Trying to lose fat or build muscle? You might be making progress—even if the number on the scale seems to say otherwise. Instead of the scale, consider these better progress indicators.
The squat is one of the body’s most fundamental movement patterns. In fact, it’s quite possibly the most important exercise you can do.
After all, you squat whenever you sit down and stand up. Getting into a car requires both a squat and a twist. Read on for even more benefits of squats you may not have known about – and how to do them correctly.
Foods can offer near-zero nutritional value and still improve some aspects of overall health. Plus, referring to food as “junk” creates a “good food” vs. “bad food” dichotomy that does more harm than good. This article isn’t for the carrot-eaters. This article is for the majority, who love these foods but also often experience an internal conflict around them. If you love junk food, you CAN include it in your diet, without feeling guilty or worrying that it’ll ruin your health. There are three reasons why.
First and foremost, “healthy” is not about outward appearance in my opinion. To me, a healthy person has energy, vitality, mobility, and balance. Whether a person’s scale weight or body type plays a part in that can vary widely based on the individual. I believe that your best weight is whatever weight you are when you’re practicing the healthiest lifestyle that you actually enjoy living. That means if you like to exercise five days a week, but you also want to have pizza with your kids on Friday nights, your ideal weight is that where you can do both of those things and feel good about it. Because while being at a healthy weight is important, so is living your life.
The primary hormones affecting weight, and especially fat stores, are insulin, cortisol, thyroid, and sex hormones. While everyone will experience a unique combination of hormone imbalances that result in an inability to lose weight, the two most likely to be an issue for most people, regardless of gender, are insulin and cortisol.
Although you probably rationally know that it takes time to see the benefits of training and healthy eating – really accepting this fact is another thing entirely. Many people start an exercise program only to quit when they don’t see dramatic results in a few weeks. Unfortunately, the weight you want to lose took quite a while to get there – and so it’s not going to simply drop off in a few weeks either.
Many people say a lack of willpower is their most significant barrier to making positive changes in their lives. Oftentimes this becomes an all-or-nothing belief, where willpower is something external to us, that we either have or don’t have. In fact, the opposite is true. Rather, it’s all about balance, and reworking our approach to our goals and expectations.
It’s officially the holiday season again – and with it, the endless parade of food and treats from now through year’s end that, historically for a majority of Americans, leads to 7 to 10 extra pounds by the time we’re singing Auld Lang Syne. So now’s a perfect time for some easy strategies to help beat the holiday bulge.
Many people blame their metabolism as a reason beyond their control for why they are overweight, claiming those gifted with a “better” metabolism can eat anything they want and never gain pound. Metabolisms seem to be either fast or slow, high or low. But just what is your metabolism, then? What role does it play in body weight and body composition (muscle vs. fat tissue)? And how does exercise influence metabolism?
Call it the midsection, core, belly, muffin top, spare tire, or something else – we all have one and we all struggle with getting, and keeping, it looking the way we want.