Wednesday, June 3, 2009

6 Keys of Weight Loss Nutrition

By Mike Roussell PhD(c)

In order for a person to begin to lose weight and avoid crash dieting, there are six pillars of nutrition. These pillars, or steps are progressive and one leads naturally to the next one. These pillars facilitate a lifestyle change rather than a crash diet that rarely works and often creates a yo-yo effect on a person's weight.

First Pillar - Eat five or six meals a day. This spreads meals over the course of a day rather than just eating one or two large meals a day which is not good on the body.

Second Pillar - Limit your consumption of sugar or processed foods. This includes soft drinks, frozen dinners, even "sports drinks" - Gatorade, vitamin water, all those types of drinks. You should also limit your intake of processed foods and deli meats.

Third Pillar - Eat more fruits and vegetables. This provides you lots of vitamins and minerals, they're going to boost your health; they are not very calorie-dense, so you're going to be able to eat a large volume of food without getting in many calories.

Pillar 4 - Drink more water and cut out calorie-containing beverages. That sort of goes along with Pillar 2, with the sugar, but here we're looking at beer, soda, those $5.00 lattes from places like Starbuck's or your favorite coffee place. Those are loaded with sugar, which are empty calories. Consider the vitamin water craze that's going on right now. These "healthy" drinks have 40 grams of carbohydrates.

Research and scientific studies have shown that people aren't very good at sensing how many calories they're drinking. If you drink 200 calories in the form of a soda or a latte or something like that, when you go down to sit at your next meal, your body's not going to compensate and eat less. You will eat the same amount that you had previously.

Pillar 5 - Focus on consuming lean proteins throughout the day. This does not include processed meats, bologna, salami, deli meats. Replace these process meats with fish; there are different types of fish that you can eat. Even salmon, would normally and traditionally be considered the fattier types of fish; those are great because they contain great Omega 3 fatty acids. Chicken, lean red meat, pork are lean proteins and can be consumed as proteins at every meal.

The importance of eating enough protein is that it's going to provide you building blocks for muscle, and it's going tp help prevent the reduction and loss of lean body mass when you're dieting. This is very important, because when you lose lean body mass your metabolism slows down. In addition, protein is satiating; it makes you feel full and it has a greater thermic affect of food. It takes your body more energy to digest protein than it does to digest carbohydrates or fats.

6th Pillar - Save starch-containing foods until after your workouts or for breakfast. Basically what that means is foods like pasta, rice, potatoes, oatmeal can be consumed as foods after you've worked out, and then sometimes in the mornings for breakfast, which could be your first meal of the day.

For oatmeal, that would be an ideal time to have. The reasoning behind this pillar is that your body takes those carbohydrates and puts them to use as a fuel and not as fat storage.

It has a lot to do with the hormone insulin, which when you eat carbohydrates, insulin is released and your blood sugar goes up. Now, insulin, it's just thinking to itself, "We just need to get the sugar out of the blood. I don't necessarily care where. We can go into muscle cells, or we can go into fat cells. Whatever's available."

After your workouts, insulin comes up, but your muscle cells are more sensitive to it. Therefore, your blood sugar rises, insulin is released, but all of a sudden, insulin is causing the blood sugar to go to your muscles and not your fat cells. So that's where you need to limit these starchy carbohydrates to a time when your body is going to preferably shuttle them to good places.

Put these simple nutritional tactics into play and you will start losing weight with great ease. Remember no more counting calories. Just follow these rules.

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Mike Roussell is a nutrition doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania. Mike's writings can be found in magazines such as Men's Health, Men's Fitness, and Testosterone Nation. Mike specializes in fat loss nutrition and diets for busy men and women who need to lose weight fast without it interfering with their lives. Warp SpeedFat Loss is a complete Done-for-You A-Z Fat Loss Blueprint that gives you exactly everything you need to eat to lose weight in record time.

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