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Jan. 11.

What Goals are Realistic for You?

What Goals are Realistic for You?

To lose 20 pounds in one month, to have more energy, to fit into size 8 jeans by spring; these are most of our goals but are they realistic based on the body’s anatomy and your past history? To better give you some idea of how to set realistic goals I have answered some questions about weight loss, muscle gain and strength!

How fast can I build muscle?

First off, genetics DO play a role in all 3 topics (weight loss, muscle gain and strength.) There are three different body types: mesomorph, endomorph and ectomorph. Mesomorphs and endomorphs build muscle at a faster rate than ectomorphs who are hard gainers.

So on average how fast can the human body gain muscle? A 200 study analysis showed that the average rate of muscle increase was about 0.1-0.2% per day on untrained people. That means if you want to add an inch to your arm size it would take at least 2-4 months! Studies show the first week or two all muscles can do is repair and there are no extra resources to build. Therefore it will take at least 2-3 months of consistently training to see any major changes.

Overall muscle growth varies a lot per person. Some can gain 4-8lbs of lean mass in 3 months (this is the majority of people) but some bodies actually can gain at 2 times that rate!

How fast can I lose fat?

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The most important factor in fat loss is your metabolic rate. If you are a serial dieter you metabolism may be damaged and somewhat non-responsive. Every time you lose and regain weight it will become harder each time you try to lose fat unless there is some time given for metabolic repair.

If your metabolism is responsive a good base of how fast you can lose is:

Body fat percentage ÷ 20 = % of your current weight you should aim to lose per week.

Another way to calculate is 1.5 pounds of FAT per week, this could equal more on the scale since we are talking just fat not including water weight. Studies have shown that if more than 1.5 pounds of FAT (not scale weight) is lost that there will also be muscle loss.

When it comes to body types mesomorphs and ectomorphs lose fat at the fastest rate with the least amount of output. Endomorphs can lose fat at the same rate but usually require more output.

How fast can I increase strength?

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The first variable in strength increase is how long you have been working out. Have you ever heard that saying “muscle memory?” Well it’s actually more like central nervous system memory. Your brain will always remember movement patterns that are repeatedly done, like riding a bike or back squatting. Therefore be able to perform better and lift more with each squat session.

Second variable is simply what you inherit. There are two types of muscle fibers slow and fast twitch. Fast twitch muscle fibers are used for power and force, the amount of fast and slow twitch fibers you have are actually inherited.

Third variable, who gains strength quicker males or females? Males and females can have equal strength though men will gain strength at a faster rate because majority of the time they will have larger muscles and therefore able to move more weight.

My tip

Write down you overall goal (ex. Loose 20lbs.)

Then evaluate how much muscle or fat you have. Focusing only on scale weight can leave you frustrated and feeling like your body is just broken!

From here make a training plan where you can track MULTIPLE things (ex. How much weight your lifting, how fast you can do an action, circumference measurements,body fat and lastly scale weight.)

*If you are just beginning, a good time frame to have a goal is 6 months, then from there you can further break the goal down.

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Oct. 22.

Introducing IIFYM: Flexible Dieting

There’s a science behind food that “fad diet”gurus won’t tell you!

First off, what is IIFYM?  This is an abbreviation for a new way of life, a way to eat what you want and get results (lose fat, gain muscle, get lean etc.)! Yes I know, sounds too good to actually work but this is no diet, no fad and honestly is the only way the majority of Americans will actually succeed, not at weight loss but living the rest of their lives in a healthier body they love.

The fitness industry is deceiving. Sure… do the diet where you go to the grocery store, buy a bunch of foods you dread eating, cut out your social life because everything revolves around food and honestly know in the back of your head you’ll fail. The low carb, the beach body, the paleo, the herbal life, they are all momentary diets! It may feel good to be part of something where you feel like you belong and are motivated but it does not make sense to me why an individual would start a weight loss diet they could not do forever?

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IIFYM (flexible dieting) has no diet. There is no catch or multi level marketing gimmick. It has no restrictions. It can take you from obesity to a bodybuilding stage and actually let you keep your abs after the show! It loves pizza and pop tarts. It does not lie. It allows you to have your cake and eat it too.  It cuts nothing out of your life including gluten, sugar and alcohol (unless directed to by a physician.) It is, what all areas of your life should be, BALANCED! It saved my life.

What is a macro? Macros is short for macronutrients. There are two types of nutrients that regulate body processes, macronutrients and micronutrients.  Macronutrients are the larger part of your diet containing carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Therefore IIFYM does not restrict any of the 3 macros. Micronutrients are that of vitamins and minerals which make up less of your daily diet but usually come from more whole foods.

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What fits?  There are several considerations on how to establish what your macros should be. Namely your goal, your age, your output and your life in general.Everyone’s diet unless directed by a physician should contain a certain amount of carbohydrates, fat, protein and fiber.  Once you know your allotted amount of macronutrients you can eat what you want in moderation as long as it fits in your macro profile.

As someone who was diagnosed with anorexic, then went to restrictive clean eating with binging days on “cheat meals,” IIFYM  was my life saver down a path of self destruction.  If your method of getting fit entails : a short list of foods you are allowed to eat, cheat meals,  is a “21 day fix,” it requires you to buy a certain brand of shakes or supplements, is 500-800 calories,  or if it requires a shot from a doctor;  I don’t need to tell you for you to know that these never truly promise a happy flexible way of living your life and maintaining your weight.

