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Do you eat Breakfast?

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Will I Lose Weight if I Skip Breakfast? breakfast

Some people think that skipping breakfast will help them lose weight. It won’t.

Studies show a direct link between breakfast and successful weight loss, and that compared to breakfast skippers, breakfast eaters generally:

•  Eat fewer calories throughout the day
•  Eat less saturated fat and cholesterol
•  Have better nutrition habits
•  Weigh less (women 4kgs/men 3kgs less)

 The key to successful weight loss.

The key to successful weight loss is burning more calories than we consume each day.

Our body burns calories 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. How quickly we burn those calories is called our metabolic rate.

Our individual metabolic rates change throughout the day and night, depending upon things like when we last ate and whether we are active or at rest.

Even though we burn calories while we are asleep, our metabolic rate slows dramatically during this time and we burn fewer calories per hour as a result.

(Now before you go planning to give up sleep to lose weight, which is definitely not the answer, let me tell you a better way).

The way to maximize the number of calories we burn each day is not to stay awake longer but to maximize our metabolic rate while we are awake.

This is where eating breakfast comes in.

Why breakfast is so important to losing weight?

One of the secrets to successful weight loss is to kick-start our metabolism as soon as possible after we wake. The best way to do that is to eat breakfast. In fact, nothing, including exercise, gets our metabolism going as fast again after eight hours of restful sleep as eating a healthy breakfast!

When we skip breakfast, not only does our metabolic rate stay low, so too does our blood sugar levels. Low blood sugar levels resulting from missing breakfast often leads us to feel lethargic.

Low blood sugar levels in the morning eventually make us feel extra hungry later, which sets us up for impulse snacking, or eating overly large portions of food at lunch and dinner.

When we eat breakfast, our body feels nourished and satisfied, making us far less likely to over eat during the rest of the day.

Common reasons for missing Breakfast

The most common reasons that people skip breakfast include:
No Time
Preferring to exercise in the morning instead
Not feeling hungry in the morning
Unable to stomach food first thing in the morning
Here’s what you can do if either one of these causes you to miss breakfast regularly:

“No time” is no excuse

Time is at a premium for most of us. Nevertheless, it pays to make time for what is undoubtedly the most important weight loss meal of the day.

If time is a real issue for you and you only have a few minutes for breakfast in the mornings, try to:
Eat something that doesn’t take any time to prepare, like a glass of pre-squeezed fruit juice, a couple of pieces of fresh fruit or a tub of low-fat yoghurt. Even last night’s left-over stir fry is a better option than eating nothing at all.
Prepare your breakfast the night before. Lay your cereal packet, dish, spoon or toast condiments on the breakfast bar so they are ready to go first thing in the morning.
Do two things at once. Try doing something within your morning routine, like ironing a blouse or shirt for example, while your toast is browning in the toaster. (Try not to do two things at once while you’re eating, you’ll eat too quickly and your digestion will be affected. If you have no choice, eat anyway, but try not to do this too often).
Have at least something to eat no matter how small and take the rest of your breakfast with you. For example, drink a breakfast smoothie and take your favourite breakfast cereal to work with you in a plastic container.
If you are in a rush to get somewhere, eat something as soon as you get there. If you’re meeting someone, meet them in a café or coffee shop. If you are always in a rush to get to work, leave a packet of breakfast cereal in your office kitchen or in a drawer of your desk.

Most people like to exercise in the morning for the same reason they should eat breakfast, to raise there metabolism and burn extra calories.

If you exercise in the morning on an empty stomach, your metabolism won’t reach the same heights it would if you ate something before-hand.

Don’t like to exercise on a full stomach? Ideally we shouldn’t really work out until an hour or two after our breakfast (or any other meal), but if you like exercising in the morning or it’s the only time you have, a glass of fruit juice or small piece of fruit beforehand will give your metabolism the spark it needs to maximize the calories burnt during your workout.

Remember, you don’t need to eat a three course meal to get your metabolism going in the morning, even something small like a banana or fruit smoothie will get it firing.

Less is More

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

A blog on the benefits of shorter high intensity workouts

Since the fitness craze really started to pick up steam in the early 20th century, there have been two rather distinct camps, one stressing traditional workouts, and another stressing shorter, but more intensive and exhaustive training sessions. Even to this day, there is little scientific evidence to back up one side over the other. The truth is that each has merit, and should be made use of by the average person.

A high intensity workout simply refers to doing something with greater, you guessed it, intensity. This is generally defined by the measure of one’s heart rate. If you’re pushing your heart rate to near maximum capacity, you’re said to be engaging in a high intensity workout.

The actual differences in results aren’t vastly different. High intensity workouts typically burn more calories, while longer, lower-intensity workouts burn slightly more fat, so depending on your specific workout goals, those characteristics may factor into your decision.

Of course the other element to consider is that high intensity workouts are performed much quicker than low intensity ones, which is perfectly suited to the lives of busy folk all across the blue marble we call home. Whether it be lifting or using more weight with less reps, running or sprinting instead of jogging, or doing a more intensive but shorter cardio routine, you can get the same results in less time, as long as you’re willing to give the old ticker a good workout.

The great thing about working out is that it never has to be the same. If you’re running short on time, speed through a high intensity workout and be on your way. On days when you have the time for a full-fledged workout, take it slower, try new things, and enjoy the experience. Changing your routine has legitimate fitness benefits, as well as allowing you to work within the confines of your busy schedule.

