Weight Loss and Fitness Secrets Revealed – New Year New You!

22 12 2017

 

Heritage Trail Tigard, OR – Begin a walking habit.. It does a body good.

Last Updated:  22 Dec 2017

It’s a new year and will it also be the beginning of a new you?

How many time have you tried making a New Year’s resolution?  Or one you’d actually make a commitment to and it stuck?

So what is your New Year’s Resolution, what do you want to change about yourself, or life? Is it to finally lose that excess weight once and for all… start a walk/jog exercise program;  spend more time with the family; get out of an unhealthy relationship; stop a bad smoking or drinking habit; get a new job – move from an unhealthy environment…

Can you guess what the top  New Year Resolutions are for 2018?

As long as I’ve been involved within the fitness industry there have been two top contenders:  Weight loss and get more fit [almost always in that order].

This should not surprise anyone especially when national statistics show nearly 60 million adults, or about 30 percent of the adult population, and now more than a third of all U.S. children are overweight or obese.

To lose weight and increase fitness levels requires a commitment through a healthy lifestyle change action plan.  A major reason New Years Resolutions don’t work – there is no plan to motivate and steer the course.

First you must target what unhealthy environment, habit or behavior is causing the weight gain and unfit condition. Then once you’ve targeted the unhealthy situation – try to incrementally reduce and remove it through consistent healthy habit change.

For instance, if you have a bad habit of eating too many processed foods; cut back on them, or remove the really bad ones from the diet.  OR if you spend most of the day sitting, take a portion of that day and commit to a daily walk, or some other form of aerobic activity you enjoy 15-45minutes/day.  OR if you have a bad habit of drinking too many artificial sweeteners: Aspartame and HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) in sodas, juice and coffee will only add weight… change to drinking more water, natural drinks; coffee and tea without additives.

As a personal fitness trainer and healthy lifestyle consultant for years, I’ve heard an earful on diet-fitness fads and gimmicks to lose weight, enhance physical performance and increase muscle bulk and strength…  people don’t want to change their “I WANT IT NOW” behavior.   Instead they’ve been conditioned to believe they don’t have to change – because the marketplace provides short cuts to heal what ails the mind, body and spirit – NOW.  What many consumers don’t know, those quick results gimmicks and fads makes someone a ton of money at the expense of your health.

Before you purchase the next great diet or fitness fad gimmick, keep this in mind – many weight loss and anti-aging and anabolic-like supplements MAY provide significant results short term for certain groupings of people who’s metabolism is not yet broken.

Notice I said, “NOT YET.”  “It’s not a matter of IF, it’s WHEN –  ‘IF CHEATING the metabolic habit is not broken.”

When products artificially ramp up, or accelerate hormone systems and overall metabolism artificially, those physiological functions and systems lose efficiency and will eventually break and/or cause illness and disease at some point in time.  The manmade CHEATING – metabolic accelerators include: anti-aging steroid-like supplements, high concentrate herbal and anti-oxidant cocktails, etc., designed to help you lose weight fast, increase muscle mass and enhance physical performance – in an unhealthy way.

Natural weight loss, muscle growth, toning, well-being and anti-aging SAFE-programming must be relative and compatible with individual lifestyle change goals.  AND WITHOUT Engineered and Manipulation of Natural products.  Also if a natural or unnatural weight loss program or plan is not relative to a current health or environmental condition; or food variety and personal activity preference… it can’t be sustained long term either.  This includes exercise activity to become more fit.

In other words, if your not enjoying the habit changing experience… you’ll not commit to it long term and then fall for the next marketplace gimmick or fad in attempts to achieve a quick result.

Canoe a favorite river and see the sites

Canoe a favorite river front and see the sites, Portland OR

IF you seek professional services to make positive lifestyle change – Buyer BEWARE: Lifestyle change programs designed for one client should not be plagiarized from someone else’s program and applied to you.  If this is the case, don’t expect a similar weight loss or muscle bulking, or toning result.  That is not how relative-personalized, or customized fitness or healthy lifestyle change programming works.

I know most of you have no back ground in customized fitness and healthy habit change programming where natural weight loss can be achieved by anyone and sustained long term [provided an medical condition doesn’t prevent achieving that goal].

If you’ll allow yourself to think in the following terms, you’ll begin to understand the basic foundation of NATURAL fitness and healthy lifestyle change programming logic to achieve a positive lifestyle change naturally. ONE THAT WORKS FOR YOU!

We are all of various age, sex, personality, genetically wired differently, culturally diverse, have different body types; experience various levels of wellbeing, spiritualism, motivation, will power… Have different lifestyle needs and wants within changing social and cultural environments, etc.

Now you begin to understand why one fit healthy lifestyle change program or product will not work for everyone, or in the same way.  AND may increase health risk LONG-TERM regardless of who uses the manmade gimmick or fad flavor of the month.

So how can you successfully and safely plan to create a new you for the New Year?  Especially if lacking the skill sets to make that New Year’s Resolution stick?

If you’ve been unsuccessful in changing any of your lifestyle habits or fitness goals – might I suggest, or recommend a life coach or fitness consultant, or 1:1 fitness trainer professional to help you develop a natural fitness or healthy lifestyle change plan that’s right for you.

Listed below are two professional disciplines with specialties that can help you refocus a positive lifestyle change that’s sustainable.  To help determine a legitimate service seek out a reputable life coach and/or fitness consulting service.

AND consider an investment in MirrorAthlete Inc., first book publication upon its 2018 release [discussed in full detail below].  We expose all the insider trade secret truth’s and half-truths about the fitness, weight loss, diet, anti-aging, performance enhancement, muscle development consulting services and products, ill-health prevention, consumer safety and so much more…  Also click on ABOUT US to learn more about Marc Woodard’s 5-year injury-disease immobility challenge “summarized”… AND fully covered in the 1st book release.

What you need to know right now – Seek out a Certified Life Coach and/or Fitness Consultant with the expertise you need now.  If you can identify a desired lifestyle change goal below – match it to the expertise required.

One-on-One Fitness and Healthy Lifestyle Consulting services similar to MirrorAthlete Inc., are also 2 x cost., or higher based on unique lifestyle change consulting services expertise.  This is why we wrote the Self-Help book.  Most can’t afford these professional services… so we bring the HOW TO knowledge and expertise to the consumer in our first book publication at a fraction of the cost.

Certified Life Coach                                      Certified Fitness Consultant

Finances and Budgeting                                              Develop Muscle Mass

Relationships and Intimacy                                         Muscular Strength

Family and Parenting                                            Aerobic Cardio Endurance

Stress Management and Balance                        Develop Lean Muscle Mass

Creativity for Artist, Writer, Musician, Performer     Tone, Body Fat Loss

Spirituality and Personal Growth                      Health, Lifestyle, Self-Care

Career Planning and Development                                Natural Anti-Aging

Motivation and Time Management                              Stress and Pain Mgt

Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development   Custom Fit Program

Health, Lifestyle and Self-Care                                       Diet & Nutrition

If you need help in any of the areas listed above, these consulting professionals are easily found and listed on the Internet and business phone directory.  There are also many self-help books found in libraries and book stores.

