Four Diets That Actually Work

There are lots of ways to lose weight. Just ask anyone who has tried the latest popular diet. There are websites, blogs and books praising fat and bashing gluten, but does this mean that these are the best diets to follow?

And how do you measure success when dieting? Is it just about how much weight you lose? Anyone can slash their calorie intake and lose weight. But is it a plan that you can follow forever?

Most diets that promise weight loss are simply low-calorie diets. Some banish whole food groups and others say that all foods can fit. While calorie-restriction and food-group elimination can work in the short-run, they usually lead to a whole host of problems over time. These include weight gain due to feelings of starvation and deprivation, and malnourishment from inadequate intake of certain vitamins and minerals.

read the full article here

TOPFIT says: These are still diets, so approach with caution.

~Feelin’ Alive!~

11 Fitness Myths

11 Fitness Myths That Are Doing More Harm Than Good

Whether you want to tone up, slim down, or boost your mood, you’ve likely taken a stab at tweaking your fitness routine.
Unfortunately, there’s a lot of fitness advice out there that won’t help you meet your goals and could actually do more harm than good.
Here’s an overview of some of the most enduring workout myths and misconceptions, as well as the real science that can help you meet your fitness goals in a healthy way.

read the full article here

TOPFIT says: Still confused by all of the contradictory advice that’s out there?  Contact TOPFIT today and learn what’s right for you.

~Feelin’ Alive!~

The Power of Protein

Protein is a powerful macronutrient and without it, you might have more difficulty maintaining both your weight and consistent energy throughout the day.

Proteins, which are made up of amino acids, are the building blocks of muscle, hair, enzymes, antibodies and collagen in the body. Your body produces 11 of the 20 amino acids the body needs. The other nine amino acids must be consumed through food. If a food has all 9 amino acids, it is considered a complete protein. Generally, animal meats, dairy and eggs are complete proteins, while most plant-based proteins, with the exception of soy, are incomplete proteins.

Here are six key benefits to eating more protein:

read the full article here

~Feelin’ Alive!~

Sugar Does Rot Your Brain After All

Time to lower your sugar intake.

Scientists from the University of Bath have just found the first connection between excess blood sugar glucose and Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers in this unprecedented study found what they describe as a molecular “tipping point,” where a crucial enzyme related to inflammation response and insulin regulation is damaged by excess glucose. While the scientists involved do not make the direct assertion, the takeaway is Alzheimer’s disease may be triggered by consuming too much sugar.

This latest research has uncovered the specific molecular link between glucose and Alzheimer’s. So forget the extra pounds from drinking too much soda and eating too many donuts: sugar may be truly rotting your brain.

read the full article here

~Feelin’ Alive!~