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Focus and determination Sugar is addictive, and while is moderate doses it isn't harmful the effects of high doses of sugar lead to insulin spike and dependence, with removal or reduction in sugar leading to withdrawal symptoms similar to of opioids. Sodas (and most juices) are even worse, as not only do they contain sugar, but caffeine which is also ...


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What matters more than the time on the clock when you eat is the content and frequency. Consider the following facts about the pancreatic function: It takes 6 hours from the last carb you ate for your pancreas to switch from producing insulin to producing glucogon. Glucogon is a fat burning hormone, and is designed to maintain a minimum blood sugar, and ...


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Right before your workout: Like you said, it's best not to exercise on a full stomach, so you should avoid large meals for about 1.5-2 hours beforehand. This will obviously vary depending on how long it takes you to digest. However, it's also really difficult to work out if you're hungry, so if you need a snack right before you exercise you should choose ...


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In the vast majority of cases, it doesn't matter when you eat. What matters is what you eat and how much of it. If you take in more calories than you spend, you gain weight. If you take in fewer, you loose weight. With this said, you need to find a method that is sustainable for you. Most diets fail because people can't sustain the effort. So it's critical ...


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Not sure why this is getting downvoted, but there is no surefire, fast, "urgent" way to get healthy. There are no shortcuts to becoming healthy or fit. Thinking otherwise is dangerous. This is also a very difficult question to answer, because it's vague. But the bottom line is, eat healthy, and become more active. Learn more about healthy nutrition from ...


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Precisely what foods you need to focus on is going to depend entirely on your past diet, your current health situation, and your goals. There are, however, a few basics that anyone can implement for a better life pretty much right away. Rid yourself of artificial anythings: This includes artificial sweeteners, overprocessed TV dinners, chemicalized ...


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http://www.leangains.com/ This is the site of Martin Berkhan, who is a guy who has based his entire coaching on the concept of intermittent fasting. He is a Swede, but the site is in English. It's quite a large repository of info, and it includes a bunch of before / after testimonies from some of his clients. Personally, I've had very good results with ...


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It takes 30 to 40 minutes for food to digest in your stomach and 3 to 4 hours for it to absorb in your intestines. I agree that there is no strict formula for this, since it also depends on what you eat and how you intend to expend that energy. From my experience if I eat a large meal which is heavy in carbohydrates I see my best performance with a high ...


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If you look at the nutrition value of the bar it looks like their claims are largely BS. The product has high amounts of sugar and seems to fit into the mid-to-high GI/GL bracket so won't be providing a slow intake of energy (low GI foods are associated with this). And the feeling full factor is likely to come from the 500ml of water you're drinking with it ...


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This is whats happening: I'm still growing. You are thirteen, and say you are classified as 'overweight', so I'll assume you are talking about your BMI and aren't considered 'obese'. Usually metrics like this are calibrated for adults, usually for males and are based on limit studies. BMI is useful at the population level and can be a useful metric in ...


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To put it bluntly: Deal with it. If you want to lose weight, and need to cut your calories, thats about all you can do. If you are eating twice your daily requirements, cutting back your intake by half is going to suck. The human body is realtively unintelligent, and if you've trained it to expect a large amount of food throughout the day, it will be ...


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The body seems to be able to do a fantastic job of regulating its weight no matter how much or how little we eat. See this study (discussed in detail here) where lean people tried to gain as much weight as possible, tripling their calories and becoming sedentary. They had a hugely difficult time gaining, and lost it all quickly when the study ended. The ...


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Nope. I've switched to a mostly vegetarian diet over the past few years, and one thing I've noticed is how much more satisfying foods rich in dietary fiber are; although you do need to be careful not to eat too much fiber in a short period of time or your digestive system will not be happy. On the other hand, they are full of crap in the sense that their ...


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Hunger is the physiological drive to eat, influenced by hormones, nutrient levels in the body, and eating patterns. Scientists differentiate this from appetite, which is the psychological drive to eat. I wont discuss appetite here. Scientists also differentiate between hunger and satiety (fullness), because they are regulated by different centres. I will ...


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"Feeling hungry" is a chemical and physiological response to lack of nutrients in the bloodstream. When the bloodstream is sufficiently filled with nutrients for the body's use, the brain slows the digestive process in the stomach. When the nutrients in the blood are absorbed or used (turned to fat or burned), then the brain resumes the digestive process. ...


