Does Eating After a Certain Time Hurt Weight Loss? (via BodyByH’)

This question should be answered with, “it depends”…bodybuilders eat before bed. The question is what are they eating before bed and what are their activities, energy requirements and quality of foods consumed during the day? Also when it comes down to purely weight loss… we are not talking about fat or muscle, but weight…it boils down to calories in and calories out. At Active Lifestyle we don’t deal in the realm of weight, but in the realm of body fat, body shape, muscle mass, stability, flexibility, lifestyle and overall health and wellness. The questions we want to know the answer to are…”Are you happy with how your body looks and feels?” and “if not are you committed to taking the steps to change your habits and lifestyle to achieve the change you desire?” Check out this post by an BodyByH about eating timing and feel free to shoot me any questions you may have.

If you have ever tried to lose weight, you’ve heard advice like this before: ‘Don’t eat before going to bed!’ or ‘Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper’… Many people who are trying to lose weight hear these and listen to these “warnings” all the time.  In fact, these two saying are also recommended to people who aren’t trying to lose weight. I will admit, the logic behind this advice sounds reasonable.  I mean i … Read More

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Sugar is My Enemy

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How do you feel when you consume sugar? Usually people associate sugar with a feeling of comfort. People reach for some sweet snacks, pastries, etc when feeling down. Sometimes we don’t even realize when or why we reach for sweet foods anymore, we just do. Take a moment and think for a second the next time you reach for that simple sugar. I don’t only mean in the form of cakes, chocolates and candies. When do you crave breads? These are important things to know about your body. If you can start to identify the causes of your cravings then you can start to solve your conundrum of why you cannot lose your body fat. Eating carries a great deal of emotion and sometimes these emotions are buried deep within our brain in some unknown place. It may be as simple as your parents rewarding you with something sweet when you did well. Or this one is my favorite. The nurse or your parents give you something sweet after you got a shot at the hospital as a kid. Guilt by association. We have now associated sugar as a coping mechanism for stress whether it is pain or any form of suffering.

My recommendation is to start a food journal and write down what you eat, how you felt before eating it and how you felt afterwards. Then also how you felt an hour afterwards. This will tell you a lot about your food choices and your body’s reaction to the foods you choose. Sugar is the new crack and we’re all addicted to it. I’m not immune to it, but I have identified my reasons and provided solutions for my life. With Krispy Kreme managing to package fried sugar to all of you waiting in 3 hour lines in Bangkok for a box, I see the pharmaceutical companies rubbing their grubby mitts as they wait to sell you on the next diabetes drug to counter the effects. Nothing wrong with having a cheat day or Sunday Meal as we like to call them, but eat with intention and understand what you are ingesting.

Really fast food companies to sugar are what cigarettes are to nicotine…They are simply dispensaries. So, “now you know…and knowing is half the battle.” (GI Joe)

A Sugar Reading List My recent post on sugar got me thinking more seriously about the topic – just as I’ve noticed my stress-related consumption of the poison has taken an upward trend as of late (another topic actually, perhaps a post …). So I raided my local library’s shelves for all the books currently available on sugar (online holds are a great thing) that might help me with this series of posts. Here are a few of them for your consideration. In the coming wee … Read More

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Top tips for eating out…

Top Tips for eating out plus a couple more. Eating out has become a major reason for pitfalls in nutritional planning. Often times a person is left thinking, what should I eat? It can be even worse here in Asia where eating is a communal thing and food is ordered and shared by everyone at the table. Essentially, you have no choice to what is available sometimes as one person has done all the ordering of a variety of things he or she thinks is best.

What do we do when faced with these sorts of situations? Well, these top tips address Western methods of dealing with eating out, but what about while in Asia? So here are a few tips that you can try in order to still eat with friends in Asia.

1. Make sure the person ordering simply says “no msg”. Easy to do and will save your body loads in health. For more information on MSG have a look at my article, “Thai Food is Healthy Right? So Why Am I Gaining Weight?”

2. Ask the person to order more vegetables. Typically in Thailand for example there are more “other” things on the plate than vegetables and often times rice is the dominant item on the plate. In Korea, just keep asking for more side dishes.

Want more tips? I’ve got three words for you “Buy My Book”. Just kidding. I got that line from “Wall Street 2” yesterday. But there is always a little truth to every joke =)

Enjoy…

Top tips for eating out... 1.     Eat your calories and drink water. The first question you are always asked upon being seated in a restaurant is what you would like to drink. Choose water and pass on the high-fructose-corn-syrup, sugar, preservatives, caffeine and extra    calories found in most beverages. 2. Take half home. We are annoyed when restaurants don’t over serve us and restaurants have responded accordingly by over supplying huge portions. Italian Restau … Read More

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Do You Think Whole Grains Help You Lose Fat? Think Again

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A lot of people are being misled into believing that eating whole grains will somehow help them lose body fat or lose weight and it’s not our fault. We are bombarded with information, but never clearly educated on our health and nutrition. We are drowned in key words and catch phrases and never really told the truth.

A friend of mine once told me that “words are his tools”.  This is because he is an attorney and yes words are his tools, but we often forget, words are the tools of marketers, writers and politicians.  Writers are using words to get the reader to go down the rabbit whole of the author or company backer’s choice.  A company I used to work for often told people that they need to eat more whole grains, oats and rye bread, but what’s the difference? These are all carbohydrates. Yes, sure they have more fiber, but they are still carbohydrates. Read more of this post

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