How many meals per day should I eat?

How many meals per day if I just want to lose weight?

Many people think that if you want to burn fat efficiently, you have to eat little and often. However, there is a faster and more convenient way to do it. First of all, you shouldn’t focus on meal frequency. Instead, focus on how much food you eat per day and based on the goal you want to reach. If you are in a calorie deficit (5-10% below the amount of calories to maintain your body weight), eating 8 smaller meals per days instead of 3 bigger meals, would just have a tiny effect on the speed at which you torch fat. On top of that it may cost you a little fortune. So let’s stop with this myth, eating several small meals is not a magic solution to burn fat quickly. You can eat how often you want whether it is 3 big meals a day, or just a several meals. In short, what matters the most if you just want to lose weight is the number of calories you consume over a period of 24h, because the total calories consumed count more than frequency.

What about eating to build muscle?

What if your goal is maximum muscle gain? Thinking that eating more meals will systematically increase your metabolic rate is just a myth. When it comes to diet, nothing is that simple, because we all have different metabolisms, schedules and lifestyles. So, you better eat the number of meals that fit your lifestyle and only your lifestyle. Not the one of those bulk up guys you may see posing on YouTube, magazines or Instagram. If you have normal life with a job, daily transportation, a family etc. you may think that it would be beneficial to eat a constant stream of nutrients. Yet the spacing of meals is in fact more beneficial for muscle gain due to the way fall and rise of amino acids prime your system. In that case, eating more than 3 meals a day, will bring you no extra benefits, based on the total amount of calories eaten daily. Keep in mind that what you want is to feed your muscles, not your belly! So focus on your calorie and protein intake (between 25 to 30 gr per meal) and train hard to increase your strength in order to improve your muscle growth. You should also consider adding a pre-workout and a post-workout snacks in order to fuel your muscle.

What about eating to burn fat?

If your main goal is to only burn fat, go for a 5-10% calorie deficit diet. The most efficient way would be to eat 3 meals per day. However, on the long run you may also lose muscular mass. This is due to a catabolic effect, especially if you have high intensity workouts several days a week. This is why you must make sure your ratio carbohydrates, fat and protein are structured and adapted to your training and goal. Indeed, calorie deficit is great to burn fat, but it just a short-term solution if you want to keep your muscular mass. Beware if you eat fewer than 3 meals per day you may end up overeating and choosing unhealthy foods. If you seek long-term, go for carb cycling with long periods of carbohydrate restriction coupled with short windows of carbohydrate referring. In that case eat high-protein, high-fiber foods because they will help you to feel full longer. On a low carb diet, eat a maximum of 3 times per day and add good fat to your diet. This way you can teach your body to become “fat adapted,” meaning it will burn stored body fat for energy.

What if I want to increase my lean body mass?

In a nutshell, to increase lean body mass eating 4 to 5 meals per day is not a bad thing. However you must keep an eye on the macro-nutrients and remember that your protein intake is one of the keys. If you workout regularly, like 5 days a week, you will need about 2g of protein per kilo of body weight per day. This is the reason why protein bars can help you. They can provide you calories, protein and good nutrients, as long as they are made with natural ingredients like the Iron Fit Food Protein bars. They are convenient and easy to carry on so that you can eat them anywhere anytime. Especially after a workout, when the body is stimulated to increase muscle protein synthesis. Burning fat, is not just about “calories in calories out”, but about eating the right food at the right time! Regarding the amount of calories, increasing your daily calories by 5 to 10% would be sufficient in promoting lean muscle growth.

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8 best ways to lose belly fat

8 best ways to lose belly fat

Losing weight, in general, is difficult, but to lose belly fat in specific can feel insurmountable. It is not all in your head. It is importantly impossible to tell one specific region of your body to accelerate the fat metabolism. Yet, it is a worthy aim to lose belly fat because it is, unfortunately, the most dangerous location to store fat. Because belly fat also called visceral fat, stubborn fat or the deep abdominal fat that surrounds your organs is further temporary, it circulates throughout the bloodstream more regularly and is therefore probably to increase the amount of fat in your blood, increasing your blood sugar levels and putting you at a great risk of heart disease and kind two diabetes. The following article is dealing with the 8 best ways to lose belly fat.

