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Reach Your Resolution in 2013: January 1st

Welcome to 2013!  It’s a new year and for many, a chance to turn over a new leaf.  Resolutions abound–what are yours?  If weight loss happens to be on your radar, I’ve got a great series of posts coming your way in 2013.  Stay tuned for delicious (and waistline-friendly) recipes, weight loss tips, and strategies for dealing with those ever present obstacles we all face.

Speaking of which, let’s begin with a common obstacle that hits many hopefuls right out of the gates….

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Metabolism, Weight Loss, and Muscle Growth

Workout here. Play out there.

I recently received an email from a prospective client who is interested in making some big changes to his physique.  To paraphrase, this fellow is wanting to lose a large amount of weight (50+ pounds) while building muscle at the same time.  He also recently had his resting metabolic rate (RMR) measured (a service we offer at Gold’s Gym using indirect calorimetry) and would like to boost his RMR by 600 calories.  His question to me was whether I could help him reach those goals through a carefully crafted meal plan.  Here is my reply for your viewing pleasure!  (Some details have been changed to protect the innocent…)

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Making the Most of your Calories: Protein

Stroll down the diet and health aisle of your local bookstore (if you still have one) and you’ll see a myriad of diet books that each claim to hold the secret of getting thin and staying that way.  While high-protein diets are nothing new, the Atkins Diet really brought them back into the public eye after a long spell of low-fat plans.  Due to the huge popularity of Atkins, other high-protein/low-carb diets seemed to sprout up overnight.  All claimed that carbs made you fat and protein was the answer to your weight woes.  These diets did vary to some degree and offered up varying nutrient percentages.  While some eliminated entire food groups, others made more sensible recommendations.  But are high-protein diets really the way to go?  Just how much should you be eating?

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is it in you?

For your Sick-Day Survival Kit

Last week was officially the lost week.  The entire crew came down with some nasty strain of the stomach flu and it was no 24-hour bug.  Yeesh.  Anyway, as I struggled to keep myself and my family from the brink of serious dehydration, I was ever-so-happy that I had happened to pick up a big ole’ canister of Gatorade mix a couple months back.  While most folks think of Gatorade as merely a sports drink, it is supremely useful to have on-hand whenever dehydration threatens a trip to the ER.

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Fact or Fiction Friday!

So welcome to the first installment of Fact or Fiction Friday!  Have a question or topic you’d like to see addressed?  Send ’em my way and I’ll do my best to demystify, debunk, and otherwise shed light on your nutrition and fitness queries.

Today’s question is, “I heard that by doing a bunch of crunches I could whittle away the fat in my midsection.  Is it true that I can pick and choose where I shed body fat from?”

Sadly, this is fiction!  It is not possible to target and trim fat from specific body parts (also referred to as spot reducing).

It is a common myth that weight training or exercising a specific body part will result in isolated fat loss from that particular area.  While you will most certainly strengthen and develop the muscles you train, you’ve got to create an overall calorie deficit to lose body fat.  (As the saying goes, you might have a six-pack, but you’ve got to take it out of the cooler!)  Once a calorie deficit is created, the body simply taps into fat stores wherever they may be and this varies from person to person. While some may quickly lose weight around their face and arms, others may lose weight more quickly around their midsection or thighs.  Be patient and eventually the excess weight will come off!

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