Saturday, February 23, 2008

Is Late Night Eating Your Downfall?

Many people tell me that they are "good" all day, and then, at night, lose control. They’re the victims of compulsive, late night snacking or bingeing. Not only are they at a loss for control, they're at a loss for what to do about it.

Here's what helped me:

*I realize I don't have control over my compulsive eating habits, so I give the problem to God, surrendering, asking for help.

*I drink a glass of water.

*Or I drink some hot tea, herbal tea without caffeine, so I won't stay up. One-teaspoon of sugar if I have a sweet craving

*Or if I need something crunchy, I chew on carrot sticks.

*Or if I need something milky sweet, instead of ice cream (my former binge-food), I have a yogurt.

*Most of all, I realize I need love and affection. So I connect with my wife, cuddling or talking. Or I talk with my kids. Or I call or email a friend. Human connection is really, really helpful.

By the way, I don't buy the idea of "good all day, bad at night." I know that as children of God, we're always good, whether we make mistakes or not. Just because you have a problem doesn't mean you're not "good." You are good, you just may need help. And we all need help, all the time. We cannot get by alone!

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

How to end the fat loss confusion

**The Mass Confusion That Dominates In Fat Loss & Fitness TodayBy Rob Poulos, Creator of the Fat-Burning Furnace System People are confused more than ever about how to burn fat. They are confused about the best way to go about achieving the body they want. They are confused about what works and what doesn't, and the reasons why.

There are countless individuals slaving away in gyms and fitness centers around the country right now. They are working tirelessly, almost every day, on the treadmill, stair-climber, elliptical, etc. to burn those calories and fat. They also might be lifting weights several times a week for hours at a time to build some strength and muscle. They might even join a few aerobics or spinning classes too.They are probably also trying one of the latest diet strategies that promises miracle fat burning and weight loss. They could also be spending a lot of money on the latest and greatest dietary supplements that could be that miracle pill that will aid in weight loss.They are also carefully watching the scale as their main judge of fat loss progress.

If it goes up a pound or two, they may behave rashly and maybe even change up their entire workout or diet program! And of course there are others are doing variations on that same theme.After all, this is the kind of stuff that many of the popular fitness and diet gurus typically recommend to burn fat. But with so many different strategies and plans being pushed as the be all and end all, what happens is we tend to go overboard.And when that happens, we lose sight of what really matters in achieving lifelong fat burning, fitness and health…the principles than many people don't know about, most people have forgotten, and only a select few put to use to achieve lifelong health and fitness.

These are the same principles I used to drop over 40 pounds of unwanted body fat, keep it off, and revitalize my life!With any exercise or nutrition program, you'll probably lose some fat initially, but far too often the progress doesn't continue or doesn't come as fast as the person would like because they're using a temporary mindset. They're only focused on the short term and one specific goal. So they end up switching to something else, and the cycle continues until they've become consumed by this cycle of confusion.I believe that this is one of the biggest, if not the #1 reason for the lack of fat loss and fitness progress that is being experienced by the masses of exercisers and dieters in the world. They are jumping from one fad diet or exercise routine to another, while losing sight of what's really important, and what really works.

Simply put, they are exercising far too much, not nearly intensely enough, and trying to adhere to unrealistic diet recommendations.If instead they focused on a long term plan, a lifestyle as it's often called, and didn't worry about "losing 10 pounds by summer", they would find it far easier to do the right things most of the time. And those right things include brief, progressive, and intense resistance training, eating a diet full of nutrient rich foods, drinking tons of water, and getting plenty of quality sleep and rest.

The students of my Fat Burning Furnace method understand this and are reaping the life long health and fitness rewards because of it. Are you?Check out Rob's Fat-Burning Furnace System at his website:http://FatBurningFurnace.netRob Poulos is an expert fitness author and the founder and CEO of Zero to Hero Fitness. Rob created his "Fat Burning Furnace" system to help those looking to put an end to restrictive fad diets, long boring cardio workouts, and the need for super-human willpower for good.

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Mike GearyCertified Nutrition SpecialistCertified Personal TrainerFounder - &

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Is fruit good or bad for fat loss ?

There's no debate that fruit is good for you with the large amounts of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes. However, there does seem to be a debate out there about whether fruit is good or bad for fat loss.

Some people claim that fruit is mostly sugar, so it will spike your blood sugar and insulin levels and prevent fat loss.I disagree.I do agree that fruit juices and processed canned fruit are NOT good choices and CAN hamper your fat loss. However, whole fresh fruit is an entirely different story.Yes, fruit is mostly made up of sugar (natural fructose and other sugars). However, whole fresh fruit also contains a good dose of fiber to keep the digestion of those sugars at a moderate pace and control blood sugar.

A typical orange, apple, pear, or peach typically contains 3-5 grams of fiber depending on the size. In addition, the sugars in whole fresh fruit typically have much lower glycemic responses than processed sugars or refined starches in white breads and cereals. Also, it would be VERY hard for you to eat enough quantities of whole fresh fruit to ingest any significant amount of calories.

Consider that those typical sized oranges, apples, pears, and peaches usually average between 60-100 calories each.You could eat a couple cookies, cakes, or a donut and eat 500 calories without even thinking about it. However, to try to get 500 calories from whole fresh fruit, you'd have to eat 5-8 pieces of medium sized fruit in one sitting... this is pretty hard to do as that's a high volume of food in general for most people.

My point of this is that a couple servings of whole fresh fruit daily (preferrably organic if possible) are not going to ruin your fat loss efforts. In fact, it will usually help due to the fiber and high nutrient density of fruits, so they help to stave off cravings for other sweets.

My top rated fruits: any and all berries... blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, cherries, etc... they generally have some of the highest ratios of fiber to total carbohydrates, and also have the highest quantities of antioxidants.However, each type of fruit has specific nutrients that others may lack, so don't be afraid to mix up your fruit intake for variety and to keep yourself interested. A couple of my favorites are kiwi, fresh whole pineapple, yellow mangos, and whole pomegranate.

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Mike GearyCertified Nutrition SpecialistCertified Personal TrainerFounder - &

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Fast Food Without Fasting

The next time you're away from home or work and very hungry, here are some ideas to get you through the high-fat, carbohydrate, and high calorie fast-food race.If you find there's nothing to eat but fast food, choose the salad bar or eat salad instead of fried burgers. If you don’t feel like eating salad, have a grilled chicken or veggie wrap.

Instead of soda, save 200+ calories by drinking unsweetened iced tea or seltzer/club soda. Vegetable pizza is a better choice than sausage or pepperoni. Soup is often a good idea, but be careful of cream or milk-based ones. Choose vegetable or broth instead.If there's nothing but a diner or coffee shop, have a plain, baked potato instead of fries, and ask for your meat to be baked or grilled, instead of fried.

Skip the dessert--instead, have applesauce or a fruit cup. If there's only an ice cream stand, have some sherbet or frozen yogurt and eat a little less at your next meal. Or skip snacking entirely and have a healthier, more robust dinner.

If your only choice is an expensive restaurant, order the vegetable plate du jour or ask them to simply grill a cut of chicken or fish, served with a side of fresh vegetables. "Hold the sauces" tell them, Tell your server to "hold the sauce" or request to have it on the side so you can control how much you put on put on your food.

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