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Calories – Sugar or Fat?

Calories - Sugar or Fat - Pro:Kinesis Personal Training, High WycombeA question I’m regularly asked is whether we should be watching the sugar, the fat or just the calories when buying foods and trying to lose weight?

Well the good news is that all of it can be eaten and enjoyed as part of a balanced diet. What you need to understand though is this – Every pound of body fat = 3,500 calories. Basically, in order to lose 1lb of fat in 1 week, you need to create a deficit of 3,500 calories, i.e. 3,500 calories less than your body physically requires over the course of that week. Simple maths means therefore that you need to consume or eat 500 calories a day less than your body requires in order to shed 1lb of body fat per week.

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Complementary Compounding

Ramp up your metabolism with these compound exercises.

When time is limited, a super quick way of exercising is to use compound exercises to work more than one body part at a time. This really helps boost your metabolism as you are breaking down more muscle in one go than in single (isolated) exercises, though of course isolated exercises still have their benefits when you have more time. You can do this workout in as little as 10 minutes and with absolutely minimal equipment. In fact it is a great morning routine to set you up for the day.

Any moderate to hard weight that you can hold comfortably and securely will do, so you don’t have to use formal equipment like dumbbells or medicine balls. Always remember though to warm up before you exercise and stretch after.

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C What You Need

C What You Need - Pro:Kinesis Personal Training, High WycombeVitamin C – This water soluble nutrient is essential to life, and you need an intake of it every day to maintain optimal health.

This vitamin offers important benefits especially as an antioxidant, protecting cells against free radical damage. It is also  necessary for helping iron absorb more efficiently and your brain needs it so it can manufacture a chemical called norepinephrine which effects mood. Vitamin C also plays a key role in the development of collagen and helps keep your skin and the gums of your mouth healthy.

In addition there is some recent evidence suggesting that this vitamin and antioxidant can reduce cholesterol, protect against vision disorders of the eyes, and help prevent lung cancer, cardiovascular disease and kidney & liver diseases.

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