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Sep. 30.

Welcome to the Sweet Side

Welcome to the Sweet Side

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What is sugar?

Sugars come in the form of carbohydrates. There are two basic categories: complex and simple.

Complex: Have 3 or more sugars linked together. Complex, usually contain fiber and more micronutrients, causing a slower rise in blood sugar levels.

Simple: Have 1 or 2 sugars linked together. They are quickly absorbed in the blood stream and first to be used for energy. They will cause a quicker rise in blood sugar levels.

A list of sugars:

Sucrose

Glucose

HFCS

Fructose

Maltose

Lactose

Galactose

Maltodextrin

 

How is sugar used in the body?

Sugar enters the body via the blood stream. Once blood sugar levels rise the pancreas starts to produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that communicates to cells to absorb glucose and use it for energy. As cells take in sugar the blood sugar level will drop. This will then signal again to the pancreas to produce glucagon; glucagon communicates to the liver telling it to release stored sugars. This process insures the body is getting adequate energy along with the brain.

Sugar is needed because insulin is needed. Without insulin the body will not use glucose for energy.

The glycemic index indicates how fast various carbohydrates enter the blood stream. The higher the number the faster it enters the blood stream. Fifty-five or below is considered low on the GI index, on behalf of Tour de Pizza we would like to mention how low pizza is on the glycemic index!

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Who should watch sugar intake?

Most Americans eat 22 teaspoons of sugar a day, equaling 350 extra calories, by the end of the week that’s 2,450 extra calories!  Sugar intake probably should be monitored by most Americans. Also those with type 2 diabetes, for their bodies either ignore the insulin or don’t produce enough of it. Type 1 diabetes the body does not produce insulin.

If you do not have health concerns where you are recommended to watch your sugar intake, moderation is key. A Few cookies a day or a small cup of ice cream will not hinder your fitness goals.

When is best to indulge?

It makes sense to most to eat sugar in the morning, allowing it to be used all day for energy not causing fat gain. This may actually have the opposite effect.  In the morning you are just waking from a fast, making the body more sensitive to insulin. Whether you eat a donut before bed or at breakfast, glucose and insulin are the same to the body, the only difference is the body may be slightly more sensitive to the insulin in the morning, after fasting through the night.

Pre and post workout are good times to use insulin to help with recovery and performance. Eating a larger amount of glucose pre workout will help fuel you muscles during the workout since blood glucose is readily used for muscle contraction. Sucrose is ideal for it is made of both glucose and fructose. This may be because mixtures of sugars absorb quickly and cause the greatest break down of carbohydrates for energy (oxidation), which will in turn increase performance. Post workout sugars will fill glycogen stores that were burned while training; promoting a faster recovery and avoiding an energy crash after exercise.

Artificial sweeteners and hunger

Without diving too deep into this topic, artificial sugars and natural sugars need to be balanced in ones diet. If the body is too low in sugar it will cause hunger and most times a fat craving causing excess calorie consumption. High carbohydrates diets are less likely to provide excess energy (calories) than those of high fat diets. High carbohydrate diets are also more sustainable over a long period of time.

 

Too much or too little of anything can be harmful and/or toxic.

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Sep. 25.

Operation Fit Mom: 6 week Post Pregnancy

Operation Fit Mom: 6 week Post Pregnancy

Ugh! Working out is so hard! I actually complained during a workout yesterday because everything has never been this difficult! When it comes to nutrition, it is relieving to know I can now loose weight without starving or conforming to rigid eating habits. In the past I would loose weight by dramatically changing my lifestyle  (eating less, increasing cardio, eating “clean”) in such ways that I would take two weeks just mentally preparing for it. Then by day 3 I would already be dreaming of foods I’d restricted myself from! And people deny eating this way is a disorder?!

I’m so blessed to have the knowledge and the opportunity to increase my knowledge and learn nutrition more in depth. Though it does not happen in 30 days, I am on track loosing fat eating what I love, never feeling starved and training the least amount possible.

The three workouts I’ve done thus far consisted of 30 minutes of body weight exercises in my living room as my son does not always allow me to go out of the house. Body weight workouts in the past were almost never challenging enough; this time I barely survived even with the 3 minute rest intervals!

My nutritional plan:  Like many new clients struggle, I found it a little bit of a challenge the first two weeks accurately tracking my numbers and getting into the habit again on calculating what I eat. My food increased today as I am training twice per week now. I am still eating flexibly in my macros and approximately 2100 kcals; pizza and Chinese were on the menu today. Carbohydrates are well over 200 so cereal has also been a high carb food of choice this week. I dont time my meals or have a certain amount a day. And I still drink diet coke (its the only caffeine I get!;p) along with making sure I meet my water requirements.

My goals right now: To be patient (lol)..I can not focus on weight goals. I had a few eating disorders in the past so the scale too often could become dangerous territory. I also am not in a calorie deficit due to breastfeeding so my weight may not drop as quickly.

