Posts Tagged ‘nutrition’

Lean, Mean, Muscle Machine

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Some people don’t want to look like the Incredible Hulk or like Arnold Schwarzenegger (pre extra marital affair days), but they want to have good cardio and some definition of muscle tone without the bulk. (Think spin coach and aerobic instructor). There are some who want to look lean, but still have muscle mass, “being cut” by definition. (Think tri-athlete).

So, I am hopefully going to be able to address both body goals.  If you want to be a lean “look I have muscles and no underarm flab” machine, then find something you will enjoy doing again and again. Swimming (not wading in the pool), biking riding at a moderate pace to include hills on a road bike for about 15-20 miles, hiking at a moderate pace at a minimal to steady climb for about 1-2 hours, running at a moderate pace at about 4.5 miles/hour for 3 miles. Work your way up slowly in being able to do the activity for longer intervals and push yourself, not to the point of exhaustion, but to accomplishing the goal you set for yourself that day. Never doubt how well your body can do when you push yourself and know you can do it. If you like a lot of variation then try joining an aerobics class, spin class, kick boxing and my current favorite craze the Insanity program and P90X. With the proper diet and nutrition, your energy level, cardio and lean muscle definition will develop. Also, do the workouts consistently for at least 4-5 days a week. Hey, maybe even 6 days and rest on the 7th day because even Jesus needed a break.

Remember 3 things: Strength training, cardio exercise and eating well (often and have proteins).

For those who want to look lean, yet have those ripped abs and chiseled muscles, I would still recommend doing Insanity and P90X. If working out in your home is not for you, then hit the road running or biking, whichever you prefer. Then it is time to hit the weights. You want to be “cut”, well then don’t do less weight and more reps (like the ones who just want lean muscle). You have to raise the weight and do a minimum of 12-15 reps and 3 sets. If you are striving for the “no neck, barrel chest, tree trunk legs” then go for max weight with minimal reps (probably 4-5 reps) and 3-4 sets.

Once you lean yourself down, you will want to “define” yourself with weight training, but also realize that you will need to make it up in calories if you plan on lifting a lot. It will depend on your weight, but for a guy, a 2,500-3,500 calorie consumption might help in the “bulking” and “cutting” process of muscle building. Still keep in mind to do the cardio portion of your exercise regime.
What you put into your body will result in the effort you put out. Eating like a slug makes you feel like a slug. So remember no matter what healthy body you choose to have, keep it healthy, simple, active and always push it to do better for you.

Flatulence

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

People don’t only want to look good and feel good, but also smell good as well. That is why tonights blog I choose to discuss flatulence. We all have it, we all do it, no matter how loud or silent we are…it’s a natural way of life. A way to express oneself to put it mildly.


What makes flatulence? Well, it is what we eat for one thing and I am here to help you recognize those foods that are healthy for you, but might make you excuse yourself from the table for a second or “toot”. Apricots, carrots, lemons, bananas, oranges and lets not forget prunes to name a few fruits to be aware of. They have an excellent amount of fiber in them, some more than others, but be aware.


Some healthy carbohydrates that influence flatulence are: beans, peas, soy, sprouts (Brussels), celery, cucumbers, cabbage and cauliflower. (One reason why my momma told me to eat my vegetable and I chose not to.) If you chose to eat pan fried or deep fried foods, your result will be the same as eating any of the healthy items mentioned above, but stick with the healthy and go for tuna instead. Yes, tuna is also a contributing factor to flatulence.


Fruits and vegetables are good for you in more ways than one, but eating smaller amounts should result in less bloating and discomfort. Which brings me to ways to protect yourself from getting bloated. Eat the healthy stuff in moderation, especially if you are starting a “I am gonna get myself into healthy eating diet.” Your body needs to adjust to this sudden change in processing food so shoving in the healthy stuff will not allow your intestines to work properly at breaking down the food. Slow down.


I hope this helped a bit. Stay away from carbonated drinks as well to help prevent this. Drink plenty of water because it is the most healthy and natural resource we have at our disposal.


Michelle

A little about nutrition

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Look, the way I ended up losing all of the weight was by portion size, eating better (not having those hamburgers and sodas) and of course exercise. There a lot of fad diets out there that push cutting carbs or drinking Slim Fast all day long. That may work temporarily, but unfortunately it is not a healthy or happy lifestyle to live by.

You will lose weight in the short term, but what do you do after that? I want to give you a few short ideas on how to feel better about yourself and live a healthier and happier lifestyle. You actually need to eat food throughout the day (what a concept). Eat a few small meals every few hours. Small healthy meals that would consist of fruit, dairy, minimal carbs, protein, vegetables.

For example, start your day with yogurt and egg whites. (Michelle likes to add a mucho amount of Tabasco to egg whites, which will stimulate your metabolism.) A few hours later, you could have a snack of almonds and string cheese or a banana and some peanut butter-almond butter is very tasty. Remember to always have carbs with proteins. Having as many vegetable as you want is not only good for you, but would not cost your waistline anything (except dousing it with cheese, ranch dressing, butter will add to that waist of yours).

At dinner time try and bake your chicken in lieu of frying your red meat or chicken. White meat is healthier than red meat and in fact I cut out all red meat, which contributed to me losing weight. When cooking rice, use brown instead of white and use whole wheat pasta instead of regular pasta.

Smaller portion sizes is key as well to losing weight and getting the healthiest I have been. These little changes will result in HUGE changes down the road you will feel better and look better.

 

Before and Now

Thursday, May 19th, 2011
So I thought we’d take a look back at some before photos and some now photos.  Now don’t be shocked and if you have sensitive eyes, look away as the before photos may scare you.  Yes, I did this to myself.  I ate fast food, didn’t work out and was just plain lazy.  To give myself a bit of a break, I was also on some meds that helped me gain weight but still, I ate horribly.

Something clicked one day and I decided “enough was enough”.  The plan was simple, exercise and eat well. So, there you have it, before photo and a now photo.  Crazy, huh?