January 25, 2012 @ 8:10 PM

 

Whenever I get asked about my exercise regimen, I always get the same response – that’s it?  Conventional methods of training have engrained the belief that exercise should be done for an hour at a time.  People are shocked or don’t believe that 12 to 20 minutes of daily exercise is sufficient to bring about positive body transformations and other health benefits.  Research studies have shown however that exercise time can be greatly reduced all while gaining even better health benefits by using interval training.  This is done by alternating short bursts of high intensity exercises with brief periods of rest.

Interval, anaerobic, or burst training as they can also be called, can ...

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January 18, 2012 @ 7:16 PM

 

Here’s a true story.  A few years ago, I was in a gym working out, minding my own business.  There were a few people there working out as well but one man in particular caught my attention.  This large-bellied man was jogging on the treadmill and at the end of his machine on the floor was an unopened can of soda.  I kept wondering if he was really going to drink that after his run.  Sure enough, when he was done about thirty minutes or so later, he got off the machine, wrapped a towel around his neck, laboriously bent down to grab his soda, and with a loud sigh of relief opened his can and gulped it down. WHAAAT?  I couldn’t believe my eyes.  He just wasted all of his efforts...

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January 11, 2012 @ 7:42 PM

 

Dining out has become so common these days that knowing how to choose the healthiest meals is a must for staying healthy.  In one of my previous blog posts “Tips for Healthy Dining Out”, I shared tips on what to avoid when ordering from a menu as well as special requests for the waiter.  Today I’m going to share how to choose balanced meal options when dining at various ethnic restaurants as well as give tips for controlling your portions.

A good point to remember when making your selection is to ensure that the meal is well balanced.  In other words, look for a meal that includes a source of lean protein, a starchy carbohydrate and a fibrous carbohydrate.  Here are some examples ...

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January 5, 2012 @ 7:30 PM

 

If you have any interest in nutrition, you’ve probably heard or read articles suggesting that it is better to eat smaller and more frequent meals throughout the day to help speed up the metabolism and help shed unwanted body fat.  I, for one, am an advocate of eating every 3 to 3 ½ hours.  However, as so often happens in science, studies come out to prove our theories otherwise.  Meal frequency is one such parameter that has been tested and several studies have found that dividing the same daily caloric intake over 3 meals or 6 meals makes no significant difference when it comes to weight loss.  In other words, whether you were to eat three 500-calorie meals or six 250-calorie meals, the ...

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January 2, 2012 @ 7:29 PM

 

Lose weight, get in shape, eat healthier; these are all very common New Year's resolutions and if this is the year you want to make it happen, then the best tip I can give you at the start of 2012 is... stop thinking "ALL OR NOTHING". If you have a bad day or a bad week, it's not the end of your program and it certainly does not mean you should give up. Take it one day at a time and refocus. Remember that you're in this for a lifetime. Make today better than yesterday and you'll be amazed by what you can and will accomplish.

 

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