My weight: 171

My 4 week Progression

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4 weeks:
Approximately 3lbs down, only 3-30 minute workouts in the 4 weeks, I eat what I want and track my macros :)..that is all, excited for what the next 4 weeks bring!

A key to success in fitness goals is embracing every step along the way

 

 

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Apr. 03.

Introduction to Nutrition

Introduction into Nutrition

Marketing, Media and the age of DIETS can get confusing and conflicting..Lets start with the basics!

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Weight loss, muscle gain, fat gain or maintaining weight are done by a equation of calories in to calories out, a law known as thermodynamics. Though your nutritional and cardiovascular needs may vary slightly, your body type, genetics and body composition do not influence fat loss as much as poor nutrition. Eat big, meaning eat more calories than you expend you will get big! “Eating big” having no relevance to carbohydrates but calories in general. Eat less calories than you expend you will get smaller, not meaning leaner, tighter or more fit…just smaller!

As a trainer I often hear how women do not want to get big. I realize they feel the need to tell me because I do carry around a lot of muscle but my muscle has little to do with lifting weights. Muscle has to do with eating, if I did not eat and lifted, I would not grow. If you “eat big” (more calories than your body expends) and lift weights you will build muscle. If you eat less than your body needs, which majority of people do and lift you will not gain muscle quickly; actually your body over time will do the opposite of what you want and you will gain fat and loose muscle.

One confusing but backed by science tip: Remember the body is made for survival! If you workout and do not eat enough the body will believe you will never feed it and it will shut down it’s metabolism and burn muscle for energy! Eventually resulting in more fat gain!

A few basic tips to begin weight loss:

  1. Evaluate your eating! Is there a time of day you over eat portions?  Are you eating from ALL food groups (yes, even carbohydrates)? Are you eating fibrous foods? Tracking your eating habits for a week or two is a great way to start to improve areas that need worked on.
  2. Are you thirsty or hungry? Though different hormones are released in response to being thirsty and hungry you may not know the difference! Tip: Before reaching for another snack try drinking a glass water!
  3. Are you like this hamster who runs on his wheel everyday but feels like his weight loss is getting no where!? If you are doing cardio every day or at least 3 times a week and not loosing fat, something definitely needs adjusting! Cut back on the cardio, let your diet and body’s metabolism work for you!

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All topics will be discussed in detail in later posts. All the knowledge I share in future posts is not my own. I am in constant research and have learned from many knowledge doctors and athletes as well as nutritional and anatomy courses. My own experiences though challenging have taught me first hand about the body. I have overcame anorexia and over came a damaged metabolism from competing and dieting improperly in the past.

Start to change health hindering habits today! Take this week to being making small changes. Week by week join in on the blog posts, ask questions, stop by our studio and get motivated! If someone else can make the changes so can you!

Nutrition is not about diets!

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Apr. 03.

The Biggest Challenge Yet

 The Biggest Challenge Yet

Pregnancy Fitness

     I am almost 19 weeks pregnant and already feeling huge! I know I am gaining fat a little faster than I should so I will just say that now to hold myself accountable. :/ 

So far my thoughts about being pregnant are..I think I will stick with one baby! (lol) My husband and I saw our baby BOY for the first time about 3 ½ weeks ago, it was a very exciting moment. I am not excited all the time for being pregnant is a struggle for me mentally.

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Baby Boy! 15 weeks 4 days sonogram

Stress of life is a given and my life is far from stress-less; usually I would focus on my training and that would somehow help me deal with every other aspect of my life. Training today is far from fun! It is something I am trying to learn from but when you feel like you are taking 100 steps back in your physique and your training it becomes very discouraging. I have been training maybe twice a week! I am still trying to lose muscle therefore hitting the weights twice a week is all I do. Cardio training I only did once a week before pregnancy so why start now!? Haha I can not sprint, run, or pull a sled..so why even do anything!? Silly for some people to hear I’d rather pull a sled than go for walks…must be something about the puking feeling.;)

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Deadlifting light weight! @ about 18 weeks

Training with the baby has taught me two important lessons about myself and others. First, I feel for my over weight and obese clients whom have never exercised before. I am out of breathe quickly and get fatigued quickly;  I have a new appreciation for some of my clients so much so that I almost want to take it easier on you!;) Second, no doubt I am a fitness freak, fitness junkie and addict because not being able to practice what I preach to the MAX is KILLING me! :P

 

On a happier note…I do crave salads, fruits and vegetables. I do not crave chicken at all! (lol)  I do crave sweets but try to only indulge twice a week.:/ Anorexia to pregnancy is no easy venture but I am determined to do my best in continuing to train during my pregnancy. 

Things I have ate I never thought I would!:

  1. A whole bag of Doritos in 1 day.
  2. 2 whole bags of grapes in 2 days.
  3. No hesitation for eating ANY desserts!
  4. Box of Rits Bits in 1 day.
  5. Box of Cheese Its in 1 day.

Total weight gained thus far: 9lbs

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