When advising my clients on nutritional facts, I always advise them to cut back if not cut out completely processed meat. My reasoning was to have them get away from all the salt and other ingredients that's put into process meat to give it long shelf lives. Well, this morning I was watching GMA and their lead medical story was about process meat.
Their story wasn't on the lines of what I talk to my clients about, it was how process meats increase your risk of cancer. The extra salt wasn't the culprit, although it's still not good for you, it was the nitrates in process meats that was causing the problem. They were mainly talking about pork sauage and pork bacon. Turkey bacon and sauage doesn't have the dangerous nitrates in it, so if you have to have sauage and bacon for breakfast, try turkey instead of pork.
I still think it's best to cut back on all process foods, and keep in mind that this is just a study and studies have been proven to be wrong. I can't prove this study is right or wrong, I wanted to give some info to help you make good choices when considering what to put into your bodies.
It's that time of year when weight is at the forefront of a lot of peoples minds. Most people think, "I just need cardio", or "I need to diet". What most people don't think about is "muscle mass". That's right, muscle mass. Gaining lean muscle mass in both men and women raises your metabolism. The higher your metabolism, the more fat your body will burn. As you know,the less fat you carry, the better you'll look and feel. So get some cardio, it's good for your heart. Change your diet, it'll make you healthier. But don't forget to gain some lean muscle mass. These three together will get you to where you want to be fitness wise. (Bedroombody)
People normally think that fiber is for old people but anyone can use fiber to their nutritional advantage. When we ingest those Holiday cakes, cookies, and pies, the sugar in these lovely treats bypass the normal route of digestion and head straight for our fat cells. The route that we want our food to travel is: small intestine > liver > muscles. If anything is left after this digestive course, that's what goes to the fat cells. High amounts of sugar skips the desired course of travel and goes directly to the fat. Fiber helps slow sugar's travels and allows the correct course to take place. Therefore, up your fiber intake along with trimming down portions and you'll decrease the sugar uptake by your fat cells.
Merry Christmas everyone. The Holiday is here and so are the dinners. Remember, enjoy your meals with family and friends, just limit your portions. Use smaller plates, and eat smaller meals every 2 to 3 hours. Also, try to take in more protein than carbs in your late Christmas meals.
For years I was 15 to 20 pounds more than I should have been for my 5'6" frame. I couldn't understand. I would get up every morning and run 2 miles in 14 to 15 minutes. That's not the fastest, but it was pretty intense. Then in 2009 I decided to get certified as a personal trainer and I learned what I was doing wrong in my quest to look like I was in shape. I learned in that course that keeping my heart rate at or below 60% of my max would allow my body to use fat for the energy needed to complete my runs. After I slowed my pace to drop my heart rate to 60% or below, the fat started to melt away. Sometimes friends, "less is more".