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Healthy Living and Weight Loss - Plan Your Meals Around Your Workouts
The best way to plan your meals is likely what you are not currently doing. Unfortunately, this can be said for 99% of the population. Regarding diet, what most of us do is far from ideal. You do not have to aspire for perfection, but if you are interested in better health, the least you will do is follow a plan that is conducive to sound or improved health.

What is the best way to plan your meals? Eating wisely is one of your most potent weapons. Saturated fat and refined sugars make up about a quarter of the average person's caloric intake. So, if you want an effective method of planning your meals, you can do this by scheduling your appetite around your workouts. Most of the time your main meals will be after your workout or some time before. The reason for planning your meals this way is vital for several reasons...

you will have the energy for your workouts
you will get the nutrients you need to replenish your body's stores after your workout and take advantage of a natural insulin spike.
you will make better use of the carbs you consume, by either using them to fuel your workouts or replace what was lost afterward as opposed to providing an additional supply, which is frequently needless.
What would be tremendously helpful, regardless of your health goals, is to consume most of your daily calories within the 6-hour window surrounding your workout. Outside of this window, you can still eat, but you should avoid carbs and large meals.
Many claims suggest exercising boosts your metabolism, allowing your body to burn more calories at rest. The truth of this is not as important as the negligible effect it would have. What is worth considering, however, is the post workout window allows you to take advantage of the insulin spike that would replenish glycogen stores in your muscles. So, the carbohydrates or carbs you consume after exercising, as long as they are not excessive, would serve a useful purpose.

The alternative, which is eating without any plan and solely following the urges of your appetite, is to be avoided at all costs. If you are...

trying to lose weight,
reduce blood sugar, or generally,
improve your health.
Your appetite is not to be trusted when it is compelling you to eat when you are not hungry. Plan your meals around your workouts, and benefit from the difference it could make to your well-being.
Although managing Type 2 diabetes can be very challenging, it is not a condition you must just live with. Make simple changes to your daily routine - include exercise to help lower both your blood sugar levels and your weight.

And if you are inspired by today's Senior Sunday post, may I suggest these 3 nuggets, currently waiting for someone to save them at San Bernardino City Shelter.

Pee Wee, Precious and Dottie were once loved by a human, who died at age 100. Now they're in the shelter, shaking and trembling from fear.

We are NOT the City Shelter to where pictures were taken. FOR MORE INFO ON THIS PET please contact:
San Bernardino City Animal Control
333 Chandler Place, San Bernardino, CA
Closed Sunday and Monday
Telephone: (909) 384-1304
Ask for information about animal ID number #A518807 #A518808 #A518809
Weight Loss - Identifying Challenges Impacting Your Weight Loss Results
If you are making effort to lose weight but are struggling to see the results you were hoping for, there may be a few roadblocks coming into play, making it hard to see the progress you were hoping for. Although it can take one or two weeks for you to see the effects of early weight loss, this can be very frustrating for any dieter.

By looking at some of the unknown challenges that could be coming into play, you will be better able to figure out precisely what you might want to consider changing.

Let us take a closer look...

Thyroid Related Issues. The first health factor that could be influencing your lack of weight loss is whether you have a thyroid related issue coming into the mix. If you have untreated hypothyroidism, for example, this is going to make it difficult to lose body fat. Your body will not be burning up calories quickly and, as a result, you will not see the pounds drop off as you had hoped.

Thyroid related issues are a quick fix with medication, so all you need to do is visit your doctor and have a blood test performed to see if this is the case. It is important to note if you are diagnosed with hypothyroidism, this condition will not change. You will have this health issue for life so will need to remain on the prescribed medication.

Medications. Another factor making weight loss a challenge is if you are on drugs that cause medicine related weight gain. While this is rare and most of the effects a drug has are relatively minor, it is still important to note as there are instances where medications promote weight gain. If you feel this may be happening to you, it will be essential for you to speak with your doctor and ask what alternative drugs you may be able to take.

Note, in some cases, there is no alternative, and it is essential for your health to stay on the medication and risk weight gain than come off them. In this situation, be extra careful with your food choices.

Lack of Planning. Finally, the last issue not related to physiology that can have a severe influence on your ability to shed weight is if you are not able to plan out your diet.

For example, if you are someone who is...

away on business a lot,
often on the road, or
just highly active; always on the go,
it is almost impossible to plan a healthy diet.
While being "busy" should not be used as an excuse, there are always those people who take busy to a whole new level. If this is your life right now, you may need to accept for the time being you will not be able to achieve the weight loss results you are hoping for at present and put your efforts off to a time when your life is less busy. Otherwise, you may end up continually facing frustration.

There you have some of the most pressing reasons why you may not be losing your desired amount of weight despite your best efforts. If any of these difficulties are coming into play, know you have not failed altogether and with proper care and action steps, you should be able to start measuring success.