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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Why You Get Fat – Exercise to Lose Fat – That’s What You Think - Part III

These Types Are Everywhere
If exercise was the key to fat loss then everyone who works out regularly would be lean, right?  Go to a gym or take a look at the people jogging and walking around town and you’ll quickly realize that just because someone exercises doesn’t mean they aren’t fat

In case you’re wondering, if you’re above 20% body fat, you’re fat, no matter your gender or age.  And it’s not because you aren’t exercising enough!  This doesn’t mean you don’t need to exercise, there are plenty of benefits gained from exercise, but what it does mean is that exercise by itself will result in little or no reduction in body fat

If you’re the type who says “I exercise so I can eat whatever I want”, well I have news for you, in spite of your efforts, you’ll likely just get fatter over time. 

You hear it all the time, you have to work out to lose fat.  It’s kind of like saying you have to go to college to get a good paying job.  Yes, it helps to go to college, but it’s certainly no guarantee.  Just ask many a college graduate who can’t even get an interview, let alone a good paying job.  The same goes for fat loss.  It helps to exercise, but there is certainly no guarantee you are going to lose fat because you exercise.  Just ask many an exerciser who can’t even lose a pound, let alone a pound of fat. 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Red Smoke Grill Pleasanton - Healthy Restaurant - Menu Choices

Red Smoke Grill Pleasanton –  Though I don't go out for quick food often, this place next to Sweet Tomatoes on Hopyard in Pleasanton is definitely one of a very few places I do go.  Not only do you get your food quite quickly, but the food is very good.  Plenty of options involving meats and salads, thus it's a restaurant where you can stick to a whole food paleoesque eating style that's ideal for fat loss.

Before you head out to Red Smoke Grill in the Crossroads Shopping Center on Hopyard in Pleasanton, check out my choices below from their menu. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Why You Get Fat – Cut Calories Lose Fat – You’ve Been Fooled - Part II

Oh No, I better Cut Back on Calories!

Talk to almost anyone who thinks they need to lose fat and one of the first things out of their mouth will have to do with the idea of cutting back on how much they eat.  Read Part I if you missed it.

Well, I hate to say it, but if you are one of those people, you’ve really been fooled.  As logical as it may seem on the surface, cutting calories will not help you lose fat.  If anything, you’ll lose muscle, and long-term you’ll likely get fatter.  I’ve witnessed this many times, even with my clients, whom I’ve repeatedly told not to do this.  

Unfortunately, the media, and many so-called health authorities have ingrained this calorie cutting approach into people’s heads despite the fact that the results are abysmal.  In my professional experience, I’ve found that women more easily get sucked into this calorie cutting, starvation diet approach to fat loss.  The ridiculous pressure on women to be rail thin and live on a piece of lettuce and a toothpick float leads to many serious problems including eating disorders and other dangerous addictions (diet pills, stimulant drugs).  

Friday, July 19, 2013

Saigon Vietnamese - Pleasanton Healthy Menu Choices

Saigon Vietnamese Pleasanton – This little bistro is somewhat hidden on main street in the old cheese factory building.  Like many other Asian restaurants they have a rather large menu to navigate.  However, once again if you keep specific things in mind (soups, sauces, fried etc.) it's quite possible to make good selections without too much agonizing over the menu.

The same strategy applies here as in any other restaurant I've reviewed.  Look for items that provide plenty of protein...meats mainly and then fill-in the rest of your meal with vegetables.  Portions and food selection should be dictated by the time of day, how much energy you have/need, and where you're at in your fat loss journey.  Earlier in the day you want to focus more on proteins and healthy fats (healthy fats are hard to find in restaurants).  This will give you more mental alertness and focus...while if it's later in the day you can have a few more carbs as these tend to raise your serotonin (happy calming chemicals in your body) and help you sleep better.

The whole don't eat carbs in the evening is nutrition myth...just like calories in calories out, now if you aren't active, use no discretion in what you eat then yes it will matter...but assuming you are trying to lose fat this shouldn't apply to you.  When it comes to beverages you should stick to water, tea or coffee only...drinking calories does you no favors when it comes to fat loss.  Particularly when it comes to alcohol, unless you enjoy having screwed up hormones, a big gut and higher risks for many diseases.  Now you may say, I thought wine was good...well a little bit can be...but how often have you had just 1 5oz glass.  Lets face it...if you are 20 plus pounds overweight you're never going to lose the fat if you insist on having alcohol.  Excuses and exceptions lead to nothing other than no results.

As I step off the soapbox, before you head out to Saigon Vietnamese on Main St in Pleasanton check out my choices below from their menu. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Why You Get Fat – Calories In Calories Out – Eat Less Exercise More - Part I

Frustrated with Fat Loss?

This is the first in an extended series of posts, which will attempt to dispel myths that you likely have about fat loss.  These myths persist primarily because of the constant barrage of unproven fat loss information, that has been and still is promulgated by the mainstream media and so-called “health authorities”. 

Before you continue with this post and those that follow, I ask that you set aside your current beliefs about fat loss, and read with an open mind.  This is not going to be the same old Men’s/Women’s Health (insert any popular health/fitness magazine) fat loss info that has been rehashed a million times. 

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