posted on Nov, 17 2004 @ 09:41 AM
How? Based on the FDA recommendations and study in Biology, there are some fundamental principles of diet and exercise:
Harder to digest - here's the chain from highest to lowest:
Saturated Fats - Also called animal fats. These are not only the largest source of weight gain, they average about 3 days to digest and are a leading
source of heart disease. You can eat meat, just eat lean! Get that 99% fat-free burger, you'll pay more but get a great source of protein for
exercising. Don't be fooled too, a lot of foods you'd think are low in Saturated Fats have them added. Have you seen the label on a Hershey's bar
recently? Fast food is even worse. I try to say below 20% (about 5g) per meal. Cut Saturated Fats down.
Unsaturated Fats - aka plant fats. There's a lot of 'good' cholesterol here so don't cut them out entirely. Typical digestion about 24 hrs.
Complex Carbohydrates - Pasta, starches (potatoes and such), wheat, etc. Why people cut them out I have no idea. Moderation yes, but being they only
take 8 hours to digest, they're a good source of energy as long as you exercise. Remember that unused materials can be stored as fat.
Complex Sugars - High Fructose Syrup is the leading culprit of the complex sugar family. Mostly found in sodas and all things unnaturally sweetened.
If you want the last 5 pounds to drop, this is a good thing to get rid of. Look for alternatives like Sucrose - a much simplier sugar for the body to
handle. Cut Complex Sugars down.
Simple Sugars - Found in fruits. Great meal replacements but keep in mind if you exercise, simple sugars alone are not going to do it. After an hour
or two of nothing else, they're gone leaving you feeling tapped. To have the drive and energy for exercise, you should have some carbs.
Other Chemical Love - I'm not saying go organic here, but be aware of 'new' sweeteners and additives that you cannot pronounce or write out the
chemical formula for. Does your body need Polysorbate 80? Monosodium Glutamate? Nope. How about artificial sweetner? Not only is it nasty
tasting, it's been suspected to be carcinogenic (causing cancer) and destroying brain cells.
3 days a week, 1 hour or
1/2 hour 5 days a week or
15 minutes everyday
Cardio: The primary fat burner is going to be the exercises that increase your metabolism like jumping jacks, jogging, Kung-Fu, dancing, etc.
Strength Training/Toning: Now that your lean, time to get toned. Get some muscle and shape by pushing, stretching and lifting. Crunches are popular
as well as weights, Yoga, Tai Chi, and push-ups.
Diet + Exercise = Weight loss. I love how fad diets and screw up this simple formula. The ultra-strict ones say cut calories, sugars, and go for
micro-portions. If you're brave and don't mind passing out now and then, feel free but don't see where it's necessary.
Additional Benefits: Less chance or severity of getting sick (stronger immune system), reduction in bad cholestrol and longer term disease, energy to
do the things you want to do, and even energy - no peaks and valleys throughout the day, feeling great, looking great, and easier waking-up and
falling asleep (I don't know why but noticed a significant change since I had problems with both).
[edit on 17-11-2004 by saint4God]