Getting fit in 2013

by Terry Watson | January 9th, 2013

exercise picPart of your weight loss campaign should involve some form of muscle strength building. While building raw muscle and having bulging biceps might put you off, there are certain techniques you can use to build strength, as opposed to muscle mass. As we discussed in the previous point, less muscle means that your ability to process foods quickly is reduced. The more muscle you have, the quicker your metabolism. This is probably one of our key points for losing weight in 2013. In order for your muscle to maintain itself, it’s strength and it’s mass, it needs some energy. Fat requires much less energy. Through putting on muscle in a natural and slow manner, you’ll look better physically, but you’ll be able to notice that you’re losing weight in the process too. We’re not saying to hit the gym and start pumping weights everyday, but simple muscle strength building exercises such as squats and press ups will help to develop your muscle strength and contribute to a healthier lifestyle – which in turn will help you to lose weight. You could also consider working alongside a professional trainer who is proficient in losing weight too.

It’s actually quite shocking how many people avoid eating their breakfast in the morning. More often than not, this is typically due to people waking up too late and not having the time to spend 5 or 10 minutes eating a small, but healthy and nutritious breakfast. Breakfast is supposed to give your body a boost in the morning to help you gain gradual amounts of energy throughout the day. The process of eating a healthy breakfast will keep your blood sugar levels at an even amount. When you skip breakfast, your body starts to panic. Basically, your body believes that it’s going to starve and starts producing and releases stress hormones, such as adrenaline and glucagon. These hormones then start to break down muscle and converts the burnt muscle into energy. If this is a regular occurrence you’ll soon begin to notice that you’re putting on weight.

This is because more muscle helps to speed up your metabolic rate, as less muscle slows down your metabolic rate. The most healthy options for a balanced and nutritious breakfast include the traditional English breakfast, packed with juicy meats such as bacon and eggs, or cereals that contain porridge.

Eating fatty foods, sweets and chocolate while watching television or a DVD is one of the worst mistakes you could ever make. Firstly, you’ll be in a standstill position and won’t be moving or burning energy. Your body won’t be able to digest and process the food properly, because you’re sitting down (which is an unnatural position). Additionally, your mouth will probably become appeased by the taste of the delicious chocolate melting in your mouth – which further leads to more comfort eating. As a quick shock tip, it’s believed that you lose more weight during your sleep, than you do while awake watching television.

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