1. Think eating plan, not a diet

You should pick a healthy eating plan that you can strictly stick to. The advantages of a low carb approach are that it easily involves learning the best food choices no calorie-counting is essential. This make it a weapon of choice if you want to lose belly fat. In general, a low-carb way of eating shifts your intake away from issue foods those high in sugar and carbs and without much fiber, such as sodas, bread, and bagels, and toward high-fiber or high-protein choices, such as healthy meats, vegetables, and beans.

2. Track your calories

The most basic approach to weight loss is burning further calories than you consume. For instance, since 3,500 calories are 1 pound of fat, a weight loss app or a paper and pen will help you decide how many calories you desire to cut from your diet or burn at the gym for meeting your aims. If you were to burn 500 more calories per day 7 days a week, then 3,500 calories in a week with 1 pound of weight loss. I am personally not an advocate of tracking calories to loss belly fat, because it can make you daily life quite infernal if you don’t have a strict discipline. That being said, this is a pretty basic and efficient approach.

3. Eat more fiber

Foods that are high in refined sugar and carbs do not really tame your hunger, so you end up reaching for more. Refine sugar and carbs are your worst enemies if you want to lose belly fat. This is the reason why at Ironfitfood our protein bars are made with no sugar and contain low carbs and fibers. Try to eat further fibrous foods such as whole-grain bread, chia seeds, oats, vegetables, legumes, fruits, and beans. They fill you up more, as fiber slows your digestion.

A 2015 study from the Annals of Internal Medicine showed that for those who have a difficult time following a strict diet, simplifying the weight loss approach by just increasing fiber intake can yet lead to weight loss. Women will goal for at least 25 gm of fiber per day (based on a 2,000-calorie) diet, according to the most recent United States Dietary Guidelines.

4. Keep moving

Physical activity aids burn fat and so abdominal fat. Before going further and say a few words about exercise, please always keep in mind that you cannot target fat loss. Like I said in my article Could you get slimmer by doing crunch exercise? to lose your belly fat by doing exercises you must lose fat all over your body. I hope I made myself clear and I will not find you at the gym trying to do half an hour of abs just to lose your belly fat. One advantage of exercise is that you get various bangs for buck on body composition. One of the reasons exercise work off belly fat in specific is because it reduces circulating levels of insulin, which will otherwise signal the body for stopping to fat and make the liver to use fatty acids nearby visceral fat deposits. The amount of exercise you require for weight loss depends on your aims. For most people, this can mean 30-60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise nearly every day.

5. Embrace healthy fats

If you need to lose fat, you’ve to eat fat, the right type, that’s. Adding healthy fats, in the form of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, can aid you to feel more satisfied with your meals. Fat sources in the diet come from unsaturated fatty acids discovered in foods such as olive oil, nuts, avocados, fatty fish, and eggs, as they can help raise satiety while offering a variety of health advantages when consumed in moderation. Ketogenic diet is one of the best examples of how healthy fat can help you lose belly fat. Plenty of healthy fat ingredients can be found in our Ironfit Food protein bars, such as cashew nuts, sunflower seed, pumpkin seeds, peanuts and so on. This is the beauty of our protein bars and this is what make them unique not only in the Thailand Protein Bars Market but also in the World.

6. Load up on protein

There is a reason everybody harps on about protein. And here at Ironfit Food we will never repeat if enough: Protein keeps you full, it is responsible for repairing the small tears by strength training in your muscles and it the bricks that help you bulking up. Protein aids your muscle to grow big and strong, nudging out body fat in the procedure. As a rule of thumb, get a minimum 70 gm of protein in the day or if you are looking for seriously bulking up, I recommend 2gr of protein per kilo of body weight per day. This is particularly important before you exercise if you want to bulk up and after your exercise for recovery. We are going to the gym and then eat afterward as we are hungry. The result? You eat more calories and wind up with belly fat. To avoid feeling hungry after a workout, eat a snack having at least 15 grams of protein before you exercise. Please have a look at our article How to use Ironfit Food Protein Bars to Lose Weight.

