I’ll Start My Diet On Monday…..

Thomas Wallace

Teacher, football coach, online marketer and cancer survivor. Degree in Business Management and an advanced degree in physical education and athletic psychology and exercise.

"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Avid bicycle racer in my twenties and thirties. Realized I had to keep pedaling to finish the race! I use that logic in everything I do.

I'm truly thankful for all the people that have helped me along this journey! I make sure I do the same for other people.

"You can have everything in life, if you help enough people get what they want." -Zig Zigler

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I’ll start my diet on Monday. How many times have you told yourself that? Right after New Years’, I swear. Tomorrow. Are you tired of hearing yourself say the same old excuses day after day, month after month, year after year? If so, listen up! Here are five things you can do to start losing weight today!
 
GET MOVING
 
The most important ingredient in your weight loss plan is exercise. If you think that’s a dirty word, it’s time to clean it up. Exercise is just what you do every time you move. Starting today, resolve to activate your life. Leave the car keys behind and walk to the corner store. Race yourself to get your housework done in ten minutes less time (because the more vigorous your movement, the more calories you burn). Get off the elevator one floor early and walk up the stairs. Every extra active thing you do will burn calories – and the more calories you burn, the more weight you’ll lose.
 
When you’re ready to start exercising, use a physical workout designed with your interests in mind. Join a gym, take up a sport, or walk 10,000 steps a day. But don’t wait until you think you can do it all. Just take a few extra steps today.

 
SET GOALS
 
Grab a pen and notebook and start writing down all the reasons you should lose weight. Don’t stop till you get to ten, at the very least. Here are some suggestions:
 
1. I’ll be healthier – losing as little as 10 pounds can decrease your risk of heart disease, diabetes and a host of other weight-related illnesses.
 
2. I’ll save money. Super-size costs more – whether it’s an extra $2 for the nightgown you want or having to travel first class for the seat space.
 
3. I’ll be able to keep up with my kids. It takes energy to keep up with kids, and extra weight saps your energy. Lose ten pounds and see how much better you feel.
 
4. I’ll get back into my favorite jeans.
 
5. I’ll find souvenir t-shirts that fit anywhere I go.
 
KEEP A LOG OF WHAT YOU EAT
 
Got your ten reasons? Don’t stop writing. Keep that pen and notebook with you all day and write down every single thing you put into your mouth. Just for one day. You’ll be surprised at all the ‘unexpected’ calories you catch yourself eating. The last two French fries on your son’s plate. The two bites of chicken you tasted to make sure of the seasoning. The ‘just one bite’ of your husband’s ice cream cone. The handful of potato chips you snagged from the bowl on your way by. Write down every single bite for one day to make yourself aware of all the food that you didn’t even realize you were eating. Once you find it, you can start cutting it out.

READ AND BECOME AN EXPERT
 
Take a trip to the Internet and visit these educational sites:
 
The American Heart Association
The USDA Food Pyramid
iVillage Diet and Nutrition section
The Diet Channel
The South Beach Diet web site
The Atkins Diet web site
The Mayo Clinic web site’s Diet and Nutrition pages
 
Educate yourself about healthy diets and weight loss, and find a diet that you believe you can live with for the rest of your life. It’s the only way that you’ll lose weight and keep it off permanently. 

LOW CARB FOODS ARE REALLY GOOD!!!!!
 
If you think that diet food is boring, find a good low-fat cookbook and start re-educating your taste-buds. Healthy, low-fat, low-carb cooking is delicious – prove it to yourself with a recipe for dinner. While you’re at it, pick one for tomorrow night, too. You can start your diet AGAIN tomorrow!

To Your Greatness!

Thomas W.

Weight Training For Beginners

Thomas Wallace

Teacher, football coach, online marketer and cancer survivor. Degree in Business Management and an advanced degree in physical education and athletic psychology and exercise.

"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Avid bicycle racer in my twenties and thirties. Realized I had to keep pedaling to finish the race! I use that logic in everything I do.

I'm truly thankful for all the people that have helped me along this journey! I make sure I do the same for other people.

