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Top Secret Nutrition Tips For Losing Body Fat
by: Robert D. Franklin
I'm sure you'd agree that there has never been a more confusing time regarding proper nutrition for consumers. Every so called "expert" out there seems to disagree and contradict each other on what's the best way to eat for fat loss and overall good health.
One of the most important messages is that in this world of heavy confusion, your diet doesn't need to conform to any of the fad diets... you don't need to go "low carb" or "low fat", to be successful in losing enough body fat to get lean enough to be able to see your abs.
Let's try to simplify things. Balance is the key to success along with eating foods made up of nutrient dense foods in their natural state (as unprocessed as possible).
Generally, it is the heavy processing of foods that makes it wreak havoc within our bodies. Most foods in their natural unprocessed state are inherently good for us. Of course there are always exceptions.
A couple of other most important aspects of nutrition to help you get lean for life...
1. Get enough quality protein in the daily diet - not only does it have a higher thermic effect than carbs and fat (so you burn more calories digesting it), but it also creates satisfaction to your hunger longer. It's also a building block for maintaining and building lean muscle. Remember that the amount of lean muscle you carry is one of the main factors for controlling your metabolism.
2. Think fiber! When it comes to carbs, make sure that almost all of your carbohydrate intake is from higher fiber sources like vegetables, fruits, and high fiber unrefined grains. Avoid refined sugars and refined grains because it's one of the main reasons so many people struggle with body fat.
Most of my carbs are from veggies and fruits, but included in that would be sprouted grains. I recommend looking for carbohydrate sources that have at least 2-3 grams of fiber per each 10 grams of total carbs. Fiber helps you fill up and also slows down the glycemic response of the foods you eat, a key trigger for getting super lean.
3. Don't be afraid to eat fat! Many people try to go way too low on their fat intake and this can negatively affect hormone levels in your body as well as causing more cravings. Try to eat enough healthy fats daily.
Good sources are all nuts and seeds, nut butters, avocados, olive oil, organic meats and eggs, coconuts and virgin coconut oil. On that note, saturated fats from tropical oils are VERY misunderstood, even by many nutritionists and other health professionals. Yes they are composed highly of saturated fats, but are actually beneficial (but that's way beyond the scope of this article).
4. Avoid the two worst things in our food supply at ALL COSTS:
*artificial trans fats from margarines, shortening, and hydrogenated oils that are in most processed foods
*high fructose corn syrup, which is in almost all sweetened products on the market
Again, if you avoid processed foods, it becomes easy to avoid these two worst offenders in our food supply.
Once you get a handle on these 4 main points above in your nutrition plan, the rest starts to take care of itself while you take control over your appetite, blood sugar levels, hormone levels, etc. It all falls into place, and you eventually gain total control over how lean you want to get.
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