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December 15, 2014
Without delay, let us get into the top new years resolutions tips to help you guarantee success this year. And the first tip is critical to your success:
Be Realistic: This is the thing that you absolutely must start out with. If you are not realistic about your new years resolution, you are setting yourself up for failure. For instance, if your new years resolution is to lose 40 pounds in the next 3 months, that is a very big goal. Why not aim a little lower (say 20 pounds) and then when you reach that goal, set another.
Create a Plan: It’s not enough to make a new years resolution on New Year’s Eve and then wish for success in the new year. You have to think your resolution through and create a plan of attack. In fact, the earlier you start that plan, the better.
October 17, 2014
Learn the truth about fruit…is it the diabolical diet-killer it’s sometimes made out to be or is it just fruit and actually pretty good for you?!
The answer to the question of whether fruit can or will make you fat isn’t as simple as yes OR no…because the answer is yes AND no.
Sound confusing? It’s not so bad!
There have been studies done on fruit sugar (fructose) and how it’s metabolized in the body and liver, which I’ll get into in a bit, but I’m also going to talk about fruit from a practical standpoint.
First, here is why it WON’T make you fat…
Fruit is a fat-free (with rare exception, like avocados) and fairly low-calorie, high-fiber food. It’s going to be hard to eat ENOUGH fruit to result in an excess of calories, resulting in noticeable fat gain…hard, but not impossible.
October 2, 2014
The kettlebell swing is the foundation movement for a large proportion of kettlebell exercises.
The swing utilizes a hip thrust that is fundamental to other kettlebell exercises such as the kettlebell clean and the kettlebell one arm snatch.
The swing maximizes muscular endurance in the back and waist, is a great lower body strength builder and is a highly effective conditioning exercise.
September 24, 2014
I don’t know about you, but I know plenty of lazy people.
People that would rather spend the entire day parked on their couch than anywhere else.
People that eat take-out food every single night over a good home cooked meal.
People that would choose to have a root canal over working out.
Of course everyone has a few lazy days every once in a while, but it seems like more people lately are making laziness their full time career.
Are you lazy? See if any of the following statements describe you:
September 2, 2014
Training for and completing an organized 5 kilometer walk or run is an ideal way to start a fitness routine, lose weight and build healthy exercise habits.
And for seasoned athletes, a 5K run can jump-start a fitness program, boost exercise motivation, add variety to a stale workout, and exercise with other people. Preparing for a 5K may be intimidating for a beginning exerciser, but follow these ten tips for a fun and injury-free race day.
Set an Appropriate Goal
A 5K (3.2 miles) can take as little as 15 or 20 minutes for fast runners and as much as an hour for walkers. Because there is such a wide range of abilities, it’s important to keep in mind that you are the only one you are competing against, and your goal is to do the best that you can do, avoid injuries, and have fun.
August 29, 2014
So you have decided that you want to lose weight and get into shape. If you plan on making this time successful you need to know how much to eat daily. In terms of your energy needs you can use the formula below to calculate your daily caloric [energy] needs.
I would break these numbers up like so. Take your body weight and use that number for the amount of protein you’ll eat daily. So if you weigh 150 pounds then you’ll eat 150 grams of protein per day. Then take the number you came up with for daily calories and times that by 0.30 and divide by 9. That number will be your daily fat intake in grams. Then take your numbers for protein and fat, add them together, then subtract from your daily calories and divide by 4. This number is your carbohydrate intake in grams.
August 21, 2014
It is important to use the right fuel… both for cars and for people. For instance, one could put aviation fuel or diesel fuel into a gas burning automobile engine and it would burn for a while the wrong fuel… but the engine would be damaged because it would be damaged by excess heat and/or byproducts of inefficient combustion. Similarly, the human body needs correct food to run run correctly. The body obtains water, fiber, nutrients and fuel from the food we eat. Each of these is critically important. But, of prime importance is the “fuel” portion of food. The body can only burn two types of fuel: Sugar or fat. Although either fuel will work, FAT is the best energy source. It is the the fuel we should primarily utilize in our bodies because it does far less damage to our bodies than does burning sugar/carbohydrates.
FAT BURNING KEY CONCEPTS:
1. Creating energy, by burning fuel, is necessary, but it is destructive to our bodies, just like burning gasoline or diesel is necessary, but destructive to the engine of the automobile.
2. Fat is a more efficient energy source (releasing more than twice as much energy than is released by burning sugar).
3. Along with containing a greater density of energy, fat, when burned for energy, releases far fewer free radicals (damaging elements) than does burning sugar (for the same amount of energy)
July 31, 2014
Apple nutrition facts – the mighty apple
An old proverb attests to the health benefits: “An apple a day keeps the doctor” So an apple a day is perhaps the most delicious prescription ever made. However it will take more than a daily apple to keep you healthy Apples are a source of both soluble and insoluble fiber.
Soluble fiber such as pectin actually helps to prevent cholesterol building up in the lining of blood vessel walls and thus reducing the incident of atherosclerosis and heart diseae. The insoluble fiber in apples provide bulk in the intestinal tract, hold water to cleanse and move food quickly through the digestive system.
October 27, 2013
I am going to elaborate on my background before I share my weight loss experience today. I grew up in a pretty chaotic environment. It wasn’t all bad but it helped to contribute to me being a very obese child and young adult. I was absolutely miserable although I would try to put on a smile and act like I was happy.
I ate everything under the sun, and would have probably eaten the sun if I could. I was an emotional eater and closet eater. With each bite I felt more and more shame. I felt absolutely worthless and hated myself.
You see, It is my opinion that no one who is obese is truly happy. Yes, I believe that we can have good moments, hours or even days, but I believe that the weight obscures who we truly are and helps to keep us hidden.
I struggled with my weight for almost 15 years. The only reason that I began to lose weight was because I slipped down a flight of stairs and grabbed the rail with my right arm to catch myself and strained some back muscles.
October 16, 2013
Stop trying to “fix” an internal problem with external solutions. Since our beliefs drive our behavior, healthy or unhealthy, then it stands to reason going on another fad diet isn’t the answer to an internal problem.
You have to go inside and address the beliefs that are driving you to emotional eating, drink to excess, procrastinate, shop, stay busy, etc.
The weight you are carrying right now is just a symptom of something much larger going on inside of you that is causing you distress.
Do you now see why no diet pill, food in a box, point counting system or any fancy gadget can fill that hole? You must address the mind, body and spirit to be able to heal, move forward and leave behind the ineffective behavior(s).
What is it that you need to let go of to be able to let go of the excess weight?
What has being overweight cost you up to this point in your life?