7. Try to limit your stress

Stress can mess with each part of your body, but how you deal with it may break or make your weight loss goals. Most stress effect is behavioral instead of neurochemical. It makes us eat more since we use food as a substitute for stress. Without mentioning the effect of cortisol on staking up fat right on your belly. Yea, you heard that, you cannot target fat lose, yet this evil stress hormone that is cortisol can stack up fat right on your belly.

The truth is, eating food to make yourself feel perfect is typically a whole lot easier than really facing the stress head-on. People gravitate toward something that does not need anyone else to do it, is instantly satisfying, and does not take a whole lot of effort, particularly if you are opening a box.

Stress eating can only lead to one thing growing your belly fat instead of whittling it. If you are eating due to stress, take a step back and think about it. Why I’m having stress, and what can I do? Find a way to remedy the solution or talk through it with a therapist instead of turning to a bag of Doritos. You want to lose belly fat, but you can’t make it happen? Then always keep in mind that everything happens for a reason.

8. Prioritize quality sleep

Like I said in my article Could sleep deprivation make me fatter? sleep is big when it comes to your weight loss success and that both if you sleep too little or too much. Scientists even said that a 4h sleep a night could increase the risk of obesity by 73%. So, skipping a night of sleep isn’t the best thing for losing belly fat isn’t it? Besides, if you are only getting the least amount of sleep every night, that leaves extra time for you to snack and make otherwise unhealthy decisions that can affect your weight loss. Though it’ll differ from person to person on how much sleep you really need to be most efficient (and therefore make progress toward your weight-loss aims), I would say the ideal number is 7 or 8 hours. But here again, if will differ from person to person.

At the end of the day, losing belly fat is not just a matter of doing exercise or following the right type of diet. It is a long-term discipline on your daily life that include sleeping time, stress, quality of the food you eat and so on. But for this discipline to take place, you must ask yourself the right question, a simple and short question: “WHY”. This is it, why do you want to lose your belly fat? Find within yourself the real answer that will lead to an unstoppable motivation and you will reach your goal. Because like I said previously everything happen for a reason and you will lose your belly fat only for a reason… this is the essence of goals and resilience, this is the essence of success.

Ben – Iron Fit Food
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Could sleep deprivation make me fatter?

Could sleep deprivation make me fatter?

Yes! Sleep deprivation can cause you to pack on extra kilos of fat. When we don’t sleep enough, our metabolism slows down to save energy. As a result the body will start to release the evil hormone Cortisol, which is increasing hunger (besides reducing the protein synthesis, halting tissue growth, reducing muscle mass, increasing abdominal fat …). On top of that, the level of Leptin hormone also known as the “satiety hormone” is dropping down, so you just end up craving for more food. And if you think you could go to the gym and burn out some more calories by training early morning with an empty stomach, then you are wrong… Because one of the several consequences of sleep deprivation on the metabolism is a big decrease of energy burned over a 24 hour period.

What the Scientists say?

Scientists even said that a 4h sleep a night could increase the risk of obesity by 73% (50% for 5h and 23% for 6h). I suggest to sleep between 7h to 9h per night, especially if you are workout out at the gym regularly. This is also for an obvious matter of muscle recovery. Indeed, as a reminder you are building up muscular mass thanks to anabolism. For it to happen you need, among other things, a good nutrition, no stress and more than anything sleeping well.

