Should I eat more calories in fewer meals, or less calories more often? Should I skip breakfast, dinner? If I eat a snack, do I have to wait 30 minutes before I go swimming? If you ask a dozen different people about how frequently you should eat throughout the day, you will likely get at least a dozen different answers. A lot of weight (pun intended) is put into choosing how often to eat, and how much to eat at each meal. People often spend as much time planning the timing of their meals as they do the workout itself. But to answer these questions, we need to go back to our roots. Our bodies are designed to use food to expend energy, repair itself, and to adapt to the environment. And back in the day, when food required a little hunting and gathering, this meant eating whenever you were hungry. The scarcity of food, and the need to expend energy to obtain it, not to mention survive, justified eating whenever possible, and kept our ancestors from becoming slobs. Nowadays though, when 2,000 calories are obtainable in a meal ordered from the comfort of your favorite air conditioned vehicle, a little more restraint is necessary to limit the body’s resources relative to your personal energy expenditures. Continue reading
Many people are under the impression that they can simply lose stored body fat in a particular area of your body by doing the associated exercise for that area. For example, if someone wants to lose stomach fat, you may find them doing a lot of crunches. I have also witnessed those who are under the impression that arm fat can be lost by doing arm workouts. While toning those areas can make the fat seem less apparent, you will not necessarily lose fat just by doing the targeted exercises. It is simply not possible to target a specific area of fat on your body. You can do as many crunches as you’d like and the stomach fat won’t budge.
Overall Body Fat
Losing fat in a particular part of our body will also require you to lose fat everywhere else. This is done simply by burning more calories than you eat.
Eating at a calorie deficit and exercising to burn calories is a great way to lose body fat. This will require that you carefully dial in the amount of calories you need to eat each day to lose fat. Continue reading
When it comes to weight training, the structure of your workout is very important for your success and ability to make good gains. There are many people who go into the gym with no plan on what muscles to workout until they see a machine or exercise that they feel like doing. By going in without a plan, they are at a disadvantage for a few reasons.
For starters, if you plan on weight training on a consistent basis, you probably end up neglecting muscles you think you don’t need to work on. As a result, you will probably end up looking like Mr. Incredible – who has a huge upper body, but shrimpy legs. This is because many people (especially men) neglect working out legs and end up with a disproportionate physique as a result. Another gem is where the person only works out their arms and abs. You don’t want to be “that guy”.
Another failure that many people have when they don’t have a set plan is to quickly lose motivation. How are you supposed to improve on a particular exercise if you are just bouncing from machine to machine? It can be very difficult to track your lifts this way and usually people who do this aren’t fully invested or interested in achieving progress.
If you are looking to improve instead of maintain you have to improve on your lifts from week to week. This is because the only way to entice your muscles to advance is to increase the load in whatever rep range you are working on.
Structuring a Good Program
It is important to add an effective back workout program to your gym routine because these muscles will not only help your physique, but also help improve your posture.
Most gyms have a variety of different machines that target your back muscles. There are also a couple of exercises you can do right from your home to make things easier. We are just going to focus on the pull up because it is a great way to develop your back muscles. Continue reading
There are two main classifications of muscle fibers: Slow-Twitch muscle fibers (Type I) and fast-twitch muscle fibers (Type II). There is a lot of debate regarding the body’s ability to adapt its muscle fibers from one type to another. Some studies seem to show some ability to affect muscle fiber type with training, while other studies show no correlation.
Type I fibers are able to use oxygen more efficiently. Slow-Twitch muscles, as the name suggests, fire more slowly than fast-twitch muscles. Continue reading
When it comes to deciding whether protein shakes are worth it for you, there is no definitive answer. Protein shakes are simply a quick and convenient way to get more protein in your daily diet. If you are able to get enough protein to achieve your fitness goals without protein shakes, then you will not benefit. Someone looking to build muscle will most likely need to use protein shakes to reach their daily intake goals. This is because it can be difficult to eat as much as 180g of protein from meat as it would take a lot of cooking and time to eat. In this case, you will definitely want to have protein shakes to help you add more protein to your diet.
However, I would only choose protein as a last resort and NOT a meal replacement. It’s always better to get real foods whenever you can and just add the protein supplement if needed.
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