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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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SLEEP AND WEIGHT LOSS – IS THERE A CONNECTION?

Author:  C. Small

Are you one of those people who catch a few short hours of sleep each night and spend 18 to 20 hours each day running from here to there with your job, business, family, community work and so forth? If you are, you may be doing more damage to your physical and emotional well-being than what you may realize.

Over the past few decades, sleep researchers across the country have conducted studies which seem to indicate that curtailing sleep and getting poor-quality sleep are implicated in many diseases that affect the entire body, including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, cancer and impaired immune function. One of the most startling observations has come from Dr. Eve Van Cauter* and her University of Chicago colleagues. Over the course of four studies, they showed that people who don’t sleep enough, night after night, unwittingly trigger a hormonal storm that causes their appetites to rise.

Dr. Van Cauter set out to study the connection between sleep loss and appetite after reports from sleep studies indicated that subjects were overeating during extended stays in the laboratory. The common assumption was that they ate because they were bored, but she decided to test that assumption.

In the first-ever study to make the connection between sleep and appetite, published in 2004 in the Annals of Internal Medicine, Dr. Van Cauter’s team brought 12 lean and healthy young men into the lab for two four-hour nights of sleep followed by two 10-hour nights. They found that when the subjects slept for only four hours, they showed dramatic changes in two hormones that regulate appetite. Blood draws revealed an 18 percent decrease in leptin, a satiety hormone produced by the stomach that tells the brain when the body has had enough food. They also showed a 28 percent increase in ghrelin, a hunger-causing hormone produced by our fat cells indicating that our energy reserves are running low and need to be replenished. Taken together, these two hormones boosted the young men’s hunger. The sleep-deprived subjects reported a 24 percent increase in appetite after less sleep, with a special eagerness for chips, cakes and cookies, and breads and pasta.

“This study suggests that there could be long-term consequences with prolonged sleep deprivation — especially if you’re trying to control your food intake or stick to a healthy diet,” says Kristen Knutson, PhD, who’s been involved in many sleep studies.

* EveVan Cauter, Ph.D., is an internationally known investigator in circadian rhythms on endocrine system in normal and pathological conditions. She is also an expert in the mathematical and statistical analysis of the temporal patterns of hormonal secretion and the effects of sleep on endocrine function.


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Exercise to Slenderize

Author:  C. Small

Hello Everyone.

I just sent some tips to those of you who have subscribed to my email list that I decided to share with others this one time as well.

You know, we all experience interruptions in our exercise and workout schedule every now and then.  Holidays, weddings, vacations, injury and illness can all force us to put aside our exercise program for a while.

So how can you keep exercise a priority when your schedule changes?  What’s considered too little exercise to maintain your fitness?  How long can you stay on a modified exercise plan without feeling those jeans getting tight around the midsection or hips?

Since everyone is different, there really isn’t one right answer.  However, most experts agree that it all depends on your goals and your current level of fitness.  If your main goal is to maintain your fitness level during a few weeks of reduced training, then some moderate exercise for 30 minutes every other day will suffice.  If your current level of fitness is high and you want to keep it that way, you will need to adjust your exercise time, type and intensity accordingly.

Try to maintain an exercise routine during a “break”, even if it’s a modified one because experts believe that you start “deconditioning” in about two weeks if you stop exercising altogether.  Once you lose your fitness, it takes nearly three times as long to recondition your body again.

I’m sure you all want to maintain or continue moving forward with your weight – fat loss targets even during planned or unplanned breaks, right?  So continue to exercise to slenderize.

Below are A Few Exercises You May Want to Try During Your Beak

  • Walking (If the weather is nice)
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Pushups (Not a favorite, but they do help build arm strength.  And remember, you can do them on your knees or against the wall.)
  • Leg Lifts
  • Crunches
  • Jogging In Place (This is a great exercise for your heart.  You can jog in place at home while watching TV or listening to music.  Make sure you have a good pair of shoes to eliminate any stress to your legs.)
  • Squats (These are good exercises for your legs and buttocks.  Squats are hard on my knees so I do them by sitting and standing up again from a regular chair.)
  • Light Weight Lifting (You can use milk or laundry detergent containers or water bottles…whatever you can find in the place you’re staying.)
  • Dancing (A favorite of the group.)
  • Step Exercises (Use the steps in your home or wherever you’re taking your break, if there are any.  Several repetitions will help tone your leg muscles.  (Please be careful!)

Keep in mind…

…you don’t need expensive equipment in order to give your body an effective workout.  Use what you have in your home, hotel room, resort or wherever you’re taking your “break”.

