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I believe that the key to a successful fat loss plan is consistency, particularly with the food you eat. If your food doesn’t taste good, chances are you’ll crave the other options that could sabotage your efforts. Fat loss is a marathon. It doesn’t happen overnight. You need to find a system that works for you personally, and it has to be something you can do over a period of time.

The goal is to create a lifestyle change that is not temporary, but permanent. When you read a diet book that promises change but under extreme circumstances, you need to ask yourself whether or not you can do it long term. If not, you need to find something else.

Most of your fat loss is going to happen outside of the gym. I would be so bold as to say that the majority of it is going to happen in the kitchen. Finding foods that are healthy and delicious is how you are going to execute this plan of yours successfully until your reach your goal, or better yet, eat healthy forever.

One of my go-to healthy and delicious meals is oatmeal. When many people think of oatmeal their first thought is “boring.” That is why you need to spice it up a bit. Here’s my recipe to turn oatmeal from a boring meal into something you’ll want to eat every day.

½ cups oats

1 ½ cups of water

5 medium strawberries, sliced

1 tsp. cinnamon

10 almonds

Pour the oats and water into a pot and bring to a boil. Once it’s boiling reduce heat to low and stir occasionally for 5 minutes. While this is happening slice your strawberries. Once the oats are ready pour them into a bowl, sprinkle your cinnamon on top, and add the strawberries and almonds. It’s really that easy.

You can honestly replace the strawberries for any berry, and the almonds for another nut. It’s up to you. Like I said, success is going to happen when you find a plan that works for you. The most anyone can do is make suggestions, and educate you on the foundation of building a food plan that is meant for fat loss.

Let me know what you think of this recipe if you try it, or what changes you make to better suit you.

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Going to the gym and lifting weights isn’t for everybody. Some people simply don’t enjoy the monotonous workout routines because “it’s boring.” Others may actually feel intimidated by the atmosphere most gyms give off. If either scenario sounds like you please know that there are others in the same boat.

The good news is that you can definitely stay in great shape without ever stepping foot in a gym. The idea for someone not wishing to gym is to find other activities that promote a healthy lifestyle.

If you like working out but just not in front of a lot of people then you can do resistance training at home. Buying yourself a pair of dumbbells and a decent weight range is all you really need to cover your whole body.

If you straight up despise resistance training altogether then a great idea is to play a sport. There are several sports that can keep you in tip top shape all by just having some fun. On top of that, sports are a great way to get some cardiovascular exercise that most resistance trainers don’t get enough of.

I do resistance training at a gym 3 times per week but now am trying to make a personal goal of adding more activities outside the gym on top of my current workout. I plan to do sprints, ride my bike, and having recently joined a softball team, get some sports into my week to help work on my cardio.

Try to aim for 3 days per week where you do some sort of fun physical activities. They can be anything from kayaking, rock climbing, soccer, bike riding, or even something as simple as jogging. Whatever you find fun will entice you to do it more often and in the long run you will reap more benefits than always doing something you don’t necessarily enjoy, like going to the gym religiously.

What do you do to keep you in shape?

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Should You Eat Carbs?

April 5, 2013 — 1 Comment

Ah yes, carbs – the bane of everyone’s nutritional confusion. Probably the most sought after answer in all of nutritional science, even. I can put money on the fact that if everyone was given one question to ask a nutritionist it would somehow involve carbohydrate consumption. How much is too much? How much is too little? Should I eat carbohydrates at all!?

The answer will generally, like everything in the field, depend on what your situation is. It’s impossible to give one universal answer to every single carbohydrate question ever asked.

Should you eat carbs? Of course you should. Carbohydrates are one of three macronutrients your body needs to function properly. How much you should eat, though, will mainly depend on your activity level.

Carbs are generally dense in calories, meaning it’s quite easy to rack up a total caloric count if you’re watching your intake. However, your body needs it for energy. Sounds like a catch-22 doesn’t it?

The basic idea to keep in mind is that the more active you are, the more energy you will need, and therefore more carbohydrates. If you eat a ton of carbs and lay around all day, your body starts to store the energy as fat. That’s when all the fun things develop like spare tires, and double chins.

You’ll hear a lot of nutritionists battling back and forth about eating carbs, and not eating carbs. It gets tricky when you start to know that your body can actually turn protein and fat into energy through physiological processes. That is why people don’t see a need for over consuming this “evil” macronutrient – which is fair.

So if you’re someone who doesn’t exercise a lot, or if you’re looking to lose fat, it may not hurt to reduce your carb consumption to produce. Vegetables are a great source of energy without tacking on too many calories.

Or, if you’re someone who is active pretty much every day, you may want to eat more breads, pastas, or other sources along with vegetables in order to keep your energy level up.

You can’t really say that carbohydrates are good or bad but just know that your body does need some in order to be healthy. It’s the type and amount that really matters. A healthy body is all about balance, so finding your balance between protein, fat, and carbohydrates is the ultimate key to mastering your nutrition.

What is your take on carbohydrate consumption?

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