Keys to weight loss & fitness maintenance!
1. Consistency. Remaining diligent week after week. Even when you don't feel like going to the gym, going and walking on the treadmill is something. It keeps you in the habit of going and boosts your mood. Maybe after that walk you'll feel energized enough to do some strength training...but if not, don't beat yourself up over it. You went...you're remaining consistent.
2. Slow and steady wins the race. This isn't the Biggest Loser and honestly Biggest Loser style weight loss is unrealistic and not sustainable, Period!
you noticed that women tend to be the "Cardio Queens" of exercise. Walk
into any gym and there's a clear split, men are in the weight room and
women are on the treadmills, ellipticals and bikes. Women typically
don't like to do strength training for a few reasons.
1. They don't want to "bulk up" or look like a man
2. They don't know what to do with weights because no one ever showed them how. Sad but true.
3. Weight rooms, weight machines and free weights can be very intimidating.
Why the Scale LIES~Part 2
Another factor that can influence the scale is glycogen. Think of
glycogen as a fuel tank full of stored carbohydrate. Some glycogen is
stored in the liver and some is stored the muscles themselves. This
energy reserve weighs more than a pound and it’s packaged with 3-4
pounds of water when it’s stored. Your glycogen supply will shrink
during the day if you fail to take in enough carbohydrates. As the
glycogen supply shrinks you will experience a small imperceptible
increase in appetite and your body will restore this fuel reserve along
with it’s associated water.
Why The Scale Lies~Part 1
by Renee Cloe,
ACE Certified Personal Trainer
We’ve been told over an over again that daily weighing is unnecessary,
yet many of us can’t resist peeking at that number every morning. If you
just can’t bring yourself to toss the scale in the trash, you should
definitely familiarize yourself with the factors that influence it’s
readings. From water retention to glycogen storage and changes in lean
body mass, daily weight fluctuations are normal. They are not indicators
of your success or failure.