What to eat before and after a workout?

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Many have heard the axiom “No pain, no gain”, but this should not be applied to any pain that can be prevented. It is very important to stretch and warm up before a workout and cool down after. Also, controlled breathing can ease any respiratory difficulties. These aren’t the only problems to be considered, however.

Eating, physiologically speaking, is like putting fuel in your gas tank. One pays careful attention not to introduce diesel into a gasoline engine but, strangely, many do not have the sense to do the same with their bodies. There are three basic food types: proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. While experts recommend a healthy mix of the three, many tend to indulge in carbohydrate rich foods like bread, potatoes, and cakes but neglect protein rich foods like fish, soy products, and eggs. Even body builders, who definitely know better, tend to derive much of their protein from supplements and continue to indulge in carbohydrate rich foods.

Interestingly, though carbohydrates are necessary for the health of the body, in large quantities is leads to many health related problems such as obesity and, consequently, hypertension, diabetes, and increased risk of stroke. Through a process known as gluconeogenesis the body is capable of synthesizing glucose from protein.

There is no such process for creating several amino acids contained in protein. Without these essential amino acids, namely Pyrrolysine and Selenocysteine, the body does not have what it needs to function properly.
It must be noted that muscle is composed of protein. When an individual “works out” effectively muscle fibers become damaged, protein is used to repair the muscle, and the muscle becomes stronger.

For these reasons, it is important to incorporate plenty of protein into one’s diet after a workout. Many who take part in anaerobic exercise complete their workout with a protein rich food such as peanut butter, tuna fish, eggs, etc and a great deal of water. Incorporating carbohydrates and fats are important for balance but the emphasis after a workout should be protein.

Before a workout, however, it can be a good idea to consume carbohydrates as a means of gaining almost immediate access to all the energy in the food for the workout. Simple carbohydrates such as sugar, potatoes, and white bread are good for a quick release of energy, followed by a spike in insulin levels. Complex carbohydrates are preferred, however, due to their tendency to release energy steadily over a period.

M. M. Wagner writes for http://www.ellipticalmachines.net her hobby blog she uses to write about Schwinn elliptical machine and home fitness tips to help people prevent heart diseases.

Detox diets – How to make sure your’s is safe

Detoxes have existed since the famous grapefruit diet of the thirties. And ever since then have lots of men and women went on crazy detox diets trying to lose a quick few pounds. But as such detoxes can hold in serious side effects and make you lose muscle, you need to take choose your detox diet carefully to avoid getting hurt.

Follow these tips and your next detox will be a safer one

Horrible tasting concoctions?

Be aware of any ingredients like cayenne pepper or vinegar or anything else that makes your detox taste foul and unhealthy. There are no no scientifically proof that such ingredients can rid toxins from the body. Rather follow a healthy detox that also tastes great.

Is it dangerously low calories?

Detox diets that are too low in calories may help you to lose weight, but most of the weight loss stems from water weight. Even a small women need about 1000 calories a day before her metabolism starts to slow down. And if you eat too little calories, your body goes into starvation diet – making it even more difficult to lose weight.

Is it healthy?

A healthy detox diet includes lots of fruit and veg, is high in fiber, low in salt and fat and excludes alcohol. A healthy detox diet is also balanced,  meaning that it includes food from all the major food groups. Such detox diets will do you more good than others and will help you to shed toxins and weight. It is always better to think of your long term health instead of your short term gains.

Power ingredients

These power ingredients will make your detox diet super effective – be sure to include them in your detox diet today.

  • Red pepper – Full of anti-oxidants that boosts your health.
  • Asparagus – Rich in fiber help that will help you to slim down and keep you fuller for longer.
  • Sweet potato – High in vitamin A and fiber and makes and excellent sweet snack.
  • Water – Help you to flush out toxins and keep you full. Be sure to drink tons on a detox diet.

To summarize  – Try to stick only to healthy, sane detox diets if you can and avoid all fad and foul tasting detoxes. It will safe you some bad side effects and might even safe your life.

Are you thinking of going on a – 1000 calorie diet to lose weight? Read this page before you do. An effective exercise plan, like the truth about six pack abs ebook will help you to lose weight faster and get a great set of abs.

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