In my six year experience as a personal trainer, I am constantly asked if we should be eating past a certain time. When I am asked the question, the client expects a quick yes or no answer. Unfortunately, it is not a black or white. From a calorie perspective, the timing of food has minimal importance. The most important factor is a caloric balance. But, nothing in life operates in a vacuum. We can't just look at calories in versus calories out when we are focused on overall health. We must look broader and include all the pillars of health.Read More
In a past article (click here), I went over how small frequent meals have no impact on your metabolism and that overall calorie consumption is the most important factor when it comes to metabolism. This week I will debunk the myth that fasting causes your metabolism to slow. I know at one time or another we have all had someone tell us this: “If you stop eating, your body will go into starvation mode and store fat to conserve energy.” But for most people, this couldn’t be further from the truth.Read More
In last week’s blog post I wrote about a fictional character who struggled to maintain a healthy lifestyle. He went to bed too late and neglected whole foods and exercise. Instead of eating nutrient dense foods and exercising throughout the week, he did the complete opposite. The lifestyle consisted of refined carbohydrates, fatty foods, and sedentary behavior. A diet high in processed foods and low in movement is a disaster waiting to happen. Add in a lack of sleep, and you have the perfect recipe for poor health. The risk of weight gain, disease and depression will increase substantially. Unfortunately, the vast majority of us are living with this diet. We have become a nutrient, sleep, and movement deprived society. But there is hope. We can change our behaviors and patterns. Granted, it will be challenging. And at times, you are going to want to quit and go back to your old ways. However, you can’t let that happen. You owe it to yourself and loved ones to take good care of your body. After all, you only get one body and mind.Read More
Calorie consumption doesn't determine how much weight we gain, calorie net balance does. Your calorie net balance refers to the number of calories you consume versus how many you burn. In order for someone to lose weight you have to be in a calorie deficit ( you expend more than you take in ) and if someone wants to gain weight then they need to be in a calorie surplus (consume more calories than you expend).
Do you remember when the world found out that Michael Phelps consumed 11 thousand calories a day?Read More