Thursday, September 9, 2010

Fat Burners

DID YOU KNOW?  Food Fact for today about Fat Burners... many supplements on the market boast that their product stimulates higher fat burning... they also tell you that you should combine their product with a healthy diet and an exercise program. Here's why... those products (the ones that work) stimulate fat mobilization, or the rapid release of fatty acids into the system to be used as energy (bringing the fat out of storage)... good, right? ONLY if there is increased exercise to burn that fat. Although the fat is available for burning, if there's no increased muscle activity to do the burning, the body simply recycles the fat back into fat storage.  Huh. Smart body.

Yesterday got a bit wonky, food-wise. Skipped my last snack, so I had that for dinner instead, after getting home from bowling. Calories were on the low-end of my range (1391), and my ratios were a bit off (Protein 29%, Carb 36%, Fat 35%... should be around 33/33/33). Today, I'm much more solid, as long as I stay on track. My total intake will be 1762 cal, with 36% protein, 36% carb, and 28% fat. I need to balance that out further, but it's not too far off my goal.  I've got a couple extra hard-boiled eggs in my cooler, I may eat the two yolks only to boost up that fat (and get some amazing aminos, too!). If I do, it'll bump my numbers to 1871 cal; 35% protein, 35% carb, and 30% fat. Still not perfect, but closer. For those who are curious, that would take me to 166.6 g of protein, 168.4 g of carbohydrates, and 63.7 g of healthy fats, with 27.5 g of fiber.

My day began with 6:30 am yoga. :-) Yay! Today I will finish my playlists, get those posted, and try to get ahead of my work load. As I do all this, I am still mulling over Finding The Ease in the Pose.  It's difficult for me to appreciate fully where I'm at, when it's not where I want to be. How do I pause and recognize the value of Now? I'm nearly to two-years of maintenance... but my body isn't "done". I don't know how to be satisfied with where I'm at. I'm goal-oriented, I'm driven and competitive, so it's hard for me to find that balance. If anyone has any insight into this, I'm all ears!  :-)

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