Balance your Muscle to Balance the Scales

Pre-workout meals make a difference: If it’s been more than four hours since your last meal, then a snack within an hour or two of your exercise session may be necessary. This is particularly important if you expect your exercise to be very intense.

Night time eating packs on the pounds: “But I’m not hungry at breakfast. Why do I need to eat?” “Of course you’re not hungry at breakfast,” I reply. “You’re a night time eater.” Folks, night-time eating wreaks havoc with our energy levels, weight and sleep patterns. What you choose and when might astound you. Out of sight is very often out of mind. I encourage you to keep a daily food journal. Much of our night-time eating is not about food. The next time you’re reaching for food that you’re not even hungry for, have a glass of water, get out of the kitchen and wait 10 minutes. What’s most likely is that you’re just thirsty.

Each day, your body uses more than 35 calories to maintain each pound of muscle, while only 2 calories are needed to sustain a pound of fat (Westcott and Baechle 1998). Therefore, an ongoing resistance training program makes sense so you can maintain or increase your muscle mass and not feel as if you are constantly dieting to maintain a healthy weight as you age. Additionally, no cosmetic surgery, supplements, or special foods are necessary for this achievement. (Human Kinetics)

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