Food and Exercises to Lose Weight
Before I write on exercises. I would like to tell you that we may go and kill ourselves on the treadmill. Or spend our life doing crunches. But if we do not follow workout with a good nutritious diet nothing good will happen to our fitness level or health. So, be moderate with your workout. Do it with full body and breath awareness in the presence of an instructor. Make an effort to improve your posture. And if you feel uncomfortable with any workout. Then stop it there and find out what is going wrong. Eat-workout-stay active and sleep. Beep beep.
As, I wrote earlier that weight loss is not about counting calories. It is about spending energy i.e burning those calories. So, for that we need to know how our food is treated in our body. And how different exercises convert food into energy.
Here goes some technical gyaan on exercise physiology.
Apart from other functions, glucose and fatty acids are used as quick sources of energy by our body. Whenever we do cardio exercises including our daily life activities. Then energy for it is derived from the fatty acids or glucose stores in our blood. Excess glucose also disturbs the insulin balance of our body. Which, consequently impairs our BMR and hence we get fat. This is the reason we are asked to keep our sugar cravings in control. Though, it is very important to eat carbohydrates. Read HERE The unused glucose is stored as glycogen for later use.
The unused fatty acids are stored as Body fat(adipose tissue). This is the reason we are asked to keep our junk food and processed food intake in control. Since, junk and processed food has a lot of trans fats (bad fats) in them. And trans fats are not of much use to our body and all of it simply get deposited as fat tissue in our body!
Protein is seldom used for energy. it is mainly used for growth or repair work. Though, it gets deposited as fat when not used properly. So, those of you who wish to take protein supplements. Please be sure, it is good till it is utilized properly. Excess of it will only make you fat.
But, how do we utilize protein? Have you ever heard of muscle toning? Muscle toning means building stronger, denser muscles which gives us a leaner look. Whenever we do muscle toning exercises then we basically provide a stimulus to our muscles to grow and as these muscles are made up of proteins!
So, with good strength training exercises, we properly utilize the protein that we intake. That is, to build our muscles, tone our body etc. Proteins also help to grow our hair, tighten our skin, improve our BMI and metabolic rate.
Aerobics or a sustained activity over long period prevent glycogen and fatty acids from deposition. How? In the presence of oxygen any aerobic activity produce Energy(ATP) from the glycogen and fatty acids available in the blood.
After rendering all this gyaan, I would say, don’t workout for the sake of utilizing some protein, carbs or fats. Workout for fun and eat home made food without any hassle. All this burning of calories and building of muscles will be taken care by our body itself.