DietBet: The Transformation Challenge with Shaun T – 28 November – 25 December 2017

This year I will celebrate my 42th birthday with my fav word: A CHALLENGE! I have just joined Shaun T @shaunt in a weight loss BET/CHALLENGE to lose 4% on my weight in 4 weeks until the 25th December 2017. It would be an amazing way to celebrate Xmas and the end of this 2017. I need some serious motivation at the moment.

I am struggling to go below 80kg (170lbs). My main goal is still going down to at least 75kg (165lbs) but it’s very, very challenging at the moment and this bet could give me that little boost I need to reach a personal weight record that I never, ever seen on the scale in my adult life, and who knows, maybe win some cash as well that’s never a bad idea! 

Don’t bullshit yourself this year again with a new year resolution, they don’t work and they never will. Whatever your goal is, lose weight, start your business or finally get rid of unhealthy people and poor relationships, the time is NOW.

You must start today, because tomorrow? Tomorrow can be too late.

If you want be part of this challenge click on the link below or visit https://www.dietbet.com/shaunt

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Reminder: When Does the Body Start to Use Muscle Tissue for Energy?

LIVESTRONG.COM – Original Article by MOLLY MCADAMS Available here

If your body runs out of other sources of fuel, it will start to use muscle tissue for energy. This is not a normal condition, and your body will only start to use muscle tissue for energy under extreme conditions, such as if you are very sick, severely malnourished or not consuming enough calories over an extended period of time to support normal body functions.

Energy Needs

Every cell in your body needs energy to perform normal body functions such as moving, breathing, maintaining your heartbeat and healing damaged tissue. Normally, carbohydrates from your diet supply the types of sugar your body uses as its main source of energy. To get enough sugar from your diet to supply your body with the energy it needs, approximately half of your daily calories should come from carbohydrates. Your body is also able to produce energy from proteins and fat, but carbohydrates are considered the best source of energy because sugar is the only fuel your brain cells and certain other body cells can use.

Metabolism

During digestion, your body breaks down carbohydrates into simple sugars that are converted to glucose, or blood sugar. Glucose travels in your blood to every cell in your body, where it is used to manufacture energy. If you consume more sugar than your body needs for immediate energy, some of the excess is converted into glycogen, a type of sugar that is stored in your muscle tissue. If your body needs glucose, and no sugar is coming in from your diet, glycogen is released from your muscles and broken down to supply enough glucose for energy to last about half a day.

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41th Birthday (Getting Vintage) – Insanity Week 4 and BodyStats Check + Considerations!

28112016-8-45amae_vintageYesterday, 27 November 2016, was my 41th Birthday, I don’t usually care but, I was really tempted to celebrate with a huge amount of “lovely crappy food”….I won against the temptation and I have decided to celebrate, instead, eating even less calories than I usually do, even because this morning I supposed to have my weight and body fat checked so it was a wise decision stay cleaned as possible.

Long story short, this morning at 6am, I started my week 4 of Insanity (Month 1) with a nice 56 minutes of Pure Cardio and Cardio ABS and then I went to check my progress with my PT.

15109360_10154035089387452_1499817315156141690_nA good celebration for my 41th birthday, I have lost 4 more Kg (Personal Weight World Record 83.5 Kg) since lat time I have checked on the 10 October 2016 and the Body fat percentage, dropped by 1.2% from 21% to 19.8%. Not too much but as I always say: one step at the time is better than no step at all.

Apparently, though, based on the stats, I am not eating enough daily calories to healthily sustain my training and my body transformation.

As part of the 4Kg loss, I also lost 0.9 kg in muscles and it seems like with the time this can damage my health. In order to prevent that….Guess? I have to eat more calories = I have to eat more food.

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Food & Sugar Cravings: A little story of success…

Behind every success there are struggles, nothing is free, nothing is easy BUT, small daily victories in little battles is what will make you win the war.

