Insulin resistance is nothing more than when your body cannot do what it’s supposed to do when insulin is present in your blood. Usually this coincides with high levels of blood glucose. Insulin basically acts as a transport vehicle for various nutrients. When you eat something, it gets released from the pancreas, grabs hold of whatever is in your blood stream and transports it to its final destination. But when you are insulin resistant, your body’s cells do not recognize insulin. Therefore, your body needs to pump out more insulin in order for your cells to open up. Sometimes, they still won’t open up.
Therefore, you have high levels of blood glucose which can cause a host of problems for you. Most of the time, this will just get dumped into your adipocyte cells AKA increasing the amount of fat you have on your body. This is not good. Being insulinClick here to continue reading
By Jared DiCarmine On December 6, 2011 No Comments
If you want a quick way to lose belly fat, then all you need to do is really pay attention to your diet. Diet is the biggest key factor when it comes to making a strong and fast physique transformation. I always say to my clients, do you want to work out 5 hours a day and eat like total crap or workout 30 minutes a day, 3x a wee, eat healthy and make awesome progress? Of course they rather do the 2nd one, there’s no doubt. But if you want to seriously drop a ton of fat fast, then you REALLY need to pay attention to your diet. There are some things you can do to speed up the fat burning process and this is what we’re going to talk about today.
The first thing you can do is start eating more protein. Protein is very satiating and has theClick here to continue reading
By Jared DiCarmine On December 1, 2011 1 Comment
Carbs are like the devil.
They can be your friend or your foe. They can be your best buddy or your mortal enemy.
It’s kind of funny like that because fats and proteins don’t give you these types of problems.
I can tell you this, when and how much carbohydrates you eat during the day all depends on what your goals are and your individual characteristics. That’s it. That’s all that it boils down too.
The best times to get those carbohydrates are the times when you are most insulin sensitive. This is just basically when the chances of you storing them as body fat are minimal at best. Here are the best times below to take advantage of this opportunity:
- 8-10 hours after your last meal
- Before a workout
- During a workout
- After a workout
- After a day of fasting
- Periodically during a low carb diet
That’s about it right there.
It might notClick here to continue reading
By Jared DiCarmine On November 10, 2011 No Comments
Come on! Addicted to sugar?! Sure, you like sugar but can you actually be addicted to it? There is a big difference between someone who eats sugar every once in a while and it’s no big deal compared to someone who eats it constantly, craves it like all get out, over consumes it when you do eat it and its beginning to negatively affect your health….how you feel physically and emotionally. You may or may not be addicted to sugar – read this article to decide for yourself.
So to answer the question, “Can you really be addicted to sugar?” You bet you can! It’s not an addiction that is talked about much yet, because it’s so socially acceptable. My friend, who is known as the Sugar Addiction Specialist, Samantha Taylor says:
“It’s when that white substance starts to be something youClick here to continue reading
By Jared DiCarmine On November 4, 2011 No Comments
A high protein breakfast is definitely my favorite way to start the day. It was only until I switched to eating a mostly high protein and fat breakfast that I experienced a dramatic change in my physique, both how it looks in the mirror and how I feel in the morning. Carbohydrates are great and they have their purpose, but society as a whole just eats way too much of them, especially for breakfast.
The whole idea of eating two bowls of cereal with milk is disgusting now and wreaks havoc on your insulin levels and belly fat. In fact, I think that if a lot of people just changed what they ate for breakfast, they could easily see a big different in the way they look and probably start losing a few pounds each month from one simple change.
Now the purpose of this article is not to talk about anyClick here to continue reading
By Jared DiCarmine On October 24, 2011 No Comments
If you want to learn how to lose weight and gain muscle then you have to follow a proven program, diet, and training regimen that will allow your body to torch excess belly fat while being able to build a considerable amount of muscle at the same time. This is the best of both worlds for anyone, but it is one of the hardest things that you can do at the same time. The reason for this is not really your exercise program, but your diet. It needs to be spot on and you need to manipulate your carbohydrate intake in order to let this phenomenon to happen.
Step #1: Eliminate Starches
Starches are not necessarily a bad thing. Carbohydrates can definitely be your friends, but you have to limit them in your quest to lose weight and gain muscle. If this is the case, then you have to eat them atClick here to continue reading
By Jared DiCarmine On September 30, 2011 No Comments
The fastest way to burn fat is through a combination of intense dieting and intense workouts, plain and simple. I know probably not the answer you wanted to hear but hear me out for a second. I’m not saying that you have to starve yourself and not eating a single thing. That is something I would never advise to anyone. It’s not healthy and will almost guarantee that you fall off the wagon and binge on unhealthy junk food.
And also with your exercise program, you don’t have to be a slave to the treadmill and feel like a hamster in a hamster wheel cranking out miles every day for up to an hour or two per day. That’s ludicrous if you ask me and something not everyone can do or wants to do. What you need to do is really dial in your diet and change up your exercise routineClick here to continue reading
By Jared DiCarmine On September 23, 2011 No Comments
Starvation mode is a very popular and simple term that a lot of trainers, fitness coaches, strength coaches and nutritionists throw around with their clients, me included. The reason we do this is because it is a simple term to recognize and understand. Usually the reason we use it to get a point across about starving yourself when you’re trying to lose weight. But what exactly happens when you’re body goes into starvation mode?
Not Exactly Starvation Mode
Well the body is a funny and tricky thing. It is so much more complex than a lot of us realize and give it credit for. It has hundreds to thousands of checks and system balances just like our government to make sure that we remain in homeostasis as much as possible. That’s all your body wants to do. It wants to remainClick here to continue reading
By Jared DiCarmine On September 21, 2011 No Comments
Let’s face it, we all like to have a drink once in a while but if you’re trying to lose weight then your best bet is to find any type of low carb alcoholic drink. Many people don’t understand when first starting out that they need tend to take in too many calories from liquids which are just killing their chances of success, especially in the form of alcohol. Alcohol can be a killer to your waistline if you are not careful. But in this article what I’m going to talk about is the different types of low carb alcoholic drinks that you can have if you decide to drink that will have a minimal impact on your waist line no matter what.
However, one thing that I need to point with regards to drinking is that most of the time, the problem is not the alcohol per se, but it’sClick here to continue reading
By Jared DiCarmine On September 20, 2011 No Comments
There are so many great foods out there that a lot of people get confused about what to eat to lose weight or specifically when to eat to lose weight. That’s what a lot of people don’t understand. First you need to get your basics down then you really need to tweak your diet when eating certain foods. This is paramount in your attempt for successful weight loss.
First off you should be eating a lot of protein when trying to lose weight. And I mean a lot of protein. I personally would recommend that you bump your intake up to around 1 gram per pound of body weight. The reason for this is because protein is very satiating and keeps you full for a long period of time as compared toClick here to continue reading