Category Archives: weight loss

Is Your Workout Program Working Out?

Author:  C. Small

Effective cardiovascular and strength training are crucial factors in many fitness related goals including athletic goals, weigh/fat loss and overall good health.

As I’ve mentioned in previous articles, overall fitness requires you to combine cardio and strengthening exercises with a well-balanced diet.  (To see why, click here.)

But even a well thought out fitness plan requires periodic adjustments.

How many times have you heard people say (or maybe you’ve even said it yourself) that they were reaching their fitness goals but all of a sudden it was as though they had hit a wall.  They couldn’t lose any more weight.  The inches were no longer melting away.  They couldn’t understand why.  They started to get frustrated.

So what did they do?

Some may have fallen off the healthy food diet because some people overeat or eat junk food out of frustration.

Some may have designed a new fitness plan…not bad.

Some may go out and buy new DVD workout programs…good but a bit expensive to buy new DVDs every time you hit a plateau.

Worst of all, some may have quit their diet and exercise plan altogether.

As you can see this problem can be approached in many different ways.

However, most of the time all that’s required is a simple adjustment or “tweak” to your current plan.

Our bodies tend to adapt to the same routine day in and day out.  That’s why it’s important to have a large variety of healthy foods on our diet plan…so we won’t good bored and our bodies don’t adjust to a set caloric intake.

As with your diet plan, you also need to periodically adjust your workout routine.  If you already have a good workout plan, considering making the following changes.

  • Duration: Length of time spent for each individual cardio/strengthening session – increase the number of repetitions or sets in each session.
  • Intensity: Level of difficulty achieved during each cardio/strengthening session – take it to the next level.  For example if it’s easy lifting 10-pound weights, switch to 15-pound weights.
  • Variance: Varying the type of cardio/strength exercises performed each session – include a variety of exercises performed on different days.

If you don’t already have a good workout program and you’re ready AND capable of doing a high-impact program, you may want to consider purchasing either p90x or Shaun T’s Insanity program.  Both programs are designed to enable you to blast right through that wall, in other words avoid that plateau and reach your desired targets. 

Remember, you hold the key to your weight/fat loss – healthier you success.  Don’t get frustrated.  Keep your eyes on your target and keep moving forward.

Until next time,

Carolyn

Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it. ~Plato

 

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Give the Gift of Insanity

Author:  C. Small

Hello Everyone,

The holidays are approaching and I know a lot of you want to burn a few excess pounds so that you will be able to enjoy the turkey, stuffing, pies and so on.  And, some of you may still be looking for that max workout program that will give you the ultimate weight loss and fat burning plan.

Well look no further.

Checkout the short video below!

I hope you enjoyed the video. Shaun T is a very dynamic instructor who will keep you moving, motivated and entertained.  With his program you perform long bursts of maximum-intensity exercises with short periods of rest.  You will alternate between aerobic and anaerobic intervals performed at your MAX.

ARE YOU READY?  If so, click on the link below and start your get-fit-in-60-days program now!

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Insanity: The Ultimate Cardio Workout and Fitness DVD Program

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Happy Holidays!

Be Safe.  Be Healthy.  Be Beautiful!

Carolyn

About the Author:  C. Small is an Air Force veteran, mother, Christian and entrepreneur.  She is passionate about helping others in personal development, achieving healthy lifestyles and financial freedom.

(NOTE:  If for medical reasons you need a low impact workout program, this plan is not for you.  And as always consult your physician prior to starting any exercise program, especially one that’s high impact.)


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Cross Train – Get Fit and Lose Fat!

Author: Carolyn Small

Hello Everyone.

I mentioned this in a previous article but I believe it bears repeating: The numbers on your scale do not indicate whether you are fit or fat. They only tell you how much you weigh. Far more significant than your total body weight is the composition of your body tissue. (Click here for healthy body fat percents.)

A small amount of fat is needed for padding the internal organs and as insulation under the skin. However, excess fat leads to such diseases as diabetes, gout, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, and gallbladder problems.

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Being fit decreases your chance of contracting diseases

while carrying excess body fat increases those chances!

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Many of you who are serious about your health work really, really hard to get those numbers down to what you believe are acceptable figures. But, you’re still fat…still in danger of having all sorts or medical issues. Don’t get me wrong, losing weight is good, but you must take your fitness program to the next level.

Winning the Battle against Fat

When you think of fighting fat with exercise, you probably think of hours of hard, sweaty exertion. If this is the case, then, you may not get any farther than just “thinking” about losing fat.

Why? Experts contend that when people exert more effort than what they “think” they’re capable of doing there’s a tendency to lose interest, become weary and dissatisfied. Hence, they give up, stop doing their routine exercises, and end up sulking in the corner with a bag of chips for comfort.

It’s at this point that a strong support group is worth its weight in gold. They will remind you of your goals and your purpose for starting the exercise program. They will help motivate you and get you moving again.

But what if your motivation level starts to decline because you’re bored with your workout program?

How do you combat boredom? Cross Training!

After some intensive studies and experimentations, health experts were able to come up with the concept of incorporating cross training in an exercise program to overcome or break the monotony or dullness of the routine.

Cross training refers to the integration of diverse movements or activities into a person’s conventional exercise routine. The main purpose of incorporating cross training into an exercise program is to avoid muscle damage, eliminate boredom and get improved results.

