share the Five Obstacles most likely to screw up fitness New
Years Resolutions . . . but first . . . a seasonal poem .
the night before Christmas, and candles were glowing,
While thighs were expanding and bellies were growing.
in the North Santa put on his hat,
think, and to plan, and to burn up some fat
went for a walk and he pondered aloud
year I want to make Mrs. Claus proud.”
cut back on cookies, I’ll exercise more
buy cases of Slim Fast from the grocery store,
walk and I’ll jog and I’ll kick my own butt
I’ll crank up on Trim Spa and Hydroxycut,
glide and I’ll crunch on amazing devices
promise to give up those pizza pie slices”
Santa was planning the elves were awake,
guilt as they polished off Holiday cake.
huddled together ‘round the nicely trimmed tree,
thought of how nice trimming tummies would be.
they’d start with their own middle sections,
considered beginning growth hormone injections.
that didn’t pay off they’d go to the doc,
ask him to reset the fat burning clock.
follow Al Roker and staple their guts,
lipo the fat from their oversized butts.
Claus heard the rumblings and sensed desperation
recalled tuning in to a radio station,
a fitness professional helped people learn
method effective at making fat burn.
sent out an email, “oh Phil can you help,
husband is swallowing capsules of kelp,
North Pole’s abuzz with obesity woes,
where the solution lies nobody knows.”
Santa was once fit” she typed in her haste,
each year I’ve let out his Santa suit waist,”
was trim on our honeymoon in Bimini,
tonight I’m afraid he’ll get stuck in the chimney”
Kaplan responded and told Mrs. Claus,
the obesity cause.”
Florida state where the weather is warm
sent to the North Pole the program TRANSFORM!
Clauses with glee screamed “we’ll be leaner and tighter”
the reindeers are thrilled that their load will be lighter.
question that now begs to find a solution,
whether you’ll make one more failed resolution.
you’re caught up watching the late night TV,
fitness folk promise they’ll all set you free,
you’re reading the ads for the miracle pills,
for supplements promising to cure all your ills,
wise and get ready and make this one stick,
follow TRANSFORM! like your old pal Saint Nick,
payoff is grand, its fitness and more . . .
Body You Love in 2004!
We know most people
make resolutions related to fitness, and we also know most
of them fail. While people will indict a lack of willpower,
poor genetics, a hectic lifestyle, or lack of time, more often
than not the failure lies in one of these five mistakes or
1. Absence of Belief
- repeated attempts can cause hope to rise to the surface
come January 1, but hope doesn't always equate to belief.
Most people seeking fat loss are familiar with the resolution
route, and repeated bouts with perceived failure limit the
belief that it's possible. Although hope may be high, with
an absence of belief, people aren't likely to stick to the
program for any significant period of time. The recognition
that previous failures were actually the result of flawed
attempts using ineffective technologies combined with an understanding
of "what really works" can bring belief up to an
entirely new level, and that is an absolute prerequisite for
seeing the resolutions pay off.
2. A reliance upon
aerobic exercise - the first week of January people take
to the streets, walking or jogging believing that a commitment
to an exercise program means a commitment to aerobic exercise.
The aerobic classes in health clubs fill up, the "cardio
area" often has a waiting list, and miles and miles are
racked up from those who hope that the new program will bring
the desired results. Without, however, a concern for muscle
(meaning resistance training), aerobic programs can actually
lead to metabolic slowdown. Aerobic exercise is an essential
piece of the puzzle, but it is not the whole. A fat loss attempt
built solely around aerobic exercise is a pretty certain path
to long term frustration.
3. Not Eating Enough
- this year the South Beach diet is the rage, but this
is simply a reinvention of eating programs based on nutrient
avoidance or calorie deprivation. Whether you try to live
on cabbage soup, ice cream, or meals made entirely of protein,
if you do not take in adequate nutrients to maintain metabolic
function, metabolism will slow and weight loss will be short
lived. Historically weight loss resolutions fail. Historically
weight loss resolutions include a reliance upon a diet . .
. an ineffective technology.
4. Failing to
recognize the impact of both fat and sugar - our society
is now divided between the "avoid fat" preachers
and the "avoid carbs" evangelists. Supportive nutrition
isn't going to come from avoiding nutrients, but rather from
understanding their roles and their potential impact upon
our biochemistry. Saturated and hydrogenated fats are indisputable
contributors to our national obesity concerns, but avoiding
those fats isn't enough to ensure leanness. Most of the "fat
free" foods that attract those who believe fats are evil
and laden with sugar, be it glucose, high fructose corn syrup,
or the more confusing sugar alcohols. Frequent ingestion of
simple sugar alters pancreatic function to limit fat release
and position the body to efficiently add to its fat reserves.
Supportive eating asks you to make your food choices wisely,
getting valuable meals comprised of lean proteins, complex
starches, fibrous veggies, and essential fats. Trading fat
for sugar or vice versa is yet another sure fire path to a
5. False expectations
- 30 pounds in 30 days, lose 10 pounds in 48 hours, and
eat anything you want and lose weight like crazy are all promises
made by unscrupulous marketers capitalizing on America's want
for weight loss. These promises lead to a mistaken belief
that it is possible to lose fat quickly and easily. I teach
people to judge their fat loss progress in stages. First,
it's essential to stabilize blood sugar and the evidence that
it's "working" is a consistent elevation in energy.
With blood sugar stable, fat release can be consistent and
ongoing, but it cannot be judged by the scale. If you understand
that the body is not capable of shedding more than two pounds
of fat per week with any regularity, you'll understand why
false expectations can quickly lead to discouragement and
TRANSFORM! Program is designed to help you cut through
all of the nonsense, to help you completely understand the
strategy that allows you to gain control of your body composition
and your metabolism, and is guaranteed to begin your resolution
on the right foot. Let 2004 be the year you gain control.
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You Missed Any Updates:
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Update 10/15/03 - The 5
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Update 8/15/03 - Healthy Foods?
7/7/03 - Bars and Meal Replacements . . . What's Best?
6/9/03 - The Ab-solute Truth
4/20/03 - The Great Diet Debate & Atkins Revisited
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