Proper pH for Proper Weight Loss

acid-alkalinephdietMany people who struggle taking weight off do not understand how blood pH affects weight loss.

The important property of blood is its degree of acidity or alkalinity. This is referred to as the acid-base balance. Blood pH, or the acid base balance of your blood play an important role in weight loss. It regulates how your burn fat. If you upset your pH balance, weight loss can be very difficult if you achieve it at all.

Acidity and alkalinity are expressed on the pH scale which ranges from 0 which is strongly acidic to 14 which is strongly alkaline. A pH of 7.0 is neutral. Normal blood is slightly alkaline with a pH ranging from 7.35 to 7.45. [Read more…]

Your Metabolism Loves Toned Muscles

metabolismThe food we eat gets processed into glucose which is taken by the bloodstream and delivered to the muscle cells to be burned for energy. If the muscles are weak and flabby from disuse, they simply cannot use this glucose. So it stays in the bloodstream until instructed which fat storage depot it will be stored in.

There is no where else for it to go…you either burn it for energy or store it as body fat.

On the other hand, if you perform proper strength training exercises just 2-3 times a week with some real effort put into it, your muscles will become toned and will gobble up the glucose at a much faster and more efficient rate. This means of course that less or none gets parked on your hips, the back of your arms or around your waistline as excess blobs of fat. [Read more…]

Earthing…It Does a Body Good

eathing You might not realize it, but “earthing” restores and maintains the body’s finely tuned electrical state which in turn promotes optimum health.

Earthing, or grounding as it is sometimes called, is the art of walking barefoot so that the soles of your feet are in contact with Mother Earth. Earthing is to connect to the Earth’s natural, negative charge by being barefoot. (Or using conductive systems indoors)

The art of “earthing” believes that our bodies are meant to come into contact with the Earth on a regular daily basis for balancing our electrical system and healing.

The cells in our human bodies have electrical energy and we’re getting a high amount of positive electrons building up in our bodies by the prevalence of electromagnetic waves from cell phones and Wi Fi gadgets. [Read more…]

Grab Those Weights to Tackle Weight Loss Resistance

stuckLifting weights or doing some sort of resistance exercise is the key in promoting fat and weight loss but works especially well for those experiencing any kind of weight loss plateau.

If the dreaded weight loss plateau is something you are presently experiencing you would benefit from developing resistance/strength training…most likely the missing component.

Resistance/weight training increases your bodies lean muscle mass that in turn increases your metabolism which in turn allows you to burn more calories and more fat…even when resting. [Read more…]

Conquering the Dreaded Weight Loss Plateau

weight loss resistance bookAre you frustrated and discouraged with dieting? Have you reached the dreaded weight loss plateau where it doesn’t seem to matter what you do you can’t seem to budge, burn or coerce your weight down any farther?

You don’t need to be discouraged any longer. There are steps you can follow that will help you to break through your weight loss plateau.

First you need to understand that weight loss plateaus are to be expected as long as you are actively losing weight. Our bodies naturally resist change. Most people who eventually reach their ideal weight challenged many plateaus that lasted for several weeks along the way to their desired goals. [Read more…]

Frustrated with Fat Loss?

frustrated weight1There are a few major principles that you need to adhere to in order to shed fat from you body and keep it off.

The Principles of Fat Loss:

  • Regardless of your baseline metabolic rate, you can choose to elevate your metabolism by taking the appropriate actions and thereby increase the rate at which you burn fat. In other words, your metabolic rate is not cast in stone. You do have the controls.
  • Muscle cells burn fat continuously whereas fat cells merely store fat. When you incorporate strength training into your exercise habit you build muscle tissue and thereby increase your base metabolic rate. More muscle means less fat in the long term. [Read more…]

The Many Benefits of Interval Training

Interval-training-2If you’re looking to rev up your exercise routine or for those of you who feel you do not have time to work-out there is a growing body of excellent scientific research showing that you can perform significantly shorter workouts at greater intensities and get better results than the usual time consuming ‘cardio’ type routines.

Called High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT for short, these intense bursts of all out exercise last for about 30 seconds; the emphasis being the “all out” bit so the rest periods of 90 seconds have to be very easy to allow recovery. An example would be 30 seconds of sprinting followed by 90 seconds of walking.

You then repeat the cycle for a total of eight repetitions. Your total time invested in a mere 20 minutes and that includes a three-minute warm up and two-minute cool down. [Read more…]

Resistance Training is Critical for Permanent Fat Loss

womenweightsThe very first thing you need to realize when talking about getting fat loss results is the number one thing you must be doing is strength training. Simply put: there is no other exercise that is going to be as beneficial as strength training is.

