Common Myths About Weight Loss

Common Myths About Weight Loss – I’m here to clear some of the confusion about these weight loss myths.

There is so much talk about how to lose weight that it can be sometimes a little difficult to decide which the facts are and which are pure fiction. Here are a few of the most common myths about weight loss.

Myth: The only way to lose weight is with a radical exercise program.

The best way to lose weight and maintain your healthy weight is to make small changes to your diet and lifestyle which you can adopt for the future. Losing weight begins in the kitchen not in the gym. By all means you should incorporate some activity into your life but you’ve still got to watch what you eat. Eat less, move more, lose weight and feel great.

Myth: Healthy foods cost more than unhealthy foods; I can’t afford to lose weight.

The truth is that it is often cheap to eat a healthy diet than it is to buy pre-packed, processed foods. You will pay a lot more for a ready meal than you would have to pay to buy the wholefood ingredients fresh and make it yourself.

Myth: The best way to lose weight is by starving yourself

The fact is that you are unlikely to sustain any weight lost due to a crash diet, as soon as you start eating again you are likely to pile the weight back on again plus a few extra pounds. Crash diets are so difficult to maintain that as soon as you start to eat again you often eat more than you actually need. The best way to lose weight is to adopt a healthy eating lifestyle whereby you can lose weight slowly and keep it off without ever feeling hungry.  Your activity levels, and certain medications can also make you more hungry. It’s good to find balance between exercise and food so that it works for you, not against you.

Myth: You must stop snacking to lose weight

It isn’t the fact that people take a snack that’s the problem; the real problem is what they choose to snack on. Lots of people need to snack between meals to keep their energy levels up, particularly those people with an active lifestyle. Many snacks are high in sugar and fat so avoiding things like chips, cookies and chocolate and replacing them with things like fruit or vegetables means that you can enjoy a snack without gaining excess weight.

Myth: Drinking lots of water will help you to lose weight

Although this one is almost true! What happens is that the water keeps you hydrated (very important for your health) which stops you from getting the urge to snack or overeat. People who are thirsty can often mistake the signs for hunger and reach for something to eat when in actual fact a calorie free glass of water would have done the trick.

There are many more weight loss myths which I’m sure you’ve heard of, this is just a snapshot of some of the most popular misconceptions which people have about how to lose a few pounds. Remember that adopting a healthy eating and exercise program is really the only way to lose weight healthily and maintain the new you.  Please contact me, If you would like to learn more and setup a free consultation with me.

A Quick Guide To Weight Loss For Beginners

A Quick Guide To Weight Loss For Beginners

Losing weight can seem very hard, especially if you tried several methods in the past and did not get the results you expected. You can actually reach a healthy weight by simply adopting better habits. Keep reading if you want to learn more about weight loss methods that work.

Forget crash diets, intensive exercise programs and counting calories. These weight loss programs can help you lose a few pounds but you will not be able to follow these unusual diets or exercise programs for very long. The best way to lose weight is to adopt better habits for good. Your goal is to transform your lifestyle, not to go on a crash diet for a few weeks before going back to your old habits.

Transforming your habits can take some time. It is best to take small steps so you can work on getting used to your new lifestyle rather than expecting to transform the way you eat and organize your time overnight. You will get better results if you take as much time as you need, even if you do not progress toward your ideal weight as quickly as you were hoping to.

Find new foods you really enjoy. You should introduce a couple of new foods in your diet on a weekly basis. Try cooking new foods in different ways or combine them with spices. Replacing all your favorite unhealthy foods with better alternatives you enjoy just as much will make adopting a healthy diet a lot easier. You can still eat your favorite unhealthy foods as long as you eat very small quantities once in a while.

Adopt a more regular schedule. Try getting up early and have a healthy breakfast to start your day. Have three meals at fixed hours during your day or try eating five smaller meals if you always feel hungry between your meals. Organizing your time more efficiently will help you find some free time to exercise regularly. If you do not have time to work out, try being more active, for instance by walking for thirty minutes a day or by riding your bike to work.

