15Oct
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When is the best time to weigh yourself?

What is the best time to weigh yourself? Is it best to weigh in the morning? Or is it best at night? What is the best time?

Before weighing yourself, do not step on the scale if you have had a big meal. Other dieters have a serious addiction to the scale. They go so far as to weigh themselves before and after each and every meal. The fact is everyone’s weight can vary from five to ten pounds daily depending on the water weight in your body at the time.

Drinking just two eight ounce glasses of water can translate to one to two pounds of weight. If you have just drank water, save yourself the trouble and do not weight yourself. When weighing yourself, it is best to do it before drinking anything or eating, and after going to the bathroom. Experts also advise weighing yourself at the same exact time each week to get an accurate picture of your weight.

It is also important not to discount weighing yourself. The scale is a very useful tool. The scale can tell you if you are consuming to many or not enough calories. It can tell you if you are at your goal weight or if you are at the target BMI. It is a useful tool, just not the only tool to use.

The trouble with scales is to many women over use them and do not use them as tools yet use them as the only measure. They feel like if the scale isn’t moving they are not progressing. It doesn’t matter if they lose inches, if they aren’t losing pounds, they are not a success. Women must learn to not put so much into number they see in the scale. That number cannot define you, unless you let it.

16Sep
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Paleo Diet, Is it the newest Trend?

It seems lately everywhere you turn, someone is telling you about their new way of eating. They may refer to this way of eating as the Caveman Diet or Stone Age Diet. This way of eating on paper is simple. If the food is something that would have been available to a caveman, you can eat. If not, you have to pass on the food. A panel of experts examined this diet and found the diet to be a good sound diet, but may be hard to maintain long term. Simply put, it is not practical in modern times. So why are thousands, maybe even millions of people worldwide gravitated to this way of eating?

The reason this eating plan is so successful now is because it implements natural whole foods into the the diet. We can all benefit from more natural foods, however; where this diet lacks is not using grains. Grains if chosen wisely are not only a great choice to receive fiber but is a healthy way to receive carbohydrates. The fact that the creators of the eating plan removed many carbohydrates from the plan is why it is classified as a low carb diet, yet the creators claim is not low carb.

This diet is probably not great for someone who does not like fish. Sure, you could eat chicken or lean meat instead, but may not have the whole nutritional benefit. The point of using mostly fish is that this is what early cavemen ate mostly. Killing a cow or other animal was a lot harder work than fishing or gathering fruits or vegetables.

In conclusion, this way of eating is not for everyone. The way the eating plan is set up, it could lead to binging. The lack of complex carbohydrates may temporarily give the person a feeling of lethargy. Once they get used to eating less complex carbohydrates, the energy will return. This way of eating is for the dedicated and highly disciplined because it is hard to maintain. The best way to know if this diet is right for you is to try it out. Try the way of eating for three weeks. If it is not easy for you to follow or doesn’t fit in your lifestyle, try something new. Trying new things is a very healthy behavior.

The Skinny on Heart Rate Monitors

Heart rate monitors are a very neat little device. They can tell you exactly how many calories you have burned. There are so many models that there is one for everyone. They can be a great tool for losing weight or blasting fat off your body.

Heart rate monitors come in chest strap models and touch models. What this means is you can have continual monitors through a chest strap or just touch the watch to get your heart rate. To apply the chest strap, you simply apply water or a lubricant to the electrode side of the strap and wrap around your pectoral area. The monitor will pick up your heart rate constantly. The touch heart rate monitor is used by touch the metal part on the front of the watch. After a few seconds the watch will give you your heart rate. It will use this information to calculate the calories burned.

In order to set a heart rate monitor up you need to input information about yourself in the watch so it can accurately display the calories burned. You will need to put your height, weight, age, gender, and target heart rate zone. There are some models that will let your input a VO2Max. Those models are suppose to be the most accurate.

Heart rate monitors are not required to lose weight, but they sure do help. They will tell you if you are working hard enough in your workout. It will tell you the estimate of calories you need to add to your diet for that day if you eat your calories back after exercising. Some models will also tell you your steps you take each day. This will assist you in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

The most popular heart rate monitors are Polar models, Timex models and Reebok Models. They all feature back strap and touch models. Timex has a model that is a pedometer and heart rate monitor in one. It will tell you your total calories burned through out the day, which is neat feature. Another popular device which is not technically a heart rate monitor is a Fitbit. This device will track steps, stairs, and sleep patterns. It also will sync will Myfitnesspal website.

In closing, a heart rate monitor or pedometer is not required but does help make losing weight a little easier. It takes the guesswork out of calories burned in exercise which help you not over estimate or under estimate your calorie burned. If the price of about 75$USD is to steep for your budget, consider giving yourself 50 cents to 1$ each time you exercise. It could only take two months this way to save for the water/pedometer.

Welcome to FitnessNearYou!

How exciting! Our first blog post for FitnessNearYou in what will be a long line of many more to come, not only featuring the crew at FitnessNearYou, but also guest bloggers from the fitness industry.

 

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