Do I need to do Cardio?
We’ve been told for decades that doing your cardio is important for your health. But other than the guidelines of 150 minutes of low intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity cardio per week we’ve been left in the dark on the specifics of this type of exercise.
Protein, it's something we (hopefully) know is important for weight loss and muscle gain, however, it's not always convenient.
In this post, we are going to talk about 5 easy, high protein food and snacks that will allow you to hit your protein goals. In an ideal world, we are consuming whole foods that are high in protein at every meal: chicken breasts, lean steak, tuna, eggs etc.
However, in the busy world that we live in that may not be feasible all the time. Therefore, this article is for all the people who just can't cook 3 times a day or have the facilities to store prepped food with them.
As a recap, resistance training is the stimulus for muscle growth. When you lift weights, you send a signal to the muscle to grow.
However, resistance training is only a part of the equation, albeit probably the most important part. At any point in time you are simultaneously building muscle and breaking it down. As we mentioned previously, when you're not doing anything (and you have not consumed any protein) muscle breakdown is higher than muscle synthesis (building muscle).
How do you build muscle?
When you are completely at rest you are losing muscle. This is a very slow process but it's potentially happening as you read this.
WARNING: I geek out a little in this post. If you like knowing how things work and don't mind big words, read on. If you don't...I'm not sure what to tell you. Try everything once?
In some of my previous posts I’ve outlined the truth about weight loss and why popular diets work. In this post we will examine in closer detail the Energy balance concept and how it translates to you getting less fat.
Previously, we have talked about how Calories are the determining factor in weight-loss .
If Calories and energy are so important, then why do you see diets that don’t talk about Calories at all, like low-carb and the paleo diet? They all seem to work for some people, how come? This is an excellent question. We will analyze seven popular diets and explain how each of them can work for people looking to lose weight.
Some people live and die by the scale, whether they weigh less than the day before can literally change their whole day.
If they weigh less than yesterday, then today is a great day!
If they weigh more than yesterday then watch out…
But aren't Body weight and Body fat the same?
No, they are not.
Body weight can be a frustrating thing. You don’t pay attention to it and then one day…BOOM…you’re 10lbs heavier and feel like crap. In fact, frustration maybe one of the milder emotions you feel at that point in time.
Even worse than the problem of being overweight is that the losing weight seems to be very complicated. Every day, articles pop up with titles like ‘The one simple trick to lose weight’. If only it were that easy!