It’s early Thanksgiving morning and my daughter and I started talking about how much fun we were going to have seeing the whole family this holiday. Then we started talking about what foods we will be eating today. I was very curious to find out what foods kids think are healthy. I asked my daughter what are healthy foods for children?
My daughter had a great idea. She quickly emailed a few of her friends to ask them what they thought are healthy foods for kids(…)
One of my personal training clients had to lose weight in 2 weeks. Her daughter was getting married and she was 10lbs pounds over weight and could not fit into her dress. In general, I believe in controlling your weight with diet and not exercise. But if you want to lose as much weight as possible and have only a couple of weeks to do it, I recommend as much exercise as possible with as large of a calorie deficit as you can take.
I don’t like long hard workouts on a daily basis for an extended period of time because they lead to over training, burn out, overuse injuries and a suppressed immune system (…)
Conventional wisdom (CV) will tell you that whole eggs are bad for you due to the cholesterol content. Most people advocate eating only egg whites for the protein while throwing out the yolks because they are high in fat. CV still thinks eating egg yolks will give you heart disease.
We at Fitness Contrarian don’t see any correlation between heart disease and eating whole eggs (…)
Fast Weight Loss Tips – Don’t control your weight with Exercise Video. Trying to control your weight with a lot of exercise is a losing battle.
Obesity Facts; over one third of the adults were considered obese in the US in 2007-08. Obesity is defined as a body Max Index (BMI) of 30 or higher. BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and weight. To check your BMI clink the link. Another 34% of the population is overweight, which is defined as a BMI of 25 to 29.9. So roughly 68% of adults in the US need to lose weight.
Childhood Obesity Facts; over seventeen percent of children ages 2 through 19 were obese in 2007 to 2008 and more then 32% of the children in the US are overweight (…)
Over the years, a number of my female personal training clients have had a difficult time with hot flashes. Since most of my clients are baby boomers, many of them are going through menopause right now. The worst part about menopause seems to be the night sweats. Once they are woken from a hot flash in the middle of the night they have a real hard time going back to sleep.
I’m always looking for ways to make my client’s lives more enjoyable and healthy. In response to many of my female clients showing up for a training session exhausted from not sleeping due to night sweats, I’ve done some research(…)
I definitely find a correlation between kids who are overweight and families who eat dessert on a regular basis. Over the years, so many of my clients have talked to me about how they can’t get their kids to lose some weight. For a number of parents, it’s a mystery why their kids are overweight.
I’ve been a personal training for over 25 years and spend a lot of time talking to my clients. I analyze their diets and lifestyle, and try to figure out why they are over weight (…)
Conventional wisdom will tell us that the only way to lose weight and keep it off is with long hard cardio sessions. The longer and harder the cardio for weight loss the better. A minimum of 30 minutes of cardio per day in the higher end of your target zone is recommended but more is considered better.
At Fitness Contrarian we think differently. We believe you should control your weight with your diet and not with long intense cardio sessions. It is true that you will burn a lot of calories doing hard aerobics every day for long periods of time but this will be at the expense of your health. Daily medium to intense long aerobic workouts breaks the body down and leads to burnout, fatigue, injury, a suppressed immune system (…)
Conventional Wisdom (CV) will tell you the importance of breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day. If you skip breakfast, your metabolism will be slowed, you will have low energy, you won’t think clearly, you will be starving and wind up bingeing later. All these beliefs have been proven to not be true except for bingeing. You can always binge if you want to even if you’re not hungry.
There were so many mornings when I woke up and was not at all hungry but felt like I had to eat a big breakfast because CV told me to (…)
We all need some form of weight lifting for good health. It can be your own body weight, free weights or any type of resistance that makes you push, pull and just work hard. I’m not that concerned what type of resistance you choose as long as you workout relatively hard and keep it short in duration.
They’re so many different ways to create a response and get stronger with resistance training. My favorites are free weights, machines, bands, medicine balls and my own body weight. There is just no getting around it. If you want to have strong bones, good muscle mass, flexibility, strength, a high metabolism and a firm shapely body you have to lift something reasonable heavy on a regular basis.