"You can have everything in life, if you help enough people get what they want." -Zig Zigler

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Muscle building for beginners is an ideal regimen if you’re a skinny guy who wants to gain weight and muscle mass. Or if you’re a fat guy, you can do muscle building for beginners if you want your shoulder to be broader than your waistline. Otherwise, if you just want to be stronger and faster, you can do so by building muscles. Building muscles need you to do 3 things so that you’ll gain muscle and get bigger and stronger:

  • You should lift things that are heavy
  • Stick to a diet that promotes your muscle-building goals
  • Provide time for rest

Lifting heavy things is an essential part of building muscles. To do this more effectively, workout in a gym that has an efficient section for free weights and machines. Do some body weight exercises. It’ll bring big results for your weight loss goals and in maintaining your muscles. If you’re serious about weight training, most gyms have all the equipment you’ll need to become fit.

You’ll want to gain functional muscle strength and size, and in this case you should do full-body workout routines in combination with compound exercises. Multiple muscle groups have to be targeted by your exercises. Weight machines have improved greatly through the years so it’s not a bad thing anymore to use machines.  You’ll see many body builders now days on different machines.

As you continue to build strength you might want to consider adding free weights into your program. Do barbell squats instead of the squat machine. It’s a compound exercise that works every muscle in your physique. 

What about your diet? It depends on your current situation. If you’re skinny, your diet will comprise 90% of the muscle building battle. If you want to build size, you have to create a calorie surplus through your diet. In other words, you should take in more calories than what you burn. When you get that problem wherein you’re not gaining weight despite lifting ample weights, it means that you have to improve your diet. What are tips for a weight gaining diet? First off, eat lots of protein. It’s a different approach for weight gain that works. Make sure about your protein intake. It has to be 200 grams a day. Then gorge the rest of the 3500 calories from any foods that you find tasty, such as milk, pasta, rice, pizza, chicken, protein shakes, milk shakes and so on. (This is really fun if you’re under the age of thirty:)  I used to eat lots of peanut butter too!  Now if I just look at the jar I gain weight:)

Another approach to gaining weight for building muscles is to eat plenty of healthy foods. Your food choices for this option include brown rice, chicken, oatmeal, homemade shake, almond butter sandwiches of whole-grain wheat bread, fruits and veggies, milk, beef and eggs. Eating lots of healthy food is kinder to your insides, and it’s better than eating lots of any stuff. It may not work optimally for weight gain, but still, it makes sense.

If your overweight, this is what I did to lose weight while building strength and fitness: Fiber tablets twice a day, ate lots of protein, lifted weights every other day and reduced my carbs to under 40 grams a day.  (Mostly got rid of regular desserts and bread!)  There are plenty of low carb meal plans out there…check them out.  Including plenty of bread and dessert ideas:)

Rest in muscle building is as expedient as eating and working out. ( I can’t stress this enough! Skinny guys who want to build muscle should avoid doing cardio. Cardio is the antithesis of building large muscle mass, because it conditions your body to slow down your muscle growth. You can, for example spend 3 days a week in the gym, but know that your muscles grow when you’re at rest. What fitness experts usually practice is to workout exhaustively and then give their bodies ample time to recover by resting. Spend 8 to 9 hours of your time for sleeping (daily) and take naps whenever you can.

 

Hopefully, this helps you on your way to health and fitness!

Thomas W.

Reasons to Embark in Vegan Cooking

Thomas Wallace

Teacher, football coach, online marketer and cancer survivor. Degree in Business Management and an advanced degree in physical education and athletic psychology and exercise.

"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Avid bicycle racer in my twenties and thirties. Realized I had to keep pedaling to finish the race! I use that logic in everything I do.

I'm truly thankful for all the people that have helped me along this journey! I make sure I do the same for other people.

"You can have everything in life, if you help enough people get what they want." -Zig Zigler

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Vegan cooking can offer a large number of benefits.

With so many people around the world looking to embark on a greener lifestyle it is no wonder that the Vegan lifestyle is receiving a large amount of attention lately as well. From people who are looking to embark in just some minor changes to those who are looking to completely revamp their entire lifestyle. Regardless of whether you are looking to make a massive change or just a few small differences Vegan cooking can offer a large number of benefits, which helps to ensure that many people start picking up the habits.

Vegan lifestyle is much more green friendly than eating tons of meat it also has a huge benefit of being a much cheaper lifestyle.

