Monday, December 15, 2014

Why Your Last Diet Didn't Work!

Weight loss programs are not created equal!
Losing bodyweight is, essentially, a fairly simple thing to do.  Just cutting calories and moving more will usually reduce weight as the body uses fat, and often muscle tissue, for fuel.
What makes for a top weight loss program, however, is more than simple and temporary weight loss.  It should spike metabolic change, reduce fat stores without muscle tissue loss, and provide nourishment for the body to reduce inflammation and make blood sugar levels more ideal.  By feeding the body with what it truly needs, energy is higher, exercise capacities are greater, and long-term health is improved rather than reduced (as is the case with many commercial weight loss plans).  Safety and long-term efficiency should be as paramount as the quick reward!
"PPT's meal planning goes beyond the norm," explains Patrick Liddle, Perfect Personal Trainer and PPT nutritionist.  "Our meal plans are personalized based on each client's unique needs and lifestyle. That's what makes them so helpful and lasting."
But what's wrong with most diet plans?  "The problem with the everyday commercialized diet is that it doesn't prepare the body to keep the bodyfat off once it's gone, " explains Client Services Director, nutritionist and health coach Val Fiott.  "Without steps to improve metabolism and preserve muscle tissue, the excess weight is likely going to return.  The right exercise program combined with the right meal planning strategy won't let that happen."
"There is usually a lot of focus on making healthy food selections," continues Liddle.  "That's great for lifespan but eating healthy won't always bring the weight down - you have to choose the right amounts of what you're having."
So how do PPT's meal plans differ from the major commercial groups?
"Our fat loss services are very ambitious," explains Fiott.  "We're not just aiming for low-carb options and quick fat loss, but we're setting up the body to operate more optimally.  We're normalizing blood sugars, feeding the muscles, reducing inflammatory responses and even showing our clients how to have quick, convenient meals while in the middle of a busy day.  Most even report feeling 'full' after one of these low-calorie meals.  Best of all, meal planning is provided complimentary to our regular exercise clients!"
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Saturday, December 13, 2014

5 Surprising Things To Know About Your Workouts

Think you know fitness?  Our top physiologists' and health coaches' findings may surprise you!

#5.  Weight loss doesn't always mean fat loss.

This understanding is of paramount importance because people sometimes do more harm than good with their exercise.  A common scenario is to lose muscle tissue through cardiovascular and resistance/strength exercise (believe it or not, this happens to many!)  With weight coming down, people continue their efforts because they assume that they are losing fat, but what's really happening is that muscle tissue is being used for energy, and metabolism is being reduced instead of increased.

#4.  Training the same muscles on consecutive days hurts your fitness!

Much like the scenario described in #5, this scenario involves muscle tissue actually regressing (as opposed to progressing) with exercise.  Your muscles grow during their recovery period, which should generally be about 48 hours.  Without this period of time, muscles and metabolism usually cannot improve - even after the best-crafted fitness sessions.

#3.  Abdominal exercises won't show off your abdominals!

It's important to understand that conditioning a muscle group doesn't contribute greatly to burning bodyfat unless you line up several factors.  Even in the best scenarios, training a muscle group (such as the abdominals) won't specifically burn your bodyfat that is stored around those muscles. So, you'll achieve nice musculature, but you won't be able to see that musculature unless extra steps are taken to burn the fat that hides it. This same lesson goes for muscles of the butt, thighs, and arms:  Train the muscles because it's the healthy thing to do, but be sure your caloric balance is such that the excess fat gets lose on its own accord.

#2.  Arm & leg circumference measurements are misleading.

While they certainly have their place, checking circumference measurements of the arms and thighs can provide confusing results.  Here is why:  When you're conditioning your muscles, they generally get somewhat larger at some point in your program (even if you're not exercising at high capacities), thereby contributing to a larger circumference. Fat loss, of course, contributes to a lesser circumference.  While our professionals use circumference measurements for some equations relating to fitness science, it's helpful to know that some of the fat you lose in your arms or legs may be replaced with muscle, making your progress seem smaller than it really is!

#1.  Running is not recommended for fat loss.

While avid runners enjoy the benefits of conditioning their hearts and minimizing their body fat stores, they also run many risks - often negatively affecting their bones and joints unnecessarily.   While running has its advantages, there are other forms of cardiovascular exercise that are just as effective with far fewer risks of injury.  It's also safer in the long-term to perform cardiovascular exercise in varying planes of movement - some rotational and some lateral, in addition to the straight-forward motion of running. Additionally, most clients find exercises like rowing, swimming, or elliptical exercise to be more enjoyable due to the lack of impact.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Finding Fitness Motivation!

We've all been there:  You want something, but don't necessarily feel up to putting in the work or making the sacrifices necessary to achieve it.

Fitness and preventive health require more than occasional discipline.  They require consistency and a feeling of inspiration to accomplish each exercise session and make those important daily decisions for steps forward instead of backward.

Perfect Personal Trainer Aaron Dunn explains, "First, you need to want the outcome more than you want the inertia," explains Aaron.  "If you're more passionate about that extra hour of work than you are the hour of exercise, you'll miss your workout.  You have to really want your goal and have a way to remember that each day."

Client Services Director and ACE Health Coach Val Fiott elaborates, "One helpful tool is to keep a photo readily available of when you were at your desired fitness level.  Or, if you haven't yet gotten there at any point in the past, have a photo available of a celebrity or friend or someone who reminds you of just how fit and healthy you really want to be."

Patrick Liddle, long-time Perfect Personal Trainer and life coach, suggests making a list of pros and cons.  "When you begin your wellness program, actually write out all the reasons to exercise, to eat right, to go to bed at your bedtime, etc.  Then list all the reasons not to.  When you look back at that list each day, you'll see that the reasons to keep to your program outweigh the reasons not to.  It's a wake-up call in your own words."

"I think our clients sometimes forget what it is they are fighting for," explains Val Fiott.  "Your PPT program isn't just there to help you look better and have greater sex appeal, but to improve your memory, to keep you out of the hospital, and to keep your muscles and joints working without fail into old age.  Why let your body's mechanics slowly fall apart when they don't fully have to?  Our programs, when followed in each discipline, keep our clients energetic, relatively pain-free and strong throughout the aging process.  Those are huge reasons to stay the course!"

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