And do want to know why I am confused?
Well, you see, it’s like this . . .
Expert number one will tell me to do one thing.
Expert number two tells me to do a completely different thing.
Both offer up a very convincing argument as to why their way is correct. So what’s a girl to do??!?!?
My latest encounter with conflicting advice involves breakfast.
I recently purchased a book. In this book it tells me that I should not eat breakfast. However, just juice is okay – juice as in you took the actual produce and made the beverage yourself with a handy dandy juicer. Store bought is a no go.
Why just the fresh juice and no solid food?
This author claims, quite convincingly, that your body does better when it’s allowed a break. It takes, she claims, significant energy to digest your food. And so by not eating first thing when you wake, you are helping your body function better. You'll have more energy, for one thing - she says.
Then another person comes along and boldly declares that such thinking is just plain silly. Don’t you know breakfast is the most important meal of the day?!?!?!?
And now while our breakfast hater failed to provide actual hard scientific evidence to back up her claim, our oatmeal lover does have some interesting facts to share:
The study - the data was presented at The Endocrine Society's 90th Annual Meeting in San Francisco (June 2008) by Jakubowicz MD et al
There were 2 groups of people. Each group consumed a similar amount of total calories (a quite low - 1200 and 1100). The groups each ate low carb. But there was one difference - group one ate a 300 calorie breakfast while group two had one that was 600 calories.
And the result?
4 months later there was no difference between the two groups
8 months later there was some major stuff going on . . . . .
Group one, the ones with the 300 calorie breakfast, had lost ten pounds.
Group two, those with the 600 calorie breakfast, had lost THIRTY-NINE pounds.(Um, WOW!)
So now of course this does not mean you have to eat in the A.M. if it's not your thing. Different things work for different people.
Still, it's very interesting. Hmmm . . . so what will you do tomorrow morning?
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Posted by Trish at 7/25/2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
A cute handbag? Yes, please!
A pair of super sexy shoes? Oh how my toes ache for you!
A hot fudge sundae? Holy drool! Where’s my spoon!?!?!
Like I said, splurges are wickedly awesome!!
However, not to rain on anybody’s parade here, the splurges must be within reason.
For instance, charging yourself into massive debt to acquire a fab wrap dress – well, that’s just not cool. Even if it’s a beyond fab Dianne Von Furstenberg piece of amazingness, you must pass it by. Sigh!
And gorging on pounds and pounds of food? Gluttony is so not pretty!
And on that topic . . . . .
Many a nutrition expert will give you the green light when it comes to working in a treat now and again (and who am I am to argue with that?!?!).
Treats are nice.
We all like treats.
But going whole hog and eating, well, an entire hog isn’t quite what they had in mind. And it may actually do more harm than just leaving you a bloated mess with an achy tummy and a guilty conscious. Of course, isn’t that terrible enough?
So just how bad are we talking?
Oh, the horror!!
Researchers at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston discovered that patients in the cardio ward who indulged in a large, heavy food fest QUADRULPED their risk of having a heart attack for about four hours after swallowing their last bite. Uh Oh!!!!!
Here’s the deal:
When you keep on shoveling in all the bad stuff your poor heart has to work overtime. I mean, as if your heart isn’t already putting in a full day of work already!
And when you eat a high fat meal your arteries won’t expand properly. And that restricts blood flow.
And if you eat a lot of food then your body has to work harder to digest it all. That includes your heart – it’s going to step up to the plate too, so to speak. Believe me, a stressed out heart is not something you want.
Then, too, your blood sugar and insulin will rise. As they go up, so does your blood pressure. And if you’re already at risk for a heart attack – watch out!! You’d better have the medics on speed dial.
Now, there’s no consensus oh what exactly is too much food – there’s no exact definition of what a big meal really is. But I know we’re all adults here and I think we can all judge what’s too much – you know it, you feel it.
Oy, do you ever feel it!!
And if you want to hear something else that’s likely to make you drop your fork and wipe the crumbs off your chin, there’s this:
When experts at the State University of New York gave a group of healthy, young adults a fast food breakfast comprised of an egg and ham sandwich, a sausage sandwich and two orders of hash browns, the participants arteries swelled. That’s bad enough! But what’s even worse is that their arteries remained that way for four hours. Ahhh!!!!!
So now by the time lunch came around their bodies still wouldn’t have been recovered from that last meal. If they were to eat a less than healthy meal again, well the damage would just be compounded. Ouch!
The message here is clear – indulge, but don’t get all crazy about it.
Have a slice of cake - but don't eat the entire cake.
Posted by Trish at 7/22/2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Gumby had the right idea. Being flexible is good. It’s good at the gym and it’s actually really good as a general approach to life.
Unfortunately, flexibility is an oft forgotten and neglected component in many a fitness routine. Sigh!!!
Perhaps one of the craziest reasons I have heard lately is that it will hinder strength. I had a conversation with a lady who wholeheartedly believes that any sort of stretching will negate the effects of her weight lifting regimen. So she never ever stretches.
For shame, says I!!!!
This is just totally untrue!!!!!
Not too long ago I worked with an awesomely brilliant and in-shape man - Wayne Westcott Ph.D., C.S.C.S. He is beyond qualified to preach about the subject of fitness:
He has a Bachelor and Master degrees in Physical Education from Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in Physical Education from Ohio State University. He is also has been certified as a Personal Trainer by the American Council on Exercise and as a Certified Strength Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.. He’s authored over 20 books (I even got to be a model in one of them!!) and he is a consultant for oodles of organizations like the U.S. Military, the American Council on Exercise, the American Senior Fitness Association, and the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation. You maybe have even seen his name pop up in various periodicals like Shape and Prevention.
I will tell you from first-hand experience – the man knows his stuff.
He also has studied the whole “how stretching effects strength” thing. In fact, I had the honor of assisting him with some of his research.
Anyways, time and again we found that stretching actually helped people get stronger.
Take, for example, two groups of exercisers:
Group one lifted weights.
Group two lifted and stretched (a static stretch held for 20-seconds).
Both groups trained consistently, under supervision by gym staff, for ten weeks.
The final result?
Group one increased hamstring flexibility by 1.5 inches and hamstring
strength by 16.3 pounds.
Group two increased hamstring flexibility by 2.4 inches and hamstring strength by 18.6
Westcott has repeated this study over and over – always with the same result.
So if you’re not stretching because you think it will make you weaker – WRONG!!!
Do you stretch? If not, why do you skip it?
Posted by Trish at 7/07/2009