The combination of lean protein and fiber constitute a big fitness trend for 2009, according to fitness expert Nitin Chhoda.
- Fitness trend 1 – The rise in fitness boot camps.
“Fitness boot camps are probably the hottest thing in the fitness game right now, especially in the light of the current economic recession. Fitness trainers get to better leverage their time and maximize profits by working with an unlimited number of clients per hour. Fitness clients are able to better access personal training services in a unique and dynamic team environment that provides better social support and accountability for only a third of the cost of typical one-on-one training rates.”
- Fitness trend 2 – high-intensity interval training is rapidly gaining popularity as the best form of improving both fitness and fat loss.
“With interval training, the focus is on the intensity of exercise (quality). Intervals consist of alternating between shorts bouts of all-out, high-intensity effort and active recovery periods for a much quicker and focused amount of time (typically 10-20 minutes of intervals works best). This approach is scientifically proven to burn nine times more fat and lead to faster improvements in fitness than the aerobic alternative."
- Fitness trend 3 – The overwhelming scientific literature proving the fat-burning benefits of a diet high in lean protein and fiber is finally catching the eye of mainstream consumers.
“Protein is the most important component of each and every meal or snack you consume. It builds and maintains muscle, allows your body to preferentially burn fat, increases metabolism through the thermic effect of feeding, and fills you up. Fiber (ideally obtained from fruits and vegetables, specifically green vegetables) helps slow digestion for a more steady supply of nutrients and sustained energy, it prevents overeating at each meal, and it helps keep you more full between meals. Thus by combining protein and fiber every 2-4 hours, you provide your body with the optimal one-two belly fat burning punch,” Chhoda says.