Weight Loss is More Than Cutting Calories

images10GX9I2LHere’s the thing….
Losing weight is so much more  than cutting calories.

Years ago when I wrote for the Times Union Newspaper, I wrote an article on how to lose weight by cutting back on portion sizes/calories.  When I think back on this article I cringe.  In my defense, the information on best practices for losing weight were not nearly as sophisticated as they are today. I’ve learned much since that time.

Here are three powerful tips for permanent and quick weight loss.  We are all in this together, but you gotta do the work.  Insight without action is just plain…well not good!
1. Eat! Eat and Eat!
I tell my 30 Day members,  ‘this is your time to feel really good.’ We are not looking to see how miserable we can make ourselves as we lose weight, but instead, how happy we can make ourselves.  Losing weight in the middle is in big part about eating the right foods. Eating an abundance of the right foods is what satiates us, keeps us from having to exert will power at every turn,  makes us happier, and makes us feel and look more alive. It also is long lasting so we do not gain the weight back.
2. Eat – Stop – Eat- Stop -Eat – Stop.
This I call interval training for eating. You will not see it in any nutrition books but you will reap the benefits of huge weight loss if you get used to eating like we were designed to eat. This way of eating is the way many of us grew up. When we ate, we ate! When we didn’t eat, we didn’t eat! This interval training for eating sounds all fancy but it isn’t. Just know that when you eat – eat. And when you do not eat – you do not eat. The research is clear. The member  results with the 30 Days to Lean  program are clear. Unless you are a full fledged diabetic, fasting between breakfast, lunch, and dinner is a powerful tool. Here’s the thing: Just enjoy yourself when you do eat. Eating is such a great part of our lives. Get back to basics. Get back to truly loving food. When you do, life is so much sweeter!
3. Sleep.
Studies published in TheJournal of the American Medical Association  suggest that sleep loss may increase hunger and affect the body’s metabolism, which may make it more difficult to maintain or lose weight.

Sleep loss appears to do two things:

  1. Makes you feel hungry even if you are full. Sleep loss has been shown to affect the secretion of cortisol, a hormone that regulates appetite. As a result, individuals who lose sleep may continue to feel hungry despite adequate food intake.
  2. Increases fat storage. Sleep loss may interfere with the body’s ability to metabolize carbohydrates, which leads to high levels of blood sugar. Excess blood sugar promotes the overproduction of insulin, which can lead to the storage of body fat and insulin resistance a critical step into the development of diabetes.
Follow these three tips and see the progress!

A Key To Weight Loss: It’s Not What You Think

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Here’s the thing:
Last week we talked about loser proofing your mindset when it comes to losing weight and being fit. Loser proofing the mind is not psychological babble. It’s real. Now no one goes around saying I’m a loser, but some of the things we do in trying to lose weight are, well, just plain old style thinking that set us up for losing…but not body weight.
Those that are currently enrolled in 30 Days To Lean or  have completed the highly successful 30 Days to Lean plan, know that I am not about losing except when it comes to helping you lose the most weight in 30 Days. This kind of losing I am all about.
You Gotta Be Clear
So many people want to lose weight especially in the dreaded middle. So what do they do? They do what they think is new style dieting: they cut out all carbs, all sugars, all alcohol, and then exercise until they are miserable. I’ve seen it hundreds of  times. I don’t want you to do that. Stop it! Stop it! Stop It! In a nice way guys!
Here are two powerful weight loss tips to get your head straight. The first tip you heard last week, but I gotta tell you …it really is important. Follow me:
1. Eat! Eat and Eat! I tell my 30 Day members,  ‘this is your time to feel really good.’ We are not looking to see how miserable we can make ourselves as we lose weight, but instead, how happy we can make ourselves.  Losing weight in the middle is in big part about eating the right foods. Eating an abundance of the right foods is what satiates us, keeps us from having to exert will power at every turn,  makes us happier, and makes us feel and look more alive. It also is long lasting so we do not gain the weight back.
2. Eat – Stop – Eat- Stop -Eat – Stop. This I call interval training for eating. You will not see it in any nutrition books but you will reap the benefits of huge weight loss if you get used to eating like we were designed to eat. This way of eating is the way many of us grew up. When we ate, we ate! When we didn’t eat, we didn’t eat! This interval training for eating sounds all fancy but it isn’t. Just know that when you eat – eat. And when you do not eat – you do not eat. The research is clear. The member  results with the 30 Days to Lean  program are clear. Unless you are a full fledged diabetic, fasting between breakfast, lunch, and dinner is a powerful tool. Here’s the thing: Just enjoy yourself when you do eat. Eating is such a great part of our lives. Get back to basics. Get back to truly loving food. When you do, life is so much sweeter!
I Want You to Know This
Sometimes people who do not know me think I eat only vegetables and low calorie foods. I came from an Italian pasta loving eat everything on your plate family. You showed the love by eating! So funny but this mentality is still ingrained in me. It’s different now, but in essence it is still the same. I love to eat, work, and play hard. I just have changed what I eat. Food preference really does matter in achieving an ideal weight. Nowadays, with my 30 Days To Lean plan I just want to pass on the love to you!! I am on a mission and I hope you can feel it in your bones. For now, go ahead and get started on my two  tips above. It will be a great start. We are all in this together! If you end up needing some help, you can always count on me. And for that I would be greatly honored!

