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Sunday
Feb202011

Exercise Is More Than Just Calories Out

We all know many of the benefits associated with exercise. One that gets a lot of attention is the amount of calories we burn. But if you’re getting caught up in the numbers, it’s time to consider whether you’re sacrificing proper form, training at appropriate intensities — or even doing the right exercises — to achieve your goals.

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Sunday
Jan092011

How does your weight loss program measure up?

There are hundreds, if not thousands of weight loss program options available. It seems like each promises results. How is that possible? It’s not, but it sounds good, doesn’t it? The reality is, each individual is different – different in his or her metabolism, personality, lifestyle and motivation. Achieving optimal health and long-term weight management requires programs that take each of these factors into account. Considering the points below may help you avoid going down the wrong path with a different program. Before you jump into the “latest and greatest” weight loss program, consider what the program entails. The following are points that describe weight management programs at Life Time. If you’re considering something different, compare it to the points below.

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Thursday
Nov252010

6 Tips for Beating the Holiday Bulge

Most of us look forward to the holiday season with its events, activities, traditions and of course, the food. Is it possible to enjoy the holiday season without getting off track of your fitness program, or worse yet, gaining weight? It sure is. It may not always be easy, but with setting yourself up with some ground rules, you can enjoy holiday parties without overdoing the food and without starving yourself. The following are some ideas to help you enjoy the season and keep on track with your program.

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Sunday
Nov142010

More than Calories In, Calories Out: Effects of Exercise

How many calories did you burn? What was your average heart rate? These are questions we often ask following an exercise session. They are easy measures of how hard we worked during a training session, but they don’t tell the whole story. As we continue this series More Than Just Calories In, Calories Out, today we’ll look at the metabolic effects of exercise. As you’ll see, exercise impacts our metabolism and ability to manage weight in more ways than just increasing the calories we burn each day. By structuring a proper exercise routine, you can help repair a dysfunctional metabolism or maximize a healthy one.

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Sunday
Oct102010

Fish Oil for Fat Loss

Most people would love the idea of keeping their lifestyle the same as it has been, taking a supplement and changing their body composition. There is no pill that will lead to six-pack abs, sculpted shoulders or tightly toned thighs, but a new study in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition shows that fish oil can be a big help.

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Sunday
Aug292010

Making the Body a Better Fat Burner: Nutritional Supplements

Written by Tom Nikkola - Director of Nutrition & Weight Management

You eat well. You strength training consistently and do an appropriate amount of cardiovascular exercise. The weight might be coming off, but not at the pace you want it to. Maybe you hit a plateau. Maybe you’re happy with the results of your program, but wonder if there is something more you can do to accelerate your results. You may be wondering about those nutritional supplements that are supposed to help you shed body fat. The following article will hopefully give you some perspective on how to approach the decision of using fat-burning supplements. You may also learn that many of the nutritional supplements you thought were just for general health can actually have a significant impact on your ability to burn fat.

If you pick up most health and fitness magazines, you’ll find dozens of ads promoting various fat-burning supplements. There are no miracle supplements for weight loss, but there are certainly a large number of ingredients which have been shown to be useful for weight loss. For them to be effective, an individual must be following a consistent, appropriate nutrition and exercise plan. Though we’d all love to believe the models in fitness magazines pictured next to a weight loss supplement achieved their physique from just using that supplement, we all know in the back of our mind that it can’t be true. In fact, many of the models don’t even use the products they’re pictured with. So, before we look at how to use nutritional supplements to support weight loss, understand that no supplement will be a perfect, “one-size-all” solution. If you really want to maintain a healthy body weight and avoid the long-term effects of excess body fat, you MUST gain control over your nutrition and exercise program first.

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Thursday
Aug192010

Making the Body a Better Fat Burner: Pre and Post-Exercise Nutrition

You work hard, you sweat, you push yourself harder each time you exercise. You do what you think you need to do while you exercise to get leaner, stronger, healthier and generally more fit. Yet, most people don’t realize that the benefits of a great workout come in the hours and days following the exercise session. A training session is a stimulus to make your body change, but for that to happen, you must provide the right kind of nutrition before and after your workout, in addition to a good diet the rest of the day.

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