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Stress, Is It Making You Fat? Here’s What To Do.

Stress, Is It Making You Fat? Here’s What To Do.

Stress
How does stress play a role in our training and ability to recover? It can have a negative effect on body composition and eating behaviors. Stress plays a critical role in our capacity to handle acute and chronic bouts overtime.  An example of this is strength training.  We need to add stress to our muscles (via volume or intensity) in order for them to adapt by getting stronger or bigger. Another example is resiliency.  Resiliency is the ability to recover from difficulties.  When something is too hard, we may not have the capacity to be resilient.  It takes us longer to recover from it.  This can be emotionally and/or physically. The theory of General Adaptation Syndrome* implies we recover and adapt from stressors as long as we have enough time to…
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How many calories should I eat and what is energy balance?

How many calories should I eat and what is energy balance?

Nutrition
Today’s article is to help you understand how and why different nutrition plans can all produce positive results.  This means that ALL plans can work, as long as they follow one KEY concept. My goal is to show you the concept of energy balance, or as I refer to it in the article, energy status. Energy status (whether it’s a surplus, deficit, or equal) is the common denominator between all meal plans. Let’s dive in… One of the most important factors in weight management is energy status.  Energy balance is the relationship between energy intake (how much food you eat) and energy expenditure (how much energy you burn doing your daily life things: I.e exercise, walking, breathing, etc). If the energy intake is greater than the energy expenditure, you gain…
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