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Digestive Enzymes for Weight Loss – Building Healthy Bacteria to Lose Weight

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Digestion is probably not the first place you look when aiming for your weight loss goals but it's so often overlooked that its important to step back and take a look at your digestive system. It's not the most pleasant topic but you should start out by asking yourself a few important questions.

  • Do you clear your bowels 2-3 times a day (typically you should give yourself for every meal of the day, makes sense)
  • Do you suffer from bloating or stomach pains after eating
  • Are you constipated or the opposite

Some very simple questions that only you will be able to answer and from here you can determine if your gut needs a little extra push to help process all those foods and vitamins you are consuming. Without a proper digestive system you can be left feeling bloated, unable to process foods and most worriedly unable to process the vitamins and nutrients from your food which can severely obstruct your chances of losing weight naturally.

I do not mean to be disturbing but it's very rare to go to a public toilet and hear many healthy bowel movements, not that you should be listening, but its a clear sign that we should be paying more attention to our digestive health.

There are two types of digestive supplements you can try

The first one is a probiotic, which is natural bacteria made in food such as natural yoghurt which are beneficial bacteria which help to get everything working as it should. You can either get this bacteria from eating natural unprocessed yoghurt or in capsule form for those sensitive to casein protein. Remember to always keep your yoghurt and capsules refrigerated to make sure those little bacteria dogs do not die, after all they are living and need to be fit and healthy to run around your gut and help you out.

The other form of digestive supplement is a pancreatic enzyme or digestive enzyme and these are usually in capsule form an contain natural enzymes that your pancreas produces which can be great for someone who is on a high protein diet which may need more effort to process or if your body needs a little extra help digesting the foods you eat. … Read More

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Burn Fat Without Losing Muscle Mass

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Millions of people today want to lose weight. However, the average person does not know how to burn fat without losing muscle mass. Not only that, they do not realize that simply burning fat is not enough. You also have to keep your muscle mass, or you'll end up soft and weak.

Your body will adapt to the stimulus you give it. So, if you give your body a reason to keep or build muscle, it will. If you do not, it will not. Maybe oversimplified, but valid. And that's the reason you can lose muscle mass if your main mode of exercise is traditional cardio, like walking or jogging. Low intensity exercices like these can help you lose weight, but they do not give your body a reason to keep its muscle.

So, what's the solution? The simplest step is to add an element of resistance to your workouts. A simple weight training program of large-movement, multi-joint exercises will do the trick for most. If you're just starting out, try a program of deadlifts and overhead presses, five sets of five repetitions, two to three times a week.

The next step is to get more out of your cardio workouts. One method that is growing in popularity is interval training. Interval training consists of a series of short, intenet bursts of work followed by a short period of low intensity recovery. Here's an example using an exercise bike with adjustable resistance:

  1. Warm up for 5 minutes
  2. Sprint – high resistance, high speed – for 30 seconds
  3. Rest – low resistance, low speed – for 1 minute
  4. Repeat the Sprint / Rest sequence 3-5 times
  5. Cool down for 10 minutes

Funny how less than 10 minutes of real work gets your heart racing more than 30 minutes of walking. You'll probably also notice that you feel your muscles more. These are some of the things that make interval training so effective, offering these benefits:

  • Efficiency. You get a better workout in a shorter period of time than you do with those 30-minute to hour-long treadmill walks.
  • Intensity. Because the intensity level is raised – even for a short time – you encourage your body to keep its muscle mass.
  • Higher metabolism. It has been shown that interval training allows your body to continue to burn fat for up to 24 hours after your workout. This is apparently due to the higher intensity and / or the "shock to your system" of the repeated "hard-easy-hard-easy" cycle.
  • Portability. Interval training can be done with several different types of equipment, even no equipment at all, and just about anywhere. Even a simple program of sprinting and walking will work.

There's a reason why interval training is growing in popularity: because it's an excellent option when you want to burn fat without losing muscle mass. When your goal is to lose weight, you want to end up with firm muscles that have strength and tone to them. Interval training along with a smart diet … Read More