Exercising regularly is a great way to tone your body and reach a healthy weight. Start working out for twenty minutes a day or have two or three longer workout sessions on a weekly basis. Look for exercises you really enjoy so your fitness program stays fun and interesting. You could for instance join a team so you can practice a sport you enjoy or sign up for a martial art class if you want to acquire some new skills. Fun exercises such as dancing, practicing aerobics in the water or even playing in the back yard with your children are also great ways to get some exercise on a regular basis.

Losing weight is not as hard as it seems if you focus on adopting a healthier lifestyle rather than counting calories. Follow the tips you just read and you will soon get the results you always wanted.

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Fat Loss – Shape Shifting Women

Fat Loss – Shape Shifting Women

Shape shifting is a word that has been in the media quite a bit in recent times, but more in relation to the characters in the Twilight novels than what we are going to discuss in this article.

Shape shifting is something that women over the years have gotten all too familiar with. As women get older and stack on the years unfortunately for many the pounds seem to jump on along with the years. Even those who are fortunate enough to stay reasonably slim can still find changes taking place to the shape of their body.

From having an hourglass figure you may suddenly find yourself more closely looking like a beer tankard these days, with no waistline in sight. Dr. Pamela Peeke, at the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine is quoted as saying, “Aging gracefully becomes a matter of girth control” There’s hope with a plan and its never too late to look and feel your best.

Twenties: During their twenties the estrogen production of women rises. All of a sudden instead of being a skinny teen, weight starts to develop on the hips, thighs and breasts. Now is when a woman’s focus should be on developing a strong fitness foundation that can last for life. During this period muscle tone should be built and body fat minimized.

Thirties: Research has established that during this period if you become pregnant whilst you are fit and healthy the chances are that at the end of nine months you will have a fit and healthy baby. However, even if you don’t have children your metabolism is entering a slowing down period. It is recommended that you introduce some resistance training into your routine to keep your metabolism at its peak.

Forties: Now is the time when shape shifting starts to become evident, due mainly to fluctuating progesterone and estrogen levels. You may start to notice the development of a pot belly or love handles. To keep this at bay, increase your physical activities, adjust your lifestyle if necessary and keep on top of the situation.

Fifties: Don’t worry this isn’t the point of no return unless you allow it. Keep your mind and body active, stay alert and keep yourself as fit as possible. Increase your cardio even if it’s just walking that extra distance, and keep up the resistance training. Don’t forget your objective is to live a long and healthy life, all achievable by making just a little bit of extra effort and being aware of the pitfalls of neglecting yourself.

And let’s not forget those in their sixties where not only can weight gain become critical in affecting their health they don’t have quite the same energy as when younger to tackle weight loss programs. But that’s not to say weight loss in your sixties isn’t achievable. It absolutely is and it can be safe and prolong your life.

Fat loss is something that we need to be aware of through most of our lives, and the key factors to keeping your weight and shape under control are to follow a healthy and nutritious eating regime. It doesn’t have to be a strict diet just sensible eating of small regular and well planned meals.

Even if you are not an exercise junkie try to factor regular bouts of exercise into your daily routines even if it’s only for 30 minutes a day, you will reap the benefits of being consistent.  Don’t let shape shifting hold you back, get started with a plan to get your body and fitness back now !

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How To Coordinate Your Family Obligations With Your Fitness Goals

How To Coordinate Your Family Obligations With Your Fitness Goals

Many times our family obligations call to us and prevent us from doing things for ourselves. Maintaining a regular fitness schedule can be very hard when your family members are hard at work vying for your time. Remember that your fitness goals are not only for your benefit, but also for the benefit of your family. When you are healthy and have an opportunity to blow off steam, you can approach your family obligations clear headed and alert. In this article, we will discuss methods of coordinating your fitness goals with your family obligations. Read on to learn more.

