Wednesday December 4, 2013
Gift Alert! If someone on your list is interested in fitness, trying to lose weight, or trying to eat a healthier diet, I have the perfect gift idea. I recently read Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle and I would recommend it to (almost) all of my readers - with a caveat.
Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle is a good book for serious dieters and people who are ready to invest some time and effort into losing weight and getting in shape. Of course, that should be everyone who wants to lose weight. But some dieters are more interested in short-term goals or quick weight loss programs. This is not a good book for them.
When author and fat loss expert Tom Venuto explains his program, he says the plan is simple, but it is not easy. He's absolutely right. But I would add that his plan is also well designed, smart and backed by solid research. Is it worth to invest some time into reading the book and putting the plan into motion? It is.
Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle will be released on December 10, 2013, but you can pre-order a copy now. You can also check out a preview of the book online.
Monday December 2, 2013
It's the holidays and many people are trying to lose weight fast. Some are trying to diet themselves into a dress that they haven't worn in years, some are trying to slim down for a reunion with family or friends and some are just trying to undo the damage from Thanksgiving dinner. But does quick weight loss really work?
Quick Weight Loss Diets
Some diets actively promote the fact that they are designed only for quick weight loss. The 3-day Military Diet is one of them. This strange eating program promises to help you lose "up to" 10 pounds per week or 30 pounds in a month. Sounds attractive, huh?
Well, before you stock up on hot dogs and ice cream (yes, these are on the diet) be forewarned. There are some serious loopholes in the diet's logic. You might lose a few pounds to start, but chances are good that the weight will come back. This is often the case with many popular diets that promise extreme weight loss.
Quick Weight Loss Pitfalls
Weight regain is a common side effect of quick weight loss programs. Eating programs that are extremely restrictive are usually not eating plans that you can stick to. So you might fit into your special dress for your big event, but then spend the next few months doing damage control when the weight comes back.
So is quick weight loss worth the trouble? You decide. Tell me if you would lose weight fast for a special event if you knew that the weight would eventually come back - along with a few extra pounds. Post your opinion on Facebook or in a comment below.
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Friday November 29, 2013
Got family members in town this weekend? Skip the mall and do a family workout to burn off those pesky Thanksgiving calories. You'll feel better about your body and it's much cheaper than a shopping excursion.
Fun Family Workouts to Burn Calories
Getting the kids involved in your healthy workout program will make your workout more fun and sets a great example for them. In fact, pediatrician Dr. Abigail Allen, says it's one of the best way to help an overweight child lose weight.
Do you have a fun family workout idea? Post it on my Facebook page or tweet it to me. I love to hear from my readers!
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Wednesday November 27, 2013
Have you hit the gym for the traditional pre-Thanksgiving workout frenzy? Smart dieters know that if they want to avoid holiday weight gain, they need to do a few extra workouts this week to compensate for the calories consumed during a Thanksgiving meal. You can expect your exercise classes to be packed and the weight room to be a little bit more crowded than usual.
How Can I Burn More Calories?
If you want to give your body a fat-burning boost before the big meal, the best thing you can do is to adjust your workout routine this week. Don't change it entirely, because you won't burn as many calories when you a learning a new sport or a new type of activity. But you can burn more calories if you add a challenge to an exercise that you already do.
For example, if you usually walk on the treadmill for 40 minutes at a moderate pace, add both speed and incline to make the workout harder. Monitor your heart rate to measure the difficulty level. You might only stay on the treadmill for 25 or thirty minutes, but the added intensity will help you benefit from EPOC, which helps you burn more fat all day. Other intensity boosters include stair climbing (real stairs, not the machine at the gym), sprints on a running track, or hiking up hills.
How to Make Your Workouts Successful
So how do you make sure that your extra effort at the gym pays off? What happens after you leave the gym will be the a key determining factor. One of the most common mistakes that exercisers make is overeating. It's easy to think that you can eat whatever you want just because you worked out. But that is often why exercisers gain weight even though they exercise long enough and hard enough. Enjoy your Thanksgiving meal, but track the calories in your meal so you don't have to spend the next month trying to exercise it off.
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