Are you eating right for YOUR Body Type? (part III)

Different body types have different requirements and this is where it gets tricky

The trick is this..knowing YOUR body type

Diets based on the same amount of calories, but different proportions of fat, protein and carbohydrates, result in different amounts of weight loss depending on your body type

Here are the body types:

Ectomorph – thin skinny limbs- endurance exercise

Mesomorph – Naturally muscular & athletic – bodybuilding/relative strength exercise

Endomorph –Naturally broad & thick – Absolute strength exercise

Yes you can belong to 2 categories &  you can be a combination type.

Ever wonder why some people can eat all day long whatever they want and load on the carbs with no sight of FAT near by?

By knowing your body type you can curve your nutrition and work with your system instead of trying to fight that FAT : (

For example, an ectomorph can eat tons of carbs without a hint a fat showing up.

A mesomorph, would have to balance between protein, carbs & fats almost equally.

And an endomorph, will have to eat a substantially higher dosage of healthy fats to lose weight.

As you can see like an orange cant be a banana and vice versa, neither can you.  This is your genetic disposition and if you are born this way you will stay this way.

However, what you CAN do is sculpt  yourself into the best fruit in your bunch.

Until the next…

GO for Life! ™

In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

Calories Do Count BUT…(part II)

jefitthumb2A calorie is the approximate amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of one gram of water by one degree Celcius.

But is a calorie a calorie? what I mean is are all calories created equally… the answer is a very loud  resounding NoooOOOO!!!!

Carbohydrates and protein have 4 calories per gram, while fats have more than twice as much — an entire 9 calories per gram. Alcohol weighs in at 7 calories per gram.

And depending on the time of day that you consume each one or the amounts of one over the other can effect your overall ability to gain or lose weight depending on your goals.

So rather than obsessing about how many calories are in each piece of food, consider the food source and the amount of nutrients it delivers to your body and the time of day that you eat that source.

Keep in mind, your body only uses what it needs and the rest will be stored as FAT : (

Which brings up another point YOUR BODY TYPE.

Different body types have different requirements and this is where it gets tricky…

Diets based on the same amount of calories, but different proportions of fat, protein and carbohydrates, result in different amounts of weight loss depending on your body type

But just to give you an idea of how many calories are in any given food

This link can provide some helpful info on calorie counting…

http://nutritiondata.self.com

still more on this picture stay tuned…

GO for Life! ™

In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

Calories – to Count or Not to Count?

jefitthumb2…that is, calculating exactly how many calories were consumed when eating particular foods, and “burned” when engaging in different activities.

If you consider the equation CALORIES IN vs. CALORIES OUT
creating a deficit would = weight loss
and
creating a surplus would = weight gain

seems so simple…
but it’s not

If you eat  too little, your’re body senses starvation, DANGER coming, holds on to every morsal of food and fat that enters the body to save you from destroying yourself making it nearly impossible to lose weight and worse even gain weight : (   uggh

If you eat too much, you have too many calories, you have overloaded your system and now you’re gaining weight.

as you drown in frustration you seek the answer … The key is  finding BALANCE!

To do this you must YES EAT FOOD…

BUT the right food at the right time.

Eat food that is nutrient dense, enough calories to sustain your bodily functions, supply energy and then exercise those calories away to create a deficit and  WALAH weight loss 101.

But still the answer is not so simple.. you don’t need to make yourself crazy counting calories but it’s good to have an idea of what your body needs to sustain itself, excess & surplus.

Calories do count, but they are far from the whole picture.

More on this picture stay tuned…

GO for Life! ™

In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer