Anytime the topic of discussion in my blogs, articles or newsletters has turned to my own personal grocery shopping list, there has always been a spike in interest.
It seems that many people are not only curious about what foods a natural bodybuilder eats to maintain single digit body fat, but they also want to be taken by the hand and told exactly what foods to eat themselves while on fat-burning or muscle building programs.
That’s why I decided to put together four separate “top 10” lists of healthy foods that burn fat and build muscle.
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There’s lot’s of talk about superfoods these days, are the claims too good to be true?
Most of us know the basics when it comes to eating healthy; we all know that fruit and vegetables will help with a healthier lifestyle.
There’s also plenty of talk about the 5 A DAY which should be a variety of 5 different fruits and vegetables.
There are many benefits from eating the 5 a day:
- Fruit and vegetables are packed with vitamins and minerals
- They are an excellent source of fibre and antioxidants
- They can help maintain a healthy weight.
- They may also help reduce heart disease, stroke and some cancers
5 A Day is great but if you want to add even healthier foods to your diet consider some of the following superfoods, these may help you reach even higher levels of health and fitness.
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With all of the headlines that come out each day, it can be difficult to decide which ones are legitimate and which are going to be tomorrow’s old news.
For example, green tea has gone back and forth in the news – some stories proclaiming the wonders of it, while other stories say that it’s not quite the wonder drink that it’s made out to be. To make the best decision for you, perhaps you need the facts about green tea.
What is green tea?
What you may not realize is that green tea is actually black tea that hasn’t been processed in the same way. Green tea is minimally oxidized so that it retains the original green of the leaves as well as a milder taste. Black tea, on the other hand, is heavily oxidized, which is why it had a more biting taste. » Read more
Antioxidants are chemical compounds that help to get rid of free radicals in the body. Free radicals travel throughout the body and damage healthy living cells. Free radicals come from a wide variety of sources and are almost impossible to avoid.
Antioxidants bind the free radicals in your body preventing them from doing further damage.
Antioxidants are very helpful in preventing diseases such as cancer, and heart disease. They have also been found to be beneficial in reducing cholesterol levels and increasing energy and stamina.
Antioxidants help to reduce the signs of aging and prevent early aging markers. Antioxidants are also believed to repair and help prevent oxidative stress which damages cells and causes disease. » Read more
Most people are eating a poison every day without giving it a second thought. This substance can increase belly fat and consuming even small amounts (2% of total energy intake) is consistently linked to coronary heart disease.
The research also says that this stuff can increase visceral fat, contribute to insulin resistance, increase risk of type 2 diabetes, increase bad cholesterol, decrease good cholesterol, trigger systemic inflammation and adversely affect almost every cell in your body.
The Danger of Trans Fatty Acids
What substance could be so harmful that it causes all of these health problems and yet is so prevalent in our food supply that most people are eating dangerous amounts every single day? This industrially manufactured ingredient is called Trans fatty acids (TFA’s). » Read more
With the invention of low carbohydrate diets and other restrictive measures of weight control, it seems that we can’t escape the idea of how good protein must be for us. It seems to be the wonder ‘drug’ for muscle building and slimming down.
However, is this really how things work? Is protein something that we should base our entire diet on?
What is protein?
Protein is a string of amino acids that forms a chain within the body. It is responsible for metabolizing food as well as helping various cellular functions and reactions in the body. » Read more
While it might seem like a new trend, organic food has actually been around for a lot longer than the food that we’re accustomed to eating.
This is food that is grown and nurtured in a natural manner, so as not to upset the growing process or the person who’s eating it.
But with more and more labels claiming to be ‘natural’ and ‘organic,’ it can become confusing when you’re in a grocery store aisle. And when you see that the prices are slightly higher than ‘normal’ food, you may wonder if it’s even worth a second look. » Read more
The omega oils are the polyunsaturated fatty acids that have been proven to have extensive health benefits based on a number of different studies.
The omega oils are also sometimes referred to as omega fatty acids. The omega oils are essential to the human body for survival. However, the body does not produce the omega oils on its own. The omega oils must come from the food in a balanced diet.
Research indicates that people who maintain a regular diet that is high in the omega oils live longer, healthier lives than people who do not get the recommended amount of these essential oils.
There are a number of different options available if you would like to increase the amount of the omega oils in your regular diet. » Read more
The food that we eat is helping our body to have the energy, nutrients, and other chemicals that is requires for the maintenance of regular body processes. However, how does the body take what it needs from our food and turn it into energy?
What exactly is nutrition?
Before you determine how the body gets nutrition from food, you need to understand what nutrition consists of. The body needs nutrients in order to survive. The main nutrients that it requires include carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.
There is some debate over whether water, vitamins and minerals should also be placed into this category, but they generally are not because they do not contain calories. » Read more
Your mother always told you to eat your vegetables, but did you really ever listen? With all of the scientific reports and studies, it seems that everyone is suddenly proving your mother right. Eating vegetables is one of the best things that you can do for your diet and for your body. But if you need more reasons than that, read on.
Why Choose Vegetables?
Eating vegetables is an easy way to help a poor diet become healthier again. First of all, it is proven that vegetables contain a number of antioxidants that may help to stop certain cancers from forming in the body. » Read more