Thursday, June 03, 2010

Moment of truth; 1 kg fat vs 1 kg muscle:

This picture illustrates why weight training is so important, if your goal is to get fit and fab!
Don't focus too much on what the scale tells you.
You can be really flabby ....OR really FIT... weighing exactly the same !
Building muscle requires an enormous amount of energy from your body, so lifting weights will keep your body burning off fat.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

New Cam =)

Iwill post more pic's from training and my everydaylife now, because with a new camera, I have no good excuses not to...

My other cam is a little to big and advanced to take with me all the time, even tough the pic's are great.. and my old compact camera died, after a couple of years of though useage.

A new Sony (**JOY**) with 10 mpx, 16 gb memory card and HD video function should be able to to the work from now on. =)

I've gotten many requests about training video clips, and I'll see if I can get that done now.

I love taking pictures, and promise to post some.

Low carb.. or is it ??

Cutting Back on "Bad" Carbs

Ten ways to make low-carb healthy.

Thanks to the popularity of low-carb diets, so many say they are watching the amount of carbohydrates they eat. If you're among them, use these 10 tips so your carb control is healthy and wise!

Bear in mind that there is a huge difference between Cheese Doodles and oatmeal. Both might be categorized as carbs, but their benefits are on opposite ends of the health spectrum. Now it's time to explain what a “bad carb” is.

Here's the simplest answer: white flour, refined sugar, and white rice. More broadly, any food made primarily of a carb that has been processed in such a way as to strip out ingredients that hinder quick and easy cooking. Why are refined carbs a problem? Easy: They digest so quickly that they cause blood sugar surges that lead to weight gain and other health troubles.

Here are some ways to avoid troublesome carbs while still getting the fuel you need for good health. Carb-counting meets common sense, right this way...

1. Tell the waiter to hold the bread. At almost every restaurant, your meal starts with a basket of rolls, breads, and crackers made from white flour. If it's not put on the table, you won't eat any. Or, if you really need something to nibble on, ask if they have whole wheat varieties.

2. At Chinese restaurants, ask for brown rice, and limit how much you eat to one cup. In fact, some Chinese restaurants have started offering to swap a vegetable for the rice in their combo dinners, knowing that many people are on low-carb diets. At home, always cook brown rice instead of white. Brown rice hasn't been processed and still has its high-fiber nutrients.

3. Instead of bread, use eggplant slices to make a delicious sandwich. Broil two thick slices of eggplant until brown, then add mozzarella and tomato, olive oil and basil to one slice, suggests Nicole Glassman, owner of Mindful Health in New York City. Top with the other slice of eggplant and broil again until the cheese melts.

4. Wrap your food in lettuce leaves. Yes, skip the bun, tortillas, and bread slices and instead make a sandwich inside lettuce leaves. One suggestion is going Mexican with a sprinkle of cheddar cheese, salsa, and chicken; Asian with sesame seeds, peanuts, bean sprouts, cut up green beans, and shrimp with a touch of soy sauce; or deli style with turkey, cheese, and mustard.

5. Buy old-fashioned snacks in kidsize bags. Truth is, pretzels, tortilla chips, potato chips, and cookies are mostly bad carbs, made primarily of refined flour, sugar, salt, and/or oil. You want to remove as many of these foods from your daily eating as you can. But if you can't live without them, buy them in small bags--1 ounce is a typical “lunch box” size--and limit yourself to just one bag a day.

6. Break yourself of your old spaghetti habits. Almost everyone loves a big bowl of pasta, topped with a rich tomato sauce. The tomato sauce couldn't be better for you; the spaghetti, however, is pure carbohydrate. While spaghetti is fine to eat every now and then, for those sensitive to carbs or wishing to cut back on their noodle intake, here are some alternatives to the usual spaghetti dinner:

•Here's the easiest choice: Switch to whole wheat pasta. It is denser than traditional pasta, with a firm, al dente texture similar to what you'd get in Italy.
•Grill vegetables such as eggplant, zucchini, bell peppers, and onion and slice them into long, thin pieces. Mix up and pour your spaghetti sauce over the vegetables for a delicious and immensely healthy meal.
•Substitute spaghetti squash for the pasta. Boil or microwave the squash until soft, then scoop out the seeds and pull the strands of squash from the shell with a fork.
•Top with your favorite sauce and a grating of real Parmesan.
•Try healthy whole grains as a replacement for pasta. Spaghetti sauce goes better than you'd expect on brown rice, barley, chickpeas, and such.

7. Cut up 1-ounce portions of cheese and divvy up 1-ounce portions
of nuts into tiny snack bags. Now you have a handy snack at the ready.

8. Eat potatoes boiled with the skin on. And let them cool off. Cold, cooked potatoes have lower GI. The effect of potatoes on blood sugar depends on how the potatoes are prepared. No need to unspud yourself completely! Also, new potatoes tend to have fewer simple carbs than other types of potatoes.

9. Eat lightly of the new low-carb products. Thousands of low-carb products have been introduced, but there are not any guidelines as to what “low carb” really means. Instead, many new “low carb” foods are to carbcutting what “low fat” cookies were to fat-cutting: just a new way of pitching foods high in calories and low in nutrient value. In fact, Consumer Reports found that many packaged low-carb foods are actually higher in calories than their regular counterparts. For instance, a serving of Keto's low-carb Rocky Road ice cream has 270 calories, almost double the calories found in many regular ice creams and twice as much fat.

10. Think lightly of the new net-carb measurements. Many of the low-carb weight-loss programs are trying to get their followers to use “net carbs” as the measurement of choice for the appropriateness of a carb food in their diet. This is a measurement of the “bad carbs” left in a food after you adjust for those carb ingredients that don't immediately affect blood sugar. Some Scientists say the proper way to measure net carbs is to subtract fiber (as well as sugar alcohols and glycerin, when applicable) from the total carbs listed on the nutrition facts panel of a product. But that's just their version, and that's the problem. “Net carbs” is not a regulated or standardized measurement--manufacturers can define it how they want, and say what they want on product packaging. And there is no science to say that tracking net carbs offers any unique weight-loss benefit.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

My City

Sharing a couple of pics from the city where I'm from =)

You can see the statue of the viking king Olav Tryggvason, and the Catedral Nidarosdomen, which is over 1200 years old.

Get started !

It is possible to start developing healthy exercise and eating habits in just two days, which will set you up to drop the weight that you want -- 5 kg, 10 kg, 15 kg or more.

To start, make a "plan of attack,". Draft a grocery list to buy enough grub for 5 small meals a day. You'll also want to schedule when you'll eat and work out, just as you would write down a hair appointment or a dinner date.
Need some extra incentive? Pick up some new workout gear. "A new pair of athletic shoes can give you that extra push to be active,". "They can act as a catalyst between the mind and the body to increase motivation and improve performance."

Or go grocery shopping for the ingredients you'll need for the next two days' worth of meals. These are the produce I would look at buying.
The reasons to eat vegetables are plentiful:
Veggies have 20 calories a serving. All other foods have 3 or 4 times the number of calories.
They have a high percentage of water, so you can feel full from eating them.
They have a lot of potassium in them, which can help regulate blood pressure and fluid in your body.
For the time-strapped, "Go to the store and buy vegetables that you can eat off a veggie tray,". "Also, buy vegetables that you can grill -- zucchinis and squash -- and add the vegetables to everything you eat."
Colour Your Diet Healthy with Fruits and Vegetables

These moves can help put you in the right mental state. So stock up the pantry and dust off those running shoes =)