My Revelation
February 26, 2011

I quickly realized that diet and exercise are two totally different worlds. I had already mastered the art of eating so as to not store up extra fat, but monitoring my food intake was not going to give me maximum health benefits and to be honest, the body I was hoping for. After several weeks at the gym I could see how much dedication was needed, thus being close to impossible to keep up with all other activities I had grown accustomed to.

I pondered these self-analyzing questions: Where am I going to spend my time? What is more important to me? What am I going to focus my energy on? Am I going to just sit here and complain about myself or actually do something about it?

I have now bought out time I was spending on other hobbies and put it toward something beneficial. It is good to reevaluate your favorite activities and see how constructive they really are! I had to cut out the majority of my old hobbies and now I can hardly recognize myself in terms of where I spend my time.

Be aware of time wasters that leave you feeling depressed and even more tired than when you started. Yes it takes self motivation to get out of the house and go to the gym. But most people do not realize that although you are exhausted after a work out, you will quickly regain needed energy to get through your day. You are left feeling alert and refreshed not drained and lethargic like you would if you had chosen to mope around the house.

I still enjoy some hobbies, but I did have to give up many of my favorite time wasters. My body is one of my hobbies now and I have something to show for it.

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20 Worst Drinks in America 2010
October 18, 2010

Contributed by Men’s Health EAT THIS, NOT THAT!

“We stopped making our own iced teas and lemonades (recipe: water, lemon, sugar) and started buying them in bottles or mixes, with ingredients like “high-fructose corn syrup” and “ascorbic acid” on the labels. We stopped thinking of a soda as a treat – akin to an ice cream or a candy bar – and started seeing it as the equivalent of a glass of water, drinking two, three, four, or more a day. Then we stopped drinking water out of the tap and started demanding that it be artificially flavored and put into bottled with the words “vitamin” or “energy” stamped on their labels. And, in just the last decade or so, many of us stopped brewing our own coffee and started buying things with vaguely European names, like “mocha latte.” And the result of all this beverage evolution is that, today, walking into a convenience store or a beverage distributorship has become dangerous to our health.

America’s supermarket aisles and drive-thru menus are awash in empty liquid calories. We’ve updated our list of worst offenders. Survive the rising tide by eliminating these, the country’s most damaging drinkables, from your beverage regiment.”

View the 20 Worst Drinks in America. (PDF file for best viewing)

You can also visit the 20 Worst Drinks in America at it’s original source, Men’s Health EAT THIS, NOT THAT!

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Reevaluation needed?
October 15, 2010

Some researchers believe there are many benefits to eating specific fruits according to their respective season, arguing that our body is not designed to ingest certain fruits all year-round. For example, some fruits eaten out of season block your body’s ability to metabolize vitamin D. So during winter, when the sun (just one source of vitamin D for humans) is minimal, we would not be getting an adequate amount of vitamin D.

Do not get me wrong here, that could be a well-founded argument if you are prone to any vitamin deficiencies. More importantly, what poses a bigger health risk: your levels of vitamin D or being overweight?

Also, since we do not have all the time and energy in the world, where do you want to spend it?

One can easily get caught up in continually changing opinions. Fun facts might make you seem knowledgeable around your friends, but why not accept practical suggestions, ones that yield the most results. The proof is in the pudding, so to speak. This is what matters most and changes ones life for the better. Start simple and work your way up, you can always fine tune later. If a few years from now you find yourself slim and trim, and maintaining your weight has become second nature, then by all means incorporate other suggestions.

Please keep things in perspective! If you find yourself worrying about your vitamin levels and passing by fruits because they are not in season, but are still throwing chips and cookies into your groceries cart, then maybe it is time for a reevaluation! First things first… let us start worrying more about loosing some weight (fat).

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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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Insulin
May 12, 2010

“Insulin is secreted after we eat and following periods of elevated blood sugar. Under optimal conditions, insulin is the body’s friend. It deposits that blood sugar (glucose), along with amino acids (protein), in muscle so that we can move and function. It also synthesizes chemical proteins for building enzymes, hormones, and muscles. Insulin, however, is especially sensitive to dietary carbohydrates, which are metabolized quickly into sugar…

…Carbohydrates are nothing more than various forms of simple sugars linked together in chains, which are broken apart during digestion. The faster a carbohydrate chain is broken, the faster its sugars are absorbed by the body. Carbohydrates can be classified according to the rate at which they break down in the body: the ones that give up their sugars quickest (usually highly processed white-flour and corn-based foods or junk foods) are “high-glycemic” carbs, while those that take longer to break down are referred to as “low glycemic”…

…So, what happens when there’s excess insulin in the bloodstream? …High insulin levels stimulate the most powerful fat-storing enzyme in the body; lipoprotein (LPL), which sets up your fat cells to store fat–and makes sure it stays stored. The more high-glycemic, or insulin-stimulating carbohydrates you consume, the more LPL your body secretes, and the fatter you become.

Although your body is designed to draw upon fat instead of sugar for 70% of it day-to-day energy needs, when insulin levels are high, they prevent the body from using its stored fat as fuel… In other words, too many of the wrong kinds of foods (high-glycemic carbs) can and will send a hormonal message, via the fat cells. The message? “Time to store some fat.”

…Don’t get me wrong; not all carbohydrates are bad. For optimum hormonal balance, we need to eat a certain amount of them each day.” Fat Wars


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Who am I? Average….
February 3, 2010

Soon enough in life I realized that whatever I endeavored to do I found myself to be average. You can go through life and compare yourself to others and actually think you’re quite talented, then someone else comes along and does it better. But in all fairness, you also find out that you’re not the worst around.

Looking back, I truly thought deep down inside, that others were just simply born better at losing weight and staying fit. They had “IT” and I didn’t. I was starting to think I was stuck in this body because I wasn’t born with “IT” and I just didn’t have what “IT” took. But don’t let yourself fall into that trap! Humans in general are very similar. So most likely you fall into the same category as me: not the worst and not the best! AVERAGE!

That’s right, there are no more excuses now, because I’m an average guy, with an average lifestyle, average education, average income, average metabolism, average self-control, average energy, average body type and average height. I think you get the point now! I really believe I represent YOU, or who YOU can be if you just focus more on what goes into your body and on ways you can expend excess energy presently being stored in your body as fat.


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