MirrorAthlete Inc., is near complete with its first book publication, scheduled to be released not later than 1st half of 2018.  Where it’s content uniquely addresses the fitness truth’s and half truths on customized fitness programming, health literacy in America, natural weight loss, physical enhancement and anti-aging product risks, illness and disease prevention and consumer fads and gimmicks; consumer safety awareness and so much more.  This is a FIRST EVER BOOK OF ITS KIND.  It not only shows the inside secrets of a personal life coach and fitness trainer… It provides the insider industry and consulting trade secrets they don’t want revealed.

The book represents years of personal client, adversity-life stories “yours truly included,” and fitness and health knowledge and experiences – with over 250 citations that compliment MirrorAthlete fit healthy lifestyle ideology on consulting principles.  It is also uniquely written to show anyone how to develop a SAFE fitness and natural weight loss program relative at any age and within any environment.

It’s as if a Fitness and Healthy Lifestyle Change Coach was there helping you customize a one-of-a-kind program to finally achieve that New Year’s resolution once and for all.

There is no other principled fit healthy lifestyle book in the marketplace that compares to this decade old AND never published work – Part science and Part Art – with unique factual and personalized narrative story telling by Marc.

Silver Falls, OR – Plan to venture out and see cool stuff – any time you use your legs you burn more fat and increase muscular endurance.

The book is also written to be timeless and useful for any decade of adult life for the next 50 years. That is, it will help redirect, refocus and support any fitness, wellbeing and anti-aging and weight loss goal-through-resolve for those who hold and apply these natural truths without increasing health risk.

The fit healthy lifestyle coaching narrative never leaves the reader feeling alone, or without referral-to-solution.  And provides continuous advisement and recommendations to increase will power and redirect focus and can motivate anyone to achieve any positive lifestyle change at anytime, or whenever needed – Even if mobility challenged as I once was… Yes, that story is told in full and relative to the books content.  For without it I believe I would still be mobility challenged.

Living life to the fullest while mitigating health risk is possible when you hold all of the truths of how to do it safely in your hands.

To review a summary of this book project and 2018 release date, visit our home site   http://www.mirrorathlete.com (then click on the book project link).

My New Year’s wish for you and your family is to be happy and healthy…

Author: Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, ARNG, CPT, RET. 2017 Copyright. All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Inc., http://www.mirrorathlete.com, Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.

 

 

   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 





Consumers Bilked by Fitness Pitch Half-Truths

20 07 2017

Updated:  20 July 2017

Do you recall infomercials and advertisements where exercise gadgets and weight loss supplements, etc., promised great weight loss or muscle building results?

Remember the abs flex, thigh buster and trampoline equipment and plethora of herbal supplement and dietary programs that guaranteed fat would melt away like butter.   Or the latest DVD or fitness class promoting High Intensity Interval Training [HIIT], or dance, boot camp, spinning class, or circuit-like exercise promised to be your ticket to Atlas or body beautiful status.

If your familiar with these things, you’ve also noticed a celebrity, athlete or other recognized talent, or regular Joe in magazine photo or infomercial to sell the product or program.  They also appear to be the picture of perfect health.  Or their before and after shots were impressive and had your attention.

They proclaim these products and services worked for them, so they’ll work for you… right?  But are all of them being truthful on how they really lost 30lbs of weight, or gained 10lbs of muscle in 4 weeks.  How about the photos that woo you into buying their goods.  Did you know most body shots are taken at opportune times – some after severe diet restriction and/or exercise regiment using high risk substance application.  Many of these pics are also doctored up through air brushing…

Have you noticed the before and after shots of the models who appear in those infomercials, magazines and Internet adds?  Most of them appear to be between 18-35 years of age.  It is true, human metabolism before the age of 35 is pretty responsive to significant diet and exercise change.  Especially if the body has been sedentary and unconditioned for some time.  When this is the case young metabolisms respond fairly well to daily exercise and/or calorie intake reduction.  Often resulting in significant appearance change in a short period of time.  But these quick results are short lived… especially when old habits resume.

“The kettlebell or girya (Russian: ги́ря) is a cast-iron or cast steel weight (resembling a cannonball with a handle) used to perform ballistic exercises that combine cardiovascular, strength and flexibility training.” [Wikipedia]

If you’ve invested money and time into an exercise or diet fad or product gimmick and it didn’t work for you, you’ve likely been consumer bilked by a fitness pitch half-truth.

To understand this concept and meaning simply inventory how many unused exercise items, supplements, DVD videos and diet books and mag’s you have lying dormant in your home.

After you’ve done the inventory I have two questions for you.  Why do they lay dormant?  And if they didn’t work, why didn’t you at least use the satisfaction guarantee to get your money back?

If you didn’t receive the results as expected, was it because you didn’t apply enough effort or follow the exact instruction as required?  Regardless of instruction, effort or results did the program or product meet your expectations?  If it didn’t… again why does it lay dormant in your home?  In any case, you didn’t return the product.  In-part, I understand why the consumer continues to be bilked by these industries and acquire an ever growing collection of fitness antiques and conversation pieces.

I’ve worked within and studied the marketplace, business models, human behavior, fitness, health and nutrition industries for years.  I know many of those self-proclaimed fitness guru’s, celebrity stars, athletes and body building experts have been telling false and half-truth narratives for a long time.  While taking advantage of those desperate to turn the hands of time back, lose weight, get fit and even increase athletic and sexual performance.

The reason the diet, supplements and exercise gimmicks and fads continue to rake in big bucks… “most consumers are not educated in the science of exercise, health, nutrition, marketing, sports psychology and behavioral profiling.”  Yes, Exercise Science [or Physiology] and sports psychology are real undergraduate degrees offered at many universities that incorporate various disciplines of study relative to exercise training, sports performance, healthy lifestyle and fitness goals.”

Walk or bike to work and burn more body fat

The marketers and celebrities are street smart.  They know how to slant a sales pitch and hook consumers into buying the latest fitness fad, craze and product hype.  Then Re-brand, advertise and promote the same program under a different name than originally designed.

This practice is similar to marketing pharmaceutical drugs.  That is, “re-labeling” a drug [like-fitness product or service]” and using it to treat a different illness or disease than originally approved by the FDA (Federal Drug Admin).

Marketers are very familiar with this relabeling and rebranding tactic using a revamped marketing plan for a chosen demographic – making old fads new and relative again for the next generation.

Walk or bike more to destination places. Get low-impact aerobic exercise and enjoy outdoor marketplaces.

Regardless of age, if you don’t enjoy the lifestyle change experience for whatever reason, then the new exercise routine or diet-change is not compatible for you.  If it’s not compatible with your lifestyle for whatever reason, then the odds of sticking with it is not good.