Aside from the reality that a Vegan lifestyle is much more green friendly than eating tons of meat it also has a huge benefit of being a much cheaper lifestyle. Because the majority of the foods that are eaten in a Vegan lifestyle can be grown at home it provides a substantial savings that you would not otherwise be able to realize if you were relying on purchasing the majority of your foods from a grocery store. By omitting meats from your diet you are not only doing your part to help the environment but with savings in the thousands of dollars possible each year it can be a huge benefit to look towards a Vegan lifestyle.

Many Vegans opt to grow their own produce.

Other concerns that are important is the ability to avoid chemical treated foods. Many Vegans opt to grow their own produce, which provides the huge benefit of allowing you to use your own home grown organic foods. This makes them much cheaper for you, which again can significantly decrease your average grocery bill. It is still very important to realize that you might need to buy some food items from the store, however you will not need to worry about the items that you do need to purchase as much since the costs will be significantly lower and there are generally less likely to be subject to harmful chemicals.

Many people opt to turn to a Vegan lifestyle due to the health benefits. It is a proven reality that people who consume large amounts of meat tend to weigh more. This is a reality that cannot be avoided especially due to the increasingly large number of people around the world who are becoming obese. By changing to a Vegan lifestyle, it is much easier to lose weight and find a much healthier lifestyle that will benefit your entire family. In order to really see the benefits of this it is necessary that you take some time to really devote to the Vegan lifestyle to see a real benefit.

Most people find that the Vegan lifestyle is perfect for their needs.

There are some studies lately that speculate that Vegan cooking has been linked to also help reduce the occurrence of diabetes as well. In order to really know if this is true for you it is important to talk to your doctor. Many people experience huge changes to their blood sugar levels by switching to a Vegan lifestyle, however many others also find that it is increasingly difficult to find a good method of changing their blood sugar levels to reduce the need for additional medication. If you are looking to reduce your blood sugar levels then it is important to talk to your doctor before making the adjustment.

You can save money on a Vegan Diet.

With any change you might be considering you should always take plenty of time to review your options. Most people find that the Vegan lifestyle is perfect for their needs without spending months of research however; you should still take at least a bit of time to ensure that this is the right lifestyle for you. If you are not interested in making a permanent change then you should consider making some small changes and working to tweak each of these changes to your exact lifestyle preference. You might need to make several changes, but you should be able to settle into a comfortable pattern and lifestyle quite quickly if you devote a bit of time and effort to the process.

Thomas Wallace

 

 

Why You Should Exercise Regularly

Thomas Wallace

Teacher, football coach, online marketer and cancer survivor. Degree in Business Management and an advanced degree in physical education and athletic psychology and exercise.

"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Avid bicycle racer in my twenties and thirties. Realized I had to keep pedaling to finish the race! I use that logic in everything I do.

I'm truly thankful for all the people that have helped me along this journey! I make sure I do the same for other people.

"You can have everything in life, if you help enough people get what they want." -Zig Zigler

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Many us need to follow an exercise program, in order to remain healthy. Below, you’ll find several good reasons why you should start exercising now.

1. Fat loss

It is well proven from scientific research all over the world that physical exercise contributes to weight loss. If you burn more calories than you
consume through nutrition, you’ll lose weight. When you exercise, you burn more calories than when you don’t. It’s really simple – the more you exercise,
the more weight or fat you’ll lose.

2. Prevent Disease

The chances of developing several various diseases has been proven to decrease when exercising. These diseases include heart disease, cancer, diabetes,
and stroke. (Exercise has also been proven to help recover from these diseases.)

Around 4 out of 5 deaths caused by heart disease and cancer, are linked to factors that include stress and lack of exercise. We all know that diabetes
increases the chance for heart attacks and strokes. What this shows, is that many of the risk factors and diseases caused by not exercising are working
in conjunction to damage your health. To prevent this from happening, start exercising.

3. Improving Disease

Many severe and minor diseases can be improved or even healed through regular exercise. These even include the diseases listed above. By following
a regular plan, you can also decrease HDL cholesterol levels, decrease triglyceride levels, and decrease your blood pressure as well.

Exercising on a regular basis will also reduce the risk of prostate cancer for men, breast and uterine cancer for women, and much more. All of
this is scientifically proven, which is why you should start exercising today.