The first thing you should do is begin journaling. Your first entry should be a log of how your spend your time now. By identifying the areas of time in your day that may be wasted with repetitious or fruitless activity, you can find areas that can be transformed into exercise time. You will also be able to identify the times of day when your family is mostly otherwise occupied. If you are squandering this potential free time by doing things for them that they could be doing for themselves or with your help when they are present, reclaim that time as your own.

Keep your own biological clock in mind. Identify the time of day when you have the most energy and claim that as your exercise time. If you are a morning person, set your alarm half an hour earlier and claim that first half hour of the day as your personal exercise time. If you prefer to exercise in the afternoon or evening, set aside half an hour to enjoy a workout video on your own. If your family will not leave you alone long enough to do this and you are financially able, join a gym and set aside a specific hour or so three-to-four times weekly to simply escape them, get your workout and de-stress!

Whether or not you join a gym, you should also plan on working some sort of physical activity into every day. You could do stretching, yoga or some other gentle form of exercise upon arising and before going to bed at night. Get out with your kids and/or spouse for bike rides, walks and yard work. If you have a dog, be sure to take him or her out for a brisk walk every day. These little bits of natural activity add up to good fitness. They also improve the quality of your life and help you build good relationships with your family members while lowering your stress levels.

Be sure to involve family members in your fitness goals because this is a good way to practice good parenting, set a good example and keep your family healthy. In this day and age when health care is so expensive and overall sedentary lifestyle and poor eating habits contribute more and more to overall poor health in the developed world, it is very important to take good care of yourself and teach your children how to do so. Even making a firm habit of taking time for yourself to exercise is a good way to teach your children how to take care of themselves. Remember that staying in shape yourself is a major contribution to your family life. Remember the ideas presented here as you strive to be the best parent and the best individual you can be by staying fit and strong.

The Importance Of Strength Training Workouts For Overall Fitness

stay hungryThe Importance Of Strength Training Workouts For Overall Fitness

We all know that certain exercises benefit parts of our body. It is well known that strength training workouts help to improve your balance, increase your fitness levels, and strengthen your bones. They also benefit your heart and can help you to lose weight. This form of training can provide a benefit to people of all ages, and can be very helpful for people suffering from arthritis or a heart condition.

Isotonic versus Isometric

This type of training has been called resistance training because it tones and strengthens your muscles by using a resisting force. There are two types of training that accomplishes this.

The first is isotonic strength training. This is when you contract your muscles while moving them through a range of motion. Weightlifting is a good example of this type of training.

The second is isometric resistance. This is when you are using a stable object to contract your muscles. A good example of this would be holding a plank from the floor.

Both are effective in making you stronger and helping you to get into better shape. No matter which one you choose, you should alternate days to allow your muscles recovery time. Be sure to warm up before your training and to cool down afterwards as well.

Protect Your Muscle Mass And Bone Health

Once you have passed the age of around 30, your body begins to lose muscle strength and bone mass every year. By adding strengthening into your routine you will not only slow down this loss, but also help reverse it as well. Strengthening your muscles can also help in decreasing the effects of pain caused by arthritis, as well as increase the bone density in postmenopausal women reducing the risk of bone fractures.

Strong muscles also help to reduce the strain on the connective tissues and your joints you are exerting yourself or lifting. This helps to protect your back and the joints in your body. Increased muscle fitness helps to improve your heart health. A muscle that is fit and strong performs better with less oxygen. This means your heart does not have to work as hard to pump when you are active.

Maintain Your Weight Loss

These resistance exercises can also help you to lose weight. While at rest muscle tissue burns more calories per day than fat tissue. Even after training, your body continues to burn calories even at rest. Strengthening your muscles can be a very effective way to boost your metabolism and provide a continuing calorie burn throughout the day.

