As much as we think we can control our bodies (which we can to a large extent), the reality to face is that sometimes our bodies are smarter than us. The reason why we hit a weightloss plateau is because our bodies are programmed to have survival instincts, which means slowing down your metabolism naturally. This is due to the fact that a fast metabolism will make us burn calories faster, and therefore use more energy. Survival instinct kicks in and makes us use less energy, thus slowing down our metabolism. If we’re alone in the forest for a few days, or lost up in the mountains, we can be grateful to our bodies for this.. Although for trying to trim off those last few pounds..it can a little annoying. Not to mention, this reseats your whole workout routine and diet plan, most likely just when you were beginning to master it. But the good news is that this allows you to change things up… and even cheat a little. Yes, I said cheat!! Keep reading to be relieved that a little cheating here and there isn’t actually a bad thing ;)
The Science of Intermittent Fasting (Why It Helps You Lose Fat Faster and How to Do It This Winter!)
Trying to lose weight is frustrating when all the popular diets are telling you to drastically change your eating habits and avoid all normal foods.
This time of year is perfect time to focus on yourself and your fitness. It’s the most “real” time of year, so to say. Why? Well because it’s a little break between holidays and busy spring time, and things are just picking back up again into their regular routines and we’re all looking forward to the slowly approaching spring time. So, in preparation for these times, it’s important for us to adjust our fitness routines to incorporate routines that we can do at home when we don’t make it to the gym after work on a snowy Monday evening. Or, to try out new methods to stay fit to motivate us during this seemingly stagnant time. So, without further ado, here’s 9 ideas to try out this winter!
Let’s start with your metabolism. Essentially – you’re going to be wanting to eat foods that speed up your metabolism, which in turn will help you burn more calories and maintain a healthy weight, so you can maintain regular exercise schedule. These foods include foods that are high in protein, iron, zinc and selenium, for example. Protein-rich foods take your body high amounts of energy to process and absorb the nutrients, which makes your body burn more energy. Foods high in zinc improve the thyroid gland, which regulates your metabolism. Foods including many spices (especially spicy spices like chillies), tea and coffee and legumes such as lentils and chickpeas speed up your metabolism. A diet that incorporates these foods will aid in keeping a fast metabolism, whereas other foods actually will cause you to have lower energy and reduced focused based on how they are processed by your metabolism. Foods that are Simple carbohydrates and high-sugar foods have a high glycemic index, meaning that they affect your blood sugar because of insulin fluctuations, which affects how your store fat. When this happens, you actually crave sugar more. When these cravings are present, your mental ability is also altered. Your focus is lower, in addition to your energy levels. Foods that cause this are typically foods with refined flours and sugars, in addition to fried foods and types of oils, like canola oil. So understanding the differences between these foods in the supermarket will encourage you to buy foods that are better for your metabolism so you always have proper brain function.
The ketogenic diet is named after a metabolic process in our body that occurs when you don’t have enough carbs in your system, which is a typical source of energy, and your body needs to burn fat instead, leading to a production of ketones. The standard variant of this diet means only 5% of your diet comes from carbs, while 75% comes from healthy fats. The cyclical keto diet allows you to have re-feed days when you increase your carb intake for a day or two, and the targeted keto allows eating more carbs before and after your workout.
While daily physical activity is an essential part of our wellbeing, you can’t reap all of its benefits unless you pair it with a good diet. You truly are what you eat, and you can’t make much progress unless you clean up your habits and turn to healthy, quality food to sustain you. Regardless of what your fitness goal might be, nutrition is essential, and we’re here to show you why and to offer some tips on how you can improve your diet.
Plyometrics is an explosive training regimen intended for powerful results in athletic performance and a toned athletic appearance
Daniel Back with Jump Science (which is sort of a misnomer b/c his site & YouTube channel are just as much about explosive athletic speed as it is about jumping; I do digress) preaches the gospel of building your explosive athleticism with power lifts, olympic lifts, and hard core plyometrics. Just because the plyometrics are “Hard […]
The benefit of yoga goes beyond injury prevention and stress reduction. Only 20 minutes of yoga session can make your brain work better. Yes, you heard it right, according to the research conducted by the University of Illinois, short bouts of yoga may help you make your brain work better besides combating work stress and giving your muscles a good stretch between your strength training. Perhaps this is one of the most awesome aspects of yoga that its holistic practice focuses in wellness and not only on physical achievements.