For instance, if your sold on High Intensity Interval Training [HIIT] classes and DVD home workouts, do you have the will power to train intensely and consistently for the next 4-6 weeks?  What about breaking through the sore muscle, or hungry stomach barrier?  Have you acquired the right type of instruction, information, education, motivation and will power to continue the course and avoid overeating after exercise?  After all it is scientifically proven intense exercise will make you hungrier.

Do you have the will power and desire to work through healthy habit changes that will initially cause discomfort from your daily routine?  Hunger and soreness are deal breakers for many looking to lose weight and improve physical appearance.

The fitness marketer or celebrity expert is not going to tell you these things.  Like an Ab Crunch contraption “cannot spot reduce” fat away in one area.  Instead tones the muscles.  It doesn’t bust belly fat.  Or without a combination of lifestyle habit and behavioral changes the weight loss and muscle building results may or may not occur, let alone last long term.

What do marketers and opportunists know about consumer needs and wants most people don’t think about?

They know how to target and lure an audience based on past shopping habits and behavior.  Also how to embellish a sales pitch and sell in-factual information.  Many of the claims made are not based in scientific fact, truth, or FDA approved research and findings.  In order for these claims to hold any water they must be scientifically proven through credible lab research and performed by a renowned organization or institution.

This is not to say, “all innovative exercise gadgets and weight loss fads don’t work.”

Pilates and balance balls and weighted tire exercises are used to improve balance, posture, strength and tone.

In fact we know many do when individuals set realistic diet, exercise, sports training and relative lifestyle change goals.

Exercise science proves daily exercise and reasonable-balanced diet can provide the fitness results you seek including sustainable weight loss.  And can also lower health risk factors for many types of disease including: cardiovascular, diabetes and cancer.

Experts in exercise physiology prove balanced diet and exercise sustains body tone and improves strength, flexibility and muscular and cardiovascular-endurance for any age.  Including healthy longevity, increased energy levels and libido.

I assure you marketers understand a number of prospects will be unknowledgeable of such things, meaning an endless supply of consumers who will buy the hype and not return products for a number of reasons including, “hope the product will eventually work.”  By the time most figure out it won’t work for them the warranty runs out.  The interesting aspect if of it all, many consumers fall for a similar fitness fad or gimmick the next time around.  The cycle continues…

Walking is a great low-Impact aerobic exercise and fat buster.

Customers have been conditioned to believe exercise or diet is necessary to lose weight.  And these things are mostly true.  But if daily exercise, diet and habit change is not programmed relative to individual lifestyle and fitness goal it will be short lived.

“In general, for weight loss, exercise is pretty useless,” says Eric Ravussin, chair in diabetes and metabolism at Louisiana State University, a prominent exercise researcher.  Although exercise does burn calories, it also makes us hungrier.

“Exercise, in other words, isn’t necessarily helping us lose weight. It may even be making it harder.”  A famous Time’s Magazine article “Why Exercise Won’t Make you Thin,” by John Cloud also performed a controlled study that coined “compensation effect.” 

Basically the more you exercise the more you want to eat.  For a significant portion of a population – the wrong type of exercise causes weight gain.  This provides opportunity for the same marketers to plan and sell the next weight loss hype.  See how this works…  They make money on both ends of the exercise and diet industries.

The major reason consumers continue to purchase weight loss fads, exercise and fitness gimmicks is because reputable organizations like the “American College of Sports Medicine and American Heart Association guidelines in 2007 state “to lose weight…60 to 90 minutes of physical activity may be necessary. That recommendation covers most days of the week.”  I know this statement is mostly true.

But the marketers distort these statements and other facts to sell more products and services not relative to individual needs.  In other words, the goods are not programmed to work relative to all lifestyles, demographic-genetic factors; fitness and health goals, or compatible with medical profile.

Again the marketplace won’t voluntarily tell you these things because they’d likely lose repeat sales purchases.   Why would they change their behavior to change yours if they knew it would reduce their profits?

This is how the diet, fitness and anti-aging industries continue to bilk the consumer and enrich themselves.  Often at the expense of consumer health and wellbeing.

My recommendation:  Before you buy into the next fitness or weight loss product or program hype it would do your body and pocketbook good to do your own due diligence.  Here at MirrorAthlete we expose the lies, half-truths and truths – we don’t sugar coat anything.

If you want to know more about consumer safety, customized fitness and healthy lifestyle programming, ill-health prevention – we offer at no charge everything you need and want to live life to the fullest.

Good Health to You and Your Family.

Author:  Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET.  2017 Copyright, All rights reserved.  Mirror Athlete Corp @ www.mirrorathlete.com, Sign up for your free eNewsletter.





New Year New You

21 12 2015

 

Start a New Activity and Meet New People.
Start a New Activity and Meet New People.

Last Updated:  21 Dec 2015

It’s a new year and will it also be the beginning of a new you?

How many different directions could you take in making a New Year’s resolution that would make you happier, more energetic, feel and look good and more excited about life?

So what is your New Year Resolution, what do you want to change? Is it to finally lose that weight once and for all, start a walk/jog exercise routine, spend more time with the family, get out of a bad relationship-start a new one, stop smoking-drinking, get a new job etc.?

In building any action plan to resolve any problem, “yes this includes a New Year’s resolution,” you first must target what’s causing you to lose sleep at night and focus during the day. Then once you’re sure you’ve identified the problem you must focus and stick to a relative-planned solution “that’s right for you and your situation” to accomplish the goal.

Whatever you need to do to make a positive life change will require 1) courage, 2) will power and a 3) sustainable action plan to see it through. But the forth ingredient in my opinion is the most important because it is the driver of the first three.

The action plan must be 4) relative to your needs and wants so you’ll have the motivation to sustain it long-term.

As a personal fitness trainer and consultant throughout the years, I’ve received an earful from my clients. One thing I’ve learned, the customer often brings a 3rd party solution to the table. But these well intended solutions are custom designed for someone else. All too often in the world of fitness, health and life coaching, custom designed plans are relative to another individuals life goal profile. This means these plans will not work optimally, or work at all for you.

Canoe a favorite river and see the sites

Canoe a favorite river and see the sites

For example, you may share a similar obesity and diabetes condition, but there are many ways to lose weight and treat diabetes. Some treatment plans will work for some and not others, or as effectively.

In other words when I develop a fitness program for one client, I don’t pass it on to the next one who has a similar goal. If I did that I’d lose clients, why?  The Desired results would likely not occur.

We are all of various ages, sex, genetics, culture, body type, mental and physical readiness, have different lifestyle needs, wants and activity goals. Our motivations and will power differ greatly as well as our habits, behavior, environment, medical histories and current health conditions… the list goes on.

So how can you successfully plan to create a new you for the New Year?

If you’ve been unsuccessful in changing any of your life goals might I suggest, or recommend you seek out a life coach or fitness consultant, or trainer that can help you develop a relative customized plan to make that positive change in life once and for all.

