Archive for September, 2010

Vitamin Water?? More Like Sugar Water!

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Recently, several people have asked me my thoughts on the so-called “healthy” drink Vitamin Water. It seems many people believe this drink is healthy primarily based on it’s name. In all actuality…this drink is not much better than a can of soda.

If you look at the “nutrition facts” label on the back of any Vitamin Water, you’ll see that each 20 ounce bottle has 2.5 servings in it; each serving is 8 ounces. So, to truly find out what’s in that 20 ounces, you have to multiply the serving on the label by 2.5. After doing the calculations, you’ll notice that Vitamin Water is high in calories and loaded with sugar. The majority of the Vitamin Water drinks have about 150 calories and 33 grams of sugar. Thirty-three grams of sugar in a drink called “vitamin water”!!! Are you kidding me! That’s more than seven teaspoons of sugar in one bottle! How healthy does that sound?

McDonald’s isn’t killing you…you are killing you!

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Let’s be honest here, McDonald’s isn’t killing you…you are killing you! You are ultimately responsible for the choices you make. If you want to stuff your face with a Big Mac, super-sized fries and an extra large soda…it’s your choice.

We all know the majority of food served at most fast food joints is not healthy, but some of us still continue to eat it. However…it is your choice! Live, or as the advertisement implies…die with you choice.

Here’s a link where you can watch the advertisement from Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine: Ad Blames McDonald’s for Heart Disease-Related Deaths

In Health,
Your Phoenix Arizona Personal Trainer
Jason Smith Fitness Personal Training

Body Mass Index…not an accurate way to measure healthy body weight!

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

I was playing Wii Fit this past weekend with my 16 year old twin daughters. During the initial fitness assessment, you stand on this platform while it calculates your Body Mass Index (BMI). A BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 is considered healthy, 25 to 29.9 is overweight, 30 to 39.9 is obese, and 40 plus is morbidly obese. My daughters found it funny that it calculated my BMI at 28, which puts me in the “overweight” category…just shy of obese. Being a fitness trainer, I know that the BMI system is not an accurate measure. So, needless to say, I made certain to explain this to my daughters.

The Body Mass Index is supposed to be a useful way to estimate a healthy body weight. BMI is calculated from your weight and height, but does not take into account how much lean tissue or fat you have. So this form of measurement can be misleading. For example, a 6 foot male weighing 200 pounds with 6% body fat has a BMI of 28.5, as does a 6 foot male weighing 200 pounds with 30% body fat.

If you want an accurate measurement of a healthy weight…have your body fat percentage tested. This form of measurement will give you a more accurate reading of how much of your weight is fat and how much is lean tissue (bone, muscle, organ tissue, blood, etc.).

Here’s a link to what some experts are saying about BMI: Your BMI doesn’t tell the whole truth, experts say