Losing A Part Of Me

Ever wanted to lose weight and tried so many different things that you finally said "the heck with this?" Don't feel like the Lone Ranger. Come along for the ride and lets learn from one another as we lose a part of us.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Three Under-Rated Nutritutional Tips When Traveling

 Traveling tends to bring out the worst in some of us - when it comes to eating properly.  Especially when we are trying to lose weight or maintain where we are.  Trust me, I know how to binge and I certainly know how to "lose focus" and eat any and every thing I see.  But my friend Craig Ballantyne has wrote another good article that I want to share with you.  This can help!!!

 When you travel, you need nutrition tips for fat loss. But it isn't easy to lose fat on the road. Fortunately, these 3 under-rated but highly effective diet secrets can help you to get lean and stay lean when you travel.
The secret is to follow this #1 nutrition tip:

1 - Be accountable.

By promising you that I'm going to record my every meal, I have to make the right choices or I'll suffer embarrassment in front of thousands of people when I send out my food diary from the trip.
So you must find someone to be accountable to as well. It can be online, or it could be a friend at work or someone at the gym. All that matters is that you have someone to hold you accountable for your nutrition choices!
By the way, just keeping a food journal has been proven to increase weight loss. So even if you don't show it to anyone, holding yourself accountable will be enough to help your beat a fat loss plateau.
The next tip works really well for the final phases of dieting, or when on a business trip.

2 - Eat the same food everyday (sometimes).

Okay, I know, this doesn't sound like fun, but my friend, a world-famous New York City trainer, uses this when he has to lose the final 5-10 pounds of fat for a photoshoot.
And he is able to get super-lean by doing this.
Of course, this isn't a long-term strategy, but when you need to get "advanced results", you have to take advanced measures.
So when traveling to a business seminar, find the right choice for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and eat the same thing at each meal. That will minimize the damage - or even help you lose fat while on the road.
Or if you are in the final phase of a fat loss program, stick to the meals that are the best for your fat loss and easy to prepare.
You can treat yourself when the job is done.

3 - Increase your fiber intake.

I've stolen this idea from another friend, a nutrition expert, who gave some
amazing tips on how to eat more fiber.
Fiber fills you up, helps you eat fewer calories, and may even help you eliminate extra bad calories.
Now here's a few ways for you to get more fiber in your diet:
- Blend in raw nuts with your smoothies & protein drinks
- Add vegetables to your omelet (I add broccoli, spinach, & mushrooms)
- Eat fruit between meals instead of high-calorie granola bars
- Snack on raw nuts instead of white-flour products like pretzels
(I had a pretzel addiction in high school, and now I eat almonds)
Those are simple and under-rated, yet proven ways to improve your nutrition and lose more fat at home and while you travel.
When I travel, I start my day with a high-fiber, nutrient dense blender drink, then eat some fruit, and have a big omelet with vegetables before I head to the airport after lunch. And then I stay on track so that I can tell you all about my meals, workouts, and adventures when I get back.
Just say NO to bellyfat when you travel!
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Great advice.  Now lets adhere to them.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Three Workout Mistakes in Fat Loss Programs

I admit to making alot of mistakes in working out and trying to get control of my waistline and losing weight in general.   I want to share three workout mistakes in fat loss programs that I recently came across.  My friend Craig Ballantyne is an expert on these matters.  Take note as to what he says and better still, apply to your regime so you don't make the same mistakes that I and many others have made.

Are you making these common mistakes that often RUIN people's well-meaning, yet fatally flawed workouts?

Mistake #1 - Using a Traditional, Ineffective Warm-up
Unless you struggle with nagging injuries - and I realize many folks do - you shouldn't be wasting your precious time by spending 5-10 minutes on a cardio warm-up. It does nothing for you.
Eliminate it and use a bodyweight circuit warm-up instead, such as bodyweight squats, stick-ups, mountain climbers, prisoner lunges, and pushups
Mistake #2 - Using Traditional Straight Sets for Resistance Training
If you get your program out of old-school magazines, it probably recommends "straight sets" - meaning you do a set, then rest a long time, then repeat the set, etc.
But eye-opening new research shows that non-competing superset training - there you use "opposing muscle groups" in alternating exercises - BOOSTS your metabolism more than traditional straight sets. (Reference: J Str Cond Res 24:4 2010)
And again, the short burst fat loss workouts you'll find online fix this mistake - by using non-competing supersets and tri-Sets (three exercises) to boost metabolism.

