Wednesday December 11, 2013
A weight loss surgery headline caught my eye this weekend. The current issue of Life &Style Weekly includes an article about country singer Miranda Lambert's weight loss success. Apparently there have been rumors that she had gastric bypass surgery to achieve her result. The headline inside the magazine reads"Miranda fires back! I Didn't Cheat to Lose Weight?"
Is Bariatric Surgery Cheating?
The magazine does not state that Lambert used the exact words in the headline. And for the record, it is very unlikely that the songstress actually had surgery. But I thought that the headline
phrase that the magazine chose was interesting. Do people really think that undergoing major surgery and months - even years - of recovery is cheating? That seems odd to me. Do you agree?
Are You a "Cheater?"
Have you undergone bariatric surgery? Did you feel like you were taking the easy way out? We're you glad that you had weight loss surgery? I have not had a procedure myself, but in my interviews with bariatric surgeons, I learned quite a bit about life after weight loss surgery and I would not describe the process as easy. Let me know what you think by adding a comment below or visiting Lose Weight with Malia Frey on Facebook. I want to hear your opinion.
If you'd like to learn more about surgery - and about who makes a good candidate for bariatric procedures, check out these resources:
Monday December 9, 2013
If someone invented a pill that could permanently eliminate belly fat, they would make more money than they could spend in ten lifetimes. Sadly, however, that's not likely to happen. So if you need to get rid of a beer belly, a paunch, or a thick midsection, diet and exercise are still your best options.
But people often choose the wrong programs to get flatter abs. Quick fixes, trendy tools, and fad diets usually don't work. So what does work? Education. If you learn more about why your belly fat exists and what it means to your general health, you will probably be more motivated to get rid of the fat that sits in your middle.
I recently spoke to a number of fat-loss experts about the best ways to get rid of belly fat. The article is geared for men, but the suggestions work for women as well. And the responses I got might surprise you. The experts did not suggest doing a million sit-ups. They also did not recommend a wheat-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, calorie-free, everything-free diet. But they did recommend things like functional training, and eating a diet that is higher in protein. Read the full article How to Reduce Belly Fat to get the complete list of suggestions. You can also use my 10 Tips to Get Flat Abs to see a quick list of easy things you can do to trim your belly.
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Friday December 6, 2013
I don't know about you, but for me, the difference between a good workout and a great workout is my playlist. I can burn mega calories, sweat buckets and burn more fat if the songs on my Nano get me motivated. And it's especially important this time of year. Staying on the couch is so much easier when it's cold outside!
So this is my playlist. These aren't necessarily the songs that I listen to when I'm cooking a healthy meal or hanging out with friends, but they are the tunes that get my heart pumping enough to do high intensity intervals at a level that helps me benefit from EPOC and burn more fat all day long.
Just a word of warning, however. I'm a bit of a techno junkie, so if you don't like electronic music, these songs may not work for you. If you're not sure, however, give them a try. A steady electronic beat is often good for aerobic workouts.
No Diggity, Chet Faker (warmup)
Clubbed to Death, Rob Dougan
Nothing But You, Paul van Dyk
Punta Del Este (Beach Mix) , Blake Jarrell
Strict Machine (We Are Glitter Goldfrapp Mix), Goldfrapp
Don't You Worry Child (Radio Edit), Swedish House Mafia
U Should Know Better, Robyn Feat. Snoop Dogg (explicit)
Save the World (Knife Party Remix), Swedish House Mafia
Scheiße, Lady Gaga
Sexy and I Know It , LMFAO
My My My (Cagedbaby Pace Mix), Armand Van Helden
I Said (Michael Woods Remix), Deadmau5 Feat. Chris Lake
Out Of The Sky (Kyau & Albert Remix), Lange Feat. Sarah Howells
To Get Down, Timo Maas
Omen, The Prodigy
Throwing Shapes, Dirty Vegas
Bitter Sweet Symphony, The Verve (cool down)
So what's on your playlist? I want to know what you listen to at the gym. Give me your suggestions in a comment below or go to my Facebook page and tell me what you're playing when you work out.
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.