Wednesday, May 28, 2008

How can I loose weight fast?
Sometimes it’s hard to look in the mirror and admit to yourself that you have to lose a few pounds. Okay, maybe a lot of pounds. You’ve come to the point where you just can’t ignore it anymore. Yeah, maybe you should’ve done something about it before now, but it’s too late to go back in time.
You need to get rid of those extra pounds and you gotta do it quick!
I know the feeling. I bet those pounds feel like a big, fat weight hanging around your mid-section (or thighs) that you just wish you could take a match and burn them up like a pound of bacon fat in a hot frying pan.
Can your fat really melt off that easily?
Sure it can. Our bodies are like little engines. Food is the fuel that makes the engine run. Right now your fat is clogging up that engine, so it’s running real slow. The key to shedding those pounds is to get that engine fired up again by raising your metabolism. Your body’s metabolism is like a fire …#34; the hotter it burns, the more fat it will melt.
The best way to get your metabolism zooming again is by eating certain foods and doing some moderate exercise. Now I know you may be under a lot of pressure to try some quick solutions like diet pills or the latest fad diet. I hope you won’t go this route.
Those solutions are just temporary fixes and aren’t even good for your body. They can even be down right dangerous. You know this is true …#34; you’ve heard the horror stories.
So, let’s assume you’re going to approach this quick weight loss thing from a healthy perspective. Losing weight while staying fit and healthy should be your main goal.
What can you do to loose weight fast?
Here are some ways for you to safely drop those unwanted pounds:
Start off the morning with a healthy breakfast
A lot of people skip breakfast in the morning because they wrongly assume that one less meal means less calories to worry about. Not true. In fact, breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. It’s the first food fuel that your body gets and you need this fuel, because it causes your body to burn more calories at a higher rate. Meaning, your metabolism is creating those fat burning flames that melts fat away.
Besides, skipping breakfast will deplete you of energy. You’re more likely to be moody and think less clearly.
Eat low calorie fast food for lunch
In the real world, a busy schedule means you may have no choice but to grab a quick meal at your favorite fast food place. This doesn’t mean you have to buy a fatty hamburger and fries. You can opt for a big salad, grilled chicken, a low-cal sub, juice, water, yogurt, and even fresh fruit.
I know those fries smell good, but this is where you’ve got to remember your goal. Visualize yourself wearing that new outfit and getting lots of compliments. This should get you past the temptations.
Go for a walk and get some fresh air
If you’re blessed with two functioning legs, then get out there and use them to get some much needed exercise. Walking is not strenuous (unless you want it to be) and is the easiest exercise you can do.
Instead of sitting in the break room or cubicle during lunch, go out for a 15 minute walk. You can take a quick walk during your break time as well. If you can’t walk during the day, then walk around the block before or after dinner. You will be amazed at how energized you feel.
Quit munching while watching TV
This is where a lot of folks gain extra weight. Sitting on the couch eating chips, dip, cookies, ice cream and other fattening goodies while watching TV.
Instead of eating, hop on the treadmill or pick up a coloring book, sketch book, knitting needles, etc. Anything that will keep you busy so you don’t mindlessly put junk food in your mouth.
Drink a bottle of refreshing water
Buy a water bottle and keep it with you. Every time you feel a hunger pang for a candy bar or snack chips, take several sips of water instead. Water will fill you up and curb your appetite.
If you follow a good weight loss plan and remember to keep your metabolism going at maximum speed, you’ll be sure to lose that unwanted weight in no time at all. A month from now you’ll be looking in the mirror with a big smile on your face.

Running For Weight Loss.......Slow Down

Running For Weight Loss.......Slow Down You may be out running your fat burning hormones By Mubarakah Ibrahim CPT
So you've loved running since your track days of high school. It's simple, you can do it anywhere and all you need is some good running shoes and pair of comfy cotton footies. But now it's taken on a sub-purpose. Age has allowed those extra pounds you use to leave choking on your dust to catch up with you and hit you right in the gut, literally. There are a billion reasons (or excuses) that justify your 10 or even 20 pounds that keep you company. You are busier now, so you don't run as often, or as fast, or as long as you use to. You're getting older and your body can't take the as much. Or maybe it was the curse of the evil eye of all those non-runners over the years. (you know they were really jealous they can't run and sweat and look as good doing it :) What ever your justification, the bottom line is it's time to lace up the old running shoes a little more often. For the last few weeks you've hit the ground running. Enjoying the days of old. Marveling at your new found dedication to your workout schedule. But as you get on the scale once again the numbers barely budge. The problem may be your love for running. The pure exhilaration for the sport. If you consider your self a runner then your gut instinct will tell you to run faster. Try to shave another 2 minutes off your course time. This time however DO NOT follow your gut feeling or you will be left with your gut to feel. As runner you are use to trying to run faster, cut your course time, beat your personal best or at least don't get any slower than you already have. But if you want to drop those pounds you have to slow down and work at a lower intensity. Using a heart rate monitor is the best way to determine if you are exercising at the proper intensity to reach your weight loss goal. Heart rate monitors due exactly as the name implies. They monitor the rate in which your heart is beating. (By the way, Heart Rate monitors are an invaluable tool for any serious or even semi-serious runner, no matter what your goal is. ) Knowing your personal heart rate percentage numbers can mean the difference in reaching your goal and trying to reach your goal. For weight loss you want to work at 60% to 70% of your heart rate max (HRM). Your hear rate max is the maximum amount of times your heart can beat in a minutes. To determine that number use the standard formula of subtracting your age from 220. Then take that number and multiply it by .60 and you have 60% of your heart rate max. Follow the same steps except replace .60 with .70 and you will come us with 70% of your heart rate max. Stay between these two numbers on your heart rate monitor and you are on the straight and narrow path to weight loss. (For example someone who is 30 years old. 220-30=190 190 x .60= 116 190 x .70 = 134. A 30 year old must stay between 116 and 134 HRM for a weight loss workout) Over these percentages of your HRM your body tells your fat burning hormones (epinephrine, nor epinephrine and growth hormones) to shut down so it can use their energy, along with all other available energy, to your respiratory system to maintain your pace.
Working above 70% of your heart rate max over an extended period of time, like your whole 45 minute run, may allow you to burn more calories but less of those calories will be from fat. In the end you don't just want to burn calories, you want to burn fat calories for lasting weight loss. When your body can't use your fat stores to burn the next place it turns is to lean muscle stores, which is the last thing you want. Lean muscle is what keeps your metabolism up and running allowing you to keep off the extra pounds.For efficient and effective weight loss we want our calories to come from our fat stores not our lean muscle store. Working over 70% HRM may be beneficial speed training but it's just not an efficient way to loose weight. Despite popular opinion of "more is better" and "faster is the best", slowing down is a faster route to loosing weight. Don't misquote me you will burn calories no matter how fast or slow you run but for weight loss you want to burn as many calories from fat as you can.
Lastly and probably most importantly when trying to loose weight weather it's 5 pounds or 50 pounds. Now isn't the time to multi-task. Pick one goal and stick to it. Don't practice for a 5K to loose weight. You'd do yourself and your recorded time a favor if you loose the weight first then start a race prep running schedule. ( To be detailed in the next article) At 60% to 70% of your HRM you may not be running at your fastest pace or pushing your personal best time. In fact you may even have to slow down to a speed walking pace. And that's okay because you will arrive at your weight loss goal a lot faster if you slowed down.

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