Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Honey, No Sugar Sugar...

Do you feel like you have to add sugar to your coffee, tea or cereal? Well, you should try replacing it with honey, which although is 30% glucose and 40% fructose, it has less of an effect on spiking insulin levels in the body and is a much healthier option. © 2014

It's important to maintain a stable insulin level, particularly if you're looking to shred a few pounds. One of the biggest misconceptions about weight loss is that you just need to avoid eating food which is high in fat. Where in actual fact it's mainly sugar that you need to stay away from, and I'll explain why. 

A single gram of fat contains 9 calories, whereas a gram of protein and carbohydrates each carry 4 calories. So that puts thing into perspective as to why food which is high in fat is considered "fattening" by many people. 

Now, although sugar is a carbohydrate, and therefore contains only 4 calories per gram, it is classified as a "simple carbohydrate" which means it gets absorbed very quickly and thereby creates a spike in insulin. This results is elevated blood sugar levels, which unless consumed in a relatively short span of time ends up being stored as bodyfat. Now we don't like that, do we?    

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Sky is the limit

Photo by James Weber in Manhattan, New York

When it comes to physical fitness, I genuinely believe sky is the limit. You can pretty much achieve anything your heart desires. Whether it's adding pounds of muscle, getting lean, or a combination of both. 

I'm sure you've heard the expression "whatever the mind can perceive, you can achieve" several times, however this couldn't be more evident than with a physical transformation.

It boils down to basic science, and if you can comprehend how it works then you're half way there. So before you dive headfirst into a regular exercise regime and nutrition plan you must understand the reason for doing it. You need to be conscious of the choices you make, and not just rely on labels which say "fat free" or a magazine article you read. 

As complex as the body may be, everything is controlled by the mind. So if you really want to see a change in your physical appearance that's where you need to begin! 

Learning about nutrition and why the body reacts a certain way to different methods of exercise and food is essential, unless of course you can afford to have a full time health and fitness guru by your side. 

Yes, there may be quite a bit to learn, but it's extremely beneficial, for life. This is what I set out to do by creating this blog, that is to provide the knowledge you need to make the right decisions for yourself.