As you understood, sleeping is more than important if you want to stay fit and healthy! By the way, when you are craving so bad for food, please adjust your diet accordingly to your physical activity. Don’t forget to eat enough calories to recover after a hard workout session, and to slow down your carbs intake if you already have a diet rich in carbs or if you want to burn out some fat. The Iron Fit Food bars are a great solution for your diet. Whether you need to stay lean, burn fat, gain muscular mas, they will help you to reach your goals.

Ben – Iron Fit Food

www.ironfitfood.com

instagram: ironfitfood

Could sleep deprivation make me fatter?

Could sleep deprivation make me fatter?

Yes! Sleep deprivation can cause you to pack on extra kilos of fat. When we don’t sleep enough, our metabolism slows down to save energy. As a result the body will start to release the evil hormone Cortisol, which is increasing hunger (besides reducing the protein synthesis, halting tissue growth, reducing muscle mass, increasing abdominal fat …). On top of that, the level of Leptin hormone also known as the “satiety hormone” is dropping down, so you just end up craving for more food. And if you think you could go to the gym and burn out some more calories by training early morning with an empty stomach, then you are wrong… Because one of the several consequences of sleep deprivation on the metabolism is a big decrease of energy burned over a 24 hour period.

Scientists even said that a 4h sleep a night could increase the risk of obesity by 73% (50% for 5h and 23% for 6h). I suggest to sleep between 7h to 9h per night, especially if you are workout out at the gym regularly. This is also for an obvious matter of muscle recovery.

What the Scientists say?

Scientists even said that a 4h sleep a night could increase the risk of obesity by 73% (50% for 5h and 23% for 6h). I suggest to sleep between 7h to 9h per night, especially if you are workout out at the gym regularly. This is also for an obvious matter of muscle recovery. Indeed, as a reminder you are building up muscular mass thanks to anabolism. For it to happen you need, among other things, a good nutrition, no stress and more than anything sleeping well.

As you understood, sleeping is more than important if you want to stay fit and healthy! By the way, when you are craving so bad for food, please adjust your diet accordingly to your physical activity. Don’t forget to eat enough calories to recover after a hard workout session, and to slow down your carbs intake if you already have a diet rich in carbs or if you want to burn out some fat. The Iron Fit Food bars are a great solution for your diet. Whether you need to stay lean, burn fat, gain muscular mas, they will help you to reach your goals.

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How to use The Iron Fit Food Protein Bars to Lose Weight

Lose Weight with IronFit Food Protein Bars

Many people are willing to try our protein bars in order to lose weight.

The Iron Fit Protein Bars are perfect if to lose weight. We keep getting a lot of questions regarding how to use our protein bars to drop weight. Here is how.

First of all, we recommend doing sport in order to burn excessive calories. This shouldn’t be an issue, since it is quite easy in Bangkok and more generally in Thailand to find a gym or even a park where you can run or do some outdoor workouts. Second, we advise you to keep your diet under control and add the Iron Fit Food protein bars in a proper, balanced diet.

For example, assuming that your daily caloric intake is 2000 calories, which is most likely the daily caloric intake of an individual of about 170cm per 70kg that is moderately active, you should try to reduce it by about 500 calories per day to lose half a Kg per week. Consider also that losing more than this amount of weight per week is not healthy, can give you permanent stretch marks and will be very easy to revert, so take good care in planning your diet for long term results. Hence, the following is a good example of a 1500 calories daily diet plan that can make you lose the above-said weight:

Ironfit food protein bars to lose weight

This is what we care about: your nutrition and your fitness goals!

1 meal (Breakfast):

4 Egg Whites 14.4 Proteins 68 cal

1 Whole Eggs 6g proteins cal 78

100g Uncooked Oats 2.4 proteins 68 Calories

22.8 Proteins 214 Calories

 

2 meal (Snack):

Iron Fit Food Performance Protein Bar

21 Proteins 178 Calories

 

3 meal (Lunch)

150 g of Chicken Breast 46.5 g Protein 248 cal

80 g Brown Rice 2g Protein 88 cal

75 g Mixed Vegetables 2.2 Protein 37 Cal

1 tablespoon olive oil o protein 45 calories

50.7 Proteins 418 Cal

 

