Many do not think of a diet unless it eliminates carbs or calories or both. Because many believe carbs and calories are both energy sources. But they are not. Calories are a source of energy. Carbs are not. Carbs are macronutrients. And both carbs and calories are necessary for our Sustenance. But most of us could probably do with less of both. Less … not total elimination. Therefore, when we are advised to reduce carbs, we likely only need to drop potato chips, cupcakes, and sugary beverages. We should never drop carbs altogether. Read this link for a short discussion on the difference between carbs and calories.
Key to developing a healthy nutrition plan is mastering those Nutrition Facts labels on food and beverage products. Most important of all is paying attention to the Servings Per Container data. Because most product packages hold more than one serving. And the listed facts are only for one serving. Check out this link to learn how to read these labels.
Food cravings are the bane of healthful eating plans. Once we learn to control our cravings—and make no mistake, we all have them—we are well on our way to a healthy lifestyle. Click this link for a few tips to get these urges under control.
Many who seek fat loss too often rely on exercise and nutrition advice from their body-building brother-in-law. But body builders, especially competitive body builders, design their routines to bulk up. Which is not the goal of most people. And common mantra of weight lifters is “high-protein/low-carb” dieting. But the body needs carbohydrates for energy. Check out this article from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
With so much information swirling about regarding the “proper” nutrition, it is often difficult to know what guidance to follow and what guidance to ignore. My advice: stop listening to Gym Bro at your fitness center about more protein and low carbs. Instead, visit this website for some sound information.
Consumed correctly, meats can be vital for our daily nutrition. Being careful to select the right types and limiting the portions, meats are healthy food choices. Oh … and eggs can be healthy, too. Use this link for details.
Two common questions among those seeking to get fit: “How do I turn this fat into muscle?” and “If I stop exercising, will my muscle turn to fat?” And the scientific answer for both questions is absolutely not. Check this link for the details.
Quite frankly, not all vegetables and fruits are created equally. Some are more healthy than others. The less healthy, though, should not be ignored. However, the video at this link describes which are healthier.
Portion sizes need not be a frustrating exercise in science and math. Just visually divide your dinner plate into approximate sizes. And fill in the squares. Bon appetite!