Sunday, November 20, 2011

Burn Calories WITHOUT moving your Butt !! - Part 2 (The Strategies)

As promised , here's Part 2 of how you can Burn Calories without moving your Butt !!
In my last post I gave you an insight into, Why it is essential to retain your existing Muscles, with supporting rationale for the same..(Remember? Numbers Don't Lie?).

This post is about: What you can do to make sure you retain your existing Muscles. There are 2 strategies that play a key role in retaining your muscles and  burning Calories without moving your Butt. There's a Third Strategy to Maximize your Muscle Retention.....which will be a part of my next post.

Strategy 1:
 Eat every 3 - 4 Hours.

I've written at length about why it is important to eat something every 3 - 4 hours, in my earlier post(http://demystifyingfitness.blogspot.com/2011/11/why-eat-at-least-5-times-day-8-times.html). I'll give you the key takeaway here; It is important that you give your body some source of energy (food) for your normal bodily movements as well as internal functioning like Respiration , Heart functioning, Digestion etc. If you fail to do so, your body will break down your own precious muscles and use it as a source of energy for its functioning.
So, Remember: If you have a choice between eating a small bag of Chips or a  Vada Paav and Staying hungry/empty stomach... ALWAYS CHOOSE THE CHIPS/VADA PAAV. Else, your body will use your own muscles for energy.

Strategy 2: Add Protein to your diet

According to Harvard School of Public Health inadequate intake of Protein causes our bodies to break down tissue. Also, a daily diet low on protein is often the cause of :

  • Loss of Muscle Mass
  • Diminished immunity
  • Stunted Growth
  • Loss of LBM (Lean Body Mass; It includes Muscle mass, Hair, nails, skin, bones etc.)

Does this mean you stop eating Carbs and start eating only proteins?? No Sir/ Ma'am!! ( I believe in gender equality).. This Means, You must:

If you are a vegetarian:
Try and Have something that contains Proteins with every meal.Suggestions for sources of protein?

    • Curd, Buttermilk, Milk
    • Moong
    • Soya Nuggets ( Soya Subzi can be made) 
    • Paneer
    • All Types of Dals
    • Whey Protein ( Because it is extremely convenient).. More on Whey in upcoming Posts.
There you go.. These are the only 2 strategies, that if used diligently can prevent muscle breakdown for providing your body with energy for various functions and help you Burn Calories without moving your Butt!! You can start following these strategies grom this very moment!! All the Best!!
Coming back to the Third and most important strategy for Muscle Retention... This will be discussed in my next post.. Stick Around!!

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