4. Think Better and Sleep Better

Everyone knows from the many scientific studies that regular exercising will lead to an increased release of endorphins in the body. These chemicals
will fight depression and make you feel happy. The body releases these endorphins only 12 minutes into the workout.

There is another chemical known as serotonin that is increased during and after a workout. The increased levels of serotonin in the central nervous
system is associated with feelings of well being and decreased mental depression. The chemical can also help you sleep better at night.

5. Enhance Your Wellness

When you are in great shape and well fit, you’ll have more energy and you’ll notice that your overall mood is improved. You will have experienced that
you can stretch beyond your own limits and you know that you can do more than you thought possible.

6. Persistence

Exercising regularly will give you more energy,  which can help you be more productive at home and at work. Exercising can help give your new goals
a sense of purpose and give you something to focus on and aim for. This can help you increase your persistence and prevent you from going off track
while you aim for your goal.

7. Social Capabilities

After a workout on a regular basis you can boost your self esteem. This can help you look better and you’ll be more comfortable as well. Exercise
will also help you to become more active and meet new people, which will prevent you from feeling isolated and unsupported. Exercise will also
increase your interests in sex, and can help you to improve your marriage or your partner relationship.

After knowing all of these tips and reasons to exercise, you shouldn’t hesitate to get out there and exercise. You can exercise at home or go out
there and join a gym. There are several different ways that you can exercise, all you have to do is select a few that you like. Take a little bit of time out of your day and start exercising  you’ll feel better than ever before and your body will thank you.

Sincerely

Thomas W.

The Atkins Diet And Ketosis

Thomas Wallace

Teacher, football coach, online marketer and cancer survivor. Degree in Business Management and an advanced degree in physical education and athletic psychology and exercise.

"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Avid bicycle racer in my twenties and thirties. Realized I had to keep pedaling to finish the race! I use that logic in everything I do.

I'm truly thankful for all the people that have helped me along this journey! I make sure I do the same for other people.

"You can have everything in life, if you help enough people get what they want." -Zig Zigler

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The idea behind the Atkins diet plan is that ketosis can help you burn off fats for energy. Lots of people, even those people who are following low carb diet programs, do not really comprehend ketosis or exactly what the heck it does.

Most Diets are of the Low Calorie Kind

The majority of diets are calorie-reduction diet programs. They help you shed weight. However, a part of the weight loss will be coming from body fat and then a part of it will be coming from lean body mass. Although you might have lost weight on the scale, your metabolic is slowing down at an alarming rate.  The more muscle tissue you eliminate the more sluggish the metabolic process is going to be. This will make losing weight harder and also gaining pounds again even easier.

Atkins is a Low Calorie Plan

The Atkins diet plan, however, is carb restricted. It causes ketosis within your body that will burn just body fat rather than muscle tissue. A major source of your energy is going to be body fat as ketones. The liver will turn body fat into ketones but it can never be changed back again. It is going to be passed out of your body by natural means.

Ketones are Energy

Ketones are actually an ordinary and also effective supply of energy for the body. These are made in the liver out of the essential fatty acids which derive from a breaking down of fat. They show up if there is no glucose or sugar in the body to provide energy. In the Atkins diet plan, you decrease the level of glucose and sugar in your blood. Because of this, the body generates ketones for energy. If the body is producing ketones it is known as ketosis.

Ketosis is a Normal Condition

There is also the widespread false impression that using a ketogenic diet plan such as Atkins is harmful. The reality is that ketosis is a totally normal condition. The body produces ketones for utilizing as energy when glucose is not available.

In the Atkins weight reduction program, Dr. Atkins recommends utilizing ketone-testing strips in order to figure out your stage of ketosis while losing weight. The tiny plastic strips are placed in the urine flow and include a unique chemically treated absorptive pad. That pad changes shade when ketones exist in the urine. In the presence of ketones, the strip changes different colors from baby pink to purple. There is also a coloring scale on the label of the container that will help you figure out your ketone concentrations.

Ketone Strips are Recommended

Ketone strips can be found in almost any local pharmacy and are found with the diabetic items. In some places, these are stored behind the cashier which means you may need to request these. You will not require a prescription in order to purchase these however. When you open up a pack of ketone strips they have a life span of six months. It might be useful to note down the opening date on the package.

