Facts About Fats

We’ve all done it… blamed curtain foods for the way we looked or assumed that a specific macro was the sole reason people are overweight.⠀

Today there is a never ending debate between which macro is gonna kill us, carbs or fats.⠀

The truth is, nether of these macros are the sole cause of the obesity epidemic in the world. Totally intake of calories, mixed with chronic yo-yo dieting, and in activity are what’s really to blame here.⠀

Wether your eating high fat or high carb your weight loss goal can still be achievable. Just remember that fats are ESSENTIAL for life and should never be fully removed from anyone’s diet.⠀

Here are some facts about fats that you probably didn’t know!⠀

🔹there are 5 types of fatty acids; omega 3, omega 6, monounsaturated, saturated, & trans fats. All of these besides trans fats are healthy and serve there purpose in everyone’s diet.⠀

🔸omega 3 & omega 6 fats can not be produced by the body, therefor must be obtained through a persons diet.⠀

🔹fats are needed for vital process like eye, heart, & brain function. The also play a key roll in growth and development.⠀

🔸some vitamins like A,E,D, & K are fat soluble and without fat the can’t be absorbed into the body. Possibly resulting in vitamin deficiency’s. ⠀

A persons diet can consist of anywhere from 20-40% dietary fat depend on they goal, lifestyle, and food preferences.⠀

But like I said in the beginning, fat does not make you fat and should not be something you strive to avoid.⠀

The mix between high sugar and high fat in a persons diet is gonna be more of a contributor to there poor health.⠀

Hope these facts on fats provided you with some general understanding as to why fats should still be in ANYONES diet protocol.⠀

And be on the look out for more facts about each macronutrient in the future. We’ll be covering the other two here real soon😉.⠀
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Top 3 Times To Consume Protein!

Everyone needs protein. Many females tend to not get in enough protein due to the fear of becoming “big and bulky”. Remember that as females, we do not have the same levels of testosterone that males do to put of tons of muscle mass. It also requires years of hard work and consistency to gain sufficient muscle. Eating protein is important at every meal (minimum of 20g) to ensure protein synthesis. However there are 3 crucial times to ensure you’re consuming protein:
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1) Breakfast – What does your breakfast look like? Does it only consist of carbs? Ex some cereal, fruit and toast? Eating a meal full of carbs with little to no fat will provide you with energy but may lead to that mid-morning crash. All of these food items are fine to eat but by adding in some protein and healthy fats, you will be kept full and have long lasting energy!
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2) Post workout – You just worked out and created these microscopic tears in your muscle. Ensuring you eat protein post workout will help your muscles repair and grow. Eating a meal high in protein with some healthy carbs (avoiding processed/sugary foods) will help your body enter the recovery phase quickly!
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3) Before bed – Your body is about to enter a fast. Eating protein before bed can help continuously feed off amino acids all through the night. Greek yogurt mixed with protein is one of my favourites!
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Remember that these 3 times are not the ONLY times to be consuming protein. Eating protein with every meal is important!

Quality Food Matters

Food ,health
There a lot of talk in the health & fitness space right now around macros & caloric intake.⠀

IIFYM & flexible dieting have definitely talking the fitness industry by storm lately.⠀

And while I totally agree with the concept behind flexible dieting & IIFYM, there still needs to be some structure around food quality.⠀

Yes you can get shredded off of part tarts and protein shakes.⠀

Yes you can get six pack abs while eating pizza every night.⠀

But what effects your health more then anything? ⠀

QUALITY FOODS.⠀

Aka whole natural foods loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and high quality protein, fat, and carbs.⠀

What are indicators of good health?⠀

🔸Great hair, skin, & nails.⠀
🔹Natural energy throughout the day.⠀
🔸Little to no inflammation.⠀
🔹No bloating, gas, or upset stomachs.⠀
🔹A naturally lean physique (but not to lean)⠀

All these things can be achieved through quality nutrition.⠀

Yes have the cake during your birthday.⠀

Yes enjoy some ice cream with your kids every know and then.⠀

Enjoy the deep flies appetizer when you go out for date night.⠀

But don’t justify these things everyday just cuz you can get away with it.⠀

These foods should be left for special occasions not everyday cravings. ⠀

Make food quality part of your foundation.⠀

Your body deserves to be fed the highest quality nutrients it can.⠀

Have You Hit The Fat Loss Plateau.

