You know about carbs, proteins and fats. You know about BMR and your optimal daily calorie count. You’ve been weight lifting for a while, eating properly and noticing the improvement in your strength and your physique. Now it’s time to take your nutritional knowledge to the next level.
Below is some great information for the advanced weight lifter, plus some great tips to try if you find that your gains have stalled.
Are You Eating Five to Eight Meals a Day?
If you’re not, you should be. Providing your body with a constant supply of nutrition throughout the day can make a huge difference in how fast you gain muscle or how fast you burn fat. A typical recommended meal schedule is as follows:
2. Mid-morning snack
4. Mid-afternoon snack
5. Pre-workout snack
6. Post-workout snack
8. Bedtime snack
On non-workout days, you could eliminate the pre- and post-workout snacks, and add another snack between dinner and bedtime.
Are You Watching the Glycemic Index of your Carbohydrates?
The glycemic index (or GI) of foods indicates how quickly your body absorbs the carbohydrates and raises your blood sugar level. It is optimal to keep your blood sugar level even or moving slowly – large spikes are to be avoided. The GI of a food is represented by a number from 1 to over 100. The lower the number, the slower your body coverts the carb to sugar and thus the better it is for your blood sugar level. It is recommended that weight lifters focus on foods that have a low GI.
Some great foods with low GI are cherries, pears, sweet potatoes, peanuts, bean sprouts and apples. Foods to be avoided for their high GI value are raisins, baked potatoes, white rice and watermelon. Use a nutrition guide on the internet to lookup the glycemic values of the foods in your diet.
Are You Getting Enough Fiber?
When computing a weight lifter’s dietary requirements, fiber is usually, sadly, omitted from this list. A diet that contains at least 25 grams of fiber every day can greatly increase your overall health by helping your body eliminate fat and other wastes so as to keep your colon clean. Revisit your diet and find the fiber values of the foods you are eating. If you’re not getting 25 grams or more, consider taking a fiber supplement to make up the difference.
Are You Taking an Antioxidant Supplement?
This isn’t Chemistry 101, so let’s not get bogged down in the super-science here. The quick and dirty story is this: free radicals can cause damage to your body on the cellular level, and this damage accumulates over time. Free radicals can occur naturally, but their production can be stimulated by cigarette smoke, pollution and even some herbicides. Your body can eliminate these free radicals as long as sufficient antioxidants are present. If you’re eating a balanced diet including fruits and vegetables, you are most likely consuming a fair amount of antioxidants. If you don’t want to pay money for another supplement, try including foods in your weight lifting diet that are especially rich in antioxidants, such as strawberries, blueberries, roasted peanuts (roasted peanut have significantly more antioxidant content then raw), spinach, soybeans and oats.
Once your weight lifting diet has been dialled in and you are eating everything in the right amount and at the right time, your body will be running and peak efficiency and your gains will skyrocket. Proper nutrition and supplementation is the most complicated area in the subject of weight lifting. Never stop learning!…
It is proved that we get our necessary energy and stamina from liquid vitamins. It is not necessary for liquid vitamins to be expensive. Liquid nutritionals are available in lots in fresh fruit and vegetable juice. It is essential that both fruits and vegetables have to be mixed in the right combination to get the required nutrition for our body. Research shows that the effect of liquid nutrition supplement on our body is amazing as our body gets recharged immediately after the intake of liquid nutrition supplements.
Liquid vitamin supplements can be in the form of an enriched drink. They are basically thick like milk and are available easily in the market. Drinks are available in different flavors. This is also available in powder form which has to be mixed either with milk or water. It is proved that liquid nutrition gets digested easily so that the vitamins and minerals found in the liquid nutrition are absorbed at a faster rate.
Liquid nutritional supplements are beneficial for those people who are not getting the right amount of nutrition from their regular food. For those having medical conditions like chemotherapy find it difficult to consume solid food, so it is not only easy to drink liquid nutrition but also it supplies the necessary vitamins and minerals for the body. Some may have sensitive throat which gets affected often. In such situation it will be difficult for them to consume food. At such situation liquid nutrition will be of great help as it helps them to get the required nutrition for their body.
Liquid nutritionals can be incorporated in our daily diet so that our body gets the right amount of vitamins on a daily basis. Liquid nutrition is very essential for those people who are undergoing certain treatment or in the stage of combating a disease.…
Proper nutrition is very essential for the functionality of your body. Likewise a healthy diet fully packed with proteins, fatty acids, vitamins etc are needed for the well being of your hair. We should consider following a strict diet including fresh vegetables, fruits, proteins which will provide the body the right amount of vitamins and minerals. These are necessary for dealing with certain problems which includes hair loss, dandruff etc.
Hair follicles are responsible for hair growth and shedding. They are a part of the skin in the scalp and need proper nutrients for growing hair. Blood circulates throughout the body bringing oxygen, minerals, nutrients and energy to the follicle cells. Poor blood circulation which can be caused by the lack of one or more nutrients, like water or iron is the main reason for hair fall. Care should be taken for ensuring the adequate amount of iron in the diet.
We need to make sure that we are receiving a healthy nutrition in our everyday lives. It is important to have vegetables, fruits and lean meats and for some people a regular intake of vitamin supplements is needed. Vitamin supplements help in increasing the health of our body and improve the function of the systems. People who suffer from hair loss and thinning can overcome it by following a healthy diet and taking vitamin supplements. Fatty acids are also important for maintaining healthy hair.