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I challenge you today if you know your diet is not the way you want to live your life to LET IT GO! In future blogs I will discuss more about IIFYM (flexible dieting) as well as share my progress and diet on the posts in my Operation Fit Mom articles.

 

Everything Great Takes TIME!

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Apr. 04.

Detox Diet Breakdown

Detox Diet Breakdown

Your Body is Smarter than you Think!

d2What is a detox? A detox to a medical professional maybe something that rids the body or poisons or alcohol. A detox to the health industry is something to rid organ systems or the whole body of toxins from the atmosphere or from consuming foods.

What is in a detox?  Over the counter detoxes come in a few different forms: teas, juices, cayenne pepper, laxatives, herb, enzymes, fiber or detox through your feet with foot pads or ionic foot baths.

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What are they trying to eliminate? Toxins, parasites, fecal matter attached to wall of intestines

What are the proposed benefits? Restored energy, relief from chronic conditions, clear intestines, weight loss, better sleep and mental clarity

What about weight loss? Weight loss during detoxes does occur in most cases. Most detoxes do not include carbohydrates and include laxatives or fruits and vegetables with diuretic properties. Eliminating carbohydrates will release water held in the muscles causing a weight drop. Most detoxes add laxatives, which will cause bowel movements and dehydrate the body and bowels. Lastly add those fruits and vegetables that have diuretic properties causing the muscles, organs and skin to rid themselves of water and you are left with a dehydrated and lighter body but not less fat.

What is the scientific evidence of detoxes actually detoxing the body? To date there is none!

What are the dangers? Dehydration, blood sugar levels rising, lack of carbohydrates and protein can cause metabolic acidosis, bowel problems, electrolyte imbalances, as well as the potential to cause a negative relationship with food.

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What are positive ways to detox the body? Eat a high fiber diet. Drink enough water and get plenty of sleep! Do not smoke. Do not drink alcohol on a regular basis. Get omega fatty acids in your diet. And Exercise!! There are also benefits of eating certain herbs, vegetables and fruits that help your cholesterol, liver, skin and energy but these should be done in moderation and combined with a balanced active lifestyle.

What are positive reasons to detox? For spiritual purposes. Or for food sensitive purposes, if having an issue or given a specific diet for medical reasons.

The health industry promotes detoxes to help with energy, sleep and mental clarity because they know the diets of most Americans do not contain the proper nutrients! High fat, sugar and jacked up on caffeine is what most American diets today consist of. Changing even one of these factors will cause you to have more energy and loose weight! There is no science to back over the counter detoxes, so I would not recommend wasting your money!

Your body has detox systems and organs in place already, it is simply our job to keep them healthy!

 

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Apr. 03.

Introduction to Nutrition

Introduction into Nutrition

Marketing, Media and the age of DIETS can get confusing and conflicting..Lets start with the basics!

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Weight loss, muscle gain, fat gain or maintaining weight are done by a equation of calories in to calories out, a law known as thermodynamics. Though your nutritional and cardiovascular needs may vary slightly, your body type, genetics and body composition do not influence fat loss as much as poor nutrition. Eat big, meaning eat more calories than you expend you will get big! “Eating big” having no relevance to carbohydrates but calories in general. Eat less calories than you expend you will get smaller, not meaning leaner, tighter or more fit…just smaller!

As a trainer I often hear how women do not want to get big. I realize they feel the need to tell me because I do carry around a lot of muscle but my muscle has little to do with lifting weights. Muscle has to do with eating, if I did not eat and lifted, I would not grow. If you “eat big” (more calories than your body expends) and lift weights you will build muscle. If you eat less than your body needs, which majority of people do and lift you will not gain muscle quickly; actually your body over time will do the opposite of what you want and you will gain fat and loose muscle.

One confusing but backed by science tip: Remember the body is made for survival! If you workout and do not eat enough the body will believe you will never feed it and it will shut down it’s metabolism and burn muscle for energy! Eventually resulting in more fat gain!

A few basic tips to begin weight loss:

  1. Evaluate your eating! Is there a time of day you over eat portions?  Are you eating from ALL food groups (yes, even carbohydrates)? Are you eating fibrous foods? Tracking your eating habits for a week or two is a great way to start to improve areas that need worked on.
  2. Are you thirsty or hungry? Though different hormones are released in response to being thirsty and hungry you may not know the difference! Tip: Before reaching for another snack try drinking a glass water!
  3. Are you like this hamster who runs on his wheel everyday but feels like his weight loss is getting no where!? If you are doing cardio every day or at least 3 times a week and not loosing fat, something definitely needs adjusting! Cut back on the cardio, let your diet and body’s metabolism work for you!

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All topics will be discussed in detail in later posts. All the knowledge I share in future posts is not my own. I am in constant research and have learned from many knowledge doctors and athletes as well as nutritional and anatomy courses. My own experiences though challenging have taught me first hand about the body. I have overcame anorexia and over came a damaged metabolism from competing and dieting improperly in the past.

Start to change health hindering habits today! Take this week to being making small changes. Week by week join in on the blog posts, ask questions, stop by our studio and get motivated! If someone else can make the changes so can you!

Nutrition is not about diets!

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