This is a story of a little battle I won against food and cravings, nothing special but something that reminds me that if you want, you have enough power within to change what is not helping you to achieve your goals and dreams.

Keep going, keep pushing.

Peace,
A.

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Focus T25 – Day 46/100 – Cheating Night: Belgian Chocolate Brownie (only 790kcal)

46 days passed since I have started of my personal “100 Days Mind and Body Transformation Challenge”, hard work and satisfaction so even if I ma not a dog, I have decided to reward myself with a nice 800 Calories Belgian Chocolate Brownie, and because I have decided to document my entire life changing journey, you can watch here my cheating video!

Keep smiling life is short!
Enjoy!

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20 Common Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Weight

When you lose weight, your body fights back.

You may be able to lose quite a lot of weight at first, without much effort.

However, weight loss may slow down or stop altogether after a while.

This article lists 20 common reasons why you’re not losing weight.

It also contains actionable tips on how to break through the plateau and get things moving again.


1. Maybe You Are Losing Without Realizing it

If you think you are experiencing a weight loss plateau, then you may not need to freak out just yet.

It is incredibly common for the scale not to budge for a few days (or weeks) at a time. This does NOT mean that you are not losing fat.

Body weight tends to fluctuate by a few pounds. It depends on the foods you are eating, and hormones can also have a major effect on how much water your body holds on to (especially in women).

Also, it is possible to gain muscle at the same time as you lose fat. This is particularly common if you just recently started exercising.

This is a good thing, as what you really want to lose is body fat, not just weight.

It is a good idea to use something other than the scale to gauge your progress. For example, measure your waist circumference and get your body fat percentage measured once per month.

Also, how well your clothes fit and how you look in the mirror can be very telling.

Unless your weight has been stuck at the same point for at least 1-2 weeks, then you probably don’t need to worry about anything.

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Top 15 Reasons You Are Not Losing Weight on a Low-Carb Diet

Low-carb diets are very effective. That is a scientific fact.

However, as with any diet, people sometimes stop losing before they reach their desired weight.

Here are the top 15 reasons why you’re not losing weight on a low-carb diet.


1. You Are Losing Fat, You Just Don’t Realize it
Weight loss isn’t a linear process.

If you weigh yourself every day, then there will be days where the scale goes down, other days where it goes up.

It doesn’t mean that the diet isn’t working, as long as the general trend is going downwards.

Many people lose a lot of weight in the first week of low-carbing, but it is mostly water weight. Weight loss will slow down significantly after that initial phase.

Of course, losing weight is not the same as losing fat.

It is possible, especially if you’re new to weight lifting, that you are gaining muscle at the same time that you’re losing fat.

To make sure that you’re losing, use something other than just the scale (which is a big, fat liar). Use a measuring tape to measure your waist circumference and have your body fat percentage measured every month or so.

Also, take pictures. Take note of how your clothes fit. If you’re looking thinner and your clothes are looser, then you ARE losing fat no matter what the scale says.

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Are dietary supplements helpful? 4 Weeks Experiment!

I think that this is one of those questions that probably nobody, even expert in the fitness and medical fields are able to answer precisely and with absolute certainty.

I have a super fit friend with the classic 6 packs gym body that says that supplements (not illegal shit) in the right doses in conjunction with a balanced diet and of course with hours in the gym helped him to achieve extraordinary results, at the opposite, my personal trainer firmly believes that there is no need for supplements because we can get all the nutrients our body needs naturally just from fresh food.

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Planning the meals for the next 7 Days!

Healthy FoodThis is my first entry and I feel very excited. It’s Sunday 31 July 2016, and tomorrow my “100 Days challenge” will officially starts.

Actually, I am proud to say that I already took some important action planning my food diary for entire week and I have also already prepared my lunch for tomorrow. 😉

I have noticed in the past that less I think about food and about what to eat less stressed so, I have decided the amount of calories I want to consume everyday for the next 7 days (1800 cal.),

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