Tag Archives : Macronutrients

What is “Processed Food”?


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We often hear the phrase “Processed Food”. What exactly does this mean? Food that has undergone processes that alter it from its natural state and include other ingredients such as preservatives, artificial flavors, nutrients and other food additives or substances approved for use in food products such as salt, sugar and fats is processed food. You can determine whether a…

Let’s eat out!


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We all do. Eat out that is. All work is boring; we are human and yes, “YOLO” (you only live once) as your children and your own heart have surely told you more than once. There is nothing wrong with some indulgence once in a while. Let us consider what the nutritional impact is.   Two cocktails What is a…

Want to lose fat?


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In response to emails and messages I have received over the last couple of weeks, here is what you need to know to put together a successful weight (fat!) loss plan. Your body is adapted to hold onto fat as a survival mechanism. We needed the capacity to store energy to survive periods of famine, and fat is a very…

Cardio for Fat loss


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It is important to consult your doctor before you start a cardio vascular exercise program. At the gym, I have seen people running for extended periods of time at very high speeds, completely short of breath and sweating profusely. I have also seen people cycling away at a relaxed pace and checking their Facebook page on their smart phones. If…

Why you should stop drinking Soda


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Weight gain A 355ml can of coke contains 140 calories and 39g of carbohydrates (sugars). A 160lb man working on a fat loss program would aim to consume no more than 60 to 70g of (low glycemic index) carbohydrates in a day. A single can of coke can wipe out an entire day’s gains if you are working towards fat…

Why You Should Get a Flat Belly


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Measuring waist circumference helps screen for possible health risks that come with overweight and obesity. This risk goes up with a waist size that is greater than 35 inches for women or greater than 40 inches for men. Your body has two types of fat: visceral and subcutaneous. Subcutaneous fat is found just under your skin, and is the type…

What you need to know about Fat


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The name — fat — may make it sound like something you shouldn’t eat. But fat is an important part of a healthy diet. Fat is one of the macronutrients in human nutrition. Aside from providing energy, it also has other key functions such as aiding the absorption of fat soluble vitamins and producing hormones. One of the biggest misconceptions…

What you need to know about Proteins


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Protein is one of the macronutrients in human nutrition that is essential to building muscle mass. It is commonly found in animal products such as lean meats, cheese, egg whites, though is also present in other sources, such as nuts and legumes and some plant seeds. Along with fat and carbohydrates, protein is a macronutrient, meaning that the body needs…

What you need to know about Carbohydrates


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The primary function of carbohydrates is to fuel the body’s metabolic needs. Carbohydrates are made up of fiber, starch and sugar. All carbohydrates are broken down in the body as glucose (except for fiber which is not digested at all). Fiber and starch are complex carbohydrates, while sugar is a simple carbohydrate. How much of each of these is found…

What are Macronutrients


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When we talk about weight loss, many have the misconception that skipping meals is a good way to lose weight. In fact, the exact opposite is true. Skipping meals can lead to craving for food, binge eating and as a result, weight gain. This is because you are more likely to overeat and choose high calorie, high fat foods when…