Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

New Calculator Determines Your Fitness Age

Monday, November 4th, 2013

If you take care of your body with physical exercise…you might be younger than your real age. There’s a new fitness calculator out that quickly figures your fitness age. How does it work? Well, after answering a few simple questions like; your age, resting pulse, waistline measurement, how often and hard you exercise, and the length of your workouts, it calculates (guesstimates) how efficient your heart and lungs deliver oxygen to your body’s cells. A measurement called V02 Max. This measurement is generally considered the best indicator of an athlete’s cardiovascular fitness and aerobic endurance.

Here’s a link to the fitness age calculator:
What’s Your Fitness Age?

Tips for making your weight loss permanent!

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Congratulations on your weight loss…now the challenge is keeping it off for good!

All the lifestyle changes you made to lose the weight, i.e., regular exercise, eating healthy and frequent meals, watching calorie intake, etc. are now your new routine for as long as you intend to keep the weight off. If one of these changes falls by the wayside…so will your weight.

To maintain your weight loss, you must accept that this is your new lifestyle of eating healthy and being more physically active. To help maintain your new weight, focus on all the positive benefits that have come from your weight loss: feeling better, looking better, having more energy, fitting into smaller sizes, getting off medications, a lower/healthier blood pressure, and sleeping better.

Don’t think of your weight loss efforts as dieting, but rather as shifting into a new gear in which you’re adopting small, realistic lifestyle changes that make you feel and look your best!

So how do you beat the odds of the stories we hear so often of gaining all the weight back? Here are some tips from successful weight losers that have kept it off:

1. They follow a relatively low fat, calorie-controlled diet; controlling portions and eating meals containing lean protein and vegetables. limit the variety of foods you eat, simplify your diet and make it easier to not overeat.

2. They follow a consistent pattern of eating from day to day, even on holidays. This establishes a routine, and even though there is room for splurges, this set eating plan is the cornerstone of their success. Since everyone needs a special treat once in awhile, plan your splurges in advance.

3. Successful weight loss maintainers eat frequently, every 3 to 4 hours, or 4 to 5 times a day. Frequent eating helps you control your blood sugar and manage your appetite. And make sure to drink plenty of water or, because being thirsty is sometimes confused with hunger and extra fluids can help take the edge off your appetite.

4. They start the day with a healthy breakfast; whether it be a meal or meal replacement shake/bar. This is an essential step to get your metabolism going and to help you perform better throughout the day.

5. They keep active, exercising for at least 30 minutes each day. Exercise not only burns calories and shapes those muscles, it’s a great stress reliever. So go to the gym, pop in an exercise DVD like P90X, play some basketball, or do whatever it takes to boost your heart rate each day.

6. This is a BIG one. Successful losers get on the scale regularly, whether it’s daily, every other day, or weekly. When the scale goes up…step up the activity and tighten up the calories.

The longer you keep the weight off…the more likely you are to keep it off for good!

Alcohol and Weight Loss Don’t Mix

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

Whether you’re doing a 12-week transformation or preparing for a contest, you want to make sure you are consuming all the right things and avoiding the wrong ones. Unfortunately, proper nutrition can sometimes be complicated, and it might even result in you throwing in the towel. But when it comes to losing weight, alcohol is a no-no.

As you may know, carbs and protein contain four calories per gram, while fats have nine. Alcohol has seven calories per gram, but it’s processed differently than carbs and proteins. It’s not an essential nutrient, and when consumed, your body typically identifies it as a toxin and works quickly to get it out of your body.

Although alcohol is nothing but empty calories (no nutritional value), it is extra calories…and those calories can still add up fast. But it’s not just the extra calories that make alcohol a bad choice when dieting, it’s the fact that alcohol severely decreases the body’s fat oxidation rate. Fat oxidation is the body’s way of breaking down fat so that it can use it for energy (fat burning process). And if fat oxidation is severely decreased (which studies show to be as much as 73%), so is weight loss.

Furthermore, alcohol can increase your appetite, giving you the “munchies” and make you want to eat more. Studies have shown that people tend to eat more (additional calories) when they drink alcohol with a meal.

So, if your serious about losing weight…ditch the alcohol!

One of the best weight loss and fitness investments!

Friday, September 6th, 2013

A heart rate monitor measures your heart rate whenever you wear it, at rest, during exercise, or just working around the house. Today’s heart rate monitors have gotten pretty fancy. Now they can do much more than just measure your heart rate:

• They can tell you when you’re in or out of your target range.
• Some measure calories burned (this is an estimate and may not reflect your actual calories burned).
• Some can help you analyze your training and plan future training sessions off that data.