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You aren't making them any more difficult, but you're making it a little more difficult for your body to process the food, not on the chemical level, but rather on the physical level, you know, with all the motion around your stomach and with your intestines, etc. Basically, if you have a 'strong stomach' and you don't really feel anything wrong while ...


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If you start exercising and you throw up, you need to wait longer next time. BTW, you're probably not trying to "lose weight", you're trying to lose fat. In any case, look into weight lifting, it's quite a bit more effective in terms of results per time spent exercising.


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Potatoes, like corn are a very starchy food. As a result it has a higher carbohydrate content than green vegetables and other foods that are known to be more healthy for you. According to Self Nutrition Data potatoes have a decent amount of vitamins, and the proteins it has (while not much) are complete. That said, the glycemic load is what you want to be ...


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Pre-Workout: I use to have a protein shake ahead of time, now I just have some caffeine to help with the intensity of my workout. I also have some ibuprofen or some other anti-inflammatory for my joints. I talk more about pre-workout nutrition below, and some of the Useful links discuss this also. Post-Workout: You should eat as soon as you can after ...


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It is possible that if you eat nothing but protein, you may starve even if you're theoretically eating enough calories. The reason being that there is a maximum amount of protein your liver can process for calories per day, and it is below the number of calories you burn per day. This is called Rabbit Starvation Syndrome (after settlers who were starving ...


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A goal weight is a terrible goal. If you were 58kg were mostly fat with very little muscle mass, would you be any happier that you are now? Additionally, during your last month you might have lost two pounds of fat, but gained two pounds of muscle, making you stronger, an potentially leaner without you realising. Does this make the last month a waste? You ...


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We have evolved in such a way that our bodies are able to store extra food. This is in part the reason we can consume more than we need, and without even realizing it. The mind only realizes that enough food has been eaten 20 or 30 minutes after the fact (The Spark, Ratey). So if you are still hungry after that period of time, then you didn't eat enough. I ...


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I wouldn't worry about eating right before sleeping. This easy to read article summarizes a study done with groups of people eating at different times of the day to see if it had any effect on fat loss/gain. In addition to this there is also anecdotal evidence gleaned from Muslims fasting during the month of Ramadan (all food is eaten close to sleeping). For ...


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Only proteins or vitamins?No carbohydrates and no fat?? Well the thing is, if you eat more than your body burns, you will become fat, even if you don't eat fat at all. Carbohydrates are very energy dense, so if you eat too much carbohydrates your body will store the extra energy in fat cells. So if your daily energy intake is too big you'll get fat. Also ...


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5 lbs lost could be 5 lbs lost all over your body. If you're pretty overweight it's going to take much longer than 2 months for you to start seeing SIGNIFICANT(keyword) differences in composition. As harsh as the reality is, I like to repeat the one thing that I read at one time that was also told to someone else: It took a long time for you to allow your ...


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Your body needs certain nutrients, and any balanced diet will have those nutrients in the right proportions. However, within that general framework is a lot of latitude. Take for instance the "maintenance diet" that I was given when I finished my diet: Breakfast: 1 serving carb, 1 serving fat, 1 serving protein, 1 serving fruit Lunch: 1 serving protein, ...


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A recent study associated potato consumption with weight gain of one or more pounds per year, depending on how the potatoes were prepared: Mozaffarian D. Tao Hao PH. Rimm EB.Willett WC. Hu PH. Hu FB. Changes in diet and lifestyle and long-term weight gain in women and men. N Engl J Med. 2011;364(25):2392-2404. On the other hand, potatoes are a whole food ...


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There is no reason why you shouldn't eat shortly before going to bed as long as you remain within your nutritional requirements for the whole day. There has been no study I'm aware of that has shown any correlation with food timing and body composition. There is a clear correlation with body composition and food content. The biggest concern is with sleep ...


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I put this much detail into this post because I am concerned about your weight, and dietary preferences beyond just the sugar from soda. Lego's answer is quite comprehensive, but to me it sounds way too painful, unnecessary and unnatural. Unnatural because your metabolism will still be dealing with carbs, doesn't matter how complex or what glycemic index ...


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There is almost nothing better you can do for yourself than to quit drinking soda. A number of recent studies have shown that the rise of obesity in less-developed countries is almost entirely due to soda! Just the availability of soda, without any other changes to the diet, is enough to significantly tip the epidemiology of a population. Anyways, if you ...



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