Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Principles Behind A Healthy Diet And HIIT Program

By Russ Howe

If you're like most people, then you have probably asked for advice on how to lose weight in the past and been baffled by the many contradicting answers you have heard. Today we will be looking at five proven factors which will help you to remove doubt from your diet plan and get some serious results.

Once you have laid down the foundations of your diet with the 5 rules given to you here, you will then learn how to combine each of them with hiit sessions in order to push your fat loss results to a whole new level. []

Once you have been able to lay down the ground work with the five diet principles, you can add a high intensity interval training routine alongside it to elevate results one step further. Let's start with a quick look through the diet principles:

* Work out your calorie consumption.

* Learn how to optimize your ratio of protein, carbs and fat.

* Get enough water throughout the day.

* Learn how to maximize your snacks.

* Discover how to ration your carbohydrates for maximum results.

Before you go any further, the first thing you must do is establish how many calories you are eating. If you are not sure then grab a little black book and start writing down everything which passes your lips for the next day. This will give you a general idea, it doesn't need to be an exact science. Once you've established this you simply need to set a slight deficit to begin getting some general results. Chop around 200 calories from your existing total to begin with.

Once you have done that, you can then look at where those calories are coming from. Without changing your calories too much, you can generate great results by simply ensuring those calories are arriving in your body from better sources. For example, somebody eating 2000 calories from junk food would look far worse than someone getting 2000 from healthy foods, despite the fact they are eating the same overall. A good way to get this balance in check is to use the 4-4-2 concept, which is 40% protein, 40% carbs and 20% fats. []

Water is an often undervalued addition to any diet plan. Most of us presume that we drink enough of the stuff but, in reality, very few of us actually do. We should drink 8-10 glasses per day in total, which is around two liters. Do not buy into the myth that drinking more water will cause you to retain fluids around your midsection, this is actually a sign of somebody who doesn't get enough throughout the day.

Snacking on protein instead of sugary carbohydrates can be another important step to eliminating the common problems which cause diet failure. You can try this by packing some small protein rich sources into some small snack tubs and taking them to work with you.

Not only will you stop craving junk foods, you'll also have far more energy.

Carbohydrates can be a major cause for concern, too. Many people hear myths such as "You shouldn't eat carbs after 8pm", or that you need to stop eating them altogether. The truth is your lifestyle is not compatible with the clock sometimes, and you should merely look to structure your carbohydrates around your busiest periods of the day.

Now let's look at combining these tips with high intensity interval training to take the results even higher. If you can combine all of the diet tips above with three sessions per week on a bike or treadmill, switching between four minutes of moderate intensity and 30 second bursts of maximum effort you will see excellent results. You needn't work for longer than half an hour in total.

Most people get lost when they ask for information on how to lose weight because many of the answers you hear are based on little more than popular opinion. Today, you have discovered the facts on both healthy weight loss and how to get the benefits of hiit alongside your new lifestyle. By basing your program around proven facts, the chances of long-term success are far more likely.

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