Maureen Fraîche

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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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Easy Swaps on the Run

Let’s be real.  It is hard to lose weight if you’re eating out very often.  Greasy burgers and fries will bounce that calorie budget before you’ve even had the chance to lick the salt from your fingers.  That said, sometimes you find yourself staring down a drive-thru menu and hoping for the best.   Here are a few easy swaps that will help you stay on track.

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Taking Inventory

Let’s say you want to make some changes to the way you eat.  Perhaps your doctor is threatening meds for that unchecked cholesterol.  Or you’ve finally resolved to deal with that leftover baby weight.  Maybe you’d like to actually finish that race you signed up for.  Whatever the reason, changing your eating habits can be both challenging and overwhelming.  How do you even begin to tackle such a feat–especially if it really involves some lifestyle overhaul?

You’ve got to start with where you’re standing…and how did you get here?  Your eating habits are very much intertwined with every other aspect of your life, including your upbringing.  Nothing occurs in a void.  While you could definitely print off some meal plan and dive right in, odds have it you won’t last long and worse, you’ll almost assuredly regain every pound you lost and then some.  So instead of adopting some temporary means to a temporary end, why not do a little prep work and change for good?

Where is your starting line?

Coconut Oil

A close friend recently asked for my take on coconut oil.  It seems like coconuts have been all the rage lately, particularly coconut water, coconut milk, and coconut oil.  But what’s so special about coconuts?  Is this just a bunch of baseless hype?  Or is coconut oil a worthy addition to your grocery list?

Let’s start with a quick break-down.

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Figuring out weight loss… …minus the gimmicks.

Thanks to the booming diet industry, supplement-funded magazines, and tabloid-circulated celebrity eating plans, there is a ton of confusion out there regarding the ‘right way’ to lose weight.

Despite what you’ve been sold, there is no silver bullet when it comes to weight loss.  Your weight is simply a balance between the calories (or energy) you eat and the calories you burn.  Call it the Dieter’s Law of Thermodynamics.  If you consume more calories than your body needs, your body is frugal and will squirrel away the extra energy as fat for later use.  On the other hand, if you consume fewer calories than you burn, your body will have to tap into these fat stores and other tissues to make up the difference, which will ultimately result in weight loss.  Therefore, the trick to weight loss is to create a calorie deficit.

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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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