Most of the hair problems that occur can be solved by having a well balanced diet. It is also a good idea to choose foods and the right vitamins and minerals which will help to increase the levels of hair growth. This will prevent hair loss and also fasten up hair re-growth.
To be on the safer side, it is always good to consult a doctor in order to make sure that you do not intake an overdose of vitamins. If the level in vitamins is too high for the body, it may cause other problems due to its side effects. A doctor can help you by recommending the correct dosage for hair fall problems and health status.…
Are you suffering from any consistent health problem? In fact, there are certain health situations which can prove to be really nagging and just don’t seem to go away in spite of repeated medications.
Many patients have this complaint that they have taken the “conventional medical route” to treat situations like arthritis, back ache, muscle pain and many such ailments. However, once they complete the medicine course, problems crop up again and often in even alarming conditions! Often the situation becomes such that it hampers your daily activities and even your personal life. This is the reason why many resort to alternate medications to get rid of chronic diseases.
There are natural health centers which have taken up a unique approach to analyze the patient’s body condition and determine underlying causes of ill health. Being termed as Nutrition Response Testing, this is a precise and scientific way to assess what exactly is ailing your body organs and glands. The testing process is very different from anything that you may have experienced till date.
As per the conventional medical practice every patient has to go through two basic stages. The first is diagnosis which involves identifying and/or naming the particular disease or syndrome. The second is treatment which generally consists of medications, surgery and in extreme cases radiation too. The ultimate aim is to attack or suppress the symptom and if needed remove or destroy the affected organ or body part.
Nutrition Response Testing differs in that it doesn’t carry out any diagnosis or treat the disease. Rather, the process comprises of two parts. The first one is the analysis when a detailed assessment is done of your body’s current health status. This is followed by the Personalized Natural Health Improvement Program. This program is customized as per each patient’s requirement. So, if you have weight loss/gain or any other problem then clinical nutrition will be advised accordingly.
The basic advantage of such programs is these help your body to regain its ability to heal or correct itself. You will experience a significant increase in energy level and feel better and more rejuvenated than before. If you have been suffering from long term pain and stress, then you will find great relief from these symptoms. Last but not the least, these natural medications and treatments come without any toxic after effect. The recovery is complete and permanent.
There are many patients who have gone through Nutrition Response Testing done by esteemed natural health centers. They unanimously agree about feeling much better and stress free after completing the program. Besides, these natural remedies are not that expensive. Hence any middle income household can easily afford these. You don’t need to visit the hospital on a daily basis for any therapy. Rather, acupuncture and other massage sessions can be arranged as per your convenient time frame.
The only thing which should be kept in mind is to find out a certified and expert centre which offers the whole range of holistic solutions. There are many specialists who offer the initial session for free. You can always attend such a session to know in details about benefits of natural therapies and whether these will be able to solve your particular problem.…
Nobody is perfect. No, not even you. We all suffer wear and tear, we are all slowly ground down by the inevitable friction that daily living exerts upon us. Constant aggravations, deadlines, stress, being yelled at by our boss as they pound the wall with their fist, pounding the wall with our own fist as we in turn yell at our interns. It’s brutal out there. And the toll is taken on our bodies, our minds, as evinced by such common and debilitating maladies as headaches, cold/flu symptoms, joint pan and general ennui and despondency. How to combat these minor ills? How to shore up the bulwarks against the depredations of the daily grind? You can actually make a real difference through what you eat. Avoid certain foods and focus on others, and you might find your day suddenly all that much better. Let’s take a look at a couple of the most common afflictions, shall we?
Let’s start with the worst, that nagging pain around your eyes or the dull heartbeat based throb in the back of your skull. HEADACHES. How can you ameliorate that pain? For one thing, try eating more OMEGA-3 fats, like flaxseed, walnuts, fish and soy. Also, try gobbling down some magnesium-rich foods like spinach, artichokes, broccoli, tomato juice, whole grains, green beans and cashews. Another good source of headache-relief are RIBOFLAVINS, a B vitamin that can reduce migraine frequency. You can get yours in the heart of spinach, broccoli (notice this one has already been mentioned twice now!), mushrooms, eggs, milk (sounds like an omelet recipe), clams and oysters. And for good measure, throw in a dose of black or green tea and apply peppermint oil to your temples. Voila!
Now, to avoid headaches, skip the following: red wine, aged cheese, smoked fish and figs (all of these contain TYRAMINE, an amino acid that causes the constriction of blood vessels to the brain). Avoid MSG (monosodium glutamate), or food that’s high in nitrates (hot dogs, salami, cured meats and fermented and pickled foods). Also! And finally! Avoid like the dickens anything sweetened with ASPARTAME. You see that on the label, just turn and run.
The other big pain in the patootie are FLU/COLD SYMPTOMS. Especially with all this swine flu going around, it pays to be careful and to eat right. What to do? The old tried and true still works: cook yourself a vegetable broth over a slow heat so as to leak all the nutrients out into the soup, and be sure to use garlic, leeks, onions, mushrooms and barley (good sources of allicin and beta-glucan). Then, kick it up a notch and increase your intake of zinc by chowing down on whole grains, chickens, beans, nuts, and shellfish. The old mainstay of VITAMIN C is always welcome, so eat red bell peppers, snow peas, tomato juice, kiwis, mangos, oranges, grapefruits, strawberries and butternut squash. ALL AT ONCE. Just kidding. Get some VITAMIN A while you’re at it (carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin and beef liver). GLUTAMINE will also get your body humming happily, so find some milk, brown rice, beets, spinach, cabbage, eggs, soy, chicken or fish.…