I have done both long slow sessions and short sharp sessions, and have worked out the calories over a 24 hour period following the sessions. On every occasion I have burnt more calories doing a short 20 minute workout over a long slow workout.

This is why the crossfit style of training method is fast becoming the number one way to train.

If you are in the Canberra area and are looking to get into Crossfit then let me know and I will gladly get you started. Or stay tuned for my all NEW ‘body overhaul’ program due out soon that is all crossfit style training programs…

What sort of training do you like the best? Weights, boxing, pump??

Let me know your preferred method of training below?? 

Scott

The Truth on Body Fat!!

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Some Body Fat is in fact good for you! You may not realise, not all body fat is bad.

There are two types of body fat, essential and non – essential body fat.
Essential fat helps our body to function, it keeps us warm, protects vital internal organs and regulates the nutrients going into our bodies.

Non – essential body fat is the type that begins to make your clothes seem tighter. It stores when our body collects more energy from food and fluid than your body needs. It tends to store around organs like the heart and lungs.
As levels of non essential body fat increase, so does the layer of adipose tissue (fat) underneath the skin. Healthy eating and a change in eating habits can get rid of those unwanted kilos.

Muscle cannot turn into Fat!

It is a common myth that when you stop weight training, muscle will turn into fat. When you stop training, your muscles reduce in size. If you continue to consume the same amount of food as when you were more active you will increase your body fat levels.

You cannot Spot Reduce Body Fat

Every individual carries their body fat in a different way. Women, for example, tend to carry more body fat on their arms and bum (pear shape), while men tend to carry more around the upper body and stomach. Unfortunately, it is impossible to reduce fat on one specific area of your body. To lose body fat from anywhere on your body, you need to take on some aerobic/anaerobic training and pick up a few dumbells!

A mix of Aerobic training and Weight training is best for shedding unwanted KG’s

To burn body fat, you need to expend more energy throughout your day than you are putting in. The more cardio training you do (running, walking, swimming e.t.c) the better. When you combine this training with a weights program, you will see greater results in a shorter amount of time.

The good news is, the more muscle you have, the more body fat you will burn throughout your day!

On average you burn about an extra 4 calories per hour for each extra kilo of muscle.

A useless fact: this equates to around 27,700 calories per year or 4.5 kilo’s lighter you would be, you can also lose another 4.5kg simply by having correct posture and sucking your stomach in and chest out…. there is 9kg in one year and  you haven’t even started training with Succeed Canberra yet!!!

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Fitness Training whilst Pregnant

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Hey all, I hope you are doing great and loving the warmer weather and the start of all out outdoor Boot Camp programs in Canberra.

I have recently had a small selection of my wonderful Personal Training clients fall pregnant ( congratulations to all).

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So I thought it only fitting I post up a little bit of information for all the pregnant women and what can be done with your fitness training.

If you are already training, and if the Dr says it is ok, I would definately keep going. I would also look into the guidance of a Personal Trainer that can assist you with you training program so as to stay safe.

Pregnant women can and should exercise in moderation unless there are health factors or risks that prevent them from participating in a fitness program. This should consist of intervals of no more than thirty – sixty minutes at a time, several days each week if not every day of the week if you fee up to it.

Exercising has been proven to help pregnant women feel and look better, and also will help in minimizing the amount of weight gained during pregnancy.

Keep fit during pregnancy can help prevent or avoid problems such as gestational diabetes, a common form of diabetes that sometimes develops during pregnancy. It will also help increase stamina, which will be needed for labor delivery and increase your physical and emotional well being before and after delivery.

Staying in shape will also help speed your recovery after the birth of your baby. Always be sure to consult with your physician before beginning any type of fitness program while you are pregnant.

Fitness programs that are appropriate for pregnant women include walking, swimming, low or no-impact aerobics (done at a mild pace), yoga, and Pilates for as long as you are able to complete the required moves and strength training providing you consult a qualified trainer. You should always avoid activities that can put you at a high risk for injury. Forms of sports or exercise that may cause you to be hit in the abdomen or are performed lying flat on your back are considered high risk. This is extremely important after the third month. Another sport you will need to avoid during pregnancy is scuba diving. While this may seem completely harmless, especially since being in the water makes you feel lighter and more agile, it can cause dangerous gas bubbles to form in an unborn child’s circulatory system.

There are numerous benefits that exercise can bring to a pregnant woman. You will burn calories, which will help prevent any excessive weight gain. If you work out on a regular basis, you will improve the condition of your joints and muscles, which will be very helpful during the birth of your baby. The long-term effects will also continue after giving birth and will also help you lower your risk of heart disease and many other serious illnesses.

Staying in shape will help to relieve any anxiety and stress you may feel. It will also help to prevent the “baby blues” that many new mothers experience after the birth of their child. This is valuable information since so many new mothers worry if postpartum depression will affect their lives and the lives of their family. Participating in fitness programs while pregnant gives many emotional as well as physical benefits.

Once your doctor give you the go ahead ( usually six weeks) to begin a fitness program, decide on a program that fits your schedule, and make sure it is flexible.

 Keep in mind that it is best if you do not exceed a 30- 60 minute period of time while exercising. If you are finding it difficult to pick a program, try several different types of exercises that are appropriate for pregnant women then decide which you enjoy the most. You may want to incorporate a variety of exercises into your routine to help prevent boredom and discouragement. Exercising while you are pregnant is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your unborn child.

If you have any questions or enquiries about a Personal Trainer in your area, please don’t hesitate to contact us on : enquiries@succeed.com.au

Yours in Fitness & Health

Scott, Succeed Personal Training