Listed below are the two disciplines with specialties identified that can help refocus a relative plan and resolve your New Year’s Resolution and then sustain it for life.

Certified Life Coach                                      Certified Fitness Consultant

Finances and Budgeting                                              Develop Muscle Mass

Relationships and Intimacy                                         Muscular Strength

Family and Parenting                                            Aerobic Cardio Endurance

Stress Management and Balance                        Develop Lean Muscle Mass

Creativity for Artist, Writer, Musician, Performer     Tone, Body Fat Loss

Spirituality and Personal Growth                      Health, Lifestyle, Self-Care

Career Planning and Development                                Natural Anti-Aging

Motivation and Time Management                              Stress and Pain Mgt

Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development   Custom Fit Program

Health, Lifestyle and Self-Care                                       Diet & Nutrition

If you need help in any of these areas, these consulting services are easily found and listed throughout the Internet and phone directory. There are also many self-help books found within libraries, Internet and book stores.

If you can identify the problem and find a relative and specific plan that’s right for you then you will experience significant change that can be sustained long-term.

MirrorAthlete Inc., is near complete with its first book publication, scheduled to be released not later than 1st half of 2016.  Where the context uniquely addresses many of life’s fit healthy lifestyle concerns, with relative “how to” application in consumer safety awareness, customized fitness programming, healthy lifestyle solution, customized fitness programming, illness and disease prevention, etc.  The context of this first ever consolidated fitness, health, nutrition, consumer lifestyle book shows you how to become your very own life coach and fitness trainer within many of the specialized skillsets listed above.

The book project represents years of personal client, adversity-life stories “including yours truely,” and fitness and health experiences with over 250 citations in relative fields of expertise to support the fit-healthy lifestyle principles we all need and want with relative how-to-programming guidance.

It is also uniquely developed to show anyone how to create a customized fitness and nutrition program that’s right and relative for them at any age. It’s as if a fitness trainer-consultant and life coach were there helping you customize a solution for your New Year’s resolution that will work once and for all.

Low intensity aerobic exercise burns body fat calories

Low intensity aerobic exercise burns body fat calories

There is no other principled fit healthy lifestyle book in the marketplace that compares to this 10-year plus project. The book is also uniquely written to be timeless and useful within any decade. That is it will help redirect, refocus and support many revolving issues that enter your life where your fit healthy lifestyle coach never leaves your side and provides relative advisement and fit plan when you need it most.

To review a summary of this book project and 2016 release date, visit our home site   http://www.mirrorathlete.com (then click on the book project link).

Don’t live anyone else’s life course. Instead plan and map your unique objectives, goals and lifestyle to achieve the quality living experiences that you need, want and deserve.

My New Year’s wish for you and your family is to be happy and healthy with many life rewards and success.

Author: Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, ARNG, CPT, RET. 2015 Copyright. All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Inc., http://www.mirrorathlete.com, Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.

 

 

   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 





Is Weight Loss this Simple?

23 03 2014

    Throughout the years working as a fitness consultant it never seized to amaze me how many people had the same fitness goal.  And I’m sure many can guess that goal.  Some I worked with were challenged with overweight problems and often sought a quick weight loss solutions to fix it.  However, most if not all fast result diet products and restrictive diet plans are not natural or safe for our organic body chemistry.  A question often asked, are all weight loss solutions that produce rapid weight loss bad for us?  My simple answer, “yes.”

Exercise While Walking Urban Trail Pathways
Exercise While Walking Urban Trail Pathways

    In general, manmade chemicals in our foods and dietary supplements are having a negative effect on wellbeing and overall health.  For example, hormone stimulants, restrictive diet plans and diet suppression products designed to lose weight fast often present the following health risks and not limited to: diabetes, cardio circulatory and immune problems, cellular and gene mutation, cancer; depression, anxiety, eating and other behavioral disorders, etc., and other illness and disease. 

    It’s almost as if we’ve evolved into a marketplace where consumers believe safe solutions for all that ails us are found in pretty packages.  And those chemical ingredients aren’t limited to our dietary and fitness enhancement fast results pills, diet foods and supplements.  Our food chain provides a plethora of chemicals found within our convenience, processed, ready-to-eat meals and fast foods. 

    But what we want and what our bodies need are entirely two different things.

    Our bodies unlike machines are organic.  And our good health is dependent upon balanced daily activity and nutrition that nourishes integrate cellular DNA, circulatory and neurological systems; organs, gland and skin, hair and nail cells and muscular-skeletal health to name a few complex physiological systems and healthy appearance attributes.  We are by far more complex than anything created by man.  And this includes how his misunderstanding in manipulation of foods, dietary products and fitness gimmicks will short cut what our metabolisms need; which effectively and ultimately impacts our health long term. 

    So what is the answer to healthy weight loss and removal of the toxins from the foods we consume daily and within our living environment?  Outside of bad eating habits, the answer to healthy longevity, weight loss and sustainment of that loss cannot be solved by a marketer’s one diet and exercise activity prescription for all.  In other words, what works for some may not work for you and the repeated habit of losing weight fast, then gaining it back is the dreaded “yo-yo” effect.  This habitual yo-yo fix inevitably destroys your fat burning metabolism and you gain more weight. 

    Instead, what marketers could provide consumers to improve permanent weight loss success has little to do with manmade products and services.  Instead marketplaces and educators would serve consumers and their children well by educating, promoting and marketing goods based on balanced nutrition, healthy lifestyle and fitness activity relative to the demographic it targets, educates and serves.  Then expectations and bad eating habits would shift to a healthier lifestyle balance. 

    What fitness, health and nutritional science and client cases have proved to me over the years… if you want to achieve and sustain a fit healthy mind-body for the long haul, it serves one well in understanding how to balance lifestyle within a 21st Century world.  

    If you expect to live an active lifestyle through your 70’s and 80’s  there are 3 basic MirrorAthlete fitness principles you can apply immediately.   And none of these principles has anything to do with processed and convenience fast foods, quick weight loss gimmicks, muscular enhancement, or vanity products or services.  Save your money! 

1st Principle – Our encompassing being (mind, body and spirit) needs to hunt and gather foods through walking activity.  Walking is natural exercise which we are genetically designed to do well.  It is needed to work and keep the organic being energized, motivated with purpose, tone, fit and sustain good body weight and overall metabolic health. 

2nd Principle – Our encompassing being needs organic wholefoods and drink from mother earth.  In a 21st Century marketplace, whole foods and certified organic farmed, processed, handling and logistics to market and foods farmed from our backyard-to-stove is as organic as one can hunt, gather and consume. Other than living a subsistence lifestyle in some remote part of the world. 

  3rd Principle – Our encompassing being needs clean air, stress free and restful environment as opposed to a continuously enclosed and stressful one.  Outdoor green space, trail and pathway activities in city, rural or remote areas absent of vehicle motor exhaust or other toxins and noise.  This is as organic of an environment as one can place themselves within an urbanized or developed place. 

