May 4, 2013

May 4, 2013


6 Tips for 6-Pack Abs


Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Saturday and I hope your weekend is off to a safe and beary great start! It is another busy weekend for Dab the AIDS Bear and me.

Summer is right around the corner and this is the time of year that a lot of people are trying to get in shape for the beach. For most guys (and some women) a great 6 pak is their goal. So today I will blog about fast ways to lose your gut and sculpt the ripped body of your dreams.

Load Up on Protein Every time you eat a meal that doesn't include protein, you're telling your body you don't want to burn more calories. Here's why: Protein helps control your blood sugar, keeps you fuller, reduces hunger, and burns more calories during digestion. So you can stay lean and still enjoy your favorite foods. Also, the protein stops muscle breakdown and provides the raw materials for laying down new muscle.

Quick Fix: Carbohydrates are not evil. But when you eat them alone, they set off a series of events—including a rise of insulin—that cause you to crave more food and store more fat. So whether you're snacking or eating a meal, include some protein and you'll drop fat. For meals, a 6-ounce portion of fish, chicken, or lean beef is reasonable. For snacks, try a handful of nuts, a stick of string cheese, or Greek yogurt. Click here for 5 More Perfect Protein-Packed Gym Snacks

Sleep More Here's a truth you'll appreciate: One of the best things you can do for your body is spend more time in bed. Harvard researchers who studied more than 68,000 people found that those who slept less than 5 hours a night were 5.4 pounds heavier and more likely to become obese than those who slept more than 7 hours. (Search: How to sleep better) One reason: Just a single night of inadequate sleep may increase activity in your brain's reward centre, particularly regarding food. To point: A University of Chicago study found that "short sleepers" took in an average of 220 more calories a day than those who logged adequate z's.

Quick Fix: Unplug the bedroom TV and try for 8 hours of sleep a night—and never settle for less than 7. Here's a scary fact for some added inspiration: If you are a habitual short sleeper, your chance of an early death rises by as much as 12 per cent, Italian researchers say.

Lift More Often Your treadmill's calorie tracker might make cardio seem like a fat-loss genie, but don't be fooled. The more miles you log, the more efficient at running you become and the fewer calories you may burn. Plus, running long distances can take a physical toll that can dampen your enthusiasm. All that pain and boredom causes many people to burn out and give up. (Video: 5 Moves for a Tight, Toned Body)

Quick Fix: Weave The Best Abs Workout Ever into your fitness plan. Just 3 days of resistance training a week can offer the metabolic boost you need to slash fat and finally fit into slimmer, more flattering clothes.

Lift Heavier Weights Now that you've made it to the gym (or dusted off your weights at home), reach for the larger dumbbells. Lifting heavy weights not only burns more calories during your workout but may also increase your sleeping metabolism by about 8 per cent, say researchers at Washington University school of medicine in St. Louis. Yep: You'll burn more calories as you lie on your back and dream of Scarlett Johansson. That 8 per cent might not sound like much, but it can add up to about 5 pounds a year.

Quick Fix: Push your limits. As you feel yourself becoming stronger and more comfortable during a workout, don't be afraid to go bigger. Challenging your body in new ways hits your muscles at different angles, packing on size

Eat When You Want You've heard that you need five or six meals a day for fat loss. The simple rationale is this: Digestion requires energy, so spreading your calories over many small meals throughout the day keeps your metabolism humming and your hunger at bay. The problem? It's not how frequently you eat but rather what you eat that affects how many calories you burn at mealtime. So if you take in 2,000 a day, it doesn't matter how many meals you've eaten; your calorie burn from digestion remains the same.

Quick Fix: Take a week and write down when you feel most hungry. Then adjust your eating patterns accordingly. The key is to pack each meal with foods that provide the greatest metabolic boost.

Load Up on Protein Every time you eat a meal that doesn't include protein, you're telling your body you don't want to burn more calories. Here's why: Protein helps control your blood sugar, keeps you fuller, reduces hunger, and burns more calories during digestion. So you can stay lean and still enjoy your favorite foods. Also, the protein stops muscle breakdown and provides the raw materials for laying down new muscle.

Quick Fix: Carbohydrates are not evil. But when you eat them alone, they set off a series of events—including a rise of insulin—that cause you to crave more food and store more fat. So whether you're snacking or eating a meal, include some protein and you'll drop fat. For meals, a 6-ounce portion of fish, chicken, or lean beef is reasonable. For snacks, try a handful of nuts, a stick of string cheese, or Greek yogurt.

Hopefully these tips help you in your goal for a better body. Hope you have a beary safe and great Saturday!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,



Daddy Dab