NEW YORK (CNN) -- "The good news is it's not as bad as we thought," said Dr. Jack Yanovski, the study's principal investigator and head of NICHD's Unit on Growth and Obesity. "The bad news is that it's hard to take off that weight the rest of the year."
Although it's not easy to shed holiday weight gain, experts say there are ways to keep the pounds from piling on in the first place. Figuring out a game plan is the first and most important step, said Judith Stern, co-founder and vice president of the American Obesity Association (AOA). Small changes can make a big difference, Stifler said. Switching from regular to diet soda can result in losing 6 to 8 pounds in a year's time, he said. Using mustard instead of mayonnaise or walking even 20 minutes a day also can help. Using smaller plates (thus, having smaller portions) and getting rid of leftovers after grand holiday meals also help the cause, added Stern. Another key is resisting pressure from friends and relatives to eat unhealthy foods. "You have to decide what you want to do, you can't be sabotaged," said Stern. "It's an extreme way of saying, 'I am in charge, please everybody help me.'" Fink also cautions against people who are too restrictive or who swear off certain foods (for instance, no cookies or no pies). This can lead to a vicious cycle of restricting a certain food, then eating it, then feeling bad or angry about what you did and in turn eating to make yourself feel better..
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That goes for both strength and cardiovascular training. ''Periodizing'' your training is the key. Instead of doing the same routine month after month, you change your training program at regular intervals or ''periods'' to keep your body working harder, while still giving it adequate rest. For example, you can alter your strength-training program by adjusting the following variables: - The number of repetitions per set, or number of sets of each exercise - The amount of resistance used - The rest period between sets, exercises or training sessions - The order of the exercises, or the type of exercises - The speed at which you complete each exercise
Periodized training will ensure that you continue to make measurable progress, which will keep you energized and interested in reaching your goals. To read the full story click here.
Fit Facts are reprinted from ACE FitnessMatters® magazine permission granted.
"A well-balanced core exercise routine focuses on more than your abs. Did you know that your core is where all movement in your body originates? Core exercises are an important part of overall fitness training that, except for the occasional sit-up or crunch, are often neglected. Core strengthening requires the regular and proper exercise of your body's 29 core muscles. Body position and alignment are crucial when performing core exercises. When you get started it is a good idea to have a fitness trainer or physical therapist help you perfect your techinique. For the full story click here.
You can make up for a feast of rich, higher- fat foods with lighter, lower-fat meals for the next couple of days. Plan for the big meal that day with a low-calorie, low-fat breakfast and lunch. Never skip meals, just limit them.
Look back and assess your diet over the past few days by recording your caloric intake with a food diary. Have you been over-indulging at recent party feasts? Are there additional celebrations looming? Try eating sensibly in order to afford the extra calories come meal time.
Don’t panic or feel guilty if your diet seems to have gotten out of hand. When you balance your intake over several days, you have ample time to regain control.
Make physical activity a regular habit. Beyond burning calories, exercise is essential for good health, stress management (oftentimes a challenge during the busy holiday season) and overall well-being. Working out consistently will help jump-start your metabolism allowing you to burn more of those calories from your holiday binge.
Have a salad, light soup or some fruit and veggies before leaving home or prior to your meal. This way you will feel fuller and less likely to overeat.
Select only your favorite foods at a holiday buffet and let other guests enjoy traditional fare like nuts, rolls and sweet potatoes.
Practice portion control. A smaller serving of the real thing can be very satisfying and calorie-trimming.
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especially a healthy breakfast — are more likely to:
- Consume more vitamins & minerals and less fat & cholesterol during the day:
- Have more strength and endurance;
- Have better concentration and be more productive throughout the morning;
- Control their weight;
- Have lower cholesterol, which reduces the risk of heart disease;
Click here to read about breakfast and healthy suggestions from the Mayo Clinic.
For those interested in a body-builder's perspective on the importance of breakfast, read Danielle Nagel's article and protein fortified fruit pancake recipe at Bodybuilding.com.
"It's true that the body burns a higher percentage of calories from fat during more mellow exercise like walking and easy cycling. But, when you pick up the pace for a higher-intensity cardio workout, you burn a greater number of overall calories (which should be your focus for weight loss) and subsequently just as much total fat. What's more, high-intensity exercise kicks your metabolism into high gear even after you're done working out." Accoding to Prevention Magazine Fitness Director Michele Stanton. Read all about it here.
Last month, NYSC employees were given _________better Tshirts to help launch the clubs new ad campaign. To fill in the blank, I asked my clients what they can do better since we have been working together. Thanks for your kind input.
play with my kids
check out myself in store windows
looking forward to seeing each day
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The three best:
- Captain’s Chair (Knee Raises)
- Crunches on a Stability Ball
Although crunches on a ball generated less activity in the obliques and rectus abdominus (6 pack muscle) than the top two exercises, the exercise also generated significantly less activity in the rectus femoris (a quadricep/hip flexor) – making it, arguably, the best overall exercise of the lot, the report says. The Ab Roller was proven to be virtually no more effective than the traditional crunch while the AB Rocker was shown to be up to 80 percent less effective. To read the whole report, click here.
Many of the snacks we believe are good for us contain ingredients that are actually unhealthy, experts caution. Marketing is often to blame, explains Rick Hall, who teaches nutrition at Arizona State University. “They’re packaged to look healthy, sometimes almost in a devious way, but it comes down to the consumer’s lack of knowledge, too,” Hall says. To help raise your awareness, this article reveals nine snacks we often misconstrue, along with some truly healthy alternatives, click here to read it.
STEP 1 - Click here to Determine Your Daily Caloric Needs To take off one pound per week, you'll need to reduce calories by 500 per day. (One pound of body fat equals about 3,500 calories.) Try eating 250 calories less per day and exercising enough to burn 250 calories— like walking about 2.5 miles each day. The easiest way to cut back on calories is to watch your portion sizes.
STEP 2 - Click here to see a sample menu that provides 2000 calories a day . It gives one example of how all of the recommendations for food group and nutrient intake can be integrated into a weekly menu.
Here are some simple rules and lots of good free weight control information from Liz Neporent, a fitness writer who had written for the New York Times as well as other leading publications:
1. Give both eating habits and exercise top billing
2. Portion control is key
3. Walking works
4. Keep a Journal
5. Drink Up
6. Graze, don't Gorge
7. Lose the quick-fix mentality.
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Ashley Miller and I presented a 2 hour course to members of the Women in Policing Foundation at the New York Police Academy, addressing the needs of this important group. Feel free to contact me for information on how to schedule a presentation to your group, call 917 603 3813.
When it comes to cutting calories, breakfast is often the first thing to go. But new research suggests that people who are successful at losing weight - and, more importantly, keeping it off - eat breakfast every day. Researchers from the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center analyzed data on nearly 3,000 people who had lost, on average, 70 pounds and kept it off for a year or more. Study subjects were enrolled in the National Weight Control Registry, an ongoing study of adults who have successfully lost 30 pounds or more. Only four percent said they never eat breakfast every day. It is not known what subjects ate for breakfast (although the study was funded by General Mills), but most followed a high- carbohydrate, low-fat diet. Researchers speculate that eating breakfast helps people manage both their hunger and food intake throughout the day.
Source: Conference of the American Society for Clinical Nutrition, February 26, 2002, San Diego, Calif.
It probably won't shock you to learn that larger waists mean greater heart disease risk. Where the extra pounds lie may make a difference. Larger waists, or an "apple" shape, indicate abdominal fat. Fat around the hips and thighs is often described as a "pear" shape. Studies have linked abdominal fat to more health problems, including increased risk of diabetes and breast cancer. Now, scientists have pinpointed the exact numbers to watch out for: Men: 35 or below, Women: 33 or below. Read more here.
A man's waist size seems to be a strong indicator of adult onset diabetes risk. Johns Hopkins scientists reviewed data from 27,270 men tracked over 13 years Compared to those with the smallest waists, 29-34 inches, men with larger waist sizes were at least twice as likely to have diabetes. Those with the largest waist size -- 40 inches and above -- were up to 12 times more likely to have Type 2 (adult onset) diabetes, the kind associated with obesity. Read more here.
While exercise is an important component of any wellness program, it's only part of the equation. What you eat, how much you eat and when you eat it are critical to overall health, and especially important to get the most out of any fitness regimen.
1. EATING TOO MUCH PROTEIN AND NOT ENOUGH CARBOHYDRATES. Our muscles' endurance and performance comes from the glycogen in carbohydrates.
2. SKIPPING BREAKFAST.
3. NOT EATING BEFORE A WORKOUT
4. WAITING TOO LONG AFTER EXERCISE TO EAT. For optimal recovery, it's best to eat 30 minutes to two hours after exercise.
5. REPLACING MEALS WITH ENERGY BARS OR REPLACEMENT DRINKS. Reach for real food first.
6. TRUSTING THE ACCURACY OF DIETARY SUPPLEMENT LABELS AND CLAIMS. "The FDA doesn't regulate any of the supplements so it's the Wild West out there in health food stores. "
7. NOT CONSUMING THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF CALORIES FOR THE AMOUNT OF ACTIVITY YOU DO. Your calorie intake should be sufficient to support your active lifestyle, but not so abundant that weight control becomes a challenge.
8. BELIEVING THAT EXERCISE MEANS YOU CAN EAT WHATEVER YOU WANT.
9. NOT DRINKING THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF FLUIDS. Dehydration can be a serious problem, especially during warm humid weather.
10. JUMPING ON THE LATEST DIET CRAZE IN SEARCH OF THAT ELUSIVE "EDGE."
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by Cary Raffle
Pro Trainer, New York Sports Clubs, NASM Certified Personal Trainer
Copyright ©2005 Cary Raffle
Circuit training involves a series of different exercises done one after another, with a brief rest period in between, like XPRESSline® at New York Sports Clubs. Circuit training is popular because it efficiently uses time, and can burn more calories than other workouts because there is limited rest. The National Academy of Sports Medicine says that circuit training is ideal for individuals trying to alter their body composition. The increased activity level and volume can help you to lose weight faster.
A superset combines sets of two or more different exercises, often for the same muscle group, with no pause to rest in between. By combining two exercises for the same muscle group into a superset, such as a chest press followed by pectoral flies, it is possible to work the muscles longer and harder before tiring or risking injury, compared to a single exercise.
NASM recommends a superset of a more stable exercise followed by a less stable exercise, such as bench press and push up, to increase stabilization endurance, muscle growth (hypertrophy), and strength. NASM recommends supersetting a strength and power exercise, for example a hack squat followed by an explosive jump squat, to train for increased power.
Other variations of the superset include compound sets and peripheral heart action. In compound sets, opposing muscle groups, such as biceps/triceps, chest/back or hamstrings/quadriceps, are worked without rest in between. The muscle recovers as the opposing muscle is being worked. Peripheral heart action combines an upper and lower body exercise, such as shoulder or chest and legs. It is recommended for individuals with cardiovascular problems, but can be beneficial to all.
Superset-circuit training combines these into an intense almost non-stop workout that maximizes the value of your training sessions. It is a technique that can be used by most people, depending on their goals, ranging from beginners to the experienced and conditioned. At NYSC, I have incorporated it into sessions on XPRESSline, and used it with my most conditioned clients. Superset-circuit training can allow you to do a higher volume of training in a shorter period of time, and burn more calories per hour than most traditional work-outs.
To build a workout or program using Superset-Circuit Training, the workout is broken into a series of mini circuits consisting of exercises that are appropriate to the individual’s goals and fitness levels. Often, the specifics will be pre-determined by the location of desired equipment within the exercise facility.
Superset-Circuit Training can be strenuous, so it is important to be mindful of the heart rate, especially among beginners. Some will approach their cardio training zone in the circuit. Use a heart rate monitor or rate of perceived exertion (i.e., if you feel really winded or tired it is time to rest), take breaks when needed since they do not occur naturally.
The charts below illustrate some simple mini-circuits that can be incorporated into programs at varying fitness levels.
EXERCISE/# REPS x # SETS
Lateral Raise/8-10 x 3
Hack Squat/15 x 3
Jump Squat/20 x 3
2) Endurance & Stabilization Strength,General Conditioning
EXERCISE/# REPS x # SETS
Bench Press/12-15 x 2
Pectoral Fly on Ball/12-15 x 2
Lunge w/dumbells/20 x 2
3) General Conditioning, Muscle Growth (Hypertrophy)
EXERCISE/# REPS x # SETS
Cable Bicep Curl/8-15 x 3
Cable Tricep Pull/8-15 x 3
Lunge w/dumbells (optional)/20 x 2
4) General Conditioning, Muscle Growth (Hypertrophy), Weight Loss
EXERCISE/# REPS x # SETS
Leg Extension (Quadricep)/15 x 2
Hamstring Curl/15 x 2
Step Ups w/Bicep Curl or Lateral Raise/20 x 2
For more information please contact: Cary Raffle 917.603.3813
2 Tbsps Olive Oil, 1 Chopped Onion, 2-3 cloves garlic, 1/2 Chopped Green or Red Pepper, About 6 Mushrooms sliced in chunks
1-2 Tbsp each Oregano + Basil, 1-2 Tsp each Paprika + Black Pepper, a few pinches of salt (to taste)
1 Cup Rice, 4-6 Chicken Breasts, 1 Can 16-19 oz Black Beans, 1 Can 28 oz Crushed Tomatoes (or use tomato sauce), 2-3 cups water
Preaheat oven to 350. On stovetop, heat the skillet and oil, add the onions and saute until soft and lightly brown. Lower heat, add the garlic mushrooms and peppers, saute til soft. (if not using a cast iron skillet, transfer the contents of pan to a baking dish once sauteed).
Spinkle half the seasonings and mix in with the sauteed vegetables. Add rice, beans, top with chicken. Sprinkle remaining seasonings on top and pour tomatoes over all. Add one cup water. Cover the skillet with aluminum foil and place it in the oven for about 25 minutes, watch to make sure it remains moist and add more water as needed. After 25 minutes, remove the foil and cook another 10-15 minutes, til rice is soft. While cooking, continue to add water to keep the rice moist. Remove from oven and allow a few minutes to cool.
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