    Within these 3 fit healthy principles you note there is no reference to: convenience meals, processed dietary weight loss meals, restrictive diet plans, spot fat reduction products, intensive aerobics fitness programs, low fat food products, surgical procedures, satiety formulas, hunger suppressants, hormone stimulators or any other variety of fast results weight loss short cut products or vanity services. 

    Why doesn’t MirrorAthlete promote these forms of dietary weight loss solutions and over processing of our foods?  Food processing and dietary solutions almost always has a high level of toxic chemicals in them, some are addictive and/or are nutritionally restrictive and imbalanced.  None of these things complement our organic body needs and they don’t help in changing habits and behaviors long term. 

    To apply a long term fitness strategy to lose weight safely and sustain that loss simply requires “for many” applying these 3 principled lifestyle changes. 

    Although these 3 principles may not be customized for your particular health or medical condition and/or lifestyle, or fitness goals, it does provide what your organic body needs to sustain overall good fitness and health.  As always, consult with your physician if you have not worked out for some time, or have dietary restrictions or a medical condition(s). 

  1.  If you don’t exercise with frequency, or haven’t exercised with intensity or effort in a while, I recommend you walk daily if there is no medical reason not to.  Start today if able and/or approved by your physician.  There is no magic number in miles or time.  Everyone is at different fitness and health levels and can achieve greater aerobics capacity to lose more fat and increase cardio and muscular tone.  Once you condition yourself to walk, it is ideal to do so at least 5 days/week for 15-30minutes.  The more you walk, the more fat you burn because you condition your metabolism and muscles to optimize its fat burning potential throughout the duration of the walk.  And up to two hours more after the activity stops because of exercise stimulation on the metabolism.
  2. Eat less processed and convenience foods and more whole foods.  Avoid processed ready-to-eat and dietary low fat meals.  Especially those contained within colorful and attractive packages.  This is code for “contains toxic ingredients.”  Look at food labels, if you can’t pronounce the ingredients, or they don’t appear to be a natural food source, buyer beware.  All decorative convenience and even packaged whole foods baked, fresh and frozen have varying degree of chemical preservatives, additives, dyes, artificial flavors, Trans Fats and other chemicals to keep them looking colorfully fresh and smell good with long storage life.  Your challenge is to gather foods that have the least amount of these chemicals in them.
  3.  Move yourself outdoors for exercise activity as often as possible and preferably in a smog free environment.  This may require driving to a healthier environment to exercise and in worst case scenarios, moving out of an unhealthy one.  Staying indoors during work and home may also expose one to Material off-gassing (vapors) of materials especially in new facilities, retail space, homes and new cars.  As materials off-gas chemicals they emit toxic fumes into the air you breathe.  And these fumes can make you sick and may be carcinogenic.  If fresh air makeup inside a living or work space is not sufficient and it’s impacting your respiratory health, vent for appropriate fresh air makeup.  Getting plenty of fresh air and drinking enough water daily will help remove food and environmental toxins from the immune, circulatory and bodies filter systems and cleanse all tissue at the cellular level. 

    Lifestyle Change Prescription:  A lifestyle prescription that provides increased fitness levels and health benefits can be summarized in one paragraph.  This prescription is simple and produces safe, natural and cost effective weight loss results and healthier lifestyle experiences at any age.  

    “Plan aerobic low stress walking exercise daily to optimize the fat burning metabolism.  During low stress walking activity drink water to rehydrate within a fresh air environment.  Gather within a backpack that also includes a 2-3 litter water bladder to rehydrate while walking, a few whole food items daily.  Develop a daily walk and shop habit of gathering organic wholefood products from the local farmers markets and wholefood grocery stores.  Cook these fresh whole foods after shop and walk activities.  Then ensure you get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night to maintain healthy fat burning metabolism.” 

    Whenever I programmed a client that included these 3 fitness principles or provided this simple lifestyle change program, success was achieved when applied with long-term commitment.  With these changes came healthy weight loss results and a more active and healthy lifestyle. 

    These principles are not derived of new knowledge.  But instead a culmination of the best life, fitness, health, physiology and nutritional science disciplines and principles, mortality and demographic statistics, consumer and watchdog agency reports and cultural epidemiological studies from areas that produced more Centurion’s per capita than anywhere else on the planet. 

    Individuals that depend on man’s solutions to solve wants, conveniences, comforts and desires are not what our organic mind and body’s need.  Instead, when habitually dependent upon these shortcuts and conveniences frequently proves to depress the mind and spirit and sicken the organic being. 

    When we habitually depend on these addictive and convenience products, I’m convinced we live a shorter, less productive and a more miserable life existence, while never learning how to live life to the fullest. 

Supporting Articles Previously Published by MirrorAthlete 

Woodard, Marc.  Wisdom from Centurions on Longevity. Hubpages. Updated 29 January 2014.  Originally Published 14 December 2009. 

Woodard, Marc.  Disease is Scientifically Linked to Genetic Engineering of Food Crops.  MirrorAthlete Fitness Secrets.  22 August 2012. 

Woodard, Marc.  10 Super Centenarians, How did They Live over 116? MirrorAthlete Fitness Secrets.  22 August 2012. 

Woodard, Marc.  Our Food is Making Us Fat and Causing Disease.  MirrorAthlete Fitness Secrets.  15 April 2012. 

Woodard, Marc.  This Year’s Goal is Weight Loss.  MirrorAthlete Fitness Secrets.  22 December 2010. 

Woodard, Marc.  What is Sick Building Syndrome?  MirrorAthlete Fitness Secrets.  14 December 2007.

Author: Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, MSC Officer, ANG Ret. 2014 Copyright.  All rights reserved, MirrorAthlete Publishing @: http://www.mirrorathlete.com, Sign up for your free eNewsletter.





Relative Fitness Programming Sustains Active Lifestyles

23 02 2014
Get your aerobics in over the weekend on your bikes in new and exciting places.  Exploration on foot or bike is one of our families favorite activities.

Get your aerobics in over the weekend on your bikes in new and exciting places. Exploration on foot or bike is one of our families favorite activities.

I’m often asked, what’s the best way to get in shape and lose weight?  The first thing that comes to mind, you must find an exercise activity program that’s “relative for you.”  Through client consults it is not surprising to learn if you’re not passionate about “your” exercise activity, you’ll not stick with it, thereby compromising your health and overall lifestyle. 

    Fitness levels can be increased simply by identifying a duration activity that motivates you to move your body with purpose.  Most aerobic and anaerobic exercise routines center on a 3 to 5 day program, 30-60 minutes in duration.  Typical fitness goal requests from clients look to achieve weight loss, muscular endurance, tone, increased strength and increased range of motion. 

