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Carbs: Earn ‘em or Burn ‘em

Posted by mylife | Posted in Fitness, Nutrition | Posted on 03-10-2012

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If you didn’t know better, you would think carbs are, basically, poison.

A nutrient that makes us fat, bloated, and unhealthy.

That’s the way a lot of health and fitness magazines spins things these days.  They want you to think that carbohydrates are the devil and that you need to race over to the super market and pick up all of the low-carb microwave-ready options available right away.  But it’s ok – they said the same thing a few years back about fat.  That fat was bad in any way shape or form – and that’s what sparked the low fat revolution, and along with it the creation of “healthy” low-fat options (that tended to be high in sugar and downright unhealthy).

The truth is that neither fat nor carbs are “bad” generally speaking.  Either can be bad when consumed in excess, but that’s true with just about everything.

When it comes to carbs, you need to recognize that while dropping them low can help with fat loss, you can’t go too low and you can’t do it forever.

Over the long term you need to take a more moderate approach.  You need to use smart tactics.

And here’s one of the easiest strategies that you can employ regarding carbohydrate consumption -

 

Earn ‘em or Burn em’…

 

Here’s what it means: 

Since carbohydrates are your body’s go-to energy source for many activities, you need to either do an activity to achieve a “depleted” or semi-depleted state and then take in the carbs, OR consume the carbs first, and then do some sort of activity to burn off the energy stored in the carbohydrate so that it doesn’t get stored in your body as fat.  

More breakdown and how to do it: 

Ideally, higher carb meals should be consumed after a workout or other intense activity, when the body is more likely to use them for replenishment and not put them towards fat storage.  Typically, exercise lowers muscle glycogen (one of our main sources of “fuel”) and if you take in the carb post-workout, the body views them as a way to replenish glycogen or “fill up” the muscles instead of the fat cells.  Based on this, the best general rule you can make is to limit high carb consumption to after your workouts.

But since this isn’t an ideal world, and sometimes it’s tricky to always control when you get your high carb meals in, here’s the way to “damage control” for those times when you eat the carb-heavy at some random time during the day:

Exercise

Yep, exercise.  It’s as simple as that.  The idea is pretty easy to understand too.  Basically when you take in higher levels of carbs at some random time during the day, this results in a slew of physiological reactions, with the most important being a rise in blood sugar and insulin levels.  When this happens, the body decides to store those extra carbs as fat since it sees that muscle glycogen levels are “topped off” and it really just wants to clear the blood of the extra glucose floating around.

Exercise is the solution here because it ameliorates all of the negative effects of high blood sugar and insulin being driven up.  Essentially, with exercise you can burn up the carbs before they do any damage and start to make you fat.

 

So to review, the main idea here is that you EXERCISE around your high-carb meal.  

1. Before you house a bunch of carbs is your best bet.  

2. Directly after you eat them is probably not as effective but will still prevent a lot of fat gain that would otherwise occur.  

 

And always remember…

Carbs: Earn ‘em or Burn em’…

 

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Interview with Workout Finishers creator Mike Whitfield

Posted by mylife | Posted in Fitness | Posted on 16-07-2012

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Mike Whitfield is a certified Turbulence Trainer in Atlanta, GA and was recently named TT trainer of the year. He has lost 105 lbs himself and specializes in metabolic resistance training and metabolic finishers. 

As a matter of fact, metabolic workout finishers are what he is known for and they helped him lose over 100 lbs and he uses them with his online and offline clients.


MyLifeMyBody: Hi Mike! Can you tell us a little bit about your background and how you got into fitness?

Mike: Sure. Well, I had a big “a-ha” moment in December of 2002. I was almost 300 lbs and I was playing the playstation. After throwing an interception, I got upset and threw the controller down. As I reached down to get it, I saw my large belly and realized that it wasn’t me. Right then and there, I decided to jump on the New Year’s Bandwagon, but I was going to stick to it. I set a goal of 50 lbs in 6 months, and I ended up losing 75 lbs in that time. Since then, I’ve lost another 30 lbs, but more importantly, I’ve kept it off. That’s what propelled me into the fitness industry because I wanted to prove if someone as stubborn as I am can do it, anyone can.

Celebrity Diets

Posted by mylife | Posted in Celebrities | Posted on 13-07-2012

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Celebrity diets, like celebrities themselves, get a lot of attention.  But are these eating plans really all that special?

Yes and no.

Yes, the ones that work are solid.  But the ones that don’t are a complete waste of time.  Kind of an obvious judgement, right?  The real challenge though is figuring out which strategies and which aren’t – before you attempt either – so that you don’t waste effort on something that doesn’t work.

In a way, diets are like hair cuts – people like different types, depending on who you’re talking to.  Even though basic human physiology is all the same across the board, people still find different eating styles that they like, and sometimes it seems like just because they like a certain approach it works for them.  Most of the time though, it’s not that their diet is any better than others (in a lot of cases it would be a horrible long term approach) but it yields mediocre results, and because the person actually sticks with it they see some positive changes in the end.

But a lot of those same people when you see them six months later look like crap again.  They put back on all the weight, and they’ve lost whatever muscle tone they gained.

And why is this?  It’s because they stopped eating somewhat healthfully and reverted back to their old ways (or probably worse) and stopped working out (if they were in the first place) because, you know, it’s just so hard to go to the gym.  

Ab Workouts: What you Need to Know

Posted by mylife | Posted in Fitness | Posted on 10-07-2012

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Ab Workouts are probably some of the most popular types of exercise routines out there.

Why?

Because everyone wants abs.  Obviously.

And most people can get abs, or a six pack, or whatever you would like to call it if they find a plan that works and stick with it.  Yea, there are some lucky people who might not have to work as hard, but that doesn’t change the fact that everyone’s results will be better when they fine tune their workouts and make sure their diet and supplementation is spot on.

Cuz if you’re gonna go for it, you might as well give it your all and follow the most intelligent path.  And, if you’re one of those folks out there who naturally has a lean and defined abdominal area, don’t slack off, because you could look even better with just a little bit more effort.

The bottom line is that you can’t just hope for an awesome body.  You can’t just guess what the right exercises are for you goals.  Ultimately, you have to get your shit together to look hot.  It doesn’t just happen.

How to Get Ripped

Posted by mylife | Posted in Fitness | Posted on 03-07-2012

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I can’t count how many people I’ve met over the years who have wanted to learn how to “get ripped”.  As a personal trainer one hears the question a lot.  Some other individuals I’ve met say they just want to lose some weight, and they’d be happy with a flat stomach.  In the end though, most people if given the option would opt to have a really awesome physique.  I’m talking a stand out, amazing, head turning body.

Unfortunately most guys give up on the idea of having a spectacular body because they believe that it isn’t possible.  They think that they don’t have the right genes, or enough of a background in fitness.  Some might doubt that they have enough time to commit to working out, or they fear they won’t use the right exercises.  Still others assume that since they weren’t athletes in high school, they’ll never be able to get six pack abs and defined muscles.

Well, I’m here to tell you that it is possible to finally turn your body into something incredible.  Not only is it possible, but it’s a lot easier than you think to get a ripped body.  There are really only two obstacles when you break it down:

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