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Are All Calories The Same?

If It’s Too Good To Be True…

You know how people say, “if it’s too good to be true it probably is”? Well in this case regarding calories in and calories out that statement holds true. If everything we put in our bodies had the same measurable effect on our metabolism, then losing weight would be much easier that’s for sure. All you would need to do is eat in a deficit of calories everyday, and as long as the calories you were taking in were under your required intake for weight loss, you would drop body fat. Simple as that right? Wrong! Here’s why….

The Stalling Effect

Changing your eating habits to lose body fat is generally the best thing you can do to begin to see results. You begin to lose inches around your waist, your clothes get a little baggier, and you start feeling better from the more nutrient rich foods you are taking in. But, after a while, even if you are consistent with your diet, you will notice that progress can slow down, and even come to a screeching halt. This happens because the body is always defending itself. The human species has done this for thousands of years, adapt or die. The body has adapted to your new style of eating and regulated the metabolism to burn just enough calories to get through the food you are currently consuming in a day. So now what do you do? Here is what I suggest…

Increase your activity level first, don’t cut more calories!

Increasing your activity level can be as simple as adding a little more cardio into each session you do daily. So for example, if you are not doing any cardio on your weight training days, try adding a simple walk on the treadmill at the end of your lifting session for 20-30 minutes. Then on your regular cardio days add on an extra 15 minutes to your time. This extra time could be spent doing a number of different activities. One of the best cardio workouts in terms of bang for your buck would be either a rowing machine or jumping rope, but you can just as easily walk on an incline on the treadmill and still see results. Over the course of the week, by adding in this simple approach you can be doing an extra 2 hours of activity per week, which really adds up in terms of calories burned, and will help reignite the fat loss you have been missing.

Take Home Point

If you remember anything from this post please remember this part. When dieting, if you hit a sticking point in your fat loss progress, always try other avenues before cutting more calories out of your diet. Always remember, the body adapts over time to these changes, and eventually again yes, it will adapt to the new deficit you put it in, making it again even more difficult to see any progress. So always try other means first before cutting your diet.

Attempting to Lose Weight? Try Carnitine and CLA

Every year I get a lot of discussion on the subject of weight loss, and with us quickly approaching this holiday season it is getting even more exposure, so I thought I would write a quick post to help those that struggle this time of year. A lot of folks will turn to the markets’ next latest and greatest fat burner to attempt to keep their weight in check, but their are other means to doing so. The combination of CLA, or Conjugated Lineolic Acid and the amino acid L-Carnitine have been used for years as a 1-2 punch to help lose weight. This way you can avoid some of the side effects like the jitters that the fat burners can cause, and still get the results you want. L- Carnitine is an amino acid we naturally store in the body. When we supplement with additional Carnitine our bodies use it as a means of taking stored fat and using it up first as an energy source. So when dieting Carnitine can be one of the best products to use to mobilize that stored body fat. Also CLA, is a healthy fat found in dairy products that is great for keeping our blood sugar stable. By keeping our blood sugar stable we are able to reduce cravings for food and also keep our metabolism in a more steady state throughout the day, leading to better weight loss results. An easy way to get both of these products together is in a smoothie formula created by musclesport called Slim Whey. This meal replacement shake has not only been designed to help provide you with the protein and nutrition you need, but also has the CLA and Carnitine both already added to the product. So Slim Whey in essence is providing you with a low calorie meal replacement, CLA, and Carnitine all together conveniently versus having to buy the separate items. I would highly recommend this product to anyone looking to clean up their diet and kick start that metabolism to reach your weight loss goals!