Vegetables vs. Grains

Trying to decide what is the best type of carbohydrates to eat can be confusing. Are you better off eating vegetables or grains? The general consensus is both vegetables and whole grains are healthy but if your goal is to lose some weight, I would choose vegetables.

Now, I’m not saying that all whole grains are bad for you. If you are an endurance athlete spending hours training every day you might need to eat calorie dense foods like grains to keep you going. But if you are the average person interested in losing some weight or just keeping your weight under control, eating fewer grains and more vegetables could be a good idea for you.

Insulin Will Not Let You Burn Fat

Insulin Will Not Let You Burn Fat

One of the biggest problems with insulin is that it stops your body from burning fat. When insulin levels are high from eating too many sugars like processed carbohydrates you are pretty much locking in the fat in your fat cells and not letting it out to be burned off.

There have been books written about the ill effects of insulin and how it is more important than calories for losing weight. Chronic high insulin levels do lead to weight gain and a number of other health issues like obesity, insulin-resistance, diabetes and heart (…)

Why Can’t I Lose Weight?

Why Can’t I Lose Weight?

Being a personal trainer I hear this all the time, “why can’t I lose weight?”. I have had clients come to me who have read every diet book, been to a number of trainers and have even been to weight loss hypnotism but still can keep the weight off.

So why can’t they lose the weight?

Let’s take a look at a couple of case studies of two typical people that I have come across in the gym over the years. The first one Susan and the second Debra(….)

Best Weight Loss Option: Cutting Carbs

Best Weight Loss Option: Cutting Carbs

For most people, how many carbohydrates they eat will determine whether they are gaining, maintaining or losing weight. Limiting your carbohydrate intake is probably your best weight loss option.

Figuring out what your Carbohydrate Sweet Spot is for Weight Loss can be confusing. We all need to eat nutritious carbs like fruits and vegetables for good health. We want to cut back; however, on the empty calorie carbs like breads, pasta, rice and processed high carbohydrate foods such as soda, cake and cookies. In addition, we have to take into account how active we are. If you’re sitting behind a desk all day you should obviously be eating less carbohydrates then someone doing manual labor all day (…)

Does Coffee Help Athletic Performance?

Does Coffee Help Athletic Performance?

Coffee and caffeine can enhance athletic performance. Up until 2004 the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) banned caffeine for its unfair advantages. If an athlete had over 1,200 mg of caffeine or about 8 cups of strong coffee in their bodies they could have been banned from competing. In 2004 the WADA lifted the ban but not without controversy since many exercise physiologists believe that caffeine can be a powerful aid in enhancing athletic endurance and performance(….)

Stretches for Lower Back Pain: Lower Back Stretches to Avoid

You have to be very careful when choosing stretches for lower back pain. Sometimes stretching the lower-back can be the worst thing you can do. If you have the type of back pain that hurts when you sit or flex your spin (round your back) then doing some of the most commonly prescribed stretches for back pain can actually make your back worst.

Probably the most common type of back sufferer is people who have backs that are flexion intolerant. Whenever they round their back too far it hurts. This type of condition is typical for someone who has bulged or herniated discs that protrude posterity from the lower-back (…)

10 Super Grains

10 Super Grains

Grains are super nutritious, delicious and easy to make. I cook most of my grains in a rice cooker. These cookers use a sensor to tell when the liquid has been absorbed. All you have to do is add one part grain and 2 parts water and hit the start button. When the water is absorbed the grain is cooked. Some grains (….)

Don’t Watch The Biggest Loser

Don’t Watch The Biggest Loser

I’ve never been a fan of the Biggest Loser. In general, I always felt that the show is sending a negative message to America about exercise and fitness. I can almost go as far as saying that the show has single-handily set back the fitness industry decades (….)

Tweak Your Fitness Resolutions for 2017

Now it’s time to start thinking about you’re fitness plans for 2017. After the first of the year I always sit down with each of my personal training clients and talk about what worked for them in 2016 and what did not. What I have learned over the 25 years of training clients is to capitalize on the success my clients have had in the past. The mistake (….)

If You Want To Lose Weight: Change Your Focus

You can’t focus your whole life around food if you want to lose weight. A number of my personal training clients who have a hard time losing weight seem to schedule their lives around meals and spend a lot of their time talking about or focusing on food.

I have over weight clients and friends who would never think about missing a meal. They are always talking about what restaurant they went to. Or they can’t wait to get home and have a big dinner. They spend a lot of their mental energy thinking about food all day and are very frustrated when they can’t seem to lose weight no matter what they try(…)

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