From the monthly archives:

March 2011

I just found this short video on PopSugarTV.

Now, I have to say I do enjoy watching videos like these. I’ve noticed that girls just love doing dance style workouts, and I heartily recommend having a go if this is your bag. Dancing is great fun and gets you very fit and remember it’s essential to mix up the sort of exercise you do so that you don’t get bored.

Getting bored makes it really very difficult to keep up any sort of exercise or diet plan so even if you’ve never done any kind of dance fitness video thing before, why not give it a go?

Ok, if you’re a blokey bloke then you might think it’s not very manly. I certainly wouldn’t go to a group dance workout thing but in the privacy of your own home it might be worth a blast.

The only trouble I’ve found is that these sort of videos can be, shall we say, distracting!

In this video celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson is teaming up with Nicole Richie for a new project. Nicole has been ramping up her fitness with regular stops by Tracy’s studio. Enjoy it, I know I did!

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The Biggest Loser

March 30, 2011

I found this nice interview on a small town website in America about a girl that tried and failed to get on The Biggest Loser show. But she went ahead and lost the weight anyway. Her comments are honest and refreshing. It’s never going to be easy for everyone to lose weight but I find it inspiring to see other people doing it. If they can do it, there’s no reason why I can’t.

Emily Mueller, 31, began working out with a personal trainer just nine months ago. She’s now lost 100 pounds from her earlier weight of 320.

Woodbury Patch: Have you always had a problem with your weight?

Emily Mueller: It probably started in junior high, just after I hit puberty. I was 16-18, size-wise. In high school I was about 30 pounds less than I am now. Now I’m at marriage weight.

Patch: How did you put the weight on?

Mueller: I ate everything and I didn’t lead a very active lifestyle. And I’d do swings where I’d eat too much and then not enough—there was no happy medium. I tried to lose it a couple times but could never find the motivation.

Patch: Was there a moment that inspired you to lose weight?

Mueller: My story’s different from a lot of people’s. My husband and I were trying to adopt, and after years of waiting the adoption fell through. I fell into a depression for a couple months and I woke up one day and said to myself: This is something I can control. And I went full-force into it.

Patch: Is the “Look Good Naked Boot Camp” as hard as it sounds?

Mueller: It’s very hard. It’s an hour long and we rotate between legs and upper body and hodgepodge: whatever they feel like doing. It’s a lot of interval stuff. It’s three or four days a week—I do four and work with a personal trainer two days a week and do a kettle bells class on the weekends. On my first day I was very nervous and halfway through it I started hyperventilating and they made me sit out the second half. Because I was financially invested and had a friend in the class, I came back. But that was a reality check. I look at those old photos and I knew I was heavy, but that’s not what I saw.

Patch: What about your diet?

Mueller: I’ve been told, and I believe it, that nutrition is 90 percent of weight loss. You can work out all you want but it’s not sustainable if you don’t have a healthy lifestyle. I was eating a lot of fast food and processed foods. Now I eat whole grains, turkey, chicken, fish, and lots of fruits and vegetables. And I make sure I get a certain amount of calories. It’s ingrained in women that you have to cut calories, but if you go back to eating that way you’ll gain the weight back.

Patch: How do you feel today?

Mueller: Amazing. It’s night and day to where I was nine months ago. I could barely tie my shoes and barely go up the stairs. Now I’m running up the stairs. I’ve hit so many goals I set for myself. Last summer I did an 18-minute mile, which is basically walking. The other day I ran/walked/jogged a mile in about 11 minutes.

Patch: Do you ever get discouraged?

Mueller: Yeah, and it’s still something that affects me. It’s a long process, and there are still moments when I think I can’t do this. Then I have to tell myself I can. My friends and my trainer help too, and my husband is a huge supporter.

Patch: Where do you go from here?

Mueller: Keep doing what I’m doing. I’m hoping for another 70 pounds. I started at 320 pounds and my goal weight is 150. I’m planning on running a 5K in June; that’s the first time I’ve ever done something like that. This is a lifestyle now. I’ll always be working out and eating healthy, and I hope it rubs off on my family members and friends.

Patch: What advice do you have for people battling the bulge?

Mueller: Take that first step. I’ve heard it said a lot: The toughest piece of equipment in the gym is the door. It takes a lot of guts. It’s not going to be easy, but anything that’s worthwhile is tough. Everything seems impossible if you’re not willing to put in the effort. If you’re willing to put in the effort, the possibilities are endless.

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The Dukan Diet

March 29, 2011

The Dukan diet is the latest fad diet that is doing the rounds these days.

Like most diets, this will make you lose weight, but also like most diets, it’s a nightmare to do and will most probably end up with you putting it all back on again once you’ve finished. Of course there will be exceptions to the rule that go on to live a healthy lifestyle, but I reckon most people will lose the weight, then be so sick of eating a restricted boring diet that at some point they will absolutely crave everything they’ve denied themselves during the diet… with predictable results.

According to some tabloids (so it must be true!) the diet is supposedly so effective that princess-to-be, Kate Middleton, is following the plan to shape up for her upcoming nuptuals to Prince William.

The Dukan Diet was created by French doctor Pierre Dukan more than 10 years ago as a treatment for obese people.

Essentially, it’s a four-phase, high-protein, low-calorie diet plan. There’s no weighing foods or counting calories. You eat as much as you want, at any time of day – as long as what you’re eating is lean protein, at least initially.

In fact, protein is the centrepiece in all four phases, along with oat bran, lots of water and a 20-minute daily walk. Vegetables are allowed in the second stage, followed by small amounts of fruit and wholegrains.

It’s much like the first Atkins diet. Dieters lose weight rapidly – as much as 1-2 pounds a day during the first phase – which Dukan says helps to instil lasting motivation. He promises that hunger will disappear after the third day.

However, the book warns that dieters may suffer from bad breath, constipation, dry mouth and fatigue – all consequences of low-carb, high-protein diets.

There are 4 phases to the diet, summarized below (excerpt from WebMD):

Phase 1, the “Attack” phase, is quite simple: Eat all you want of lean protein, along with 1.5 tablespoons of oat bran and 1.5 litres of water daily. That’s it. Dieters can choose from 72 lean or low-fat meats (excluding pork and lamb), fish, poultry, eggs, soya and non-fat dairy.

This is followed by the “Cruise” phase, which allows unlimited amounts of 28 non-starchy vegetables every other day along with a core diet of unlimited lean/low-fat protein and two tablespoons of oat bran. Carrots, peas, sweetcorn and potatoes are not on this list of vegetables but appear in the next phase.

Phase 3, “Consolidation,” allows unlimited protein (including pork and lamb) and vegetables every day, along with one piece of low-sugar fruit, two slices of granary bread, and one portion of hard cheese. Dieters can also have 1-2 servings of starchy foods and 1-2 “celebration” meals (in which you can eat whatever you want) per week during this phase.  In this phase, you begin the lifetime commitment of eating the core diet of pure protein one day each week, preferably the same day.

Phase 4, “Stabilisation,” is the maintenance portion of the plan. The author promises you can eat whatever you like without regaining weight if you follow his rules – one day a week, follow the same all-protein diet as in Phase 1, eat three tablespoons of oat bran a day and walk for 20 minutes daily and never take elevators or escalators.

Fancy that?

I tried the Atkins Diet a few years ago and I did indeed lose a lot of weight. But as you’ve seen I also put it all back on again. This one seems even worse.

Don’t be tempted by the thought of losing 1-2 pounds a day. I know it’s VERY tempting but remember just about every health professional recommends losing 1-2 pounds a week. And you can do this without stupid crash diets and you’ll lose the weight easily, gradually and permanently. Without getting bad breath!

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Call me a cynic, but don’t you find this kind of promotion just a little tedious?

Lea Michele looked great before her ‘new regime’, and I’m just a little suspicious that a great big back hander from Nike might just be the real motivation behind her promotion of Nikes new app.

Not that I blame her, most celebrites will use their status to make a quick buck, but ask yourself this… do you really think she’s the sort of role model to look to for you to lose weight? I mean, she’s a vegan for a start. Do you want to take diet tips from her? Hmm, lets see, do I really want that tofu salad?

No thanks. Right, I’m off for a bacon and egg sandwich…..

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