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Month: December 2016

Top Nutrition and Health Tips this Christmas Season

22 December 2016

The holiday season is all about family, festivities, fun, and – of course – food. Now that Christmas and New Year are just around the corner, we are yet again faced with bountiful and delicious overflowing buffets and banquets. Since it only comes once a year, a lot of us wouldn’t hesitate to indulge. But did you know that during the Christmas period, Australians gain around 0.8 to 1.5 kg over this holiday season? It may not sound like a lot, but studies have also shown that people are rarely able to lose their holiday weight gains. Although being healthy seems so challenging during this time, being able to know how to work your way around the temptations will be your best bet to keeping your health and nutrition in check.  Here are just some nutrition and health tips for this Christmas season: Prepare yourself before your Christmas Parties Going to a party on an empty stomach empty stomach will only leave you eating more than you should. Take a light snack, like a plate of salad or a piece of sandwich, before going to your Christmas party. Also, make sure that you are well hydrated. Thirst often mimics hunger...

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Why Do Fad Diets Fail?

15 December 2016

After weeks or months of ignoring your diet and exercise, figuring our how much you weigh may seem like a daunting task. After realizing that you have been loading up on your weight more and more, the decision of undergoing a diet kicks in. You want a diet that guarantees weight loss as fast as possible. Is this situation familiar to you? Probably. Researchers have concluded that at least 90% of people who undergo fad diets will relapse and fail after some period of time. In addition, regaining the weight you have initially lost eventually follows. Realistically, sustained weight loss in very low-calorie and strict diets is close to impossible. What's the real reason behind why fad diets fail? Read on to know more. Certain Fad Diets Eliminate Food Groups Completely cutting out carbohydrates, fats and protein will not be healthy for you in the long run. Excessive restriction on calories and important macronutrients like carbohydrates, proteins and fats can leave you body on a temporary state of hunger. Cravings will start to sink in and next thing you know, you’re bingeing on your favorite unhealthy foods. Fad Diets Only Last For A While. Diets that advocate guaranteed weight loss...

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Legumes And The Benefits of Sprouting

8 December 2016

The United Nation has declared 2016 to be the International Year of Legumes. Chickpeas, lentils, or beans -- whatever your choice of legumes are, these special group of plant foods can provide you with tremendous health benefits. As an excellent source of complex carbohydrates and fibre, legumes are able to make you feel fuller longer and help prevent midday hunger. The combination of complex carbs and fibre also promotes regular bowel movements and helps lower blood sugar levels. A serving of legumes generally provide 115 calories, 8 grams of fibre, and 20 grams of complex carbohydrates. Legumes also contain quality plant protein which makes it an ideal as a meat substitute. Occasionally choosing legumes instead of meat can improve your cholesterol levels and heart health. The Benefits of Sprouting A common trend nowadays with beans is the theory of sprouting. Sprouting is the practice of germinating by soaking, draining, and rinsing the seeds to be eaten raw or cooked. This process makes the food easier to digest and harvest the nutrients it has. Studies have suggested that there are significant differences between sprouted and sprouted legumes in terms of its protein content, starch availabilities, and presence of  certain nutrients. Legumes,...

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The Protein Misconception: Focusing on Branch-Chained Amino Acids

6 December 2016

Whether it's running, boxing, or weight lifting -- physically active adults expend more energy than the average sedentary person. Thus, they would often need additional nutrients to support their active lifestyles. Many athletes are aware that protein should be part and parcel of their diet. However, several misconceptions still surround protein, particularly on the quality and quantity one should take. The Importance of Protein While protein is critical in building muscle, eating more than the recommended amount does not equate to a toner body. Muscle growth only happens when there is a combination of proper exercise and a well-balanced diet. Protein timing also plays a vital role in muscle repair and growth. Nutrition experts recommend eating high-quality protein two hours after exercise. It's also a false claim that protein supplementation is necessary for physically active adults, especially those focusing on body-building. Protein requirement vary depending on the intensity of training. Branch Chain Amino Acids in Protein In terms of protein quality, there has been a lot of talk surrounding a special group of amino acids called Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs). These group of amino acids are called essential amino acids since they cannot be synthesized by the body. Leucine,...

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