Stay Healthy

It has also been shown that regular strength training can help your body to fight free radicals. Those that incorporate weightlifting or other exercises such as lunges, squats, push-ups, or pull-ups into their regular workouts have less damage from free radicals and their body than those who are just sedentary.

Strength training has benefits for everyone. It is recommended adults should add this into their fitness routine at least twice a week (4 x week is optimal)  using all their major muscle groups. With all the benefits that it has to offer, incorporating this type of training into your routine is a good choice. If you would like more info on our coaching services, please submit a consultation request here.

An Ottawa Fitness Trainer Is Capable Of Changing Your Life For The Better!

Ottawa Fitness TrainerAn Ottawa Fitness Trainer Is Capable Of Changing Your Life For The Better!

Why should you work with an Ottawa fitness trainer? This is a good way to become healthier and happier, among other things. If you are ready to start making good changes in your life, you can learn more about what to expect from a 1 on 1 fitness trainer.

Eating Right

Nutrition has a lot to do with what kind of shape you are in, and what kind of exercises you’re capable of doing. You will be able to work with a personal fitness trainer on a plan to eat well so that your body can get into the best shape possible. Eating the right foods can help you gain more energy, lose weight, build more muscle, and a 1 on 1 trainer can create a diet plan that works for you in particular.

Diet Plan Types:

*Losing Weight

A low-fat diet is what the emphasis is when you wish to lose weight. You’ll want to work with every food group, but avoiding whole grains is a must due to the high amount of carbohydrates. If you want to feel full and energized, food that is dense in nutrients will do the trick.

*Boosting Energy

If your Ottawa fitness trainer thinks your energy levels are low, your nutritional options will revolve around carbohydrates and protein. You’ll have more enriched whole grains and lean proteins in your diet because they help the body to produce energy without being full of calories or fat.

*Building Muscle

You will have an eating plan that has you focusing on lean protein when you want to build muscle. When you use supplements and eat meals, they are going to all contain quite a bit of protein because that is what the body turns into muscle when you metabolize it. This diet also helps you to have more endurance and power when you work with weights.

Building Mass And Your Endurance

Do you want to have bigger muscles so you are stronger and able to do more in your day to day life? What about making sure that you are capable of keeping up with workouts that are intense, or being able to run without getting winded? Then you’re going to want to work on building mass and endurance.

When you go to a gym, you’re pretty much going to be at a loss when it comes to how to use various machines. A trainer is going to be able to get you familiar with the various machinery options that will help you meet your goals, along with helping you keep track of where you are during the sessions so you don’t work out too little or too much.

During exercises, it can help you to have guidance so you’re doing them properly. Whether it’s a machine, a set of weights, or just you running, you have to have the right form so you don’t get hurt and actually benefit from what you are doing. A lot of people don’t realize just how unsafe they are being, but you won’t have to worry about that at all when you have a trainer working with you every step of the way.

Other Personal Trainer Benefits

Your 1 on 1 trainer can help you to push yourself beyond your limits, but in a safe way. You can talk during your time working out with them about how your day is going, and that can make your time during your workouts go a lot faster. Not only do you gain all of these benefits and more, you also get someone who is going to be objective. They won’t sugar coat what you need to do to lose weight or anything else because you need to know the truth. Friends and family tend to tell you things like you’re doing great when you aren’t but a trainer will let you know what they really think with no feelings attached.

Have you ever hit an exercise or diet plateau where nothing is changing and you’re not sure of why? This doesn’t happen when you’re training with a 1 on 1 Ottawa-based personal trainer because they are going to find out what your next level should be with you and push you into it. When you are told by them to do 10 more, you will know that you can actually do it if you push through and try. You will become much more able to meet new goals, and you don’t even have to keep count of where you’re at when working out!

When you are ready to change your life and be fit, you can work with an Ottawa fitness trainer by contacting us. There are many benefits, as you have learned. If you want to take steps towards a better you, starting with a 1 on 1 trainer is the way to go!