Friday, June 26, 2009

Diet: The 7 deadly sins of weight loss

Weight loss tips

I came up with 7 of my top weight loss tips of things to steer clear of and I’d like to share them with you today.

So without further explanation let’s get right to “the 7 Deadly Sins of Weight Loss!”

1. Inflammatory Foods

The big problem with this one is that you may have no idea that the food you thought was healthy for you is actually killing your weight loss hopes! Seriously, we’ve been led to believe that processed wheat flour is actually a whole grain and is good for us… I have news for you – processed wheat flour is not your friend when it comes to total health and weight loss.

2. Cardio

Yes, I said cardio. The days of doing long distance cardio for an hour to lose weight is super inefficient and is a band-aid approach to getting in shape. It works for a while and then your body adapts, injuries set in, your metabolism drops, and the results stop coming…

3. Mini-Cheats

“Mini-cheats” are what I call cheat meals that sneak in day-in and day-out either without you being aware of them, or thinking that they don’t matter. Trust me, they do matter and although no single one will make a huge difference the cumulative effect is devastating and leaves you scratching your head trying to figure out why you haven’t lost weight.

4. Stress

Some people could make the argument that stress can actually cause weight loss… and they would be right, but only temporarily. Stress (a hormone) is one of the top reasons people can’t lose weight even when they’re doing everything else right. Stress can come in many forms and in all areas of your life (work, family, friends, sleep, lifestyle, eating, etc) so be on the lookout.

5. Sugar

I’m pretty sure you already guessed that sugar was going to make the list, but did you know it is arguably the most poisoness substance you consume on a daily basis? I’m not exaggerating either… The problem is it’s everywhere! In fruit juices, soda, processed flour (hidden), alcohol, granola… everywhere – yikes!

6. Lack of Sleep

Why lack of sleep you ask? It’s because a lack of sleep heavily contributes to the stress factor we talked about. And if you don’t get enough sleep you’ll be too tired to make positive and healthy decisions like sticking with your nutrition and exercise program. This is a BIG ONE.

7. Fear of Weights

If a I had a nickel for every person who told me they don’t lift weights because they want to get smaller not bigger I’d probably be sitting on a gazillion dollars (that’s a lot). Here’s the secret we use to help clients lose 5 lbs in less than 7 days: We shock the body by using specific resistance exercises that contribute to more than 30% of their metabolism. You’ll not only create more tone in your muscles, but you’ll prevent the skinny fat look that many runners inherit from wasting away their lean muscle (metabolism).