4 meal (Snack/Post Workout)

Iron Fit Food Original Plus Protein Bar

24 Proteins 260 Cal

 

5 meal (Dinner)

140g Tilapia or any white fish 40 Protein 191 Cal

100 g Steamed Broccoli 3g Proteins 34 Calories

1 tablespoon olive oil 0 protein 45 calories

43 Proteins 270 cal

6 meal (Pre-sleep Snack)

20g Almonds 4g Proteins 115 cal

100g Greek Yogurt 10g Protein 59 cal

Protein 16g 174 cal

TOTAL 177.5g PROTEINS | 1514 CAL

As you can see, this plan really focuses on splitting the daily caloric intake into several meals, 6 to be precise, in order to increase the nutritional intake and boost your metabolism. Also, it provides a big amount of proteins, which are the “bricks” that your body needs in order to build muscles and burn fat.

If your goal is to lose weight, also consider to add some aerobic exercise in your routine (treadmill, running, riding a bike are great options).

By the way, the above plan can be modified and integrated depending on your needs, personal caloric intake, goals and requirements.

Moreover, The Iron Fit Food Protein Bars and Snacks contain BCAA and glutamine that help your body to recover faster from a workout and to be active during your daily routine! What else? It sounds like the best protein bars you can get in Thailand isn’t it?

In a nutshell, taking an Iron Fit Food Protein Bar always with you is the key to avoid eating junk food and follow your diet plan everywhere to lose weight in the most convenient way possible.

Good Luck and remember, the 30% happens in the gym, the other 70% happens in the kitchen!

How to survive the protein deficit in Thailand – Thai dishes with the most proteins

Thai Barbeque, or MooKrata หมูกระทะ, often comes in the All You Can Eat mode

Thai dishes with the most proteins

For anyone who leaves in Thailand, eating enough protein without exceeding in calories and all sort of trans saturated fats or refined sugar can be challenging. In fact, street food in Thailand is available everywhere and at cheap prices, but most of the times it is full of oil, sugars and processed food that are fattening and almost useless from a nutritional point of view.

This is the reason why the Iron Fit Food Protein bars, brownies and cookies are an outstanding alternative to junk food. Indeed, you can easily carry them with you and they can be of a great help if you are somewhere where you have not much healthy choice when it come to food.

However, there are also some valid alternatives in the Thai cuisine (restaurant and street food) that can be considered healthier and protein rich.

Here’s the list:

1. Gai Yaang ไก่ย่าง: The undisputed king of Isaan cuisine: grilled chicken. Better if in the form of chicken breast เต้านมไก่ย่าง, you can find it almost everywhere and at almost every Isaan street stall, even though usually Thais eat it in the morning. You can ask for ข้าวเหนียว kaow niaw, sticky rice, that fits perfectly with the chicken and make it a very balanced meal with good carbs and high protein. They usually drumstick + thigh, half a chicken, or just the whole chicken breast.

2. MooKrata หมูกระทะ A solid second place is held by the infamous Thai Barbeque, often coming in the All You Can Eat mode, so pay attention not to overeat. They usually offer beef, pork, chicken and seafood that you will need to barbeque yourself. Prices start from 150 thb all the way up, depending on the place and the poultry and fish offered. The only problem here is not to put too many unhealthy sauces on the food and not to eat all the fried and greasy side dishes and dessert that come included in the price. The biggest amount of proteins you can get, that’s for sure. We suggest going for Thai Barbeque after a long, intense training.

Thai Barbeque, or MooKrata หมูกระทะ, often comes in the All You Can Eat mode

Thai Barbeque, or MooKrata หมูกระทะ, often comes in the All You Can Eat mode

3. Blaa kapong nung manao ปลากะพงนึ่งมะนาว: A healthy, not too greasy, filling Steamed fish with Lime and Garlic. For this, you’ll need to go to a proper restaurant, as street stall usually don’t have it. The price is around 350thb or more depending on the kind of fish and the level of the restaurant. Delicious!

