The benefits of eating breakfast

It is amazing how much weight can be lost by eating more. Many people will have you believe that to lose weight you need to be eating less. By less, they usually mean less often. This isn’t necessarily the case, though.

One of the most important meals of the day is breakfast. You heard that growing up and may not believe it to be true, but it really is. It is a shame that it becomes one of those meals that we run out of time for.

We get so caught up in trying to get our day going that we end up neglecting the one meal that may end up making the rest of the day better for us. We get a little hungry and we get our morning fix by running by our favorite coffee shop to get a large one to go and maybe a danish or pastry of some kind.

This isn’t the best thing for us either. We may curb our hunger for a little while, but our bodies will still be starved for the good stuff later on.

What are the benefits of eating breakfast?

The benefits of eating breakfast

1) It’s like filling up your gas tank first thing in the morning. Getting a good healthy breakfast can help you get more done through the day without having to be interrupted.

It doesn’t mean that you won’t be hungry, but you will start off the day with the right kind of energy and your blood sugar will be at a better level. This means less downtime for you.

2) It helps your brain and nervous system function properly. It essentially just gets your synapses firing on all cylinders. Your brain is sharper and your decision-making skills are better. Your memory is also improved.

3) Breakfast makes you less prone to binge eating. If you wait until lunch to eat you will become more hungry. This means that you will try to find more food to eat and will make you less picky in your selection.

You want to curb that hunger so you run down to the closest fast-food restaurant and buy the biggest size of whatever big burger you are carving. Not only will you eat a lot, but you will also eat it fast.

Eating fast most likely means you are eating more than you need. You are getting food down so fast that your body doesn’t have time to figure out that it’s full until it’s too late.

4) Eating breakfast helps you lose weight. It’s not just breakfast, though. It’s eating several times a day. Eat early and often to help you lose the most weight. Breakfast plays an important role in all of this.

If you skip meals, your body begins to think that it’s starving and will go into storage mode thinking it must preserve as much as possible. That is when it turns into fat. It can also slow down your metabolism and your ability to burn fat.

When you eat that healthy breakfast, you are letting your body know that you aren’t going to be starving it today so it doesn’t have to worry about storing it. It also gets your metabolism going and ready to burn fat all day.

When you eat breakfast and regular meals throughout the day, you will really be impressed with how much weight can be lost if you decide to eat more.

The top 4 foods for weight loss

When it comes to weight loss it matters a lot on what type of food you eat, in this short post I am going to give you the top 4 foods for weight loss.

Broccoli

foods for weight loss

When it comes to eating for weight loss, fiber is the number one nutrient that belongs on your radar. You should aim for the recommended 25 to 30 grams per day, and one of the easiest ways to do that is by loading your plate with broccoli. The veggie contains 16 grams per bunch! If you don’t like eating it solo, sneak it into the dishes you already love, like this Fusilli with Broccoli Pesto recipe.

Strawberries

The top 4 foods for weight loss

A big reason to incorporate more strawberries into your diet: not only do they taste delicious, but a study from Harvard Medical School found that an increased intake of flavonoid-rich fruits, like strawberries, could help prevent weight gain. Stock up on the seasonal fruit in summer, but don’t shy away from grabbing the frozen variety once colder temps hit — fruit is frozen at its nutrient peak, so you’ll still nab most of the same health benefits.

Cucumber

The top 4 foods for weight loss

Since cucumbers are low in calories (you’ll only tally about 16 per cup when sliced), loaded with water, and contain hearty fiber in the peel, eating some as a daily snack can keep you feeling full, making you less likely to eat foods that make the number on the scale creep up.

Celery

The top 4 foods for weight loss

The next time you’re craving some crunch, drop the potato chips and grab celery. The veggie is essentially all water and fiber — two things that fill you up quickly — and while one cup of chips can be upward of 160 calories, celery only contains about 14 calories per cup, chopped. Dip them in a serving of natural peanut butter (it’s best if the ingredients list only has peanuts and salt on it) or hummus for a healthy snack.

These are the top 4 foods for weight loss! If you’d like to see how I lose over 14 pounds in 2 weeks CLICK HERE

Red Bull Energy Drinks: More Good Effects Or Side Effects?

Red Bull Energy Drinks: More Good Effects Or Side Effects?

With the popularity that Red Bull energy drinks come the speculations about the side effects that it may have on those who are taking them.

From the time that Red Bull first came out in the market, it became an instant hit among those who have tried and tested its effects on the body. It is no wonder why this energy drink has become a household name in no time at all.

But along with its popularity came the speculations about its side effects. The idea is that if something is that good, then there must be something in the ingredient that can bring the opposite reaction. This may be one of the thoughts that the not-so-convinced consumers have in mind.

One of the side effects that is being pointed out in Red Bull energy drinks is its caffeine content. There are those who believe that there are high amounts of caffeine being contained in a single bottle of this energy drink.

What people do not know about is that the amount of caffeine present in Red Bull energy drinks is the same as the amount that is in one cup of coffee that people normally like to take.

Caffeine in every other beverage is really not good for health. Every health expert knows that high consumption of caffeine can bring about high blood pressure, alleviate heart disease risk and even diabetes.

That is if you are one of those who are addicted or are used to taking any beverage high on caffeine more than the normal number of times.

But caffeine is also known for the benefits that it can bring to the body. Caffeine has the tendency to perk you up in times of weariness. It increases the heart rate to give you that energy boost when you feel tired and drained already. These benefits are what the makers of Red Bull energy drink are focusing on.

This just shows that caffeine in Red Bull energy drinks, in other energy drinks and other types of beverage is one issue that can be subjected to debates based on those who have seen more of its positive or negative effects.

