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A Change in Plans April 7, 2009

Posted by paripl110707 in Large Midday Meal, Same Principles, Small Snack, Snack.
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If you don’t exercise at noon but you do at other times of the day, apply the same principles spelled out in “Eat the Clock”, but adjust them to fit  your schedule.  For example:

► If you exercise in the morning, have a larger dinner (a meat dish, with a side of pasta with red sauce, bread and salad) the night before.  The extra energy will carry over into the morning.  Then have a small snack and plenty of water early in the morning.  A piece of  fruit is fine.  Have a cup of coffee 30 minutes before you hit the gym, it you’re so inclined.  (If you have hypertension, check this out with your doctor first.)  after the workout, have another small dose of carbohydrate (a low-fat muffin, bagel, yogurt)  to replenish your energy stores.

  If you exercise right after work, make sure you have a little more protein at lunch, to provide the extra mental energy needed to get through the afternoon.  But don’t overdo it.  Sluggishness is more common in people who eat large midday meals.  These are the people you often find unconscious at their desks around 2 p.m, and applying for unemployment benefits shortly thereafter.  Have a small snack—a nut mix or a piece of fruit on the way to the gym.  Have a soft drink, too.  It has considerably less caffeine than coffee, so it’s less likely to keep you up at night, but it may pack enough of a jolt to perk you up.  For dinner, cut back on the meal, because you’ll be eating most of your protein at lunch.  Instead, beef up the meal with carbohydrate-rich pasta.

How Low Can You Go (2) March 30, 2009

Posted by paripl110707 in Excess Weight Off, Fiery Compound Metabolism, Good Digestion, Less Calorie-burn, More Energy, Pill Form.
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Soda Falls Flat  Digesting food and drink is calorie-burning work; it’s called the “thermic effect.”  But sugary soft drinks cause less calorie burn than beverages that contain a blend of nutrients.  Researchers at New York City’s St. Luke’s Hospital gave 20 patients either sugar water or a beverage containing a mixture of protein, fat, and carbohydrate, like chocolate milk,.  “The mixed-nutrient beverage resulted in a thermic effect 36 percent greater than that of the sugar drink.  The combo drink took more energy to digest, which increased calorie burn by 23 calories.  That may not sound like much, but it could add up to pounds over a year’s time.

Fire in the Belly  Capsaicin, the fiery compound metabolism.  But taking capsaicin in pill form won’t help you keep excess weight off.  In a 17-week Danish study of people who had recently lost nearly 8 percent of their body weight, those taking daily capsaicin supplements were just as likely to put the pounds back on as the people swallowing a placebo.  That isn’t to say the supplements don’t start a fire; people in the study reported a burning feeling in their stomach[s] after taking the capsules.