The Scale… Friend or Foe?
March 27, 2011

Most people take minimal time to care for their body and know little about it. Many do not want to know how much they weigh, let alone take their measurements. But this is an absolute must for two reasons, despite the fact that it might be embarrassing. As painful as it may be, getting to know our body is necessary.

First, this could be a shocking eye opening moment. Many people are surprised how far they have let things slide. It just may spark that fire they so desperately need.

Second, we all can use a starting point; numbers for comparison for months to come.

What should we measure? Certainly our overall body mass is a great number to be acquainted with. But let us not forget to measure our chest, biceps, waistline and thighs. These measurements will prove crucial during those times when we lose in size and not on the scale. Our shrinking numbers will prove to be important motivators.

If all else fails, nothing is more honest than our own mirror. If you like what you see, keep up the good work. If you do not, then do something about it!

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Break through!
July 27, 2010

If you only remember one thing about your metabolism, remember this: Basel metabolism or resting metabolism, refers to the calories you’re burning when you’re doing nothing at all. Yes, your body needs a lot of energy just to stay alive; 60 to 80 percent of your daily calories.

This alone is huge; it’s a really big deal! Why? Contrary to popular belief, only 10 to 15 percent of your daily calories are burned through exercise. Depressing right? Yes, if you are relying solely on cardio to burn off those extra calories you consumed from last night’s dessert.

We have been trained to think backwards, and we are paying the price. Instead of thinking “How can I cut calories?” we should all be thinking “How can I eat so my body consumes more calories?” See where I’m going with this?

We just learned that metabolism means the rate at which your body burns its way through calories just to keep itself alive. So how do we obtain a calorie devouring machine? The secret is muscle. Yes, more muscle means more body mass, which in the end means your body needs more calories to keep alive and more fat is burned as fuel, even when you’re sitting on your butt. It’s as simple as that!

Your fat loss goals can only be reached and maintained if you come to terms with this fact: in the long run you will burn more fat if you implement some form of resistance training (weights) opposed to hopping around your living room in unison to a women in spandex.

I know, it’s quite the mental adjustment and it can be difficult to make the switch. GET OVER IT!


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