    Anaerobic activity is defined, where strength, power and high muscular intensity effort is applied during exercise.  Whereas aerobic activity is exercise of low-medium and high cardio intensities that rarely exceed 85% of our max heart rate for a majority of us.  Target Heart Rate (THR) is often used to monitor heart beat rate at the carotid (neck) or radial (wrist) artery.  Heart rate tells us when to increase or decrease exercise intensity to stay within the fat burning zone to achieve the best results. 

    Science shows us that aerobic exercise intensity at ~60-70% THR zone is the fat burning “sweet spot range” to burn fat and reduce body weight.  Look up “THR zone” within any search engine to calculate your THR relative to age and current fitness levels to burn more body fat. 

    How does one determine and build a relative fitness program?  Many individuals have learned through time to build a program that works for them.  However, many others need the services of a professional fitness trainer.

    What do I consider a professional fitness trainer?  An undergraduate [physical and health sciences] that is certified, experienced in fitness profiling and obtaining client profile data points including fitness assessments meeting specific protocol criteria and standards.  Then analyzing the data to build a customized fitness program relative to the client’s fitness and health needs. 

    The data points necessary to build a relative fitness program may include the following: medical history analysis, fitness objectives and activities goals analysis, nutritional analysis and fitness level assessments [strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, cardio endurance, postural analysis and body fat%], etc.  A customized fitness program designed around fitness objectives with subjective client criteria in mind has the best chance of optimizing fitness results.  And for many American’s the number one fitness goal is weight loss. 

    All too often relative fitness programming is disregarded where some jump on others band wagons in hopes of receiving the same results.  It is often thought if one follows another’s exercise routine, they’ll receive the same fitness benefits.  Sometimes this strategy works, but all too often it fails because it’s relative to another’s unique mind, body and spirit and environment(s) in which they live.   

    Whatever it is others are doing won’t necessarily work for you in the same way.  Why?  Maybe it’s not relative to your current state of mind or health, or conducive to the environments in which you live, work and play.  Also, what is your body type and state of health?  For example, what exercise activities would best optimize your current physical abilities relative to your current body shape, health and fitness levels? 

    I’ve seen people buy a year’s gym membership, purchase home equipment, work out with a buddy that pushes too hard, or buy non-certified professional 1:1 trainer serves, etc., then get too sore or hurt themselves.  Since this is a bad experience they drop out of the program because they weren’t profiled and programmed relative to their lifestyle, fitness and health needs. 

    Exercise intensity is important for increased fitness levels and performance.  But one must be eased into intensities if absent from exercise beyond a typical walk pace or daily routine for some time.  Once you become conditioned to increase movement and exercise activity daily there is an effort of intensity “sweet spot” relative to your fitness goals.  This effort of intensity is not too low and not too high, somewhere in the middle and just right for a majority of us to achieve our fitness goals. 

    Those involved in intermural or professional sports activities who condition themselves at higher intensity levels must be programmed at higher levels of exercise intensity to keep a competitive advantage.  If you are not trained or conditioned to exercise yourself above 70-85% THR, you’ll likely have a bad physical experience and you’re New Year’s resolution will go right out the window.  Professional athletes often train above 85% THR intensities conditioning themselves for a muscular endurance and/or strength event. 

    For the novice, it is recommended a 1:1 session and orientation to exercise programming.  I highly recommend purchasing professional and certified fitness trainer services that includes fitness profiling and assessments to develop a customized fitness program that’s relative for you.  Especially if you’ve failed previously in the gym environment, or have been out of the exercise circuit for a long period of time, or have not been able to stick with any other form of exercise no matter how hard you try.  The cost of these professional services is usually reasonable for the time spent in consultation, fitness programming and 1:1 exercise training. 

    A good trainer will balance a variety of aerobic and anaerobic exercise activities inside/outside of the gym environment to keep boredom at bay with environmental lifestyle in mind.   For example two or three days a week your focus could be strength training exercises and/or Circuit weight training where you use 8-12 stationary pieces of equipment providing aerobic and anaerobic benefits completed within 20-30minutes. 

     On the same days or alternate days you may also make a commitment to participate in a low-to-high impact aerobics activity dependent on activity interests.  Such as, instructor lead classes, or home exercises:  Spinning (stationary bike), Zumba [dance moves of salsa, reggaeton, mambo, flamenco, rumba and hip-hop], or boot camp exercise classes. 

    Or instead of organized fitness instruction classes, you may be more comfortable, or practical dependent on activity goals analysis to engage in self-pace exercise activity in the home or outdoor walking, jogging, biking, rowing, swimming, ballroom dance, or competitive intermural sports (indoor racquetball, basketball, squash, etc.).  

    There is also stationary aerobic exercise equipment that is found in most gyms, or can be purchased for home use:  stair-stepping, treadmill, or recombinant bike-steppers, cross trainer elliptical, Nortrac Ellipticals. 

    What is elliptical?  These are aerobic stationary exercise machines that simulate stair climbing, rowing, walking and running that also increase range of motion without causing extreme stress on weight bearing joints. Thereby reducing the likelihood of injuries and optimizing the fat burning benefits while toning core muscle groups. 

    People recovering from injury often rehabilitate themselves at a low intensity pace on these types of machines.  But don’t underestimate their usefulness.  Resistance can be set to provide an intense workout to lose more body fat while toning muscles and optimizing cardiovascular and muscular endurance performance. 

    For intermediate and advanced exercise enthusiasts if you’ve been working out for years and feel like you’re physical performance, or competitive advantage is stagnant you may need the services of a fitness trainer that specializes in competitive task specific/sports activity profiling.  A professional sports trainer can help design and develop a program that’s relative to achieving the desired competitive advantage and overall fitness sports goal.  These sports trainer specialists can design a relative task specific sports program to get you to the next competitive level. 

    Regardless of experience, fitness level or goals, once you become exercise and activities conditioned, don’t be afraid to challenge yourself.  Do increase intensities, duration and frequency of activities to modify your fitness program (mix it up) once your conditioned to do so.   

    Continuous improvement through variety using a relative plan that’s right for you is a sure fire method to ensure you achieve and sustain your fitness goal(s).  This will ensure your fitness results and performance don’t plateau and you stay excited about the next day’s work out.  If you want to sustain a healthy and active lifestyle for the long haul, professional fitness programming provides a relative road map to get you there and keep you on target.

Also Read, How to Exercise Safely and Increase Fitness Levels

Author: Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET. 2014 Copyright.  All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Publishing @: http://www.mirrorathlete.com, Sign up for your free eNewsletter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





New Year New You

18 12 2013

 

Start a New Activity and Meet New People.
Start a New Activity and Meet New People.

It’s a new year and will it also be the beginning of a new you?

How many different directions could you take in making a New Year’s resolution that would make you happier, more energetic, feel and look good and more excited about life?

So what is your New Year Resolution, what do you want to change? Is it to finally lose that weight once and for all, start a walk/jog exercise routine, spend more time with the family, get out of a bad relationship-start a new one, stop smoking-drinking, get a new job etc.?

