How to use Ironfit 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.

Ironfit Protein Bars are ideal 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. Second, we advise you to keep your diet under control and insert Ironfit 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

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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 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 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.

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

Moreover, Ironfit 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.

Taking an IronFit Protein Bar always with you is the key to avoiding 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 all of us living in Thailand for longer periods, eating enough protein without exceeding in calories and all sort of trans saturated fats can be challenging. Street food is available everywhere and at cheap prices, but most of the times it is full of oil, sugars and processed carbs that are fattening and almost useless from a nutritional point of view.

That’s why Iron Fit Protein bars, brownies and cookies constitute a valid alternative to junk food that you can always carry with you.

However, there are also some valid alternatives in the Thai cuisine 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 to help you achieving your fitness goals.

Iron Fit Food protein snacks, fuel for your muscles!

Iron Fit Natural Protein Bars health benefits

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

Iron Fit 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 Protein Snacks are loaded with the best whey protein, but also with healthy 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 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 summarise 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 mantaining Prostate Health.
-They have Anti-Diabetic Effects.
-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.

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
instagram: ironfitfood

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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Reach your goals and push up your limits with Iron Fit Food

 

Ben – Iron Fit Food
www.ironfitfood.com
instagram: ironfitfood