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There's foods, and then there's SUPERFOODS...

There’s foods, and then there’s SUPERFOODS…

Welcome back! Superfoods Part 1 listed the first 4 out of 8 nutritionally and biologically amazing Superfoods. Let’s get the last 4 outta the way so you can hit the supermarket and gets to crackin’!

5. Jalapeno Peppers

::sizzle sizzle:: Jalapeno Peppers contain the ingredient capsaicin, which we discussed the benefits of in our article, Fat Won’t Stand A Chance!

When you eat jalapenos the capsaicin causes an increase in your heart rate, which in turn raises your metabolism. Capsaicin also temporarily stimulates a higher release of stress hormones in your body, resulting in an elevated metabolic rate and increased calorie burning.

Oh spicy baby!! Not only do Jalapeno’s add delicious flavor to many foods, but they are also immensely good for your metabolic furnace. Awesoooome!! Another tidbit of useful information: research has shown that eating a spicy meal daily can increase your metabolic rate by as much as 25%. Whew! Continue Reading…

Differentiate between the caloric intake of your 3 macros: Protein - Fat - Carbs.

Differentiate between the caloric intake of your 3 macros: Protein – Fat – Carbs.

What exactly are macro-nutrients (also known as macros)? It’s very simple – Protein, Carbohydrates, and Fat

The macro-nutrients are the 3 components of your diet that you should be worried about when dieting, whether cutting or bulking.

Yes, total calories are important, but the macros are what you should be keeping a very close eye on.

If you’ve been in the bodybuilding or athletic fields, you may have heard the term IIFYM. If you have not, it stands for “If It Fits Your Macros“.

IIFYM – If It Fits Your Macros…

You are most likely to hear this when hearing someone else ask about whether or not they should eat a certain food group at a certain time and so on and so forth. The answer is “If It Fits Your Macros!” What this means essentially is that while monitoring your food intake for the day, pay close attention to the amount of macros you have ingested for the day.

If the food you are looking to ingest fits your numbers for your specific goals, then go ahead and eat that shit! For example, if you’re looking to consume 100 grams or less of carbohydrates a day (a low-carb type of diet like paleo), and you’re up to 80 but you want to eat something that contains 15 grams of carbs … looks like that fits your macros! So it’s safe to eat.

Get the idea? Yes? Good! Continue Reading…