Not convinced?
February 6, 2011

This might encourage you to pick up some weights!

“It turns out that while lifters didn’t burn as many calories during their workouts as the folks who ran or biked, they burned far more calories over the course of the next several hours. This phenomenon is known as the afterburn–the additional calories your body burns off in the hours and days after a workout. When researchers looked at the metabolic increases after exercise, they found that the increased metabolic effects of aerobics lasted only 30 to 60 minutes. The effects of weight training lasted as long as 48 hours. That’s 48 hours during which the body was burning additional fat. Over the long term, both groups lost weight, but those who practiced strength training lost only fat, while the runners and bikers lost muscle mass as well. The message: Aerobic exercise essentially burns only at the time of the workout. Strength training burns calories long after you leave the gym, while you sleep, and maybe all the way until your next workout. Plus, the extra muscle you build through strength training means that in the long term, your body keeps burning calories at rest just to keep that new muscle alive.

That raises a question. What aspect of strength training creates the long afterburn? Most likely, it’s the process of muscle repair. Weight lifting causes your muscle tissues to break down and rebuild themselves at a higher rate than normal. (Muscles are always breaking down and rebuilding; strength training simply accelerates the process.)” The Abs Diet

*Photo provided by Women’s Health article: Cardio vs Strength-Training


But I don’t want to bulk up!
February 1, 2011

“I have to be careful, I don’t want to bulk up.” “I was told not to do that, it’s a bulking exercise.” Statements like these continue to leave women’s lips as others encourage them to take up weightlifting. It is so commonly used; as if even looking at a dumbbell would make a woman’s muscles start to swell.

Mindsets like these could not be farther from the truth. No doubt pictures of unnaturally dark women walking around on stage with shoulders bigger than your average male have frightened the masses away from weights and into cardio based lifestyles.

The ugly truth is: unless you plan to dedicate most of your days to grueling workouts, eat a high-calorie diet along with high amounts of protein, have predisposed genetics for gaining rare amounts of muscle tissue, have unusually high amounts of testosterone or use anabolic steroids, the likelihood of you bulking up with a casual approach to weightlifting is next to none, it is impossible!

Gaining large amounts of lean muscle takes years of dedication. Even most men must be extremely patient. In fact, strength training, resistance training and weightlifting will sculpt your muscles into a fit and athletic body. At the very least it will lift and tone your body in all the right places. If by some miracle you do gain undesirable amounts of muscle then by all mean stop! Muscle, as you will soon see, is very difficult to build and very easy to lose.

Hitting the weights just might be the one thing your exercise routine is missing. Although we primarily think of building muscle while lifting weights, you might be surprised how much more fat you will lose instead. If you already are a heavyset person, I guarantee, you will shrink not grow.

Even if you are more concerned about losing fat, the advantages of using weights cannot be overlooked. If you have not read my post regarding resistance training and its affect on your metabolism and ultimately long term fat loss, check out Break through!

*Photo provided by Women On The Fence


Science is Beginning to Unlock the Secret Health Benefits of Garlic (via The Savvy Sister)
January 14, 2011

“Lots of you know about the benefits of garlic and are smart enough to include this odoriferous (that means “smelly”) bulb wherever you can in your diet.  But just how and why it has such amazing health promoting properties is just now being discovered.

Garlic is in the Alliaceae family along with it’s cousins leeks, shallots, and onions. It is the substance allicin, which is contained in such great quantities in garlic that is responsible for its incredible anti-oxidant properties. In fact, science is discovering that the allicin in garlic is the most potent anti-oxidant there is.” Read More

via The Savvy Sister (Sister Earth Organics)

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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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STOP Dieting!
February 17, 2010

If you are on a diet now or thinking about starting one, please take a few minutes to read this blog entry. It may very well change the way you look at food and your approach to living a longer and healthier life.

To better define the word diet could be; “the practice of ingesting food in a regulated fashion to achieve or maintain a controlled weight.” Wikipedia. “Or a regimen of eating and drinking sparingly so as to reduce one’s weight.” Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. Both those definitions raise a red flag, not to mention they don’t sound too appealing. The red flag I am referring to is the word “weight”. In our all or nothing approach to getting slim we have become so fixated with the numbers on the scale, that we have forgotten what kind of weight we are losing.

Did you know that an unbalanced diet or fad diet can cause you to lose lean muscle along with fat? We need to have a different outlook than simply losing weight! What you want is to lose fat, and maintain muscle.

If you are like me and have been dieting for a while you have most likely tried a few out there. Most diets can generally be divided into four categories: low-fat, low-carbohydrate, low-protein, and low-calorie. The main problem with any diet that fits into any of these categories is that you will lose muscle mass along with fat. As you will soon find out, muscle is your best friend in terms of fat loss and you have to learn how to safeguard it at all costs.

It is true you will get results from a lot of diets out there, but if they don’t promote balance and severely restrict fat, carbs, protein or calories – take my word for it; you are setting yourself up for failure. Diets are a short-term fix and are not practical for the long term. It’s now your time to ditch the diet and start leading a more balanced and beautiful life.


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