Wednesday, January 16, 2013
How Soon Are Calories Absorbed After Eating? (Part 3 of 4)
The older you get, the slower your digestive process becomes. This is because most people tend to lose their overall muscle tone as they age. This reduces the amount of calories that your body needs during the day. It is why young people are seemingly able to rip through meals without any visible effect. You can, however, counter the effect by engaging in resistance exercise to replace your lost muscle.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
How Soon Are Calories Absorbed After Eating? (Part 2 of 4)
The Meal You've Just Eaten
Some meals are digested a lot more quickly than others. In fact, some meals are digested too quickly. It's one of the primary reasons dieticians argue so strongly against overindulging in processed meals. Foods that have been made out of white flour, for example, contain very little fiber content. Your body will therefore find it a lot easier to break it down and absorb the calories often within minutes. This usually leaves with the body of a surplus of calories, which inevitably gets converted into fat.
On the other hand, it takes a lot longer for your body to convert foods that contain whole-grain fiber because the foods will first need to be broken down into simpler compounds. This gives you enough time to burn of the calories in your blood stream and prevents the risk of you gaining fat.
Monday, January 14, 2013
How Soon Are Calories Absorbed After Eating? (Part 1 of 4)
Most people are familiar with the basics about calories: Calories are the fuel on which the body is run, unused calories get converted into fat, and too many stored calories is what leads to the belly paunch that few people love. There are, however, other details about calories that are not common knowledge. For instance, how soon are calories absorbed after eating? The answer to that question will depend on several factors.
Your Current Activity
Different activities require different amount of calories. The rate at which your body absorbs calories will depend on what you're doing. For instance, if you go for a walk shortly after a meal, you'll find that your meal is digested a lot more quickly. That's because walking increases your body's metabolism, which in turn affects the rate at which your body coverts what you've eaten. It's why your food takes longer to digest when you go for a nap afterward.
Friday, January 11, 2013
The Weight Loss Mistake You’re Making (Over and Over Again)
Part 5 of 5
YOUR HEALTH IS WEALTH
Consider the following situation: Say you took a trip to Vegas and immediately lost $500. If you're like most people, your response wouldn't be to spend the rest of your cash. Instead, you would dial back your spending and get back on track. Your diet is no different. I suggest keeping a "play money" account of calories each week. If you do slip up, think of it as "spending" these calories on something frivolous--just don't go over your budget, and you'll be fine. Once you have spent your allotment, do everything in your power to STOP spending. Begin your budget with 300 to 400 calories (per week, not per day), and try to work your way down.
Eventually, you'll start to develop both discipline, and a completely different attitude towards food and cheating. Of course, this can take some time, and mastering small failures and discarding the Monday Mindset is pitting you against two habits that are arguably the most difficult to discard. But your first step is awareness, and in some way, just reading this article will be of tremendous value and help you make changes that will help your efforts.
Whether it's removing the temptation of an ever-present fresh start or learning to master the all-in attitude such temptation fosters, your best bet towards fixing the problem is cutting yourself some slack. Realize that messing up on one meal out of three isn't the end of the world--nor is messing up one day out of seven.
Developing a real understanding and mastery of these concepts is the key to keeping these failures in check, and giving yourself the best chance for success. Once that occurs, you should feel confident that the rest will fall into place.
CHEERS TO YOUR HEALTH!!!!!!!!!
Have a great weekend my sparkfriends!
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