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Food, failure and success

Completed another 10 day food challenge and it’s been the best thing for me, not because I lost weight but I have learned more about psychology and people than I ever thought I would.  When I first put the challenge guidelines together I was looking primarily for a way to help people cut back on extra carbs, starches, and sugar to lose water weight and burn more body fat.

I myself appreciate a challenge every once in a while but when I propose to some people a challenge to eat more fruits & vegetables, more seeds, nuts, protein & seafood the look I get and barriers that I have to hurdle to convince them its a good thing, its a challenge within itself.  One that I am welcome to and can’t wait to do again

Every end is a new beginning

 

 

 

GT Get Fit Tip: less Carbs and Water to minimize bloating at night

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When you eat a lot of carbohydrates (carbs) you will retain more water.  Carbs are sorta like sponges and they will soak up water which will make you keep extra weight.

A gallon of water weighs about 8lbs and it’s not unusual for a person’s weight to fluctuate 2-8lbs any given day.  The best time to weigh is in the morning after you use the bathroom and before you step into the shower.  The worst time to weigh is at night after eating and drinking all day.

When you are trying to cut “weight” the best thing to do is to limit your carb intake and keep most carb consumption in the mornings for brain food.  When you cut carbs you will begin to notice striations and more definition in your arms, legs, and abs.

Your body does not want to be bloated and look puffy, drink MORE water and eat less carbs (and sugar).  Limit pastas and rice when trying to lose water weight.

Let me know if you need a trainer.

Importance of Carbs to BURN Fat

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Carbs are important to the human body when it comes to energy.  Carbs or carbohydrates, are the basis of vegetables, fruits, grains, and milk.  The importance lies in the essential vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, fibers and water found in each gram.

When I say “cut carbs” I’m not referring to the Atkins Diet to eat just bacon and sausage.  Identify the starchy, white and processed carbs that are found throughout the store in most packaged foods.   Eat fewer low-quality carbs and focus on lean, high-quality protein meals so your stomach becomes full in less time and you eat fewer calories overall.

By eliminating extra carbs from your diet you then afford the body an opportunity to tap into fat stores for burning energy.  If you eat processed carbs all day the body burns more sugar than if you ate just vegetables and protein.

Who eats just protein and vegetables?

People who want to burn more fat, that’s who!

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