1 Out Of 3 People Should Not Eat Before Bed

In my six year experience as a personal trainer, I am constantly asked if we should be eating past a certain time. When I am asked the question, the client expects a quick yes or no answer. Unfortunately, it is not black or white. From a calorie perspective, the timing of food has minimal importance. The most important factor is a caloric balance.  But, nothing in life operates in a vacuum. We can't just look at calories in versus calories out when we are focused on overall health. We must look broader and include all the pillars of health.

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Here's Why You Should Block Blue Light At Night

Sleep is one of the most important factors when it comes to being healthy. We know that you should get between 7-9 hours a night of sleep. We also know that the majority of people fail to sleep this much. And to top it off, most people are not getting good quality sleep either. Put simply, we are a sleep deprived world. Technology has played a massive role in this sleep debt. Our phones, laptops, televisions, and bedroom lights expose us to blue light 24/7. Blue light, just like the sun, wakes us up and plays a role in our circadian rhythm. As the day turns into night, blue light fades away and the sleep process begins. But this hardly occurs due to the technology mentioned above. And this should worry you because excessive evening light exposure can disrupt the circadian rhythm and put you at a greater risk for weight gain, decreased energy, and a weakened immune system. I believe this is due to a melatonin deficiency.

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Insulin Is Not Responsible For Weight Gain

Lately, carbohydrates and insulin have gotten a bad reputation due to the belief that they cause fat storage and weight gain. The belief is based on the idea that when carbohydrates are consumed, the hormone insulin is secreted causing the body to store more fat. So then all we have to do is reduce carbohydrates to reduce insulin levels, which will decrease fat storage….right? It makes sense as I type this, but the body is hardly ever this simple. To make sense of the subject, I decided to write a general description of digestion and insulin’s role inside the body.

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Track Calories To Lose Weight

The overconsumption of calories is one of the main reasons for the obesity epidemic. Granted, a lack of sleep, community, and movement have played its part. But for the sake of the article, we will focus on solving the issue of overeating. To solve this issue, we must talk about portion control. When you have a poor understanding of the calories in a meal, you tend to overeat without even realizing it. But it isn't your fault; no one has ever taught you how to portion your meals and track calories. For some reason, schools taught algebra and physics but never taught how to eat correctly. Today is the day we fix that and teach you how to control your portions through calorie tracking.

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Here’s Why You Should Have Fruit In Your Kitchen

In the last 100 years, we have experienced a massive increase in the availability of processed foods. There are more fast food restaurants and food delivery services than ever before. The ease of access to calorie-dense delicious food has made it quite challenging to sustain a healthy lifestyle. Especially since our bodies are wired to crave sweet, salty and fatty food due to the scarcity of food that occurred for thousands of years.

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