Monday, October 22, 2012

Just Timing

Do you want fries with that?...McDonald's

Well, yes, maybe...on occasion at least. I think we all have to be honest that even when trying to live a healthy lifestyle there are always some road blocks in the midst. There are dinners in restaurants, a raving sweet tooth or a holiday on the horizon. It was my birthday last week, and I certainly did not want to miss out on cake or a glass of wine. Not that I was really entertaining that option. :-)

Even though there are numerous articles and advice given on these topics like healthy versions of your favorite foods or skipping the bread basket there is also a little secret in the fitness world that helps you to enjoy some of these things that you enjoy with a little less regret the next day. Do not get me wrong, it is usually better to enjoy a healthier version of your favorite treat. But sometimes you want what you want or it's a holiday and you don't want to miss out. You may have noticed this trend in certain diet plans or magazines that recommends activity at specific times, but you really want to elevate GLUT-4 before you enjoy a treat or your biggest meal of the day. I learned about this trick from my boyfriend, and in a nutshell GLUT-4 is the protein responsible for transporting glucose into muscle cells and we would of course rather that they go there than fat cells. Thanksgiving is in a few weeks and I read in Health Magazine today that the average person eats about 4500 calories in the day which is at least double of what most women consume on a daily basis. You can get so wrapped up in the cooking and preparing that maybe you do not really think about getting in some excercise that day. However, those are one of the days where it's more crucial than ever. If you are going out to brunch on a Sunday then you want to get in some cardio beforehand or if you have been eying a pumpkin scone at Starbucks and an imitation won't suffice then plan to get your fix after an afternoon workout.

It's not a perfect system of course, and I'm not recommending you go overboard. It's just that sometimes a little bit of timing can help stack the deck in your favor.

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