For a guide to help you, click the below link to grab your copy of Workout Without Weights, which is loaded with exercises that will keep you fit every day, not just during holidays, vacations and etc.  The book comes with four (4) bonuses and a money back guarantee.  Total value for the package is $96.95, but you only pay $19.95 for the entire package.

So…

…click the link below to start your Workout Without Weights program TODAY!

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Remember:  the key to your success is NOT giving up.  Keep working out.

Take Care and Be Safe!

V/r,

Carolyn

Our health always seems much more valuable after we lose it. ~Author Unknown


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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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Do You Need to Lose Weight, Fat or Both?

Hello.  This is Carolyn Small.

Have you ever loss weight, say 5, 10, 15 pounds or more and still not look good in that new outfit you bought?  I know I have.  What I’ve learned is that there is a difference between weight loss and fat loss.  Some people think like I once did that if they lose weight they will also lose the fat that they want.  That’s not necessarily the case.  Depending on your particular situation, you may need to lose weight, or fat, or both to reach your fitness goals.  By now you may be asking yourself, “What’s the difference” and “Which one do I need to lose?”  Well, I’m here to help.  Read on.

Measuring weight loss is essential in determining if the weight you’re losing is really coming from fat.  High levels of body fat are belly-fatclosely tied to many of the diseases affecting people today. And, size is not always the best measure. It’s possible to drop weight without affecting fat stores very much.  The result is sagging skin, no muscle tone, and a level of body fat that leads to a number of health risks.  What the body looks like on the outside can be very misleading when looking at muscle to fat ratios.  And keep in mind that when you step on your bathroom scale every morning, what you will be reading is weight loss not fat loss.

Let’s begin by defining weight loss & fat loss so you know what I mean.

  • Weight Loss. You want to lower your body-weight, the sum weight of your bones, muscles, organs, body fat, etc.
  • Fat Loss. You want to lower your body fat, the amount of fat your body carries.  For healthy goals see table below.

Problems with Weight Loss. If you want to lose weight, it’s most likely because you carry too much fat.  There are people who must lose weight, like athletes before a competition, but most want really want to lose fat.  So stop weighing yourself.

  • Unreliable. Your body-weight can fluctuate daily since it’s influenced by your stomach/bowel/bladder content, water loss/retention, muscle loss/gain, fat loss/gain, ….
  • Irrelevant. 2 people with similar height can weigh the same, but look completely different because one has lower body fat than the the other.

So just what is considered a healthy percent body fat?  The table below reflects the recommendations of the World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health:

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Make Sure You Lose Fat, Not Muscle? 5 lbs muscle takes less space than 5 lbs fat.  That means you’ll look slimmer at the same body-weight by building muscle.  Keys to losing fat, not muscle:

  • Get Stronger. Strength training builds muscle & prevents muscle loss.  It also helps sticking to your diet.
  • Eat Healthy. The best way to take off excess fat and still be healthy is by adopting a well-balanced diet.  Eat whole unprocessed foods 90% of the time, eat less starchy carbs, significantly reduce your fat intake and exercise daily.

You can do cardio to speed up fat loss.  But without strength training, cardio will cause muscle loss and you’ll end up skinny, but still have excess body fat…something you will want to avoid.

Remember fat is also a necessary, vital part of our physical make-up.  It is excess body fat that is the big problem. Having excess body fat, being fat, increases your risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes, hypertension and many other serious diseases.  And perhaps most serious of all, if you can get more serious than a heart attack or a stroke, is that excess body fat is being linked to many more types of cancers than previously known.  Excess fat is bad, bad,very bad!

Hopefully the above will help as you design your Healthy Lifestyle Plan.  After putting your Plan into action and sticking with it, check yourself in a couple of weeks.  You may find that you don’t really need to lose weight after all.

I wish you the very best on your quest for losing your excess fat and for achieving a healthy lifestyle.

Feel Good!  Look Good!  And Be Good!

V/r,

Carolyn

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6 Pillars of Fat Loss Nutrition

Author: Mike Roussellfruit bowl

We all want results. Whether it is more muscle, less fat, or both. We want results. You can lift all the weights you want and grind out session after session of interval training but if you aren’t paying attention to what you are eating then all this effort is a waste. The #1 most important part of any fat loss or muscle growth program is nutrition.

Nutrition is confusing though right?

There are new “discoveries” being reported by the media almost every day. It is a full time job keeping up with all this information. Fortunately you can get that body you want. You can achieve that lean, muscular body that you’ve been coveting by consistently applying relatively simple nutritional guidelines.