4. MoFai หม้อไฟ If you like soups, you are lucky because the Thai Hot Pot is one of the dishes richest in protein in Thai cuisine. Similarly to the Thai Barbeque, you can order the kind of meat and fish that you want with the soup. Prices are similar too. Remember not to drink too much broth, as is going to carry all the fat from meat and fish that melt as you cook them.

5. GaiSatay ไก่สะเต๊ะ One of the cheapest and colorful chicken dishes is the Chicken satay with peanut sauce and served with a refreshing cucumber and onion salad. The chicken is first marinated in coconut milk and curry powder and then grilled. The sauce made with peanuts is really good, but don’t abuse of it as it is very caloric. You can find the Chicken Satay in street stalls as well as in restaurants and it’s usually very cheap (10-20thb per meat stick). Are you hungry yet?!

Chicken satay with peanut sauce and served with a refreshing cucumber and onion salad ไก่สะเต๊ะ

Chicken satay with peanut sauce and served with a refreshing cucumber and onion salad ไก่สะเต๊ะ

That’s it for now, we’ll continue in the next post with our bits of advice on nutrition for active people. Bodybuilding in Thailand is possible even without spending an excessive amount of money with our suggestion and that’s why we developed the most convenient protein bars, made only with the best ingredients and whey protein, to help you achieving your fitness goals.

The Iron Fit Food protein snacks, fuel for your muscles!

Iron Fit Food Natural Protein Bars health benefits

How Iron Fit Food Protein Bars can greatly help you to lower your cholesterol, keep blood pressure in check while helping you losing weight and gaining muscles

You are having troubles finding good quality natural protein bars in Thailand? Iron Fit Food is THE solution. Indeed, Iron Fit Food Protein bars, cookies and brownies are made only with top ingredients and, most of all, they are all of natural and sugar free. This means that all the Iron Fit Food Protein Snacks are loaded with the best whey protein, but also with healthy super-food such as nuts, seeds, raisins and coconut oil to achieve their high content of proteins, vitamins and mineral. Our bars are therefore a great help to maintain overall health at a top level, boost the immune system, lower bad cholesterol, keep blood pressure in check and of course promote weight loss and muscle building.

Let’s take a deeper look at the benefits of some of the ingredients Iron Fit Food food Protein Bars are made with:

Peanuts:

Peanuts contain vegetable protein, unsaturated fat, fiber and minerals. In particular, monounsaturated fats are the type of fat that lowers LDL, the “bad” cholesterol. The US Food and Drug Administration performed a study showing that a handful of peanuts at least five times every week can help lower your risk for heart disease by more than 25%.

Peanuts are also a healthy source of vitamin E, folate, niacin and manganese. They are also rich in resveratrol, a phenolic antioxidant present in red grapes used to make red wine.

Pumpkin seeds:

Pumpkin seeds contains an incredible variety of antioxidants . Starting from a good dose of vitamin E composed by several forms of it such as Alpha-tocopherol, alpha-tocomonoenol, gamma-tocopherol, delta-tocopherol, and gamma-tocomonoenol, making the bioavailability of Vitamin E greater than other forms. Moreover, Pumpkin seeds are rich in mineral antioxidants like manganese and zinc. Also Phenolic antioxidants are provided by pumping seeds in a variety of forms such as phenolic acids hydroxybenzoic, caffeic, coumaric, ferulic, sinapic, syringic and protocatechuic acid.

To summarize the benefits, Pumpkin seeds are good for:
-Maintaining Heart Health because of their Magnesium content.
-Boosting the Immune Support because of their Zinc content.
-They are rich in Plant-Based Omega-3 Fats.
-Good for maintaining Prostate Health.
-They have Anti-Diabetic Effects.

-Rich in aminoacids
-They contain Tryptophan that help provide a Restful Sleep.

