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Weight Loss Plan – Planning to Eat Like a Winner

Evidence has shown that proper weight loss plans require nutrition and fluid taken in prior to engaging in competition results in increased endurance. Results also show that competitors who ingest nutrients minutes before exercise find the activity less rigorous and feel better than those who fast. On the other hand, taking in nutrients too close to working out risks the possibility of suffering gastrointestinal distress. If you are struggling with your weight these weight loss tips are for you.

Good nutrition is key for good health and optimal performance during any attempt to lose weight healthily. Physical exertion, whether easy or strenuous, demands more nutrients. Selecting the right nutrients and fluids before exercise is essential for doing your best, whether for jogging, heavy duty workout, or in a competition.

Preparing Before Workout

Guidelines for intake prior to activity:

Three Hours before competition

Food is only of use once it has been broken down and absorbed. Your body needs time after food ingestion to convert food into fuel available during the exercise. Conversion time is determined by on the amount and kind of foods ingested. Large quantities of nutrients take longer to digest over a longer period of time than smaller amounts of food. Trial and error is the only way to find the timing that best suits your individual needs. Generally, athletes in athletics involving sports where the body is supported are able to ingest more food than sports where the gut is bounced about during strenuous exercise.

Pre-Activity Hydration – It is recommended to take in 16 to 24 ounces of water/sports drink one to two hours prior to your competition. Proper hydration for your body will keep your body cells functioning optimally. Dehydration can result in decreased ability to perform, severe dehydration can result in medical problems. Competitors or those engaged in exercise are already under hydrated by the time they become thirsty. Water replacement should begin before feeling thirsty. Begin consuming water a few minutes prior to exercise and continuing to drink during the event will help you maintain blood glucose levels. Take in approximately four to eight ounces immediately before starting the exercise. you are within 2 to 3 hours of an activity eat a snack or decrease the size of your planned meal.

Pre-Workout Eating – Choose foods that contain a majority of complex carbohydrates, moderate amounts of protein, and are low-fat. Foods high in fat, protein and fiber take longer to break down than other foods. Low Glicemic Index foods are good for the pre-event meal because they digest slower and providing a continuous supply of glucose while exercising maintaining blood sugar levels over a longer period.

Pre-Activity meals should contain 90 to 225 grams of carbs. Carbs are foods that can be converted to energy for the body the the most quickly. Carbohydrate types vary from complex carbohydrates (vegetables, fruits, and starches), containing fiber to simple sugars (juice, desserts, and sweets). Carbohydrate loading is needed if you are engaging in nonstop exercise for 90 minutes or more. Carbohydrate loading is performance enhancing in marathons, hiking, biking, or other constant activities.

Post-Activity Meals – This meal is important. The post-event meal provides the nutrients to recuperate from working out and replace the energy lost from training. After working out your metabolism is racing and can use more nutrients at once and not store it as fat. The post-event should be your biggest meal.

Eating like a winner involves planning to win. For the winner, planning the pre-workout, post-event, food and fluid intake is critical to achieve peak performance. A winner makes a plan, researches weight loss tips that have worked for others and integrates those tips into their own plan.

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