Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Exercise in small chunks

Nice little article about the benefits of short exercise sessions (10min) and how even if you don't have a lot of time during the day you can still get fit:

Forget the "all or nothing" mentality when it comes to exercise. Fitness does not live or die by 60-minute workouts; there is middle ground. Short spurts of exercise, when they accumulate, have been shown to share similar benefits of longer workouts.

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Good and Bad Carbohydrates

Although on the Dukan diet you are meant to have barely any carbs, you will need to reintroduce them at some point - a lot of the third phase (consolidation) is exactly about doing that in a safe way.

However very often banning of carbohydrates means some people start thinking they are all evil, which is not necessarily the case, as this article explains.

Some people will assume that all carbs are bad because of the bad rap they’ve gotten over the years, but that couldn’t be farther form truth. There are some carbs out there that are actually beneficial to your health and I’m going to point them out in this article.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

The treacherous weekends!

Stumbled upon this interesting artcle recently:

Tips for a Healthy Weekend

Recent studies indicate that we tend to take in more calories on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The exact number varies from an average of 85 calories per weekend day to 115, and while that may not seem like much, it adds up. A pound is 3,500 calories, so 345 extra calories a week will lead to nearly a pound after 10 weeks — or an extra five pounds over a year.

It's very surprising how relaxing your diet on weekends can have such a huge impact on your weight loss (or weight maintenance as well!).