Health benefits of iron fit food protein bars

Pumpkin seeds present in ironfit food bars present a long list of benefits

Sunflower seeds:

Health benefits of iron fit food protein bars

Sunflowers seeds improve bones, skin and are full of minerals

Sunflower seeds contain vitamin E, an important antioxidant for neutralizing free radicals that would otherwise damage molecules, such as cell membranes, brain cells, and cholesterol.

Sunflowers seeds have anti-inflammatory effects that can help with symptoms in asthma and arthritis, where free radicals and inflammation play a big role. They contain Phytosterols, compounds that when present in the diet in sufficient amountscan reduce blood levels of cholesterol.

They are also a good source of magnesium that can help with asthma, lower high blood pressure, and prevent migraine headaches, as well as reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke.Magnesium is also needed for healthy bones and energy production.

Dried raisins:

Having a few raisins every day is good for your stomach and can help your Digestion as they contain fibres.

They are rich in potassium and magnesium in good levels.
They also can help against Anaemia as they have a good amount of iron and B-Complex vitamins. Their copper content also promotes the production of red blood cells.

Raisins are rich in polyphenolic phytonutrients, which are well known as anti-inflammatory antioxidants, therefore helping to boost the immune system and to treat Infections. Raisins contain phenol, collagen and elastin that promote healthy skin.

Health benefits of iron fit food protein bars

Dried raisins promote healthy skin and will give you an energy boost

Sesame Seeds:

Sesame seeds are rich in copper and manganese, also containing calcium, magnesium, selenium, vitamin B1, iron, zinc, molybdenum, phosphorus, and dietary fiber. Also, they contain 2 substances that are totally unique: sesamin and sesamolin, Those have a cholesterol-lowering effect in humans, and prevent high blood pressure. Sesamin has also evidence to protect the liver from oxidative damage.

Practical Tip:

To lower your risk of cardiovascular and coronary heart disease, enjoy 1 natural snack from Iron Fit Food, rich in healthy nuts, seeds, raisins and proteins at least 4 times a week.

In a nutshell, at the opposite of most protein snacks in Thailand, the Iron Fit Food Protein Bars are more than just products made with whey protein and some fillers. Indeed, they are made mostly with high protein natural ingredients, so you get get protein from different sources plus a good variety of macro nutrients, which literally make them the best protein bars in Thailand.

Is soreness a good thing?

Is soreness a good thing?

 

As a matter of fact, soreness means that something happened during your training and it is most of the time a good sign. On an average, soreness happens to everybody, but more often to the beginners (or to those who don’t train regularly) than to the neophytes or the seasoned athletes. It also simply happens to the muscular groups that we don’t target often. The best example is to look at those who are doing legs once in a while and end up not being able to walk or seat properly after their legs workout session. Therefore, once we are training regularly, soreness tends to appear less often as our muscles got used to the intensity of the exercises. Many people worry when they feel soreness, especially when it comes 24h to 72h after the workout. Actually, soreness is just constituted by microscopic injuries or tears of the muscles, caused by the intensity of the flexion during the workout. It comes along with an inflammation that makes it painful and can also lead to an overall body weakness.

So why is it a good sign? Simply because when you are training you are seeking the hypertrophy (increase in muscle size and shape) of your muscles. This hypertrophy is created by the repeated flexion of the muscular group you are targeting that, technically, is damaging your muscular cells which, as an ultimate result, will give you the fit shape and size you are looking for.

 

There are several ways to recover quickly from the soreness:
– Sleeping
– Salt bath
– Taking supplements: Protein Bars (Iron Fit Protein Bars are all natural and rich in BCAA and Glutamine, helping the recovery), protein powder, BCAA, creatine etc…
– Drinking more water
– Stretching
– Massaging

 

How about the recovery time? As said, this will depend on several factors such as the sleeping hours, the nutrition, the frequency and the intensity of the workout,  the stress and so on. No matter how painful or how long your soreness feeling will be, just embrace it as a sign that you did your job at the gym and remember: “no pain, no gain”.