2 Tips To Shed Pounds and Loser Proof Your Mindset

imagesYIDCBV2GHere’s the thing. If you want to lose pounds, you need to loser proof your mindset.  Here are 2 ways to loser proof your mindset and get a grip on what really matters:
1. When you hear your inner voice saying, ” I know I should not eat this.”, you must stop – and switch the thought around. Ask Yourself what should I be eating and what is  important in my life. Now, having these thoughts each and every day can play havoc on our limited supply of will power, so this approach has to be combined with the second way to loser proof your mindset.
2. Eat! Eat and Eat! I tell my 30 Day members,  ‘this is their time to feel really good.’ We are not looking to see how miserable we can make ourselves as we lose weight, but instead, how happy we can make ourselves.  Losing weight in the middle is in big part about eating the right foods. Eating an abundance of the right foods is what satiates us, keeps us from having to exert will power at every turn,  makes us happier, and makes us feel and look more alive. Combine these  two tips and last week’s tips and you will be miles ahead of others in shedding weight for good. I promise.
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1. Eat real food. When we eat real food, which contains many nutrients, we are more satisfied, eat less, and lose belly fat. Getting adequate vitamins and minerals helps you burn calories more efficiently, helps regulate appetite, lowers inflammation, boosts detoxification, aids digestion, regulates stress hormones, and helps your cells become more insulin sensitive. Along with lots of green vegetables, include protein in every meal since studies show it keeps you fuller longer so you lose more weight.

2. Manage stress levels. Chronic stress causes your brain to shrink and your belly to grow. Chronically elevated levels of your stress hormone cortisol cause increased blood sugar and cholesterol, depression, dementia, and promotes the accumulation of belly fat that we so commonly see in patients with insulin resistance or diabetes. You crave sugar and carbs and seek comfort food.

3. Address food sensitivities. We often crave the very foods we are allergic to. Getting off them is not easy, but after two to three days without them, you will have renewed energy, relief from cravings and symptoms, and begin to shed belly fat. Gluten and dairy are two big food sensitivities that I eliminate right off with my 30 Days To Lean Groups.

4. Get 7– 8 hours of sleep. Not getting enough sleep drives sugar and carb cravings by affecting your appetite hormones.  Poor sleep also adversely impacts fat-regulating hormones like leptin and ghrelin.
I Want You to Know This
Losing weight should not be about how much we can sacrifice but it should be about eating great tasting foods that we look forward to eating and that satisfy us. Eating like a bird isn’t cool anymore.

 

4 Tips- Days- Feel Better & Lose Belly Fat

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Here’s the thing. If you want to lose pounds, you need to first lose the ideas that keep you stuck in an endless cycle of yo-yo dieting.   You need to let go of the beliefs and perspectives that sabotage your goal of permanent weight loss and vibrant health.
Thinking the way you’ve always thought and doing things you’ve always done will only lead to more of the same. I’m here to say-
Stop That!
In a cheerful way!
Accepting that things have to be a little different in order to see results is an absolute must.  I am here to tell you that if your mindset is open to change, then you can do this. Following even just a few of the tips below wil be a great start in not only decreasing your waistline, but in furthering your health and vitality:
1. Eat real food. When we eat real food, which contains many nutrients, we are more satisfied, eat less, and lose belly fat. Getting adequate vitamins and minerals helps you burn calories more efficiently, helps regulate appetite, lowers inflammation, boosts detoxification, aids digestion, regulates stress hormones, and helps your cells become more insulin sensitive. Along with lots of green vegetables, include protein in every meal since studies show it keeps you fuller longer so you lose more weight.

2. Manage stress levels. Chronic stress causes your brain to shrink and your belly to grow. Chronically elevated levels of your stress hormone cortisol cause increased blood sugar and cholesterol, depression, dementia, and promotes the accumulation of belly fat that we so commonly see in patients with insulin resistance or diabetes. You crave sugar and carbs and seek comfort food.

3. Address food sensitivities. We often crave the very foods we are allergic to. Getting off them is not easy, but after two to three days without them, you will have renewed energy, relief from cravings and symptoms, and begin to shed belly fat. Gluten and dairy are two big food sensitivities that I eliminate right off with my 30 Days To Lean Groups.
4. Get 7– 8 hours of sleep. Not getting enough sleep drives sugar and carb cravings by affecting your appetite hormones.  Poor sleep also adversely impacts fat-regulating hormones like leptin and ghrelin.
If you aim to implement these 4 tips daily, I am confident you will not only begin to see belly fat disappear within 4-5 days, but you will feel so much better.
I Want You to Know This
You do not have to wait 4,5, or 6 weeks to feel really good and leaner around the middle. You must know that  a few days of diligence, and getting out of the rough, will open up your eyes to the real possibilities of becoming not just more trim, but more healthy too.

