Thursday, February 18, 2010

How to make a cow FAT...

Isn't it interesting that the supposed tastiest cut of beef, filet mignon, is one of the fattiest cuts of beef. But have you ever wondered how they get that much fat on the cows to get that cut to taste SOOOO good?

Here it is...

Are you ready????

Because it might tell you a little something about yourself....

Feed it lots of corn and grains, and don't let it move.

Now how many of us, eat lots of grains like bagels, pasta, cakes, sugary cereals, pastries, danishes, tortilla's and the like, and then don't really move?

Probably lots of us because Americans love their bread!!

A recent research article addressed this issue. An article by Dr's Volek, Quann and Forsythe from the University of Connecticut compared a low fat (fat less than 25% of total nutrient intake) diet vs. a low carb (carbs less than 15% of total nutrient intake) diet in middle aged overweight men over a period of 12 weeks.

The low fat group lost almost 8 pounds of fat and 3 lbs of muscle for a total of 11 lbs. The low carb group lost 14 lbs of fat and 7 lbs of muscle for a total of 21 lbs. But the most amazing thing was a low carb + a 3 x's/week resistance training program lost 17 lbs of fat and GAINED 2.2 lbs of muscle!!!

So what is the take away?? If you really want to lose fat, keep the carbohydrates low and start RESISTANCE TRAINING, ladies. Keeping carbohydrates to around 15-25% of total daily caloric intake is optimal for fat loss.

Now, don't take this to say that a no-carb diet is best. Your body does need carbohydrates, but not nearly as many as it may be getting. Also, your body type will have something to do with it. But we will cover that in the next week of the Hi-5 FitCamp!

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