Ketone strips will show you if you have been moving ahead properly on the Atkins diet plan. When you are sticking to the Induction plan 100% but are not seeing purple do not be concerned. Many people never ever display small levels of ketones or they might display slightly above the bare minimum. So long as you are reducing your weight as well as losing inches then you are effectively utilizing ketones. Additionally, when you have just worked out a couple of hours prior to utilizing the strips, you might not see purple.

Some people erroneously think that a darkish purple outcome on the testing strips signifies that they are slimming down quicker. The dark purple shade is an indicator of lack of fluids. This means that the urine is very highly concentrated and thus you have to drink more water.

Where do Ketones originate?

Ketones originate from fats in the blood, be it fats which you consume or body fat which you burn off. If you consume food quite heavy in fats and promptly utilize a testing strip, well, then you will notice a darkish purple outcome. Make sure you use the strips to help you plan your meals. However, do not become obsessed with the shade.

Achieving a condition of ketosis will be crucial for good results on the Atkins diet plan. It is as easy as removing carbs from the food plan. Follow the diet properly and utilize the ketone testing strips when needed.

All The Best

Thomas W.

Natural Weight Loss Explained

Thomas Wallace

Teacher, football coach, online marketer and cancer survivor. Degree in Business Management and an advanced degree in physical education and athletic psychology and exercise.

"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Avid bicycle racer in my twenties and thirties. Realized I had to keep pedaling to finish the race! I use that logic in everything I do.

I'm truly thankful for all the people that have helped me along this journey! I make sure I do the same for other people.

"You can have everything in life, if you help enough people get what they want." -Zig Zigler

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Natural weight loss can mean different things to different people. One dietitian has defined it as being the opposite of natural weight gain! Simply put, natural weight loss is the means of losing weight without the use of extreme diets, pills or supplements or other severe measures. Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to lose weight without the use of pills, supplements and starvation diets.

Losing weight naturally is closely associated with a healthy lifestyle and sleeping properly as well as proper diet and exercise. Advocates of natural weight loss see it as a way of life and a long term lifestyle change rather than something short term. The techniques to help ensure it are not new – they have been practiced for many years.

Eat Five or Six Small Meals

Of course, eating healthily is one of the best ways to lose weight safely and efficiently. Try to change your meal routine by eating five or six small meals in a day instead of the normal three. Eating this way will maintain metabolism throughout the day and ensure better absorption of nutrients.

Try to eat natural foods rather than processed foods which contain additives and excess sodium. The liver burns most of the body’s fat and foods laden with additives are bad for the liver. Vegetables and fruit, seeds and grain are all recommended as part of a natural diet. Try to limit your intake of foods which contain large amounts of trans fat and saturated fats.

Drink Lots of Water

Consumption of water is particularly important when it comes to a natural and healthy weight loss program. Experts recommend drinking eight glasses of water throughout the day, especially first thing in the morning and in the evening. A glass of water in the evening can reduce the appetite during the evening – and you are also more likely to awaken refreshed and relaxed.

And it’s a particularly difficult habit to break, but try drinking water instead of soda or coffee. Increased water intake will actually help you look and feel better over a period of time, as well as contribute towards long term weight loss.

Exercise, Exercise, Exercise

Exercise is important – basic cardiovascular exercise such as walking can contribute to natural weight loss without the need for extreme workouts. For more effective and long term natural weight loss, jogging, cycling or lifting weights are all highly effective methods of cardio exercise.

Sleep is particularly important when it comes to losing weight naturally. Recent studies in Japan indicate that people who regularly get an extra two hours sleep every night tend to experience a proven weight loss over a period of just a few weeks.

Of course, most of us regularly don’t get enough sleep and shortage of sleep produces hormones that increase the appetite. Studies have shown that loss of sleep can increase the body’s storage of fat and affect the secretion of hormones that help regulate food cravings. Extra sleep results in a balance of hormones – meaning you basically feel less hungry.

Healthy Lifestyle, Healthy Diet and Basic Exercise Will Help You Lose Weight.

Natural weight loss seems to have been overlooked amidst all the extreme diets, fads and celebrity-endorsed products that are readily available today. A combination of a healthy lifestyle, healthy diet and basic exercise will all lead to the results most of us desire – lower weight over an extended period of time.

To Your Health, Happiness and Pursuit of Knowledge

Thomas Wallace