I wonder why that went in twice
Sounds good- but Here are my warnings:
Meal 2: Bananas are higher in sugar- BFL champs have warned me about their effects- try for something alittle less sugary- an orange, apple or pear perhaps? 2 handfuls of strawberries?
Meals 3 & 5: You need a carb! Sweet potato? Brown rice? Remember- Carbs helpopen your muscles to the proteins.
Other than this- looks perfect!
I've noticed that you've chosen to completely omit complex carbs. What are your goals?
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From what I have learned, Stacy is correct.
I typically do half a banana, plain 4 oz yogurt, and 4 to 6 oz milk for the shake.
Meals 3 and 5, true - vegies have carbs, but is is better to have a complex carb, and the vegies.
Try to eat vegies with two of the meals. One of the vegies should be something green.
Broccoli has the highest trace content of chromium - essential for regulating glucose/ blood sugar levels. So try to eat broccoli two or three times a week.
"What you put in, is what you are going to get back."
I am going to suggest you cut the banana back to 1 small banana, it's post workout, you are having it with protein and there is no reason for you not to have the banana at that time.
Add in some complex form of carbs with the rest of your meals, even if it's just a small 3 or 4 oz red potato that you can boil a batch on Sunday and use for the week.
my goal is fatloss
Bananas get a bad rep for no reason in my opinion, they are sugars but all fruits are sugar, good sugar called frutose and they are actually quite low GI despite popular belief
Also Veg are the carbs, the best carbs for fat loss ,they are full of fibre,low calorie,low glycemic and high in vitamins and vitamins and antioxidants
I have to go out on a limb here and say...You asked. :-)
If you look up the nutritional data for strawberries and bananas you will find that 1 cup of bananas is 200 calories vs. 49 for strawberries. 51g carbs in a banana, 12g for the strawberries. There are 4 times as many grams of sugar in the banana. Hmmmm. The 2nd article that is posted below speaks to this situation.
That is not all to say that bananas are bad. They just aren't the most solid choice for fat loss in challenge mode. They say the riper the banana the better the quality.
Your meal plan looks like you are really committed! That is awesome! The suggestions made to add brown rice or sweet potato to meals 3 and 5 are solid ones in my opinion. The training aspect of BFL is quite intense. Your body needs the extra energy from the carbs. Additionally, starchy carbs are more filling and have tons of vitamins and minerals in them that your body needs. Continue with the veggies but consider adding that carb to meals 3 and 5.
Here is a link to two websites that will spur conversation. On the first one, go down to the carb section. It talks about starchy carbs. Also, read the Carbohydrates for Performance. That will tip the scales a bit on the banana dilemma. I still think 1 would be sufficient. www.brianmac.co.uk/nutrit.htm. The 2nd article is broke up throughout the page but has great info in it. Again, great thought provoking stuff. www.carbs-information.com/carbohydrates-benefits.htm
Would love your comments on the articles to continue this convo. I think it's a good one.
Keep the faith!
Faithful Renee :0)
Complex carbs are essential, especially if your body has the demands from the Body-for-Life weight training system.
The 12 week program is designed to do two things - a body transformation, and an inner transformation.
Do you believe that?
Cutting the carbs is a quick way out, but, deprives the muscles repairing of essential elements and will do more harm then good.
Do you believe this?
We all want to see results.
And you will.
They do not happen over night for most. Men generate quicker results. It's not fair, I know.
Have some faith - stay as accurate as is possible to the suggested complex carb and protein portions six times a day.
The weight training program is the other half of the process.
We need to be push our limits and getting stronger physically, and mentally.
Everything comes down to mental strength. Discipline.
If you believe what you read by Bill Philips, if you were inspired by the obstacles and mountains people had to move to achieve their amazing goals, ...
Then you believe in Body-for-Life.
Get back on, and ride it hard!
You need carbs in there, no question. You might notice a bigger change more quickly but then so did everyone on the Atkins fad.
Firstly just I don't believe in low carb diets and just because the carbs in this diet are only fruit and veg does not mean its a low carb diet, it means that because fruit and veg are so much lower in cals than starches we can get to eat more of them which is important for fatloss when trying to reduce calories but prevent hunger, also veg are very very low on the glycemic scale which means it takes less insulin to remove the sugars from our blood that stacrhes do which is also a very very important, also proteins and starches are acid producing foods in the body fruit and veg are alkaline so its imporntant to eat these with as many meals as possible to balance the ph, now im not totally against BFL ,its simple ,its basic which makes its easy to follow and to make a lifestyle out of and it also works specifically because calories in and calories out is the most important factor in fatloss
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