating protocol to save all eating protocols. It’s a concept that I have seen others yield great results from and myself. I have previously spoken about IIFYM (IF IT FITS YOUR MACROS), in this blog but now, I want to talk about how to use this eating protocol to your own personal benefit. I had mainly hit the points of what it was, and how it generally works but I want to make it a little clearer this time around. Now, a lot of people when they see IIFYM, they assume that they can eat whatever they want and call it a day, which puts a negative name on the whole concept. In all honesty, IF IT FITS YOUR MACROS, is meant to allow one to eat the things they like, and also keep to their diet and fitness goals on track. But, if you’re interested in learning how to use this eating protocol to your benefit, please keep reading this article!

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How much protein, is enough protein?

The question many tend to ask me over and over again, is the simple one; how much protein is enough protein? There are basic ratios that assist in acquiring the right amount of protein in take, to build muscle mass but, there’s also goals that need to be looked at to assume how much protein is needed for a particular body type. Someone who’s a hardgainer, may require a little more because of the overall requirement of calories to gain weight period, while other body types may just follow the basics. This article is going to just focus on the basics and not go into the nitty gritty of it, I’d rather leave that for another post. In fact, I am just letting you know why the numbers are the way it is, why you should or shouldn’t follow it and at the end of the day it’s up to you to choose which of the 2 ratios, is the one for you and you’re long term muscle building or maintaining goals.

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