Mistake #3 - Using Traditional Slow Cardio
I won't bore you with the research I've discussed time after time showing you that cardio is inefficient and ineffective for fat loss.
Needless to say, you've probably learned the hard way that cardio doesn't work. After all, you probably found the short, burst workout system when you were looking for something that worked better than cardio.
And that "something that works better" is interval training, as well as metabolic resistance training. And you'll find an approved metabolic resistance training circuit that will knock your fat loss results out of the park when you do something like dumbbell squats paired with dumbbell chest presses, followed by dumbbell rows paired with hamstring curls.
Now go out there and burn it up with better workout strategies.

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Sunday, October 3, 2010

5 Fat Burning Tips to Help You Stay Focused

We live in a "quick fix" society where we want things and want them now.  A good friend of mine will often equate it with having things the Burger King way, that is having it your own way.  I have been thinking alot about fat burning and the proper way to do so.  I read another piece by Craig Ballantyne that really hit home with me concerning "fat burning".  Instead of blogging my way through this important topic, I will share his piece with you here:

At this time of year, we can use every last tip to help avoid
holiday weight gain.
So here are 5 more fat loss tips for beginner & advanced readers.

1) No liquid calories (with the exception of a post-workout drink).
Get rid of all the juices, the sodas, and the sports drinks. Liquid
sugar is the last thing you need when you are trying to lose fat.
You must also limit your alcohol intake - especially if you are
adding mix to drinks...that is a double calorie bomb! A single "Jackand Coke" is over 200 calories (100 calories from booze and 100 calories from mix).

2) No fast food.
Do not eat at fast food restaurants. Even if you choose what you
think is healthy, remember this:
Fast food restaurants are all about profit.
And in order to profit while giving you cheap, quick, and easy to
prepare foods, the quality of the food ingredients will be poor -
especially the protein.
Now you might have read that you can still make healthy choices at fast food restaurants. But you know what, that's just
politically-correct opinion. If it's fast food, it's poor food.
Walking into a burger joint and grabbing a chicken breast on a
white bread bun with a piece of old lettuce and a half-green,
half-pink tomato is "barely" healthy eating.
The politically-incorrect truth is that it's going to take time and
effort to eat properly. You will have to plan, shop, and prepare
healthy meals. You will have to spend time cleaning, cutting, and
cooking your food. That's the truth.
But believe me, it will taste so much better than fast food, and
healthy eating will make you more alert. Eating fast food will make you feel terrible, and will make you want to have an afternoon nap at your desk.
Make one small improvement to your nutrition everyday for the rest of your life.

3) Eat more fruits and vegetables.
If you are eating 2 servings per day, then go up to 4 servings per day by the end of the week. And even if you think you are doing great by having 5 servings per day, you still need to double that (take 2-3 weeks to work your way up to 10 servings per day).
Stick with fiber-rich fruits and vegetables - organic if possible.

4) Eat 1oz of almonds or walnuts per day (1/2 oz in the AM, and the other half in the afternoon).
Most nuts are roasted in oils (possible source of trans fats), so
stick to natural or dry-roasted nuts.
Don't panic...this small amount of nuts won't make you fat, but will fill you up and help you lose weight.

5) Be consistent with your workouts.
And make sure the workouts are efficient and effective. To make it easy for you to follow, stick with the Turbulence Training fat burning workout system.
It doesn't matter if you train in the morning before or after
breakfast, or at night before or after dinner, or at 1pm on days
when the moon is in line with Saturn...don't worry about the
details, just train consistently.

That there are 5 fat burning tips that are guaranteed to bring results.   Want real results and "want to burn the fat off"?  Incorporate these and see what happens.

The game plan I suggest: