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Confessions of  a Personal Fitness Trainer

As your personal fitness trainer my passion is to teach, coach, understand, push, prod, cajole, investigate,research and apply, over and over…

As a ‘Fitness Role Model’…well…I feel vulnerable with weakness, so, in hopes we can all learn, from my own weakness,here goes…My Confession.

Last year I had a number of clients who started stubbornly on the Atkins diet despite my warnings. Immediately I saw almost profound results in their weight loss. I reminded them it was the loss of water weight, and warned of the strain on the kidneys and the high cholesterol risk.During this time I was mastering my yoga practice as a complete vegan but found that my immune system had been profoundly compromised and I was currently on my third cold for the fall season Atkins was in the media again because of new study results indicating lowered cholesterol. I went to the Atkins book yet again with a more open mind, and decided to try the diet. I liked the contrarian view point to the current AMA position of the low fat diet, which seemed to be producing a society of increasing obesity. Atkins view of sugar as the culprit making you fat, not fat, made sense and the extra work from all the protein for the kidneys… it’s benign. I wanted to use his diet as a tool to get myself entirely off of any sugar.
I started out on the high protein, low carb aspect of the diet. As I reintroduced the animal proteins into my diet I could feel myself get stronger and the colds, finally stopped. I also saw my muscle bellies start to open and swell again. The cold of winter was not as painful as it had been while on my vegan diet.
I then summoned up the courage to start bringing fats into my diet, including bacon, egg yolks, cream cheese, heavy cream, whipped cream, even bacon rinds. On a daily basis I would marvel at having eaten these “forbidden foods” only to awaken the next day thin, svelte. I couldn’t believe this, result! I was loving eating all these foods so familiar yet banished since …childhood I was in full swing eating the high fat, high protein, low carb diet at the time when the pictures on my website were taken. www.vitalsignsfitness.com I felt strong, but I had no energy!!! My walks on the beach were lethargic, I had to force myself to go that extra mile. I was thin but I felt like a beached whale. My love affair with Atkins continued a few more months. I followed his prescriptions religiously. Eventually I had to add more carbs, I needed more energy. By carbs I mean vegetables, salads and whole grains. At this point I gained back the total of two pounds I had lost on Atkins. Body fat went from 16% to 18%, my energy was better. After 7 months I decided it was time to get the blood checked out and to my horror discovered that my cholesterol which had always been around 150 had rocketed up to 300!! Luckily my HDL to LDL ratio was still at a healthy level. Thanks to my forcing myself to exercise, I kept my HDLs high.
I immediately started drinking hot lemon juice with cayenne pepper every morning to clean my blood. I have now thrown away all the high fat foods and have once again, come back full circle to moderation and balance. A balanced diet. It takes a little more discipline but my energy is back and I can now eat the same meals as my husband so dinner preparation is simpler. My weight has not changed since I gradually introduced the carbs. I avoid at all costs the “white foods” flour, sugar, milk. I drink unsweetened soy milk I avoid foods in packages, boxes and bags. I feel a fine layer of fat but that’s okay its winter, I need it, and in the summer, heat always melts it off. I am completely off sugar and alcohol to keep blood sugar low.

Log into www.vitalsignsfitness in the Chat page where a discussion has already begun re: Atkins and other dietplans, add your comments or just read and muse. Or go to the Nutrition Program page and find out how many calories (protein, carbs, fats) you should eat to sustain your current or ideal weight.

Deborah Caruana RN, AAHRFP, NASM, ACE,
www.vitalsignsfitness.com
email

deb@vitalsignsfitness.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

DEBORAH is a highly respected authority in personal training for overall health and fitness, with more than 22 years of experience and success.



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Key to Weight Loss with Fitness





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Here’s the difference between successful weight loss and unsuccessful results. In just a moment, I am going to give you the key that will unlock any fitness goal you may have now or any fitness goal you may have in the future.

It is the secret to permanent weight loss, muscle gain, and superb health.

No magic, no potions, no screaming “Eureka, I’ve Found It!”

No fluff, just a fact.

Are you ready for this secret, the one that will unlock any wish or desire you may have regarding fitness, weight loss, muscle gain…etc.

O.K. here it comes. Want to sit down for it?

The key to everlasting weight(fat) loss is:

—————— You choose it! ——————

Huh?

Yes, weight loss, muscle gain, any fitness goal you may have is simply a choice that you make.

In fact, I could end this article with that said (some of you probably wish that I would 😉

Anything you want in life, any goal or desire can be yours if you simply choose to go after it.

Things just do not fall into place naturally and without effort.

Yes, they do fall, just not where you want them to.

You must first “think” of what it is you want and then choose to go after it.

And if you do not get what you want?

Try it again.

Forget blame.

Forget victim talk.

Forget excuses.

If you want it, choose to get it.

After you choose it, if you are persistent enough and work hard enough, whatever you wish for can be yours.

Want to lose some body fat? Choose to.

Want to gain some muscle and increase your strength? Choose to.

Increase flexibility? Eat better? Choose to.

Life boils down to a series of choices.

The better choices you make, the better your life will be.

You can choose to slim down and fit into those jeans or you can choose that piece of cheesecake.

You can choose to get behind the wheel after drinking or you can choose to hand the keys to a friend.

Some of the choices you make have a long lasting and dramatic impact on your life forever.

Regarding weight loss, muscle gain, and fitness, how can you make sure that you are making choices that will help your efforts, not hurt them?

Easy, follow a plan of action that has already helped many others achieve their long lasting fitness and weight loss goals.

Over the years, I have learned precisely what needs to be done to lose weight and gain muscle.

Now, I am able to save my clients valuable time by cutting out their trial and error, having them focus solely on the things that produce results.

Bottom line, if you choose to go after something, you can be assured that it’s within your reach because others have already accomplished it.

Any problem that you may face in life, chances are that someone has faced it and has already battled and conquered it.

Just follow what it is they did to come out on top.

If losing some weight (fat) is one of your priorities, you can rest assured that many others have already done it.

So the question of whether or not it’s possible is not an issue.

It’s just your turn to go get it.

I leave you on this note again:

The choices we make dictate the lives we lead.

Where you are today is the result of all the choices you have made up to this point.

If you want better, you must make better choices. You can either move ahead or stay behind.

The choice is yours.

About the Author

Shawn LeBrun is one of the internet’s most publised fitness and weight loss coaches. Visit his site to see how he can make this the year you achieve your best body ever!

Getting the Universe to Work for You





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Wouldn’t it be great to know that you have something as enormous as the Universe working in your favor? To know that such a force was pushing for your success would mean that success was only a matter of WHEN, not IF.

The good news is that this support is easy to access by doing one simple yet very important thing – giving before you receive.

You may have heard this expression before, especially with parents convincing their child to share with their friends or siblings. By giving before you receive, success will be drawn to you and your business.

How does it work?

The act of giving something without expecting anything in return sends to the Universe a message. This message says “I am prepared to help others regardless of whether I receive any material benefits for my work”. The Universe hears this message and responds in kind by rewarding you many times for your efforts (and never how you expect).

This concept might seem far-fetched, but there are already thousands of businesses that employ this principle everyday. I can almost guarantee that you have been at the receiving end of it in the last six to twelve months. This principle can be seen when a business gives away a free report, ebook, a free consultation or teleseminar. It is the act of giving something of value away to your customer for NOTHING, in the hope that they will benefit from what you are offering them.

When you give something away, the recipient feels a sub-conscious desire to give something back in return. It is unavoidable – all humans feel the same, even if they don’t know it. This rule is known as the Rule of Reciprocation. But in order for this rule to be effective, the recipient must feel that the gift was given in the right spirit – the Spirit of Giving.

Here is an example. You have a report that can help others loose weight. This report has taken you four months to research, prepare and edit it, getting it into a format that others can download and print. You decide that due to the large number of overweight people in society, you will give this information away for free. Obviously, you would like people to read it and return to buy weight loss products or a series of weight loss reports that you intend on writing. However, even if they didn’t return you would still offer this report for free because you feel strongly about helping others lose weight. This is the Spirit of Giving.

If your customer feels this Spirit when receiving a gift from you, they will want to return the favor and give something back, such as their email address, an order or a referral to their family and friends.

By giving away something of value to help others, the Universe will work very hard to help you. Not only will the Rule of Reciprocation bring you rewards, but other opportunities will come your way, such as large orders in the future, joint venture opportunities with others, and positive word-of-mouth exposure for your business.

If you have a website, then offer something of value to your visitors. This might be a report, ebook, or a voucher that can be redeemed for product at a later date. If you have an off-line business, then perhaps provide an information booklet, a free initial consultation or giveaway with a purchase.

The act of giving before you receive will not only bring you countless benefits, but will enable hundreds and eventually thousands of people to benefit from the valuable gift that you have provided them. Your business will grow, and even more people will benefit from your actions.

I assure you, the Universe rewards such efforts.

About the Author

Matthew Tibble operates https://www.BusinessPlanningMadeEasy.com, a site dedicated to business owners to help them achieve their business goals. A combination of sales and marketing experience over the past 9 years & a strong passion to help small businesses improve their success has led to the development of business and marketing planning services. Please visit https://www.businessplanningmadeeasy.com or email info@businessplanningmadeeasy.com.

Eating Disorders, Anorexia and Bulimia

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Eating Disorders: Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia

The incidences of eating disorders in our society have been steadily increasing over the last few years. It now occurs in 1 out of every 100 women. Nineteen out of 20 people who suffer from eating disorders are young women between 18 and 25.

Studies have found that our social habits and expectations increase the likelihood of the disorder in our young women. The emphasis on outward appearances and thinness are targeted daily through peer pressure and how our society markets its Health and Fitness Products and Services.

Yes obesity is definitely a problem in our society, and we have guidelines for Health and Nutrition, but the majority of young women fail to follow the guidelines in an effort to gain immediate gratification or have had abnormal eating habits throughout their lifetime.

Anorexia Nervosa:

Case Study:

Jennifer is 20 years old. She is very attractive and has always been an over achiever. From an early age she prided herself on her figure. She watched her diet, exercised daily and maintained a regiment of self-discipline. She has always been thin, but has never been satisfied with her weight or appearance. She continually strives to lose more weight. She is 5’ 6” and weighs 85 lbs.

Jennifer is unaware of the fact that she is undernourished, therefore she sees no problem with her appearance or weight.

How does this happen??

Learned behavior has a great deal to do with why this happens. Many young women develop anorexia-like patterns as our society is pressured with the pursuit of thinness. Many women are anorexic based on the eating patterns they have developed by trying to accomplish unrealistic weight goals.

Fashion models, long distance runners, women athletes and dancers commonly have anorexia-like traits.

  1. An intense fear of becoming obese. Even as they lose more weight.
  2. Inaccurate vision of how their bodies appear. Feeling fat when in actuality they are very thin and emaciated.
  3. Continual weight loss. 25% or more of their original body weight.
  4. Refusal to gain weight, which would place them in a normal body weight range.

Physical Dangers:

A rigorous dieting regime will send the body into starvation mode. Then the physical effects will start to manifest themselves:

Thyroid hormones will become abnormal. Adrenal, growth hormones and blood-pressure hormones also become abnormal.

Heart functions change. The heart pumps less efficiently, muscles become weak and thin. Heart rhythms many change. Blood pressure levels fall.

GI function can become abnormal. Diarrhea occurs as the lining of the digestive tract slow.

High levels of Vitamin A and Carotene in the blood.

Reduced levels of Protein.

An increase in fine body hair, skin dryness and deceased skin temperatures.

Brain activity becomes abnormal. Loss of sleep and feeling of never having enough rest.

Anorexia Nervosa is hard to diagnose, because almost everyone in our society is in pursuing thinness. Denial and deception are common place for young women with Anorexia, therefore it takes a skilled professional to diagnose Anorexia.

Bulimia

Bulimia occurs in women of all ages, but is more common among those under 30. Bulimia is more common than Anorexia and in males. Only a small percentage of people who are Bulimic show signs of Anorexia.

Case Study:

Carry is a women in her late twenties, she maintain a normal weight range and obsesses about food. She starves herself then binges, when she has eaten too much she vomits.

Carry, like 60% of people with Bulimia, starts to binge after a period of extreme dieting. The most popular binge foods are food that are high in sugar and fat, and are easy to eat in large amounts. (cookies, cakes, ice cream, and bread products)

The side effects of the binge eating are swollen hands and feet, bloating, fatigue, headaches, nausea and pain.

Physical Dangers:

Fluid and Electrolyte imbalances.

Abnormal Heart rhythms

Kidney dysfunction which can cause bladder infections and kidney failure.

Irritation to the pharynx, esophagus, and salivary glands.

Erosion of teeth and dental caries.

Use of laxatives can cause injury to the intestinal tract.

Bulimia has been described as a socially approved method of weight control. Practiced among women in the upper-classes because of social obligations which include many dinners and parties.

Both Anorexia and Bulimia are socially generated eating disorders generated by our need for the “perfect image”, resulting in self-destructive eating patterns.

Listen to your Body, it is Wiser than you Think. Respect your own unique traits and Diet sensibly.

Resources:

WebMD
https://my.webmd.com

Eating Disorder Treatment and Helpline
https://edhelpline.com

National Eating Disorders Association
https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org

Anorexia and Bulimia Care
https://www.anorexiabulimiacare.co.uk

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Written by Tina M. Rideout, For more information about Health and Fitness visit:
https://clean-living-nutritional-supplements.com

Change Habits, Change Weigh



Behaviorists’ Stages of Change model can help you unravel unhealthy habits and reweave healthy ones.
So you’re determined you’re going to do something about your weight. But what? Being overweight is not in itself a behavior. You don’t do overweight. Being overweight is an outcome of many behaviors that add up to consuming more calories than you’re expending. (Yes, there’s a genetic component too, but you can’t change that.)

The good thing is that this gives you lots of places to start moving toward your goal of losing weight. The challenge is sorting through them all and finding what will work best for you. So here’s the question: What are you most ready to change?

Behavioral researchers have identified five stages in behavior change:

1. Precontemplation: You’re not even considering it. No way you’re gonna give up your pizza and beer. Gym-going is not for you. Why walk when you can ride?

2. Contemplation: Well, maybe you could live without pizza and beer every week. Gym is out, but you always liked swimming, maybe a pool. The walk in the park with your friend was pleasant last weekend, maybe you could do it again.

3. Preparation: Next week you’re going to skip that pizza. You found out the local Y has a pool and their family rates are affordable. You talked to your friend about doing more walks sometime.

4. Action: Two weeks and no pizza. You joined the Y and you’ve swum laps there a couple times. You and your friend have gone walking the past three Saturday mornings.

5. Maintenance: The weekly pizza has been a thing of the past for six months. Swimming is so much a part of your daily routine that you don’t feel right if you skip it. Those Saturday walks are don’t-miss tradition.

In fact, this readiness to change model is behavior-specific. That is, you might be in the action stage with the pizza but still in precontemplation on that exercise stuff. You’re not likely to be very successful if you flog yourself for not swimming laps every day, what you want to do is move yourself to the next stage: List the pros and cons of regular exercise and guess what, you’re thinking about it and that means contemplation.

So think about the behaviors you can change to lose weight. What stage are you in for each of those behaviors? In each case, what can you do to move yourself to the next stage? What are you most ready to change.

We explore readiness to change in my free teleclass, “The Real Skinny on Weight Loss: Don’t Diet, Do It.” You can get details and register at www.teleclassinternational.com/catalog.phtml?keywords=MH-RS

About the Author

Michael Hallinan is a personal coach helping clients find their healthy way to their healthy weight. Subscribe to his free email newsletter of tips, support and motivation at https://www.healthyweightcoaching.com.

Surprising Statistics About BMI – (Body Mass Index)

 

To say that Americans are obsessed with dieting is an
understatement! Pick up any magazine, tune-in or turn-on any
source of advertising and you’re bombarded with the latest diet
schemes and food fads. More often than not, they are endorsed by
some familiar Hollywood celebrity, or promoted using some other
cleaver technique.

It’s no mystery that the weight-loss industry has built a
thriving empire. In America, for example, we spend about 35
billion dollars every year on an assortment of weight loss
products and plans. In addition, we spend another 79 billion
dollars for medication, hospitalization, and doctors to treat
obesity-related problems. Even with this, the obesity epidemic
continues to spread. Sadly, we have become the heaviest
generation in our Nation’s history.

The National Center for Health Statistics reports that we have
some very good reasons to be concerned about our weight-gain.
Americans, for example are packing-on the pounds faster than ever
before and weight-related medical problems are taking center
stage. Diseases like heart disease, diabetes and yes…even
certain forms of cancer have all been linked to obesity.

Here are a few of the surprising statistics about our weight:

  • A whopping 64 percent of U.S. adults are either overweight or
    obese. That’s up approximately 8 percent from overweight
    estimates obtained in a 1988 report.

  • The percent of children who are overweight is also continuing
    to increase. Among children and teens ages 6-19, 15 percent or
    almost 9 million are overweight. That’s triple what the rate was
    in 1980!

  • Nearly one-third of all adults are now classified as obese. At
    present, 31 percent of adults 20 years of age and over or nearly
    59 million people have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater,
    compared with 23 percent in 1994.

(The BMI is a number that shows body weight adjusted for height.
For adults, a BMI of 18.5 – 24.9 is considered normal. A BMI of
25.0 – 29.9 is overweight and 30.0 or above, is considered
obese.)

Modern life both at home and at work has come to revolve around
moving from one “seated” position to another: whether it’s
television, computers, remote controls, or automobiles, we seem
to be broadening the scope of our inactive endeavors.

At times, life seems to have gotten almost too easy! For
entertainment, we can now just sit-down, dial-up our favorite TV
program or DVD movie and enjoy hours of uninterrupted
entertainment…

And all those simple calorie burning activities that were once a
normal part of our daily routine not so long ago? Long gone! You
know the ones I’m talking about…activities like climbing stairs
instead of using escalators and elevators. Or, pushing a lawn
mower instead of riding around on a garden tractor. And what
about that daily walk to school? Now, our kids complain when the
school bus happens to be a few minutes late getting to the bus
stop!

Along with the convenience of our affluent lifestyle and
reduction in energy expenditure, have come changes in our diet.
We are now consuming more calorie rich and nutrient deficient
foods than ever before.

Here are a few examples of what we were eating in the 1970’s
compared to our diet today (information is taken from a recent
U.S. Department of Agriculture survey):

  • We are currently eating more grain products, but almost all of
    them are refined grains (white bread, etc.). Grain consumption
    has jumped 45 percent since the 1970s, from 138 pounds of grains
    per person per year to 200 pounds! Only 2 percent of the wheat
    flour is consumed as whole wheat.

  • Our consumption of fruits and vegetables has increased, but
    only because the U.S.D.A. includes French fries and potato chips
    as a vegetable. Potato products account for almost a third of our
    “produce” choices.

  • We’re drinking less milk, but we’ve more than doubled our
    cheese intake. Cheese now outranks meat as the number one source
    of saturated fat in our diets.

  • We’ve cut back on red meat, but have more than made up for the
    loss by increasing our intake of chicken (battered and fried), so
    that overall, we’re eating 13 pounds more meat today than we did
    back in the 1970s.

  • We’re drinking three times more carbonated soft drinks than
    milk, compared to the 1970’s, when milk consumption was twice
    that of pop.

  • We use 25 percent less butter, but pour twice as much vegetable
    oil on our food and salads, so our total added fat intake has
    increased 32 percent.

  • Sugar consumption has been another cause of our expanding
    waistlines. Sugar intake is simply off the charts. According to
    the U.S. Department of Agriculture, people are consuming roughly
    twice the amount of sugar they need each day, about 20 teaspoons
    on a 2000 calorie/day diet. The added sugar is found mostly in
    junk foods, such as pop, cake, and cookies.

  • In 1978, the government found that sugars constituted only 11
    percent of the average person’s calories. Now, this number has
    ballooned to 16 percent for the average American adult and as
    much as 20 percent for American teenagers.

The days of the wholesome family dinners so near and dear to our
hearts, where we all sat around the kitchen table to discuss
events of the day, are now a part of our sentimental past. They
have been replaced by our cravings for take-out and fast-food. We
have gradually come to accept that it’s “OK” to sacrifice healthy
foods for the sake of convenience and that larger serving
portions mean better value.

And, since I have been throwing-out statistics, here’s one more:
Americans are consuming about 300 more calories each day than we
did twenty years ago. We should actually be eating less because
of our decreased activity level, but instead are doing the
opposite!

Decide TODAY that healthy eating and exercise habits will become
a permanent part of your life!

Begin to explore your values and thoughts and other areas of your
life where change may be required, and then take action. Begin
slowly, but deliberately to make improvements in the areas you
identify. And remember, it has taken a very long time to develop
your habits, and it will take some time to undo them…so be
patient!

The information contained in this article is for educational purposes
only and is not intended to medically diagnose, treat or cure any
disease. Consult a health care practitioner before beginning any
health care program.

About the Author

Emily Clark is editor at Lifestyle Health News and Medical Health News
where you can find the most up-to-date advice and information on
many medical, health and lifestyle topics.

21 Secrets of Fit People


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1. Keep a water bottle with you at all times and drink from it often. Water is the drink of choice, but if you don’t enjoy it (I admit it… I don’t), drink Propel, Diet Ice, Reebok Water, Vitamin Water or some other form of healthy fluid intake.

2. Think twice before deciding what to eat and why, making sure that it is healthy and will provide you good nutrition.


3. Measure intake based on activity, not how you “feel.” Need should mandate intake, not mood.


4. Eat well-balanced meals and remember that excessive calories, even if they are fat-free and high protein will turn to excess weight!


5. If your diet is unbalanced, try a daily vitamin and mineral supplements for total health. 6. Limit caffeine and exposure to even second hand smoke.


6. Focus on short-term fitness goals with an emphasis on completing daily exercise.


7. Keep a daily log of what you’re actually eating… this includes grabbing a handful of chips here, the crust of your kids sandwich, and all your snacking.


8. Stick with eating plans you can maintain indefinitely. Remember that no matter how hard you’re working out, if you’re consuming too many calories, you’ll never see the muscles that lie beneath layers of fatty tissue.


9. Enjoy an occasional (once a week) “unhealthy” treat, but never an “unhealthy” week or “unhealthy” vacation.


10. Limit alcohol intake to special occasions.


11. See fitness and health as a privilege, not something to take for granted.


12. Enjoy contributing to the health of others by having a partner or friend to exercise with, as well as recruiting others who desire to feel better and have more energy.


13. Avoid monotony by taking up new forms of exercising or using things that keep you motivated and inspired like new shoes or great music.


14. Work to take your exercise to new levels of intensity.


15. Subscribe to fitness magazines to keep focused on health as an overall way of life.


16. Invest in the right tools, good shoes, a health club membership, a portable MP3 player, fitness equipment, a personal trainer, etc.


17. Don’t compare your body to others. Instead, work to be your personal best.


18. Move beyond the boundaries of weight loss and into total fitness. Measure success by the way your clothes fit, and not a number on a scale.


19. Make it your goal to do some form of exercise 6-7 days a week.


20. Create an exercise schedule the day before, instead of leaving it to chance or waiting to “find” the time. If our last two Presidents of the United States can find the time to work-out 5 days a week, you can find the time too!


21. Get adequate amounts of sleep. Remember that people who exercise regularly fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly.