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Working Out, So Do I Have to Worry About Food?

Working Out - Pro:Kinesis Personal Training, High WycombeCan I eat what I like and ignore calories now I have joined the gym?

Absolutely not!!

It is great that you have been making the effort by regularly going to the gym or working out, however this does NOT give you licence to up the calories and indulge even more than before.

Many people are unaware that consuming 3,500 calories a week over and above your body’s requirements will equate to gaining 1lb of fat per week. This also means that the reverse is true and that a calorie deficit of 500 calories per day less than your body requires means you lose 1lb of body fat a week.

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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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