January 29, 2012
If you’re on a weight loss diet plan, one food that you should be ensuring you’re including in the mix is applesauce. Applesauce is a great addition to your diet, not only to eat on its own in times when you have a killer sweet tooth that needs to be satisfied, but in many other instances as well.
The trick is making sure that you purchase the unsweetened variety of applesauce as this is the one that will offer the least calories without spiking your blood glucose levels. While it is high in sugars as well, they’re naturally sugars that will provide wholesome nutrition to your cells.
So this said, let’s have a look at a few different ways that you can incorporate applesauce into your daily diet plan.
The first way to have your applesauce is to add it to a bowl of oatmeal to jazz it up without adding a large amount of sugar or calories. You’ll simply want to stir it in after the cooking process has taken place and add a little bit of milk if desired.
You can also add a half chopped apple along with a tablespoon of dried cranberries or raisins as well if you’re really in the mood for something special.
January 22, 2012
If you want to see optimal progress from your workout and diet plan, one thing that you absolutely must be doing is making sure that you get a good sleep at night. Sleeping soundly is critical to success because this is what ensures that you’re maximally recovered as you move forward into the next day.
Those who sleep more on a regular basis also notice that they have higher metabolic rates as well, which is another key benefit that sleeping enough will provide.
If you aren’t sleeping enough, you’ll definitely pay the price in how you feel day to day as well as with the progress that you make.
That said, it’s important that you learn to take a few steps in the positive direction as far as guaranteeing that you do get a good night’s rest.
Let’s go over what you should be doing.
The very first thing that you can do to help induce a better night’s sleep is take a hot bath about an hour before bed. This is going to help you get a good rest because it will raise your body temperature and then lower it back down again as you fall into sleep.
This shift in body temperature will cause you to feel drowsier, so can definitely help assist the falling asleep process.
If you often struggle to get to sleep, this is one fast way to help overcome that.
The second way to get a better night’s rest is to turn off the TV and computer. Both of these are only going to stimulate you mentally, which isn’t going to help you turn in for a restful night’s sleep.
Many people often come to believe that watching their favourite TV show will help them unwind from their hectic day, however this isn’t the case at all.
If anything, it will just get you mentally charged up so that you struggle to fall back asleep.
Finally, the last thing that you must make sure you’re doing is practicing stretching along with deep breathing. This will also help to relieve your mind of all the stress and tension it’s feeling and help to bring you to a more calm and restful state.
Stretching and deep breathing is a great way to help to slow the heart rate down also, which can help to foster the sleep process.
If you are someone who does typically perform your workout in the evening hours, you’ll especially want to consider this as it will help to lower the stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system, allowing sleep to occur.
Finally, last but not least, consider having a light meal. Going to bed hungry can also make it very difficult to fall asleep, while going to bed on a full stomach can also cause problems as well.
Ideally you want a light meal that’s rich in protein as well as offers a few carbs to help release serotonin in the body, which can make you sleepier as well.
So there you have a few tips to consider to help you get a better night’s sleep. Use one or two of these in your lifestyle and you should notice positive benefits because of it.
January 15, 2012
As more and more people are starting to sit up and pay attention to their health and fitness level, it’s important that you stop and consider some of the most important medical tests that you should have performed that will help to ensure that you are maintaining your most healthy state.
Many people often neglect getting yearly physicals and this can really hurt them in the long run. Often some of the symptoms that they may be setting themselves up for problems will remain hidden until the issue is full blown and in full force, so by getting regular medical testing done to see where you stand, you can help to avoid it from getting too out of control.
Likewise, it’s also going to help to ensure that you are taking any health precautions that you need to be in order to maintain good health.
So which medical tests should you have taken?
Let’s go over the main ones to take note of.
The first of the tests that you’ll want to have taken are your thyroid hormones. Some people who struggle with their body weight for years keep going on diet after diet when the real problem is simply that their thyroid isn’t quite functioning effectively.
