Monday, January 22, 2007

Forget the Fad Diets!!!

Fitness Spa has just begun the Biggest Loser Contest and we are looking for excited contestants. Proper nutrition paired with daily exercise is the perfect way to increase your chances of becoming the “Biggest Loser.” Here are some tips to help you achieve your weight loss goals during the contest:

Always remember that fad diets do not get the job done!

If you are counting calories, here is one way to calculate your calorie intake: Decide your ideal body weight then add a zero and that will be the minimum. Be sure you consume no less than 1200 calories.

Since you are exercising, it is important that you eat much more to give your body the nutrients it needs to give you energy and repair and build muscle.

Keep your diet balanced with plenty of protein, fats such as plant oils, and yes, carbohydrates (brain food and energy source.) Complement this plan with 5-10 bottles (16.9 fl oz) of water. Water is necessary to metabolize fat as well as other functions in your body so drink many glasses of pure water. Tea, coffee, diet soda, or other beverages do not count.

Grazing all day on healthy foods is a great way to level blood sugar and keep your metabolism high. Put an end to cravings! Eat small meals or snacks every 3 hours.

Serving size is important. For best results, follow these guidelines:

Protein – 10 grams* per serving

Carbohydrate – 15 grams per serving

Fat – 10 grams per serving

*This is equal to 3 oz. of white meat or fish. Red meat should be avoided for the 6 weeks of competition for best results.

Eat up to 4 servings of protein, up to 4 servings of fats, and up to 6 servings of carbohydrates. On this plan, all dairy is considered a fat, even non-fat products. Fill the rest of your daily diet with unlimited fruits and veggies (but try to eat more veggies than fruits.) Try to eat 4 servings of fruit (medium sized apple or ½ cup chopped) and 5 servings of veggies. Good nutrition is key to weight loss and health. Come by Fitness Spa and get measured for the Biggest Loser Contest