In building any action plan to resolve any problem, “yes this includes a New Year’s resolution,” you first must target what’s causing you to lose sleep at night and focus during the day. Then once you’re sure you’ve identified the problem you must focus and stick to a relative-planned solution “that’s right for you and your situation” to accomplish the goal.

Whatever you need to do to make a positive life change will require 1) courage, 2) will power and a 3) sustainable action plan to see it through. But the forth ingredient in my opinion is the most important because it is the driver of the first three.

The action plan must be 4) relative to your needs and wants so you’ll have the motivation to sustain it long-term.

As a personal fitness trainer and consultant throughout the years, I’ve received an earful from my clients. One thing I’ve learned, the customer often brings a 3rd party solution to the table. But these well intended solutions are custom designed for someone else. All too often in the world of fitness, health and life coaching, custom designed plans are relative to another individuals life goal profile. This means these plans will not work optimally, or work at all for you.

For example, you may share a similar obesity and diabetes condition, but there are many ways to lose weight and treat diabetes. Some treatment plans will work for some and not others, or as effectively.

In other words when I develop a fitness program for one client, I don’t pass it on to the next one who has a similar goal. If I did that I’d lose clients, why?  The Desired results would likely not occur.

We are all of various ages, sex, from different environments, culture, body type, mental and physical state, have different needs, wants and activity goals, our motivations-will power differ greatly as well as our habits, behaviors, medical histories and health conditions… the list goes on.

So how can you successfully plan to create a new you for the New Year?

If you’ve been unsuccessful in changing any of your life goals might I suggest, or recommend you seek out a life coach or fitness consultant that can help you develop a relative customized plan to make that positive change in life once and for all.

Listed below are the two disciplines with specialties identified that can help refocus a relative plan and resolve your New Year’s Resolution and then sustain it for life.

Certified Life Coach                                                     Certified Fitness Consultant

Finances and Budgeting                                                      Develop Muscle Mass

Relationships and Intimacy                                                  Muscular Strength

Family and Parenting                                                            Aerobic Cardio Endurance

Stress Management and Balance                                         Develop Lean Muscle Mass

Creativity for Artists, Writers, Musicians & Performers         Tone and Body Fat Loss

Spirituality and Personal Growth                                          Health, Lifestyle, Self-Care

Career Planning and Development                                      Natural Anti-Aging Solutions

Motivation and Time Management                                       Stress and Pain Mgt

Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development              Custom Fitness Programs

Health, Lifestyle and Self-Care                                             Diet & Nutrition

If you need help in any of these areas, these consulting services are easily found and listed throughout the Internet and phone directory. There are also many self-help books found within libraries, Internet and book stores.

If you can identify the problem and find a relative and specific plan that’s right for you then you will experience significant change that can be sustained long-term.

Mirror Athlete Inc., is near complete with its first book publication where the context uniquely addresses many of life’s problems and relative solutions proven to work by many types of consulting services in the life, fitness and health industry.

The book project represents years of personal client, adversity-life stories, and fitness and health experiences with over 200 citations in relative fields of expertise to support the fit-healthy principles we all need and want with the relative how-to and programming guidelines. It is also uniquely developed to show anyone how to create a customized fitness and nutrition program that’s right and relative for them. It’s almost as if a life coach and fitness trainer were there helping you customize a solution for your New Year’s resolution that will once and for all work for you.

There is no other book in the marketplace that compares to this 12 year in the making book publication. The book is also timeless. That is, at any time in your life, it will help redirect, refocus and remove many problematic revolving issues that will enter your life with a relative plan to keep you naturally fit-healthy throughout your life.

To review a summary of this book project and 2014 release date, visit our home site     http://www.mirrorathlete.com (then click on the book project link).

Don’t live anyone else’s life course. Instead plan and map your unique objectives, goals and lifestyle to achieve the quality living experiences that you need, want and deserve.

My New Year’s wish for you and your family is to be happy and healthy with many life rewards and success.

Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, CPT, MSC ARNG Retired. 2013 Copyright, All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Publishing: http://www.mirrorathlete.com. Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.

 

 

   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 





Will Power to Control Compensation Weight Gain Effect

24 11 2009
Walk and See all Around You.

Walk and See all Around You.

Your body’s health and appearance is dependent on many lifestyle habits and behaviors especially as you age.  With regard to diet and exercise, food intake and calorie burn through physical activity inevitably becomes a compensation-Will Power challenge.  Mind over body then becomes much more of a will power issue not to consume the “wrong types and quantities” of foods after an exercise, or activity event.  This issue will attempt to defeat your will power to stay on body weight target.  Compensation effect simply means if your body burns calories it will also want to replace them by telling the hunger center in the brain to eat more.  Your brain begins to beg you to stop the screaming fat cells from causing you agony and to satisfy them.  Scary little guys these fat cell monsters!

I’ve known for some time that exercise alone would not be the sole factor in body weight maintenance, or weight loss.  When I was working on my Exercise Science undergraduate degree, one thing I did learn is in order to maintain healthy body equilibrium especially as we age, requires a “customized” multidisciplinary healthy life program.  This program consists of exercise-activity, nutrition and healthy living lifestyle to meet body fitness requirements.  This multi-discipline approach is necessary for successful weight loss and body weight regulation at any age.  My take on exercise products sold on TV as I’ve stated in previous articles…  They won’t provide you a significant weight loss result, and especially without proper nutrition and healthy living habits.  If you’re serious about losing weight, don’t waste your money on exercise TV product gimmicks.  Instead, consider buying a gym membership and apply aerobic activity using various types of aerobic equipment to accomplish body weight goals. 

For those of you without much experience in a gym, look to purchase a few 1:1 fitness trainer sessions for weight loss programming and/or need motivation, etc.  Look for local fitness center promotion specials to run end of year and spring.  Also, learn to become a smart nutrition and healthy eating habit consumer by doing your own healthy weight management nutrition research.  For example, use the Internet and research under fit/healthy” weight loss tips and recommendations.  Also consider visiting your local book store/library, or take a community college nutrition/health fitness course, etc.  Consider purchasing fitness training books and videos geared around weight loss activities using aerobic bike, bike, walking, swimming, treadmill, etc., if the gym is not for you.  Or if dollars are tight, simply start a daily walking program.

When I mention TV exercise gimmicks they are exercise equipment that are non aerobic in nature and specifically work on body toning, not fat burning! For example, abs, hip-buttocks-chin specific exercise equipment.  Also I know you all know my favorite aerobic activity is walking and it always will be.  Walking in my opinion is the best cardiovascular, fat burning, low stress-fun, and low impact exercise available to all that can walk!  Healthy centurions have this one lifelong habit activity in common.  This is one of the least stressful aerobic fat burning activities and burns the greatest amount of fat per time spent on activity (swimming included).  It is my experience that walking causes the least amount of hunger pain if it is not done with high intensity (speed walking).  This is because the body will shift to greater fat burning as a fuel source preference during low intensity large muscle activity (legs).  The hunger center in the brain won’t know the difference when the body’s glucose-glycogen fuel source shifts more to a “stored-released” triglyceride fat burning process.