Cross training – 3 basic components:

  • Endurance exercises to condition the heart, lungs and blood vessels.
  • Exercises to strengthen the muscles. Because you’re doing a variety of exercises, cross training conditions the entire body, not just specific muscle groups. AND, since you’re not doing the same set of exercises every day, you’re not over stressing any particular muscle group.
  • Exercises to improve flexibility, speed, agility and balance.

Cross training is indeed a great way to modify the concept of exercising and losing fat without having to endure monotonous activities.

You can develop your own cross training program, have someone else, such as a personal trainer or, a fitness expert at your local gym do it for you, or you can purchase one of the many fitness programs on the market today. Two of the leading programs on the market are Shaun T’s Insanity and P90X. For more info on each program please check out Max Workout for the Ultimate Weight Loss – Fat Burn and How Does P90X Work? (Note: both of these programs are high-impact.)

In short, getting fit and losing fat does not have to be boring. It can be fun if you choose the right program to follow. Remember: everyone is not the same. You must choose the program that is right for you. If you don’t, you won’t stick with it. You will continue doing the same things that you have always done, getting the same results that you’ve always have.

Best Wishes for much Success!

Carolyn

I keep trying to lose weight… but it keeps finding me!  ~Author Unknown

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Still Haven’t Lost the Belly Fat?

Author:  Carolyn Small

Hello everyone. I hope all is well with your weight – fat loss plan.

How’s your diet working?  Are you losing weight?  Yes you say?  You reached your weight loss goal? Awesome!  Got that flat belly you’re been wishing for?  Oh, still battling the bulge ah?  You’ve lost 20 pounds but you still can’t get those new jeans to fasten around your waist?

Well, how did you lose your weight?  Was it through dieting alone?  Did you use a healthy diet, one that you will stick with from now on or was it one of those lose-weight-quick-while-you-sit- on-the-couch diets?  If you did exercise, did you combine cardio and strength training exercises?  Bottom line – Did you lose fat, which accounts for that spare tire around your midsection?

News Flash:  There is a method to losing weight – fat and keeping it off.

First of all there is a difference between weight loss and fat loss.  I discussed this in a previous post so I won’t delve into that subject now; however, if you missed that discussion click here to view the post.

If you are overweight and have excess body fat, you must design your workout program to include exercises that will allow you to lose weight, burn fat AND build muscle.  Your diet plan should focus on these three elements as well:  weight loss, fat burning and muscle building.

One of the best-selling diet and fitness eBooks in the history of the Internet is Tom Venuto’s Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle book.  Tom Venuto is a respected fat loss expert, natural bodybuilder, and personal trainer.  His Burn the Fat program has been described by some as a “Fat Loss Bible.”  It is simply one of the most complete, detailed, and precise guides to fat loss you will ever see.

Why is it different from other weight loss publications on the market?

Simply put, it is not a “weight loss” program, but rather a “fat” loss program.  Burn the Fat shows you exactly why it’s fat you must lose, not “weight” (which includes muscle, water and other lean tissue) and then goes on to show you exactly how to do it.  A lot of attention is paid to each and every element of successful, healthy, permanent fat loss.

With the information in this book, you will be able to easily determine your own ideal macronutrient ratio.  [The 3 macronutrients are the main nutrients your body needs to survive. They are carbohydrates (your body’s main source of energy), dietary fats (which have numerous health benefits) and protein (which helps build, create and maintain your body’s cells).]  You will be able to analyze your body type, determine the amount of “maintenance” calories your body requires daily, and assess whether you are carb tolerant or carb intolerant.

A personalized approach such as this is needed – because each of us is unique – no two people are exactly alike in terms of body physiology and personal goals.  Therefore, anyone who needs to lose weight – burn fat, will benefit from Tom’s program.

If there is any drawback to the Burn the Fat eBook, it’s that it contains so much information, that some readers may find it a bit overwhelming.  Those who are looking for a quick start type of fat loss program might be a bit intimated initially.  The good part however, is that even these types of readers can feel confident and assured that it will be worth the effort – because this will literally be the last book they will ever have to buy on the subject.

Best of Luck on Your Weight – Fat Loss Journey!

Carolyn

P. S.:  The most important tip to remember is that diet and exercise go hand in hand.  No natural fat loss is possible by dieting or exercising only.  Natural and healthy fat loss is only going to be achieved by changing unhealthy habits and by starting a new life style.

P. P. S.:  Leave us a note.  Share with others your success story or your struggles.  We’re here to help!


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This policy is valid from 12 November 2009. This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me, C. Small. For questions about this blog, please contact cvsbushrod@exercise-and-nutrition.com. This blog does not accept any form of cash advertising, sponsorship, or paid topic insertions. However, since I am an Affiliate of the advertisers in this blog, if you buy something I will get paid, not much but I’m retired and need whatever I can get. The compensation received may influence the advertising content, topics or post made in this blog. That content, advertising space or post may not always be identified as paid or sponsored content. Even though I receive compensation for the advertisements, I always give my honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those products. The views and opinions expressed on this blog may not be my own, but I agree with them. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question. This blog does contain content which might present a conflict of interest. This content may not always be identified.