For those who are used to drinking Red Bull energy drinks, the only side effects that they have seen so far is the increased nervousness and anxiety. This is especially experienced by those whose body has gotten used to taking regular amounts of this energy drink.

It can be pointed out that this reaction is not only seen by those who are taking Red Bull energy drinks. Almost all people who are dependent on any kind of energy drink have been found to be experiencing the same things.

This is normal and to be expected from energy drinks. For that matter, any beverage that has caffeine content.

That is why it is important that you should know firsthand what your body can tolerate and what it cannot. Before taking on energy drinks, make sure that you are aware of the ingredients that are present in every can or bottle.

If you already have health problems, you first have to ask your doctor if it fine for you to take energy drinks. Experts’ advice are still the best advice of all.

Try drinking Red Bull energy drinks and see how your body reacts to its effect. If you feel any side effects after some time, you can always choose to stop drinking Red Bull energy drinks and get another. The choice is up to you.

The difference between carbs and calories

According to the energy balance equation, your body gains energy when you intake more energy through your diet than you expend through physical activity. That’s why the main point of most diets is to limit your energy intake through counting carbs or calories.

The difference between carbs and calories

It seems like a few years ago all of the diets were about counting calories and now they’re all about limiting carbohydrates. But you should you limit carbs or calories? And, if they’re both units of energy what’s the difference? This article will discuss the difference between carbs and calories, how they impact your diet, and how or why you should watch them.

Calories Are Energy, Right? Yes.

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To set the record straight, carbs and calories are not both units of energy. We’ll start with calories and talk about carbohydrates in a little bit.

Calories are the units of energy, not carbs. A single calorie is the amount of energy that it takes to raise the temperature of one gram of water by one degree Celsius.

This is a very small amount of energy, so when you read the nutrition label on your food, what they call “Calories” (with an upper-case C) is actually the number of kilocalories (that is, one thousand lower-case c calories). That doesn’t mean that the food companies are trying to lie to you and get you to eat more calories.

They do it because it would be tedious and useless to try to count actual lower-case c calories. Don’t worry about keeping track of whether we’re talking about calories or kilocalories in this article though.

Because we’re talking about calories as a unit of energy, it doesn’t really matter which scale we’re talking about, as long as you understand what calories are and why they’re important.

Carbs Are Energy, Right? No.

the difference between carbs and calories

As mentioned above, the carbohydrate is not a unit of energy like the calorie is. The carbohydrate is a class of nutrient, along with proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water.

Carbohydrates, proteins, and fats are all called “energy-yielding nutrients” because the body can break them all down to release calories.

Of the energy-yielding nutrients, proteins and carbohydrates both release one 4 calories per gram, while fat releases nine calories per gram.

So Why Are Carbs So Special?

You might be wondering if fat contains more than twice the calories per gram, why do all of these diets have us watching carbs? And that’s a good question.

The first reason is that the average person has much more carbohydrates than fat in their diet. We tend to think of carbohydrates as coming from grains, like pasta and bread. These are sources of carbohydrates, but carbohydrates also come from sugars.

Grains are a source of complex carbs, which your body breaks down over time. Sugars are a source of simple carbs that your body doesn’t have to break down.

Sugars are naturally occurring in sources like fruits, but they’re also added to just about everything. If you put a store-bought sauce on your pasta, you’re putting carbs on carbs.

If you put jam or jelly on your bread, you’re putting carbs on carbs. And don’t even get us started on sources like soda and junk food.

When you eat whole grains, you’re not just getting carbs. You’re getting fiber, vitamins, and minerals. All of these nutrients can also be found in other foods that don’t have as many calories, like vegetables, which often have no carbs at all.

Fat, on the other hand is far scarcer in our diet and its benefits cannot be found elsewhere. We usually don’t think of fat as being good for us, but it’s in every cell of our bodies, and is very important to the nervous system.

While some fats are better than others and you should be careful about how much you get of each kind, carbs are simply more expendable in our diets.

Hopefully, this article has helped you to understand the difference between carbs and calories, as well as why most diets these days have you counting carbs.

Remember, however, that a balanced diet and plenty of exercises is better for you than a diet that tries to eliminate fats or carbs or calories and promises a quick solution.

 

Eat Like a Poor Person

Eat Like a Poor Person

Today I was reading in a weight loss forum then I saw a post that was titled ”Eat Like a Poor Person”.This post called my attention because in recent weeks I was thinking a lot about how I used to eat back home in Tanzania.

You know, I was born and raised in a not very financially rich family in the southern highlands of the united republic of Tanzania.

I remember living there and most of the families used to eat natural vegetable and the condiments they used most of the time was some kind of juice made from peanuts. We ate beans, wild greens, corns, seeds, fruits etc.

Most of the families I know they rarely ate meats or fish ( the did it on special occasions and holidays), and they used to move a lot on foot.

Looking back at that life, although most people had tough life financially there were healthy and happy, in that part of the country was very difficult to find a fat person.

Although I don’t wish anyone to be poor financially, I really think eating like a poor people could be one of the solutions to combat this obesity pandemic.

Ok going back to the original post, here is it:

Running coach Joe Vigil says,  “Eat like a poor person and you’ll only see your doctor  on the golf course.” There’s a lot of wisdom in that.

The diet of poor people in Western countries probably isn’t the best example of this however So let’s look at the diet of the Tarahumara tribe in Mexico, which is famous for their long distance runners: Pinto beans, squash, chili peppers, wild greens, pinole (corn) and lots of chia seeds.

They also drink lots and lots of corn beer the evening before a race. So eating like a poor person doesn’t necessarily mean eating hardly no calories.

In fact, if you follow this weight loss Program, there are days you will not eat like a poor person at all.

Click here to read the original post in the forum.