 

Ben – Iron Fit Food
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How can I train if I am traveling regularly?

How can I train if I am traveling regularly?

 

I often hear people telling me that they can’t be fit just because they are constantly traveling around. Well, when we travel, we all agreed it is not convenient to carry in our luggage some dumbbells and barbells. However, we can tailor our very own body weight workout routines. In that case it is important to master some basic exercises that you can do anywhere such as the planks, body weight squats, mountain climber, lunge, triceps dips, flutter kick, push-ups etc… If you want to go furthermore with your training and you think body weight exercises are too limited in term of variety and results, then I suggest you to buy a packable workout gear such as a resistance bands, a skipping rope, a foam roller or even a sling trainer (e.g. TRX), this kind of equipment is light, easy to carry on, easy to use and it can be installed quickly everywhere on the doors, walls etc…

 

When you are traveling, the best solution is definitely to go to a hotel with a fitness facility, so before booking any room always have a look at the list of the facilities of your hotel. And if your hotel don’t have any fitness facility? Then you can always search on the internet (e.g. Google map) for the closest gym to your hotel. So don’t let a simply nasty trip being an excuse to stop your training, you have to be motivated more than ever, especially since traveling can also mess up with your nutrition and your sleep habits, both necessary for a good recovery, maintaining your muscular mass burning fat and so on.

And regarding the nutrition? As stated above, traveling can also mess up with your nutrition, too much carbs, not enough protein, tiny portions and late meals. One of the solution is to take supplements. There is several supplements available on the markets, all made for different purposes, fat burning, bulking up, sleeping etc…. However, the most important point is to make sure that your intake of protein is high enough. To make it simple I suggest your daily protein intake to be of 2g of protein per kg of body weight in order to maintain your muscular mass. It is often a hard task when we travel and this is the reason why protein bars such as the Iron Fit Food bars are an outstanding solution. If your aim is to low down your carbs intake then you will go for the Performance bars, if your aim is to bulk up you will go for the Brownies or the Energy, if you are in between and need an all-rounder then you will go for the Original bars. Anyway, always keep in mind that being fit requires discipline and motivation, it is like anything else in life, just a matter of priority.

 

Ben – Iron Fit Food
www.ironfitfood.com
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Could you get slimmer by doing crunch exercise?

Could you get slimmer by doing crunch exercise?

When I go to the gym I am strike by the amount of people who are spending some 10min or more just doing stomach crunch. Many of them think that they will get slimmer or perhaps get “the six pack” should I say, by hammering their stomach for several minutes in a row. Well, I will never say it enough, we cannot target the fat loss!

So just doing crunch exercise in order to burn out the intramuscular abdominal fat will not bring you any kind of six pack. By the way the scientific team from the University of Virginia recently discovered that we would have to do some 250,000 crunches to burn some 450g of fat. This is the equivalent of doing 100 crunches per day for 7 days.

We also know that to burn fat cardio is a good solution however if you go for a long cardio, such as more than 10 minutes, you take the risk to also lose some muscular mass on the way. Therefore, one of the method I suggest is to work out all your muscles especially the big muscle groups (chest, legs…) and the lower back muscles because they are the muscular group which burn the most calories. And regarding cardio? Well I suggest you to go for a daily cardio of 10 minutes maximum using bicycle or elliptical. Yes, you heard it, 10 minutes maximum, I personally go for 7 minutes sharp and 5 to 6 days per week. That way it will strip of the fat and prevent the lactic acids to make you losing that precious muscular mass.

Finally, don’t forget that doing crunch is a good way to strengthen your abdominal muscles and to give them a nice shape. If you want to have sharp and fit abs, then I suggest you a combination of cardio, diet and abdominal exercise. The nutrition is also important because abs are muscles. So keep in mind that to maintain your muscular mass you need about 2g of protein per kg of body weight and per day. The Iron Fit Food products are here to help you reach that goal: http://www.ironfitfood.com/shop/

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