Tuesday, 20 November 2007

The 5: Tips to get you ripped

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As far as health tips and advice go, there are literally thousands of people to ask and twice as many different answers you're sure to receive. Fortunately, there are some fairly agreed upon concepts, many of which are pretty sound.

Here's a list of five tips and pieces of advice, dealing with how to get fit and lean, that are actually worthwhile:

1. Never Eat Carbs by Themselves. This goes for both fast-digesting and slow-digesting carbs, even though it would be best to avoid eating fast-digesting carbs as much as possible to begin with. Be sure to eat a good source of fat (nuts, avocados, olive oil, flaxseed oil, etc.) and/or a source of protein along with your carb source, as doing so will slow down its digestion. The longer a food takes to digest, the more calories your body burns actually digesting it. Moreover, this will lessen the chances that your carbs will spike your insulin levels, thereby reducing the chances of fat storage.

2. Lift Weights First. If you plan to perform both a resistance training workout and a cardio workout in the same gym trip, start with the resistance training. Using this approach not only ensures that your muscles are not too fatigued from your cardio session to provide you with an adequate weightlifting session, but also helps avoid muscle catabolization.

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