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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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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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Let’s Hear it for Lycopene

Let's Hear it for Lycopene - Pro:Kinesis Personal Training, High WycombeLycopene is the compound responsible for the colour of tomatoes, and belongs to the carotene group of Phytonutrients (plant based compounds that enhance health).

It is a powerful antioxidant and studies are showing how amazing this antioxidant is at fighting Cancer cells, and may even prevent heart disease. Lycopene is also showing positive in preserving brain cells, the nervous system and helping fight prostate problems.

The best way to add Lycopene to your life is to eat more tomato either directly in things like salads etc, or tomato products, like ketchup, tomato sauces and pastes. Additionally, the cooking or heating of Lycopene containing products actually improves its ability to be absorbed by the body (bioavailability), as it breaks down the cell walls allowing the Lycopene to be released more fully.

Alternatively this fantastic antioxidant can also be found in watermelon, grapefruit, sweet red peppers, papaya and guava.