How to Know if You Are in Good of Shape As You Should Be

imagesAYFGCR5OCan I do the things I need to do throughout the day without getting too tired?
If your answer was no to that question last week, I suggested that you would need to up your strength in the weight department. But here’s the thing you may be wondering…what does “too tired mean?” It’s often easy to assess when a muscle cannot do any more exercise like when you are in a gym and you can barely do one more rep because you are too tired.
But to assess whether you are strong enough on a daily basis to do what you need to do, may be a little more complicated. Below are several things that will tip you off that you are not in as good of shape as you need to be:
– You are prone to injury.
– You are not sleeping well.
– You no longer desire to do the things that you once enjoyed doing.
– You find yourself looking for movement shortcuts.
– Your enjoyment mainly comes through eating instead of a multitude of outlets.
* all of the above can be a condition of others health problems not related to strength. I tell my clients to check things out with a doctor, but if these areas above improve with me training them than their lack of overall strength was one of the missing links to feeling good.
Can I move in various positions without feeling strain?
If your answer was no last week then you gotta increase your flex, called range of motion or ROM for short. But here’s the thing here: losing our ROM happens so slowly and progressively that we barely notice it until one day, we bend over to pick up a pen off the floor and we can barely get back up! Scary right?
Here are 5 activities you should be able to do without strain.
1. Pick up a pen off the floor with no strain.
2. March in place with a high knee lift for 1 minute with no strain.
3. Stay in a half squat position for one minute/full squat for those in athletics with no strain.
4. Raise your arms up overhead while standing against a wall with no strain.
5. Get up off of a floor from a supine( on back) position to a standing position in less than 7 seconds/3 seconds for those in athletics.
Do I feel balanced in various activities throughout the day?
If your answer was no last week then you gotta increase your leg strength and increase your balance.
Here are 3 activities you should be able to do with good form:
1. Pick up a pen off the floor while feeling balanced.
2. March in place with a high knee lift for 1 minute.
3. Stay in a half squat position for one minute/full squat for those in athletics.
4. Get up off of a floor from a supine( on back) position to a standing position in less than 7 seconds/3 seconds for those in athletics.
5. Balance on one leg with eyes closed for 30 seconds/ one minute for those in athletics.

Muscle is The Secret to Aging Well And Weight Maintenance

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Should Women Train Differently than Men For Muscle Tone?

Weightlifting is the secret weapon in the battle of fat loss. Not only does it burn calories when you do it, the muscle it stimulates burns calories while you sleep. If that is not enough, muscle also represents every desired curve women want on their bodies; a tight stomach, firm arms, firm thighs, etc. Achieving those goals is not just about removing fat; it’s about stimulating muscle.The muscle physiology of men and women is virtually identical. Yes, women have less testosterone and, on average, less muscle per pound of body weight, but the techniques to improve muscle tone, add muscle mass and increase functional strength are all identical. The best chest exercise for a man is also the best chest exercise for a woman, and so on.It seems women’s magazines are the worst offenders in this area of telling women they need to train differently. How many times have you seen a photo of a flawlessly beautiful model with a 22-inch waist holding a pink 2-pound dumbbell? That dumbbell did not give her that body. It can’t. The truth is a light weight like that will never, ever force a change in your body. You tone, shape and build a muscle by forcing it to perform exercises near the maximum limit of its ability. There is no other way.

How To Get Results In the Gym?

If you want results in the gym that will transform the look of your body you need to lift what are – for you – really heavy weights.
It’s important though that you build up to that capacity as it is usually the tendons and ligaments that need to adapt to the increased weight rather than the muscle.

Lift Heavy Weights but be smart and patient making sure that your body adapts over time to the increased weight amounts. When you visit the gym try some of your favorite exercises with a weight that is so heavy you can only perform 5 or 6 repetitions. That’s a good starting place to discover what you are really capable of and what it will take to deliver changes you can see in the mirror.

Get Out of The Mindset

If you get out of the mindset that you need to lift light weights and implement lots of repetitions because you are over 50, you will sculpt your body so much better! But be smart. Build up to the heavier weights and know that toning results come through challenging the body to lift heavier weights than what you are used to using. And women know that if you want to sculpt your body, we basically should be training the same way that educated in the gym men train – heavier weights that produce fatigue in the muscles at a low repetition range such as 5-6 reps at least once a week for increased muscle shape. And no pink dumb bells, unless of course they weigh at least 10 lbs!