Weight Loss Plans

Nutrition & Exercise Together Forever

Since Memorial Day weekend is here, I thought I’d post this today (in lieu of a post next week) for all the procrastinators out there.
The impact of exercise on weight loss has been thought to lie in the area of weight maintenance because in order to lose weight it is difficult to burn 3500 calories, or 1 pound, in a week. Yet there is research that supports the idea that exercise may actually contribute to weight loss and more importantly loss of body fat.
Some research has shown that exercising in the morning before eating burns 3 times as many calories because your glycogen stores are lower after an overnight fast. But truthfully, you can have this advantage at any time of the day when you follow a low carb ketogenic diet. A ketogenic diet switches the body metabolism from burning carbs to burning fat all day long. So you can get the same advantage from your workout at any time of the day.
Interestingly enough, the results from a study by Jabekk PT et al. entitled “Resistance training in overweight women on a ketogenic diet conserved lean body mass while reducing body fat”, shows the combination of resistance training, not cardiovascular exercise, with a high fat, low carbohydrate ketogenic or lower calorie diet helps to fuel fat loss and preserve lean body mass, http://www.nutritionandmetabolism.com/content/7/1/17.
This new insight translates into more powerful tools for you to help reach your weight loss goals for the summer. Attack weight loss with a double edge sword; use a healthy ketogenic diet and strength training to work together to melt body fat. The rationale behind these results seems to be that different metabolic catalysts, such as hormonal regulation of fat breakdown, are at work and seem to aid weight/fat loss more than factoring exercise into the “calorie equation”.
The researchers believe, “that carbohydrate restriction in combination with resistance exercise in particular, offers an advantage over both low-fat diets with exercise and low carbohydrate diets without exercise, in improving body composition”.
There is no time like the present. Maximize your weight loss with resistance training and a ketogenic diet!  Wanna follow a ketogenic diet and have no idea what it is? I have the site for you, http://www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com/ or check out my book, “The Stubborn fat Fix”,  http://www.amazon.com/The-Stubborn-Fat-Fix-Metabolic/dp/159486828X.
You do not have to belong to a gym to engage in resistance exercise. Check out these 10 training exercises to get started quickly, http://health.usnews.com/health-news/diet-fitness/articles/2009/04/10/10-forms-of-resistance-training-that-strengthen-your-muscles?page=3, and even in the comfort of your own home.
What is important to keep in mind is the fact that for those who do exercise, weight loss may be observed as inches lost (you are smaller) before weight loss shows on the scale. This may be because you are not losing lean body mass. Focus on how cloths fit, use the scale as a secondary measure for weight loss.
Also, if you lose weight in your face first, do not expect your cloths to fit differently initially. Look in the mirror to see your success. Stick with it and changes in your cloths size will follow soon.
What are you waiting for? Try a strategic diet and exercise plan that work together for better weight loss results than anything else you have tried before.
Enjoy your memorial day weekend! See you here in two Mondays from  today.

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Valerie Goldstein

Valerie raises the bar for health and nutrition know how with unconventional expertise and unconditional support for wellness.

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    • Yes but if you are one of the two it is 100% spot on. This is why I tell people not to snub there noses at any information that is helpful. If you have a huge study sample and the results say one thing, ie low fat diets help you lose weight. You try it does not work then what? It does not mean just because there is no research, or a n-2, that if you try low carb, you will not lose weight. But you may not try low carb because the studies say low fat is the “healthy way to lose weight. Now we know that high fat, low carb is more healthy than low fat.

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