If your thyroid isn’t working as it should, this will mean that you’ll burn fewer calories over the course of the day, thus making it more difficult to see weight loss taking place.
Checking in with the thyroid levels will allow you to see where you stand and whether medication should perhaps be prescribed.
The second thing that you should take note of is what your cortisol level is at. Cortisol is a stress hormone that’s released in the body in times of high stress that will cause you to note only break tissues down faster, but could also potentially cause the body to store body fat in the abdominal region as well.
If you’re highly stressed out or aren’t recovering between your workout sessions, there is a much greater chance that cortisol will be running high and this could eventually cause health problems to occur.
While there’s nothing you can do medically to reduce cortisol levels, it can give you a wake-up call that there may be certain factors of your life that you need to consider adjusting.
Finally, the last test to consider having taken is your fasting glucose levels. This will be a good test for many people as it will indicate how responsive your body is to glucose after consumed and how well your insulin system is working.
Those who are pre-diabetic, or possibly even diabetic and don’t realize it will show abnormal results to this test, so it’s definitely one to get tested for. If you don’t and develop diabetes without realizing it, you could definitely be putting yourself in danger.
So there you have the main things that you must keep in mind regarding the main tests to have taken on a regular basis. If you can make sure that you are doing these, you can feel confident that you’re doing everything possible to promote optimal health in the long run.
January 8, 2012
If there’s one thing that many dieters struggle with as they go about the dieting process, hunger would definitely be it. Feeling hungry can be one of the most troubling things if you are a dieter looking to lose weight because of the fact that it quickly becomes hard to focus on much else.
When you’re satisfied and not hungry, keeping your cravings under control isn’t all that difficult. You just need to keep yourself busy and food will be out of mind.
But, when you have that physical sensation of hunger demanding your attention, it may feel like you can’t do anything else until you give in and obey what it’s asking for.
So this said, how do your food choices influence hunger? There is a very clear connection between the foods you’re choosing to eat and how hungry you are throughout the day, so by making sure you understand this connection, you can feel confident that you’re doing everything possible to manage it.
Let’ s have a quick peak at the main things that you need to know about your food choices and the hunger level you experience on a day to day basis.
The first thing to assess is how protein rich foods will impact hunger. Generally speaking, if there is one food that is going to calm your hunger pains quickly, this is it. Protein is ‘king’ when it comes to hunger control, so if hunger does happen to be an issue for you, it would be a very wise move to make this the foundation of your diet plan.
If you make sure that you have a good amount of protein with each meal or snack that you consume, you shouldn’t have a problem battling hunger throughout the day.
The second type of food to consider is carbs. Now, carbs, for the most part, are foods that will stroke your hunger. If you eat these, it’s highly likely that after eating them, you’re just going to want more.
The body is going to suffer from an increase to your blood sugar level and immediately begin to release insulin to help deal with this elevated level.
As that insulin moves the sugar from the blood stream, you’ll begin to suffer from a blood sugar low, when then only prompts you to eat more, you guessed it, carbs.
Now, the one exception to this is dietary fiber. Foods that are very rich in dietary fiber will actually control your hunger levels better due to the fact that these don’t impact blood glucose levels nearly as much and secondly, they will add bulk to the diet plan.
So go for fiber rich sources of carbs and you’ll be far better off.
Finally, the last type of food is fat rich foods. Fat rich foods, like protein, are also great for controlling your hunger levels because they won’t have any impact on your blood sugar level.
That said, they’re better for long term hunger control as the satiety effects of fats won’t kick in immediately upon eating them. Since fats take so long to digest in the body, the advantage to having them with your meal is that the meal will ‘stick to your bones’ longer. You won’t feel as hungry as quickly after eating the meal, but you won’t feel any fuller while eating the meal.
It’s the long term impact that you’re going for here.
So there you have the main things to note about the three different types of foods that you are eating and their influence on hunger. By structuring your diet full of lean proteins, fiber rich fruits and vegetables along with healthy fats, you can nip your hunger in the butt.