A lot of men’s magazines show various ways on how one can effectively lose weight. One of the most common tips of all is going to the gym. The question is “What if you do not have time for the gym?” Well, the answer to that is simple: you have lesser chance to achieve your weight goal. Some men do not realize this but is important to exert some effort when it comes to shedding off some body fat. If you really have no time to go to the gym, another alternative is doing exercises at home. Some articles also suggest that men can take protein shakes while performing some exercises. Of course, the most important thing to remember is undertaking a nutritious diet that will guarantee the fastest way of losing that excess fat in your body.
In an article at Muscle and Fitness, Beth Sonnenberg introduced Get-Lean Diet which guarantees one to get seriously shredded in just 28 days with the right plan and the right discipline. According to the author:
To reach your get-lean goal, you must also follow a get-lean diet. Why? Even if you work out hard for an hour every day, that still leaves 23 more hours for you to wreck all your hard work in the gym with just one slip-up: a measly handful of chips, a beer with the guys or a burger at lunch. Diet is a huge, so to speak, part of the fat-loss equation. It’s the backbone of your entire plan, the foundation of a hard body.
Following this type of diet requires you to eat at least 1 gram of protein per pound of bodyweight, daily. It is also highly recommended that you keep carbohydrates in your body from low to moderate especially that you are trying to lose weight. The most important thing to do to achieve your get-lean goal is to drink at least a gallon of water per day. Jim Juge, a Bodybuilding nutrition consultant, says that nutrition determines your success or failure, plain and simple. According to him: “The diet is 65% of what you need to get in shape.”
Christopher Mohr, PH.D., RD, in his article at Men’s Health, said that the most effective way to instantly lose weight is to eat food that fill you up. It is his view that:
Refined carbohydrates are foods from which the grain—and most of the nutritional value—is extracted when processed. Think white bread, pretzels, and plain pasta. They spike your blood sugar which then drops like a roller-coaster, making you hungry for more. Replace refined carbs with a cup of fat-free cottage cheese with fruit or wild salmon. The protein-filled foods will keep you fuller and prevent overeating, as well as helping you build and maintain lean-muscle mass. Choosing foods with 20 to 30 grams of protein and/or more healthy fiber is crucial.
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Nowadays, lots of people are becoming more interested in losing weight not only to look good but also to have a healthier body. More individuals are shifting from having a sedentary lifestyle to a healthier one. Weight loss management is not an easy thing to do. It requires determination, motivation and most of all, hard work. There are some sacrifices that needs to be done in order to achieve one’s primary goal of having a fit and healthy body. A person cannot lose weight by simply doing physical activities like running in the morning, attending yoga classes or performing some exercises. It must be paired with a balanced diet – this means getting the right nutrients for the body by eating vegetables and fruits but at the same time avoiding some food items like desserts, pizza and sodas. The question that comes in now is “Can one do fasting for effective weight loss and is it sustainable?”
The body can survive longer without food
In an article published in Women’s Health and Fitness, Dr. Alan Barclay, an accredited practising dieticians from the Dietitians Association of Australia, says that short stints are harmless. He emphasized that the body can survive fasting for food but definitely not water.
“As far as benefits to the body, going for a day won’t harm the body, but if you fast for longer you immediately use up your body’s glycogen stores as an energy fuel so you lose weight fairly rapidly.” The body can go only two to three days without water, but it can survive for longer without food. Prof Brand-Miller says in the short term we can hold out for 12 to 24 hours before our carbohydrate stores are empty and we need to begin breaking down fat and protein to provide fuel for the brain. “In the longer term, we can go without food (but not water) for four to eight weeks, drawing on stores of fat and protein to keep the engine going,” she says.
However, it is important to note that one cannot just go on fasting without visiting a medical professional. Long fasting can trigger the illnesses in your body which may get worse due to the improper intake of food. This is the reason why it is highly recommended to visit a physician first before you start “no food diet.”
No food diet may slow your metabolism
In another article, the claim is that this kind of diet may, instead of speeding up, slow down your metabolism. Dr. Cederquists said that: “When your body starts losing essential fluids on a no food diet, this can disrupt its liquid and electrolyte balance causing gastrointestinal distress, headaches, irritability, fatigue, and dehydration.” He mentioned in the article “The Mysterious Appeal of The No-Food Diet” that the best way of getting yourself on a healthy diet, is to choose a plan that contains good doses of fiber. Fiber is great because it can give your body the nutrition it needs, without sacrificing necessary body fluids in order for your body to maintain its function.
The No-Eating Diet
Below is an interesting video from one of the episodes of “The Doctors” wherein one person’s solution to his dilemma was to stop eating altogether. He replaced his regular meals with his own mixed drink.
The bottom point is that one cannot just go on with a no-food diet immediately. It is imperative that there is a need to check first whether or not the body can endure the no-eating diet for a long period of time. Also, there is an emphasis on water intake while practising this kind of diet. As mentioned above, one can survive for long days without food but definitely not without water. Make sure that when you try this diet, you still take the proper nutrients that your body needs by replacing food with the right substitutes such as a healthy drink full of fiber.