Yep your probably thinking the same thing…⠀

Have been dieting for a couple weeks now, been exercising regularly, everyday you jump on the scale and nothing changes…⠀

W. T. F. 😣⠀

Why does this happen why do we seem to be losing fat effortlessly or consistently but one day it just stops and you aren’t seeming anymore progress?⠀

A couple things could be happening…⠀

1️⃣ you have been dieting for a long time. Yes slow but steady can win the race but dieting needs to be somewhat quick a strategic. Get in to a fat loss phase, crush it, and get out. Most people stay in a fat loss phase for to long. Only promoting plateaus and slows in progress.⠀

2️⃣ you have been making too small of adjustments. Yes a deficit doesn’t cause weight loss but just like increasing calories in incremental amounts can limit fat gain, decreasing calories in incremental amounts can limit fat loss. The body responds to slightly bigger drops in calories with frequent visits at maintenance a little bit better.⠀

3️⃣ make sure you have actually hit a plateau before you go assuming the worst. Weight loss is never linear and there could be a week or two where you don’t see any change. But once you ready to call it quiets on week three you’ll see a huge swoosh in weight come off. I would classify a plateau as 3+ weeks of make adjustments but seeing zero change.⠀

Fat loss plateaus do happen and they can be frustrating. But don’t let them derail you from your ultimate goal. You just gotta stick with it and reassess what you’ve been doing and what adjustments you need to make moving forward.⠀

If you’ve been experiencing a plateau lately shoot me a DM. I’d love to get a call with you and discuss what we can do moving forward to get you over this hump!🙌🏼⠀

How To Loose Fat Without Cardio?

Cardio , fatloss ,
Are you someone that hates cardio? I used to think I needed to do mind-numbing amounts of cardio to lose fat. Follow 👉 @adviceonfitness
Post by 👉 @saltylifts –
I used to strength train 5x week AND do 30-60 minutes of cardio every. single. day 🤭

🤯I was not only beating my body into the ground & not giving it proper rest, but I was miserable.

👀I hated how I looked, I hated the DREADmill and I genuinely thought that doing more & more cardio would change my body.

🖐🏼Fast forward five years… and the only cardio I do is the stuff I enjoy. LOTS of walking, a bike rides outside, an occasional run, dancing in between sets & some boxing/metcon work!

Now I strength train 4x a week & enjoy hobbies that get me moving & focus on walking a shit ton.

👙Here’s what you need to prioritize (in order of importance for fat loss):

✅ Calorie Deficit: Eating less calories than your body needs is the only way to lose fat
✅ Eat Enough Protein: to maintain muscle mass when you’re dieting (so you get toned and don’t turn “skinny fat”) and to recover from workouts
✅ Lift Weights: 2-5x a week! (3-4 is a sweet spot for most people)
✅ 10k steps / day!
✅ Move!! Finding active hobbies you enjoy will keep you consistent and make it a lot more fun.
✅ Patience & Positivity: cause life is crazy & things take a hell of a lot longer than you want them to.

🤸🏼‍♀️Now if you do enjoy cardio, then GO FOR IT! But if hanging out on a piece of cardio equipment leaves you bored & you just genuinely don’t enjoy it, don’t do it!

Cardio is a tool, but diet is QUEEN for fat loss 👸🏼

☝🏼Find what works for you, your lifestyle, habits, & preferences. Not what works for Carol or Karen, but what works for YOU!
⠀ Afterall, this is YOUR journey. Tag a friend below who needs to cool it on the cardio 😎 – Adviceonfitnes

Is Supplementation Are Useful.

Supplements , vitamins
Now I’m no different then the next guy… I LOVE my supplements🙌🏼.⠀

Pre workouts, protein powders, even greens powders & multi vitamins. ⠀

These things taste good, can have an effect on performance in the gym, and are so convenient when your in a pinch or struggling to get a certain macro/micro nutrient in.⠀

But are they really the 🔑 to achieving your health & fitness goal?⠀

NOPE! Not even a little bit.⠀

Supplements are simply made to SUPPLEMENT the diet. Fill the gaps were you might be lacking.⠀

Are you lacking in 🥦’s? Let’s take a greens mix.⠀

Are no not able to eat enough 🐠? Awesome let’s take a fish oil.⠀

Are you struggling to mix your protein goal? No biggy let’s add in a protein powder.⠀

Maybe it’s been a long day and your struggling to find the energy to workout😴. Okay a pre workout might come in handy today.⠀

This is how supplements need to be utilized, on an “as needed” based.⠀

But if your able to get in plenty of veggies, hit your protein goal, and have fish in your diet regularly, NONE of these supplements are necessary.⠀

Before you go out and spend hundreds of dollars on a huge supplement stack let’s exhaust all our variables on the nutrition, sleep, and stress management side.⠀

Once all those are in check them can we start talking about what supplements will be best for you.⠀

Health Benefits Of Pumpkin.

Pumpkin & It’s Health Benefits
Read & TAG A FRIEND👭 Pumpkin is rich in antioxidants, micronutrients, fiber and full of carotenoids. The orange colour of pumpkin is because of beta-carotene. Beta-carotene gets converted to Vitamin A in our bodies and has several benefits such as bone, skin and eye health. The fiber found in pumpkin helps our gut, digestive system and our immune system. Some of the micronutrients found in pumpkin are magnesium and potassium, which help to keep our cells well nourished ⠀⠀
For added benefit, eat the seeds! Pumpkin seeds are loaded with healthy fats and full of nutrients. Since I am eating a lot more fats, I’ve included pumpkin seeds in my diet. Love them on salads🙌