Saturday, 26 April 2008

A Little Quiz

Don't worry. Nobody fails.

I just wanted to get some feedback on your interests. On the right hand side is a little click quiz that you can help direct some of my future posts.

I really appreciate your feedback!

I'm looking forward to hearing your suggestions.

And as soon as that is done, step away from the computer for a few minutes and get outside. You've probably been in front of the computer too long. Like I have. See you later.

In health,

Todd

Thursday, 24 April 2008

The first step

*This is for general healthy public. There are always "exceptions"*

This topic has been a regular subject amongst my clients recently. It's about food. Surprise.

I spend a great deal of my time explaining that the body doesn't respond well to food restriction. Sure, you'll lose weight. But it is not likely to stay off. One study, out of many, in the New England Journal of Medicine (1996) showed that a restricted diet had a 11% success rate of keeping weight off over a year.

That is not promising.

Then you start thinking about what does increase success. That study showed an 86% success rate when about 4 hours of activity a week was added. Not more food restriction.

Here is the short version: When we are active and the body is fueled supportively it doesn't appear to hold on to as much fat. I've seen it time and time again in my practice. Moms, dads, and athletes who struggle with weight who are under-fueling themselves. After a Body Composition Assessment is done and their Basal Metabolic Rate is calculated (and the shock wears off, "That much?") and a supportive food plan is put together the weight dips and lean tissues are maintained.

I really don't want to beat this too badly. Just take a look at what you are eating. Is it supportive or is it restrictive?

The kicker: with restriction comes mood swings, cognitive impairment, blood sugar control issues, difficulty avoiding late night snacking because impulse control drops. It is not a recipe for success.

Consider this. If you have special food considerations see an accredited dietitian or nutritionist, depending on where you live. Get your BMR assessed. Build a food plan for life.

Think strong,

Todd

Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Track It

Take a guess at what happens over and over again with the majority of my clients... It's ok, I'll wait.

They under-eat. Even after being coached on what a good supportive food plan looks like for their needs.

Why is it so difficult to get tem up to speed? Well, and I'm taking an educated guess at this, we as a society have been pounded over the head with messages about dieting and restrictive eating being the only way to lose weight.

I guess not too many people read the fine print.

Again, sure you lose weight, can't argue that. But is not healthy and difficult to keep off. This is an oversimplification. Generally, food intake must be supportive and activity must be a part of every day. Then a healthy weight for you is obtained. After that we can discuss aesthetics.

First things first though, get nutrition up to speed. Determine your caloric NEED not want (whoa, that's a whol other conversation). Then divvy it up. For athletes, 60% carb, 20%protein, 20% (healthy) fats is a great place to start.

So set off to look at what a healthy balance should be for you and then plan your week out so you don't fall off the wagon as soon as you get on!

Got it! No go get 'em!

In health,

Todd

Sunday, 6 April 2008

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