Are Protein Supplements Good for You?

Protein Supplements

There is a lot of material out on the internet about protein supplements. However, one fails to understand the need for protein powders or supplements in day to day use for someone who works out 5 days a week. It is recommended to consume protein immediately post workout as our broken down muscle fibres require the ammunition to rebuild them. This is the time when our bodies can absorb the protein quickly and push out the amino acids to repair the fibres.

Types of proteins to choose from

  • Whey
  • Casein
  • Soy Protein

The Primary Building Blocks

  • Proteins are an important building block for skin, blood, muscles, cartilage, and bones.
  • It’s required for muscle repairs and recovery
  • Our bodies require proteins to make hormones and enzymes.

     Do I recommend protein supplements for beginners?

If you have recently taken gym membership, you must have noticed that your trainer or gym buddy will ask you to purchase supplements. After you complete two to three weeks of working out. They will even go out of the way to show you how these protein powders will be effective on you and start yielding out results for you too.

 

I am of the opinion that if you are a beginner, you should first get used to the workout schedule. Try to then increase your protein intake gradually from the food you eat. Start with Egg whites, chicken or Amarnath, quinoa for the vegetarian friends of mine. One should always aim to get all the proteins from the food we eat and not completely rely on protein supplements.

Once you settle into a rhythm say approximately 3 or 4 months into your workout regime, that is when you should think about opting for protein supplements. Remember that it is not going to yield immediate results. It takes time and patience to reach your goals.

 

Beginner’s Guide to Home Workouts- Part 2

 I am back with part 2 of workout for beginners at home!

In case you are new here or missed my earlier blog post on workout for beginners at home,then click here to read more.

Workouts at home are never exciting for beginners. We often are lazy or perhaps are not motivated enough. Through Life Is Transformation, you will have insights and tips on workout routines, diet and a lot more. With the onset of December, a lot of you guys tend to give a little attention to the growing waistline or the bulging beer belly.

The Problem

Let’s admit that every single one of you wants to be in the best shape possible and more often than not hit a roadblock because the gym memberships are expensive. A lot of you have work timings which do not permit you to squeeze in 45 minutes of your day to visit the gym.

The Solution

Working out at home is one of the easiest ways to get your fitness goals giving. No need to worry about any fancy pieces of equipment or expensive workout gear because I am here to give you all beginners some easy to do exercise at home which requires nothing more than a bag or a bottle of soda.

Watch the video below where I will be showing you 4 simple workouts which you can do at home without any pieces of equipment!!

 

Beginner’s Guide to Home Workouts

Are you a beginner when it comes to weightlifting or any exercise for that matter? We all begin somewhere and so was I once a beginner too!!

I want to lose weight, Tell me what workout should I do at home?

A lot of beginners come and ask me this question and it is about time for me to put some of my knowledge to use.

With New Years’s eve around the corner and so is the marriage season in full swing, I see a lot of men and women who decide to consider joining gyms. Yes, we all want to look our best and fit in the best clothes for the wedding of our friend which we have to attend or look the best for New Year’s Eve! Whatever may be your reason but hey congratulations as you have taken your first step towards fitness goals.

Well, gym memberships can be expensive and a lot of you who want to workout actually don’t have the time to do so because of the schedules we have. Worry not because Life Is Transformation is here to your rescue.

Beginner’s Workout at  Home

  • Jumping jacks – 25 repetitions
  • Squats- 25 repetitions
  • Push Ups – 25 repetitions ( if you can’t do these, take support of your knees, to begin with)
  • Plank – 30 sec hold

Repeat these 4 exercises and do at least 3 sets for a period of one week! Remember to eat at least 45 minutes before starting off with your workouts.

Let me know what you guys think about it, do this for the next one week and I will be back with a new routine and some diet tips for you all. Do like and follow my Facebook page and YouTube Channel

 

The Right Pair Of Shoes

The topic for today is to set the basics right. Yes, do you wear the right pair of shoes for workouts? Yes, you heard me right. Footwear is an essential part of weight training or for that matter for running or cross training whatever your interest lies in.

Over the years I have gained knowledge and learnt a lot about fitness and weight training. Through www.lifeistransformation.com I intend to provide the right tips and tricks which will help you in attaining your fitness goals.

Got it all wrong?

How often have we seen people at gym who wear the most appropriate gym apparel but wear ill-fitted and incorrect shoes? Well, this is purely due to lack of information out there for people to read on this topic.

One of the key reason to choose the correct shoes is your safety. Shoes help and assist ankles and the tendons around it and stabilize the feet when in motion.  Secondly, there are specific shoe types for specific various purposes. Usually one must prefer shoes which have a flat sole while doing weight training. On the other hand while running and walking one can opt for shoes which have a curved solve thereby allowing the runner to move his balance more swiftly.
A correct pair of shoe will help you in improving your workouts and once you get the correct pair that suits your workout style, I bet you will notice the difference in few days!
Here are few points which you can keep in mind when you step out to purchase your new pair.
For more fitness and health-related tips read more at Life Is Transformation.

The Shape Of You

A week has passed since the Diwali holidays ended and we all must have swayed on Shape Of You by Ed Sheeran and ended up losing our shapes instead. Bummed out, feeling swollen and bloated post-Diwali holidays? Eaten all sorts of sweets and went overboard with alcohol and desserts? Well, there are many of us who have committed the gluttony and now wondering what to do and how to get back to our routines.

I personally love to devour a box full of Kaju Katli. Let us all admit that we let loose on our diets during festivals. No harm in doing that every once in a while.  A quick fact check– One box of Kaju katli mithai is approximately 1140 calories which amounts to half of our daily calorie intake! Check out My Fitness Pal for more details and information on the food we eat http://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/calories/14359184

Wondering how to get rid of all the fat and lose the laziness which has set in? It’s easy to think but equally difficult to execute our plan of action. So what do you do in such a situation? Even a regular gym goer like me also faces this question time and again. Having the liberty of speaking with some of the leading fitness experts from the industry and gaining knowledge from them and learning from my own experience, I suggest and recommend everyone to follow some of the few tips listed below.

Start from the scratch

So getting back to workouts after a long break can be a bit taxing on the mind and body. Remember that gradual progression is what you should aim for instead of going and directly loading on the poundage. Here are some of my suggestions and recommendations:-

  • I suggest and recommend to give emphasis on form correction and light weights to just get your bodies back on track after the layoff. Throw in a bit of cardio and some body weight workout such as push-ups and pull-ups along with some core training.
  • From the following week onwards you can gradually increase the poundage to where you left off before the holidays started. 
  • Drink lots of water to keep your hydration levels high. There is no alternative to drinking water as it helps to detox and rejuvenates us.

Lastly, I would advise keeping a track of what food you are eating. It is the only way to ensure that you balance out all the eating you have done during the Diwali break.

It takes 4 weeks..For you to see your body changing,

It takes 8 weeks for your friends and families

Keep Going!!

 

An Un-Successful story

Successful People

The world is filled with stories of how most of the successful people were ordinary employees once and how they took the plunge into entrepreneurship! Just google this up and you will find a long list of names.

Looks like this is the only way to go if one has to be successfull in life.

You won’t find a long list of people described as ‘successful’ who have given up their self-employed status and gone back to working for someone else. For many, this is considered as a downward career graph as there are a lot of factors involved when someone takes such decisions.

The Unlearning Process

For those who know me, I had to take the decision to work for someone else as my self-employed career was headed nowhere. This takes a lot of toll physically and mentally to know that something which you are doing is absolutely not working out. But it takes a lot of courage to come out in the open and go back to working for someone else. The initial few months were extremely difficult as I had to adjust myself to take orders from someone else. Adjusting to taking orders was one of the most challenging aspects and I knew I had to take it all in my stride just to be in the game.

Succesful

Today it’s been almost 2 and half years since I have been working in a corporate setup and life has never looked so bright and positive.

My story won’t be considered as a success story as there are no millions of dollars involved. 

For me the failures and setbacks I have had, have been put to rest. Today I am in a position to write about it which is owed only to the unlimited success I have achieved in my own eyes.

Succesful

I leave you with a question to which only you can have an answer for – Do you still consider yourself Un-Successful? 

Making Peace with Your Past

 

It’s been more than a few years now since I have actually taken out time to retrospect on how my life has panned out.

Have you ever tried to look back at your past and then getting lost in the small stories which eventually shaped you up?

So last week I made conscious decision to look back at how my life has evolved over the years. The idea here was not to see how good or bad my life has been, but merely a way to say to myself that

Look, this is your life story and no one but you are responsible for it

A Past to Remember?

As I was reminiscing the yesteryear’s I realised that I  made few terrible choices and mistakes. But at the same time, there were many decisions of my life which turned out to be good. So is there a point to look back and keep wondering and thinking how we could have done something better to change the way we are living now?

My answer to this question is that there is no point in looking back and then regretting or cursing yourself on how your current life has shaped up. Rather when you are drawn to your past, encourage your mind to say that there is a reason why all this is in the past. You smile about it or even cry about it but never let what you did in your past affect the decision making in your present stage. When you look back and reflect on everything that has happened in our past, we learn to move forward It is only when you can ever make peace with your past.

You Make Peace with Your  Past by owning your Piece of the past. – Andy Stanley

Eating Right ?

The Art of Eating Right is One of the most debated and frequently discussed topics in the fitness industry. How many of you are in a fix trying to decide what is the right thing to eat for breakfast? Over the years I have been trying to figure out the best combination of food to suit my body needs. Like everyone else I have made many mistakes when it came to selecting the right food to eat.

