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So, what did I miss

25 February 2015 - 08:59 AM

I've been really busy the last few months. What did I miss?

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03 May 2014 - 01:08 PM


Fitness Tips

04 March 2014 - 11:45 AM

To piggyback off yesterday's myth topic. I am making a topic to give people some tips to a healthier existence. 


Tip 1: Make realistic measurable goals with deadlines. Then tell someone who will hold you accountable


There is no point in making lifestyle changes without establishing how you will determine what you are striving towards. "I want to be skinny, lose weight, get stronger, or look better are all qualitative goals. How do you measure any of that? You do that by setting qualitative goals. Instead of "I want to look better" go with "I want to lose 10 lbs before the June." The realistic part is also important. You will not go from morbidly obese to underwear model overnight without surgery. Telling someone else will make you feel compelled to keep pushing so you don't look like you have failed. Seriously, if you don't set goals, why bother?


Tip 2: Drink water


Give up your naturally and artificially sweetened drinks and replace it with water. If you have to have caffeine, black coffee or unsweetened tea are your best options. There are countless studies that dissect the benefits of giving up sweetened drinks. Your metabolism slows down when you are dehydrated, if you are thirsty you are already behind the power curve, and sometimes thirst manifests as hunger pangs. Also, restaurants usually don't charge for water.


Tips 3: Learn the difference between hunger and boredom


Boredom can lead you to think you are hunger. Before you go for a snack, play a game on your phone, read a book, engage your brain somehow. Hell, go drink some water. Worst case scenario, you will have to go pee.


Tip 4: Use smaller serving plates. 


A large plate makes people think they need more food, so you get more than you might need. Also, don't be afraid of leaving food on your plate. Your mom and dad won't kick your ass over it. Also, here's an interesting pic





Tip 5: Track everything


If your goal is to lose weight, you want to consume about 200 to 300 less calories than you body needs to maintain its current condition. If you want to be stronger, you need to consume about 500 more calories than your body needs to maintain itself. There are a plethora of calculators available that will help you determine your caloric needs. Use them.


Fitness myths

03 March 2014 - 10:42 AM

Since we are at the beginning of March, it's safe to say a few New Year's resolutions have fallen to the wayside and are collecting dust like that treadmill that was purchased a few months ago. However, with the weather warming up, you still want that beach body. I will dispel several popular fitness myths that people keep believing and paying for.


Myth 1: You can target fat loss

No, you can't. The first place you store fat is the last place that loses fat. It's typically the abdomen region for men and the hips and buttocks for women, No matter how many sit-up, crunches, or hours you put on the ab roller, you are not going to be able to have visible abs or that sweet butt until you drop your body fat percentage. Here's a visually aid to show what I'm saying




As you can see, a low body fat percentage is crucial to that beach body you dream of. 


Myth 2: As long as I work out, I can eat whatever I want.


Well you can, but your results will be disappointing. Garbage in usually gets garbage out and the food you give your body is no different. Start thinking of what you eat as fuel. If you give you body the best fuel possible without too much or too little, you will get better performance.There are plenty of resources available to help you track your macro and micro nutrients as well as caloric intake. When you hit the grocery store, shop the outside aisles primarily. Last thing on this topic, a salad loses its nutritional advantage if you drown it in dressing and top it with cheese and processed meats.


Myth 3: If I lift weights I will get bulky.


Weight training can lead to packing on mass, but men and women have some limitations. First, women lack testosterone and can not get as massive as men. Female body builders that look manly are taking steroids. Men can naturally put on more mass than women, but that's still limited. Go look for the results of some natural body building competitions. However, if you eat to get bigger, you will. Look at the Olympic weight lifters, male and female. They are strong but not lean people. Lifting weights will help you build lean muscle mass, which will look better when you drop the body fat and muscle mass burns more calories when your sitting on the couch.





Myth 4: I can't afford a gym membership so I don't work out.


First we will address the person who is genuinely strapped for cash. Running is free, and are calisthenics. To the other people that are just making excuses, quit drinking soda, pack your lunch for work 4 days a week, and cook more meals at home and I bet you free up the assets. Call a few gyms in your area and see how much it actually costs. 


Myth 5: I have to starve myself to lose weight.


Let's think of it as losing body fat, not weight. Most the time you don't have to eat less, just eat better. The other day I packed a salad in my lunch that was about 400 calories and I couldn't eat it all. The point is to actually look at what you are eating and track what you eat.


Myth 6: Carbs are bad.


Carbohydrates are your body's primary fuel source. You have decided to increase your effort and decrease the fuel. I can't imagine why so many diets fail. The type of carbs you have matter. You want complex whole grain carbs. You also want to get enough of the healthy fats, such as omega-3. Yes, I know everyone know someone who lost a lot of weight on one of those fad diets, but did they keep it off? If you say yes then I offer this little study. http://www.nydailyne...ticle-1.1597066


I know I could have stuck this under the workout topic, but I figured that some of this information might be helpful to someone who doesn't want to scroll through 100+ pages.