Choosing A Heart Rate Monitor

• Choose a heart rate monitor that fits your needs. There are some made for cycling, running and multi-sport athletes.
• If you’re getting one for weight loss, choose one that reads heart rate and calories expended.
• If you’re a cyclist or runner, you might want to get one with a built in GPS.

Heart Rate Monitors Can Help You Lose Weight Quicker

Train harder and for longer durations and you’ll burn more calories, which will help you shed more fat. Engage in high intensity interval training (HIIT) and you’ll minimize your total aerobic time and achieve better results, more weight loss.

A heart rate monitor that measures calories burned can help you determine what your total daily caloric intake should be. Take in less calories than you burn and you should lose weight. It takes a 3500 calorie deficit to lose a one pound of fat. So, Consuming 500 less calories than you burn daily, for seven days, should give you a one pound loss on the scale for the week.

In my opinion, Polar heart rate monitors are the best! You can find more info about Polar monitors at Polar.com.

Could This Be The Reason You’re Not Losing Weight?

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

If you’ve been making a conscious effort to lose weight, exercising and watching what you eat, and still not seeing results…this may be of interest to you. New research has found that a particular gene can mess with your food cravings, causing you to gain weight, according to the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Earlier research linked a gene called FTO, officially named the “fat mass and obesity associated” gene, to being overweight. Researchers at that time didn’t know exactly how the gene caused people to gain weight. But now, this new study looked at how this gene influences obesity. What researchers found was that ghrelin, an appetite stimulating hormone, was elevated much faster in FTO gene subjects than in those who didn’t have the gene.

When your body functions normally, it stops making ghrelin after you eat because there’s no longer any reason for you to feel hungry. But this research suggests that the FTO gene tells your body to keep producing the hormone anyway, which can lead to an increase in calorie consumption…which in turn can lead to pounds on the scale.

Currently, the only way to know for sure if you possess this gene is to undergo genetic testing. But even if you do have it, that doesn’t mean you’re doomed to be overweight.

If you feel like you’re constantly hungry, try consuming more lean protein and spending more time exercising. Previous research has shown that both strategies are effective ways to reduce ghrelin levels.

Our 30-Day Kick Start Transformation Starts September 3, 2013

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

Jason Smith Fitness has chosen four weight loss subjects that will have 30 days to lose as much weight as possible via exercise and following a strict diet plan. The four individuals will be training with Jason Smith three days per week using the HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) training protocol to maximize weight loss. They will be handing in weekly food journals every Friday for Jason’s review. At that time, each lady will get on the scale to see how their hard work is paying off.

The girls received their weight loss goals for the 30-Day program. They are as follows:

Zamantha Tavazon – 25 lbs
Kasey English – 22 lbs
Mari Ramos – 18 lbs
Patty LePore – 15 lbs

You can follow their success at www.facebook.com/jasonsmithfitness

Good luck ladies!!

Vitamins: The Good, the Bad and the Useless

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

The best method of getting your vitamins is by eating a well balanced diet.

Although this slide show article doesn’t cover all vitamins, it’s a great source for eight common ones. Vitamins: The good, the bad and the useless.

Excuses…they just might kill you!

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Let’s start off with this definition of OBESITY. Keep in mind that obesity is one of our Nation’s leading preventable causes of death.

OBESITY – Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have an adverse effect on health, leading to reduced life expectancy and/or increased health problems. Obesity increases the likelihood of various diseases, particularly heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, certain types of cancer, and osteoarthritis.

Wow! I don’t know about you, but when I read phrases like “reduced life expectancy”, “increased health problems”, and “increases the likelihood of various diseases”, that scares me. Yet millions of people continue to make excuses for not losing weight. Why do you think this is? Is it because of laziness? Is it due to a lack of willpower or self discipline? Whatever the reason…if you’re overweight, headed in obesity’s territory or already there, you can’t afford to have an excuse for not losing weight!

Stop making excuses and start losing weight…otherwise those excuses just might kill you!

Don’t Excuse Getting Fatter Because You’re Getting Older

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Many older adults seem to use their weight gain as an excuse for getting older.

Getting Older Doesn’t Have To Mean Getting Fatter

30 Minute Workout: Better Than An Hour?

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

30 Minute Workout: Better Than An Hour?