Skipping Breakfast

Fitness industry throws a lot of new words each year and we tend to get confused and end up following a diet plan which may not necessarily suit us. People talk about ketosis, intermediate fasting, carb loading and high protein etc. diets to name a few.  These are a few diets which work very effectively on our bodies but the question here is for how long can one continue doing it? For the longest period of time, I have had this notion in my mind that after eating breakfast my body becomes sluggish! So what I did next was very terrible. I started to skip breakfast completely. A complete no in the ‘fitness world’ and even in someone’s life who doesn’t go to a gym, but I managed to do this for a good 3 to 4 years which is a very long duration.

Skipping breakfast altogether for prolonged years can have a very negative impact on your body. Weight gain, mood swings, hormonal stress are some of the few side effects of it. There is still a lot of debate on this topic and a lot of expert opinions are out there on the internet.

Breaking the Fast

Me being a firm believer in the theory of change is the only constant, decided that let me give the morning breakfast another chance and started experimenting with various options to eat from. This is when I struck gold and the rest my friends is what they call history!!

overnight oats, eating right

Recipe for Overnight Oats

An ideal way to jump-start your day, overnight oats keeps you full for a longer duration and will help you to cut down on your cravings.

Oats, banana , honey, eating right

You Are What You Eat- So Don’t be Fast, Cheap, Easy or Fake!

Wheysted or Wasted ?

Are protein supplements really bad for you?

supplement
Protein Supplement

How often do you hear people advising you on the amount of protein supplements one should or should not consume? In my case, I hear this every other day. People usually are afraid of things which they don’t fully understand and that is why end up giving suggestions based on what they hear.

That shit is going to give you kidney stones.

Don’t consume so much of protein.

There is a lot of material out on the internet about this subject matter. However, one fails to understand the need of protein powders or supplements in day to day use for someone who works out 5 days a week. It is recommended to consume protein immediately post workout as our broken down muscle fibers require the ammunition to rebuild them. This is the time when our bodies can absorb the protein quickly and push out the amino acids to repair the fibers.

Proteins -The Primary Building Blocks

  • Proteins are an important building block for skin, blood, muscles, cartilage, and bones.
  • It’s required for muscle repairs and recovery
  • Our bodies require proteins to make hormones and enzymes. 

     Do I recommend protein supplements for beginners?

If you have recently taken gym membership, you must have noticed that your trainer or gym buddy will ask you to purchase protein powders. After you complete two to three weeks of working out. They will even go out of the way to show you how these protein powders will be effective on you and start yielding out results for you too.

I am of the opinion that if you are a beginner, you should first get used to the workout schedule. Try to then increase your protein intake gradually from the food you eat. Start with Egg whites, chicken or amarnath, quinoa for the vegetarian friends of mine.

“Diet- a misunderstood word”

Once you have settled into a rhythm say approximately 3 months into your workout regime, that is when you should think about opting for protein supplements. Take a look at the different types of proteins one can consume.

Types of proteins to choose from

Once you have started taking protein supplements, remember that it is not going to yield immediate results. It takes time and patience to reach your goals.

Not Enough Time!

The Age Old Excuse

“I don’t have the time”- is a very well known and also a common excuse we give. As a result, we more often than not fail to give a 100% commitment towards our workouts. Like the many of us who often complain that we do not get adequate time after or before office hours to hit the gym, I would like to tell them that I completely understand where they come from. But at the same time, one must also always remember that we must commit few hours to our workout.

I have myself given such excuses before in my life and now when I look back, it almost makes the fool out of me, stand out!

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Throwback Time

Let me recall the time in my life where I would sleep at 3 am every single night and wake up around noon. We all had our share of sins and have done this at some or the other point of our lives.

That lifestyle is a past tense for me now, and it scares me even more when I look back. Like the most of us out there, I too have a regular 9 to 5 desk job. My day begins at 5 am even before the sun rises. Being a slow starter I have to wake up at least an hour prior to my workouts. I typically hit the gym at around 6.15 am and finish my workouts within the next 2 hours. It’s been almost a few years now and my body has gotten used to this routine.

Time- an excuse

 It is not easy to wake up early and this is where lies the key to everything, Our Lifestyle.

Being  Stronger Than Your Excuses

It is in our hands to bring about a change in lifestyle. Your family, your wife, your kids, no one can help you in this unless you decide to do it. Yes, their support will indeed take you a long way but for them to support you, first initiate the change. I am not asking everyone to wake up early or follow my routine, but you are smart enough to understand the point I am trying to make. Try to accommodate time for your workouts, be it in the mornings or in the evenings, be it weight lifting or mere jog on the road. Let there be no more excuses.

Bring about the change and see the difference it brings about in your life. Each day you will wake up with a new zeal, full of energy to take on the challenges this urban jungle throws at you. A fit body is a key to a fit mind and a fit mind is a key to boundless happiness. So how can one bring about this change? What is the catalyst that can possibly make one do insane choices? Well, the answer here lies in the mind, as its rightly said by Buddha:

‘What you think you become, What you feel you attract and What you imagine you create’