Resistance training helps with:

  • Muscle mass: Improve your lean muscle mass with strength training
  • Improves your functional strength capacity
  • Enhances bone strength
  • Fends off diabetes risk by increasing insulin resistance
  • Improves mood
  • Regulates hunger
  • Improves your ability to oxidize fats at rest…

The list goes on and on…there is no shortage of benefits resistance training will provide so it is critical to getting it into your plan.

An effective resistance training session needs no more than about 90 minutes per week broken into three 30 minute sessions.

When you look over the exercise selection for your workout program the primary thing you must pay attention to is compound movements.

The main compound movements that should be focused on are:

  • Bench press
  • Bent over rows
  • Push-ups
  • Pull-ups
  • Lat pull-downs
  • Shoulder press
  • Squats
  • Deadlifts
  • Lunges
  • Step-ups
  • Split-squats
  • Leg press
  • Plank exercise

These particular exercises will help save time since they work so many different muscle groups at once and they also help to ensure you are creating the greatest metabolic response in the body.

The more muscle fibers that are used during any single movement, the more calories are burned and the faster you will spike your metabolism for hours to come after that.

Because these exercises are intense, you’ll get your heart rate up to a much higher level and keep it there thus providing cardiovascular benefits at the same time.

You can also include other exercises such as isolation exercises where you work one or two muscle groups at once. However they should not be something you do as the main focus of your workout.

  • Isolation exercises include:
  • Bicep curls
  • Tricep extensions
  • Lateral raises
  • Leg extensions
  • Hamstring curls
  • Sit-ups

These type exercises simulate a smaller muscle group and since you are not working many larger muscle groups it will prevent you from seeing the results you are after.

The next element you need to address is your rep and set range. This refers to how many times you move through the pattern of movement before resting, thus creating one single “set”.

Ideally you do not want to take your rep range too high as that will make it harder to sustain the heavy load that does get results but at the same rate, you do have to do enough reps to evoke the metabolic response that you are looking for.

A good safe area to be at is the 8-12 rep range. This produces nice strength gains while still allowing you to tap into the fat burning potential that weight lifting has to offer.

For all you women who are afraid of heavy lifting; do not be afraid to push yourself and really challenge the body with heavier weights. Heavy lifting is going to help add superior muscle tone and definition and improve your metabolic rate that much more.

Heavy lifting is never going to cause you to get big and bulky. You do not possess enough testosterone in the body to add a significant amount of muscle mass tissue. As a woman, getting “big and bulky” is just not going to happen.

Lift heavy, you won’t regret it.

The last element you need to be concerned with is “rest periods”. In order to create a very strong metabolic response in the body, you’ll want to keep these on the shorter end.

If possible, your rest periods should be limited to about 30-60 seconds as this will help ensure that you are keeping your heart rate up and fully challenging your body. If you still don’t feel full recovered and think you need to take an additional 15-3- seconds to recover that’s fine too.

Remember whatever resistance training you choose to do, proper form is a must.

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Never Underestimate the Power of your Mind in the Weight Loss Battle

two girlsMainstream diets and exercise programs are a dime a dozen. They are splashed on TV, in our magazines, advertised across our computer screens and even make their way into local newspapers. But as good as some of these exercise programs may be, the truth is there is one factor that is too often overlooked and missing from mainstream diets and exercise programs and that is exercising the power of the mind.

Even though this mental concept is relatively new and unique, the mind must never be underestimated when it comes to losing weight and keeping it off and if you are experiencing “weight-loss resistance” the mind is the first place to look for the problem.

Facts are facts and studies reveal that 95% of the people who go on a diet fail to lose any significant weight for the long term. They may experience temporary weight loss but unless their mind has been included in their formula for losing weight, their weight loss is temporary at best. [Read more…]

Fat loss vs Weight Loss…There is a Difference

fat loss vs weight tlossWeight loss is a hot topic there’s no denying that. The world is a buzz trying to fix a population overrun with overweight people. You’d think that would be a good thing. However, many people actually lose sight of the intended goal…the real goal of enjoying a lean, strong and healthy body.

So many so called fitness experts who are not qualified or with enough experience filling minds with lots of misleading information/advice on how people should exercise and diet.

There are two terms that are used interchangeably in the weight loss world that cause further confusion: weight loss and fat loss. But they are not the same thing and in order for us to move ahead successfully we must focus on fat loss and ban the term “weight loss” from our vocabulary. [Read more…]