I walk almost every day, own some fitness equipment and have a fitness center membership.  I’ve found fitness activity variety keeps boredom abbey by breaking up my daily routines.  This helps immensely with my daily motivation to stay on healthy body weight target.  To walk, it doesn’t cost anything but time and good foot ware that should include excellent sole inserts.  See our chronic pain center and click on the posture, or foot image to get more information on “Posture Control Insoles.”  Gym memberships are nice because the sky is the limit on aerobic equipment choices.  If interested in fitness memberships look for one that has a swimming pool within the facility.   You can truly customize a fitness training weight loss program that’s right for any age at reasonable rates.

Always keep in mind the compensation effect.  If you exercise, regardless of activity you’ll always feel hungry approximately 1 hour after activity.  This is because most work done in the gym tends to become quick pace through daily conditioning.  Think about it.  You want to finish getting on to the home relaxation phase of your day, so you push your body to get out of the gym.  In essence you begin to exercise at a greater intensity rate which more closely resembles cardiovascular and anaerobic activity that will burn greater quantities of quick fuel sources; cretin phosphate, glucose-glycogen making you hungrier faster.  However, if your routine is mostly aerobic you’ll burn body fat and more of it at lower aerobic intensity rates.

In knowing that daily aerobic conditioning will naturally spur higher work training intensities, you can be prepared for hunger pains if you begin pushing yourself at this level.   In order to gage the best fat burning intensity and reduce severe hunger pains… Don’t train at intensities that make you out of breath, or make it hard to carry on a conversation.  Also if you’re THR (Target Heart Rate) zone peaks into a high intensity cardiovascular training zone for your age; understand you are not maximizing your body’s fat burning potential.  Ask your fitness trainer about THR, or simply research this term on the Internet to best understand and manage fat burning potential through aerobic activity.

I do have a solution to help you out in the hunger department as you will want to be adequately armed before the hunger pains hit regardless of your THR training intensity.  I’ve found, especially after the work out “the calorie burn compensation effect to replace the spent calories does impact us all at various levels of hunger pain.  The goal is to fool the brain with low calorie nutritious fillers that will curve appetite and strengthen will power to avoid pounding down fats and empty calories to satisfy the screaming fat cells. 

Whether the aerobic exercise is walking, biking, swimming, repetitive low resistance circuit training, etc., I know I’ll always be hungry after 90 minutes because my body is conditioned to work out more intensely during activity.  So if you can’t get your hands on fruit or vegetables, you can get water down your gullet.  Although water won’t fully satisfy the fat cell compensation screaming in your mind, a pint of water will stop this hunger feeling rather fast as the bloated stomach technique will temporarily fool the brain.  Besides, water is good for you… Let’s not forget this.  I know it’s boring.  I know you’d prefer an electrolyte drink.  Don’t do this often in the gym as electrolyte drinks have enough calories in them to compensate back to your body what you just burnt.  However, electrolyte drinks are great for high intensity aerobic-training endurance events where sodium and potassium levels in the blood can be reduced significantly and require replacement.  In these types of high intensity cardiovascular activities fat burning is not the fitness goal.

One thing I’m sure many of you may not know.  Many times when your brain tells you it’s hungry, it’s not, and your body is really thirsty.  So give the water gulping session serious consideration frequently while you work out.  This will help.  This water gut blot sensation will provide a feeling of fullness relieving hunger sensations while rehydrating the body.

However, beware; water is easily absorbed through the stomach and intestinal lining.  So this is a temporary fill to fool your mind’s hunger pains and rehydrate the body.  It’s not the cure all solution to defeat the calorie compensation effect that will ultimately result once the body is adequately worked and watered down.  Water in the stomach to fool your brain is like putting water in a strainer that’s lined with cheese cloth.  In other words, you don’t have much time before your brain tells you you’re hungry once the water quickly absorbs into the body.   You have approximately 10-15minutes max before your fat cells say “FEED ME, once the body is adequately hydrated!”  If you give in to the jelly donut, or pepperoni pizza, compensation effect wins over “will power and body weight discipline.”

Will you have the discipline and will power to fight off gorging yourself with the wrong foods, especially on a weekend?  Ah, here’s the question.  I highly recommend you find a nutritious food bar, or shake that’s high in protein and fiber to hold you over between meals.  This is like eating many mini-meals between the main meals.  You’ll find your body won’t be screaming from shear hunger, while reducing total daily calories and body weight.  There are many products to choose from… But you’ll want the fiber and protein because these low calorie high nutrient combinations will fool your brain for longer periods of time.  Good quality food bars, fruits and veggies work great after workouts and curving hunger in between meals.

I’ve also found that by taking a water bottle with me filled with a couple scoops of fiber source drink is a good emergency fix to satisfy a hunger attack when my compensation metabolism tells me I’m starving.  The beauty with this fix, you can carry the fiber powder around in the bottle forever until you add water.  When you have a hunger attack and you can’t wait to make that family dinner, fill the bottle with water, shake and chug that fiber drink.  Yummy!  “Well yummy is debatable, I did that for effect.”

Really, there are good fiber drinks out there in all flavors.  Look for fiber drinks that pack at least 3-5grams per serving.  Once you use your emergency compensation stomach fill solution to satisfy brain hunger, be sure to reload the bottle prior to the next fitness training session.  It is very frustrating to look in your gym bag, or back pack to find an empty fiber, or protein powder bottle.  I can’t tell you how many times I went for the quick food solution that was not there.  Instead I broke down and loaded up with a saturated fat attack, heart stopping gut buster.  My lack of will power won that day.  More the reason to stock an arsenal of various powder drinks in ready premix bottles and power bars at the ready.  I like to use old water bottles instead of tossing them after I drink the water.   I take 3-4 of them, load two with electrolyte and 2 with fiber-protein powders where they stay in dry storage (in the capped bottle)  until I need them.  I usually keep them in my car, or gym bag.  Just add water, shake and drink.

Also visit your libraries and read, or purchase books on how to improve will power while modifying behavioral habits towards food cravings.  To be aware of the mind over body compensation fact will help you recognize you’ll need to find other low calorie diet substitutes and behavioral strategies that will stave off hunger cravings during and after your aerobic training sessions.  Also drink more water in a day, eat more frequently throughout the day in smaller portions, get more fiber in your diet and don’t eat in front of the TV, “only at the dinner table!”  Finding what works for you and sticking to it is a big part of fitness and weight-diet management success. By applying the techniques in which I speak will allow you proper preplanning prior to aerobic fitness training and weight management success.  You’ll also better understand will power compensation effect while reducing body weight in a healthy habit approach.

Author:  Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET.  2009 Copyright, All rights reserved.  Mirror Athlete Enterprises Publishing @: www.mirrorathlete.com, Sign up for your free eNewsletter.