I call these guidelines the 6 Pillars of Nutrition. Here they are:

1. Eat five to six times a day.
2. Limit your consumption of sugars and processed foods.
3. Eat fruit and vegetables throughout the day.
4. Drink more water and cut out calorie-containing beverages (beer, soda, etc.).
5. Focus on consuming lean proteins throughout the day.
6. Save starch containing foods until after a workout or for breakfast.

These rules are the key to unlocking your best body. As you can see by looking over the list, the 6 Pillars of Nutrition are not based on fads or diet crazes. No, instead they are the results of the distillation of piles of nutritional information into the most effective strategies described in a practical manner so that you can apply them to your life today.

The first question I get about the 6 Pillars of Nutrition when my clients are initially exposed to them is “Don’t I have to count calories?” No. No calories counting. I have recently had a client lose just under 50lbs of fat in 3 months by following these principles. No calorie counting, no measuring food. Why make it more complicated than it has to be?

We all live busy lives right? Nutrition can’t be a focus during the week. It needs to be automatic. That’s what makes these principles so powerful. They make nutrition a no-brainer. If you are obsessing over calories, macronutrients, and grams of insoluble fiber please stop. Outline an eating strategy that falls inline with the 6 Pillars of Nutrition. You will spend less time fussing over what to eat and the changes in your body will astound you.

If you still insist on most closely monitoring your food intake I still don’t recommend that you count calories or grams. I always say no one eat 14 grams of fat, they eat 1 TBSP of olive oil. It only makes sense to track and monitor actual amounts of food right?

This is why I created the Naked Nutrition Serving system where I outline when and what type of foods to eat and you just pick the foods you like – not calories, not grams, but actual amounts. This approach is practical and it delivers results.

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What exactly is ‘metabolism’?

Author: Liam Taylormiley-cyrus-justin-gaston-running

Most people think they have a slow one.  We all wish ours was a lot faster.  The slimming industry has made a fortune selling pills that supposedly boost it… Even my local curry house is claiming that eating spicy food will make it sky rocket!

But what exactly is ‘ metabolism ‘?  Why is it important for weight loss? And how can it help us in our quest to fit back into our favourite jeans?

Your body is a made up of trillions of cells.  Within each of those cells are chemical reactions that burn up the calories in the food you eat.  The name given to all of these calorie burning reactions is ‘metabolism’, and the speed at which this process happens is called your ‘metabolic rate’.  The faster a person’s metabolic rate, the more calories they burn each day.

Try to think of your metabolism like an engine burning up the fuel you consume.  Put in more fuel than your metabolism can burn, and the excess gets stored as fat.  Put in less fuel than your metabolism burns and you will burn off your fat stores to make up for the shortage.  Long term fat loss only occurs when you eat less calories than your metabolism burns.

So if your metabolism is like an engine, how much fuel do you need each day to run it? The government recommends 2000 calories a day for women and 2500 for men, but this is guesswork.  To find the real figure we need to look at the three factors that make up your metabolism -   Resting metabolism, Movement and Digestion.

• Resting metabolism is the amount of calories your body burns at rest.  It is the energy required to sustain your organs and muscle tissue, even while you are sleeping.  The bigger you are, and the more active muscle you have, the more calories your body burns at rest.  Someone with lots of muscle will have a faster resting metabolism than a skinny person.

• Movement metabolism is the amount of calories your muscles burn when they are working, that is if they are working at all!  The more you move the more calories your body burns, so even chewing gum or fidgeting is proven to increase the amount of calories you burn each day, albeit not much!  Someone who exercises daily will have a faster movement metabolism than someone who is sedentary.

• Digestion metabolism is the amount of calories it takes for the food you eat to be broken down and pushed from your mouth to your backside.  High protein, unrefined foods require more energy to digest than high sugar, refined carbs.   Someone who eats healthy food little and often will have a faster digestion metabolism than someone who binges on junk food.

The internet is swamped with slimming and weight loss pills that claim to speed up metabolism.  I’ll make this simple.   There are only three ways to speed up your metabolism – increase your resting metabolism, increase your movement metabolism, or increase your digestion metabolism.  If you want a faster metabolic rate, you have to either 1) build more muscle to increase your resting metabolism, 2) exercise more to increase your movement metabolism, 3) eat better quality meals to increase your digestion metabolism.

No slimming or diet pills can do this for you, so it’s time to put an end to that little fantasy!  To boost your metabolism you have to start eating healthier and moving more, but you knew that already.