Running To Lose Weight

“For me running has always been the easy way if I wanted to lose five pounds in a couple of weeks. Running has been the only thing and the quickest thing that works for me. So, I really started running when I came to LA, that would have been back in 1996 when I started with Access—and I was having to stand next to all these Hollywood celebrities. And then I was running consistently.

I’ve been running five days a week now straight for about 3 months and I’ve already lost 12 pounds. That was nice. I do it now five days a week, probably 45 minutes per run. It’s tough to try to fit it all in. But it makes you feel so much better and I enjoy it.”

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July 7, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Celebrity, Diet, Exercise, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

Ab Lounger (Ab Lounge)

From EverydayHealth.com:

Q: I am wondering if using an Ab Lounger will provide a good exercise on the days that I am not riding a bike or walking to lose extra weight?

A:  The Ab Lounger — a piece of exercise equipment regularly advertised on television — uses resistance training to create a “fancy” sit-up that helps to tighten and tone abdominal muscles. It is not going to burn a significant amount of calories, however, and thus does not significantly contribute to weight loss.The Ab Lounger is NOT a substitute for bike riding, walking, or other aerobic activities that burn calories effectively. To lose weight — and more importantly, keep it off — you need to exercise at a moderate intensity for about 200 to 300 minutes per week. Walking and bike riding are two great examples of moderately-intense exercises.

 

July 6, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Exercise, Weight Loss Tips. 3 comments.

Deli Chicken/Wedges/Veg Dinner Has More Calories Than Big Mac Meal!

“With 905 calories, 46 grams of fat and 2,498 mg of sodium, the quarter-chicken dinner has more calories, about the same amount of fat and twice the sodium as a Big Mac and medium order of fries.”

This is surprising!  This was one of my stand-by meals.  Go to Sobey’s and pick up something at the deli.  Now it’s shown that the chicken white meat meal with a side of veggies and wedges has more calories and salt than McDonalds!  Crazy.   Guess we really need to switch to salads.  Check out the article here.

To save your meal, do the following:

  • Remove the skin to help reduce the fat
  • Pass on the potato wedges, which are indeed cooked like French fries to cut more fat.
  • Skip the stir-fried vegetables, likely awash in oil, to make the fat and calorie count even better
  • The best option is to pair the quarter (and now skinless) chicken with a fresh green salad and a whole wheat roll.

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Sugar Can Increase Blood Pressure

Sodium isn’t the only bad guy on the block! Read the article here.

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Increase Upper Body Strength with Jillian Michaels’ 2 Push-Ups Styles

Plyo Push-up
Start in your usual push-up position. Slowly lower yourself to the floor. With an explosive burst, exhale and push yourself up, bringing your hands off the floor and clapping them together. Land in the push-up position and repeat. The plyo (for plyometric) push-up increases muscle power by adding extra difficulty.

Close-Grip Push-up
Start in a push-up position but keep your hands directly under your shoulders instead of out to the side. Your legs should be extended straight out behind you, your feet slightly apart, so you are balancing on the balls of your feet as well as your palms. Keep your elbows pressed firmly against your torso as you slowly lower yourself down. Exhale, press back up to the starting position, and repeat. This close-grip push-up places more emphasis on your anterior shoulder muscles and triceps as well as your chest.

July 1, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Exercise, Weight Loss Tips. 1 comment.

Baby Food Is Fattening

So I guess this is bad news for the “Baby Food Diet”.  This study shows that baby food is high is fat, calories, sugar and salt.  Mmmm just what baby needs..NOT!  (Sorry, I watched Wayne’s World today). 

Check out the story here!

June 28, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Exercise, Interesting Articles, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

Can I Fix My Metabolism?

From EverydayHealth.com:

Q: I’ve tried every diet under the sun in my life, and I’m really afraid I’ve ruined my metabolism. I seem to gain weight no matter what I eat now! Is there any way to fix this?

A:  This is such a good question — I’m so glad you asked! Many people suffer from the backlash that can result from years of yo-yo diets. What happens is this: When people let their calorie levels drop too low, their body’s survival mechanism kicks in, lowering their metabolic set point (or basal metabolic rate). When they go off that crash diet and begin to eat normally again, they gain back any weight lost — plus. And what follows that? Yup, another crash diet.The cycle is often very frustrating, but it CAN be reversed with time, consistency, and patience. What you’ll need to do is the exact opposite of what we call shocking the metabolism; you have to allow your body time to adapt to a new metabolic set point — by being consistent, you’ll force your body to adapt.

Okay, here’s the game plan: First, set your daily caloric intake at 12 calories per pound of body weight. (For example, my weight is 117; 117 x 12 = 1,404 calories a day.) Then stick like glue to that calorie allowance for at least one to two months, depending on your metabolism. This will allow your body time to readjust your metabolic set point accordingly.

Now, here’s the other part of the equation: The absolute best way to pump up your metabolism is to EXERCISE. You’ll be burning calories not only during your workout but also up to 48 hours after — all the while increasing lean muscle tissue, which speeds the metabolism over the long term. Aim for five hours of exercise a week if possible, but no fewer than three hours a week

June 28, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Exercise, Weight Loss Tips. 1 comment.

30 “Healthy Foods” That Aren’t

From Men’s Health 30 “healthy” foods that aren’t.  Foods such as canned fruit, pop corn, herbal teas in a can and sandwiches!  Check it out.

June 28, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Fast Food, Interesting Articles, Male Perspective, Recipes, Weight Loss Tips. 1 comment.

10 Minutes of Exercise Alters Body Chemistry

“Unfit? Just 10 minutes of exercise alters your body chemistry…The bare minimum of exercise can trigger a profound and lasting effect in a person’s body chemistry, a team of researchers has found.

Even after only 10 minutes of exercise on a treadmill or stationary bicycle, the bloodstreams of unfit and average test subjects filled with higher levels of the metabolites that process fat, sugar and amino acids, said Massachusetts General’s Dr. Gregory Lewis, an author of the study.

Levels shot up 98 per cent in the average healthy adults, as compared with 60 to 70 per cent in the less fit.”  To read more click here!

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‘Tis the Season: Kraft Fruit Recipes

Grilled Chicken and Fruit Salad

  • 4 small boneless skinless chicken breast halves (1 lb.)
  • 1/2 cup  KRAFT Original Barbecue Sauce
  • 1 pkg. (10 oz.) salad greens
  • 2 cups  fresh raspberries
  • 1-1/2 cups cantaloupe chunks
  • 1/2 cup  KRAFT Light Ranch Dressing

HEAT greased grill to medium-high heat.

GRILL chicken 10 min. on each side or until done (165ºF), turning and brushing occasionally with barbecue sauce. Cut into strips.

COVER plate with greens; top with fruit and chicken.

DRIZZLE with dressing.

Chicken and Citrus Salad

  • 4 cups each baby spinach leaves and mixed salad greens
  • 2 cups  sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 can (15 oz.) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1/2 lb.  sugar snap peas, halved
  • 1 pkg. (6 oz.) OSCAR MAYER Deli Fresh Oven Roasted Chicken Breast Cuts
  • 1/2 cup  PLANTERS Pecan Halves, toasted
  • 1/2 cup KRAFT Light Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing

Make It!

COMBINE all ingredients. 

SERVE immediately.

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