Congratulations on taking control of your health by caring for your body and feeding it what it needs to be slim, healthy, and vibrant! If you’re like me, you really want to look and feel great! Battling excess weight can be one of the most frustrating, challenging, and emotionally draining experiences on earth. Many people struggle with a never-ending battle to lose weight and get healthy. Despite the numerous fad diets, exercise regimens, and magic pills for weight loss, Americans continue to grow larger and larger year after year.
Hopefully you read over the last two blog posts and learned that neither fat nor carbohydrates are the reason for the obesity crisis. They both have benefits and are needed in a healthy diet. However, you must be weary of food products are high in both fat and carbohydrates (i.e pizza, burgers, ice cream, etc). This combination of the two is what causes overconsumption and disease. Luckily for us, protein drives satiety (a feeling of of fullness) and helps us fight against the obesity crisis. Scroll down to learn how:
In the last installment of Fitness Myths I went over how small frequent meals have no impact on your metabolism and that overall calorie consumption is the most important thing when it comes to metabolism. This week I will debunk the myth that fasting causes your metabolism to slow down, when in reality, fasting will actually speed up your metabolism.
I know we have all heard it before,
“If you stop eating, your body will go into starvation mode and slow down your metabolism to conserve energy.”
I am not sure when this myth started or how it gained its popularity. Maybe it is due to a multi billion dollar industry that relies on people consuming snacks throughout the day in order for it to make a profit. But I digress. The myth states that when you consume smaller meals throughout the day your metabolism will increase more versus larger less frequent meals. This is based off the concept of thermodynamics. Put simply, when you consume calories your body requires energy to digest that food. Therefore, if you eat more frequently then your body would have to use more energy to digest the food, and this is completely correct. Unfortunately, your metabolism doesn’t care about how many meals you consume, all it cares about is the total number of calories.
During my two day fast I was leaving work and walking to the metro station to head home for the day. I was hungry, but I wasn't starving and I was functioning perfectly fine. As I walked down the street of downtown los angeles, I came across a woman sitting on the street corner with a sign,
'Need money for food, haven't eaten in days, thank you"
At first glance, the sign did nothing for me and I walked passed her. I continued to walk, but something pulled me back. I can't explain it, I just knew I had to do something. I walked to the nearest restaurant and asked for a menu. I took the menu and brought it to the lady. In today's society she would not be considered beautiful, and her eyes were no different. They lacked life, they had no hope, and they were filled with pain. She was older, skin scarred, wrinkled and lacked muscle. It was obvious that she was malnourished and needed a meal.
So I handed her the menu, "Go ahead, pick whatever you want from the menu, it's on me."
2016 was a great year for me and Rokiskyfitness. I graduated from East Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science as a health fitness specialist. I passed the CSCS test and became a certified strength and conditioning coach. From there, I moved across the country to start my internship at Equinox in Downtown Los Angeles. The internship consisted of 12 unpaid weeks totalling 480 hours. It was a humbling experience and made me realize that there's still plenty of work to do. Fortunately, they brought me on as a personal trainer. The job has been filled with long days and 60 hour + weeks, but it has been an amazing learning experience and the staff feels like family. So don’t feel sorry for me, I love my job and look forward to more 60 hour + weeks.