Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Food Is Not the Problem... Food Is the Solution

Eating to Lose Weight & Bodyfat

While it seems harmless — and possibly even beneficial to weight loss — to skip a meal or a snack from time to time, this common scenario may actually be setting your body up to gain weight.

How is it possible to gain weight by NOT eating?

The first goal of the Ultra Fit Program is to eliminate cravings. Skipping meals and snacks causes exaggerated swings in blood sugar, which may encourage these cravings to return. This may cause you to splurge on unhealthy foods, thus reversing your weight-loss progress.

Skipping too many meals can prompt your body to go into starvation mode. In order to conserve energy and resources, your metabolism will start to slow down, ultimately causing your weight loss to stall. You will also lose muscle and not recover from your strength training workouts if you are not fueling your body with quality meals. This loss in muscle will also slow down your metabolic rate and stall all progress.

So what should you do if you're just not hungry?

Don't fall into the common trap of mistaking your diminished cravings for diminished hunger. If you're following the Ultra Fit eating plan correctly — eating regular meals throughout the day — you will begin to get hungrier but you won't feel as ravenous as you did in the past as long as you are eating all of your meals on time. By eating regular Ultra Fit meals daily, you will increase your lean muscle, increase your metabolic rate and look and feel better than ever!


Monday, March 2, 2009

Why Limit Sodium?

Why should I limit salt?

Too much sodium prevents the body from filtering properly which will cause your metabolic rate to slow down by working less efficiently. Sodium is a killer and anything high in sodium must be avoided. A diet high in salt can raise your blood pressure or may contribute to fluid retention, which makes your heart work harder, and may cause shortness of breath and swollen legs, ankles, and feet.

How much do I need?

Every protein food (egg whites, chicken, fish, meat, turkey) is naturally high in sodium but is necessary for a healthy diet to build muscle and lose fat. Therefore it is important to avoid any foods that have salt, sodium, sodium benzoate and any other sodium preservative present in the ingredients. Read food labels and select wisely when following the Ultra Fit program at Coop's Health & Fitness. The Ultra Fit program is the healthiest nutritional program and produces the best results in fat loss, lean muscle gain, lowering cholesterol, lowering blood pressure, sustaining blood sugar levels, increasing energy, improving strength and affording a better quality of life.

To limit salt:

  • Do not use salt at the table.
  • Avoid canned and processed foods: soups, vegetables, meats, cheese, commercial breads, muffins, pastries and instant cereals.
  • Omit salty foods such as pickles, olives, sauerkraut, chips, crackers, T.V. dinners, hot dogs, luncheon meats, sausage, salt pork, chipped and corned beef, and commercial salad dressings.
  • Omit high sodium seasonings: garlic salt, onion salt, and seasoning salts, bouillon & soy sauce.
  • Omit prepared rice, pasta, and dried soup mixes, Hamburger Helper, and Shake & Bake type products.
  • Avoid fast foods.
  • Request no salt to be added to your meals when eating out.