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Fitness Tip#292 - January 15, 2013

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.


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RUN4FOOD 1/16/2013 2:15PM

    I now have a better understanding of the value of whole grains.

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LTMURPHY7 1/15/2013 10:22AM


Thanks for the info

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Fitness Tip#291 - January 14, 2013

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.


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RUN4FOOD 1/15/2013 7:09AM

    Thanks, I'm looking forward to the rest of the information.

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GRATTECIELLA 1/15/2013 2:01AM

    Interesting. Would like to see the next 3 parts :)

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Fitness Tip#290 - January 11, 2013

Friday, January 11, 2013

The Weight Loss Mistake You’re Making (Over and Over Again)
Part 5 of 5


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.


Have a great weekend my sparkfriends!


Ultimate Reset Wk 1 Review

Thursday, January 10, 2013

First 7 days completed. Personally, my biggest challenge was the food prep time. Other than that the food was really good. Looking over the meals of the 1st week, I think the Nori Rolls w/Tempeh & Veggies was my favorite. Zucchini-Cashew Soup was also one of my favorites. One thing that I do enjoy about doing programs like this is being introduced to foods that I normally don't eat. Like Tempeh and seaweed.

I have been quite hungry in between meals. I just grab my water bottle and keep on chugging. For some reason, Monday was a hard day for me. I was hungry and the water just wasn't doing it for me. I haven't been taking advantage of my snack between lunch and dinner, but I searched in the book for the snack ideas and ate 3 slice of a green apple. That held me over until dinner. Early this morning I had a dream that I ate a chocolate extreme blizzard. So this week has been challenging mentally also.

I'm sure this week will get a little more challenging. My starting weight was 173.2 and I dropped a week later to 167.4. I am staying focused. I will give another update next week over week 2.

"Life is not merely to be alive, but to be well."

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REFINING_LIFE 1/11/2013 7:56AM

    Sounds like a good first week! I always like being introduced to new foods- it's kind of fun. emoticon

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Fitness Tip#289 - January 10, 2013

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Weight Loss Mistake You’re Making (Over and Over Again)
Part 4 of 5

2) Learn to fail small.

If you find that the thing holding your success back is "cheating" on your diet, mastering small failures is probably the number one thing you can do to minimize the impact of stepping outside your diet.

Mastering small failures means that you become comfortable with the fact that sometimes you will slip up. This happens to everyone. None of us are perfect, especially when comes to dietary habits, and eating half a brownie isn't some cardinal sin that immediately negates the impact of your previous successes, or devalues or invalidates your future ones.

If you can wrap your head around these things, then you will find it exponentially easier to hit the breaks--instead of the gas--when you eat something you're not supposed to.


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