Thursday, March 17, 2011

What makes a GOOD Workout?

Hi there,

I have been answering a lot of questions on my "One Pound At A Time" Blog today..

and I will be answering questions on our Facebook page at 2pm here:

But a lot of people are saying, they don't feel sore, or exhausted, or don;t see changes the day after...

So what makes a GOOD WORKOUT?

Well that depends...

If you went to the Gym and did a 10 minute warm up, 3-4 exercise for your lower body, 2-3 upper body exercises, 2 core exercise, kept your repetitions at 10-12 per exercise + 10-15 minutes of cardio to finish, some might say that's a good workout..

Well you are training for a marathon it's NOT..if you are training to get faster at Soccer it's NOT, if your goal is to get more lean muscle and get stronger it's NOT good for that either.

What is you went to the Gym for 2 hours..Did a Step class, a spin class, and did some weight training that a good workout?

If you want to get better a Step and spinning ...YES...other than that it's NOT

You see a Good workout is a Workout that Supports your Fitness Goal in the most efficient way possible..

Just because you are not sore the next day, or don't feel like you are going to puke doesn;t mean you didn't get a good workout..

The next factor in a good workout is YOUR INDIVIDUAL EFFORT..PX90 is a good workout for Fat burning , but if you sit there watching the DVD and don;t do the NOT a good workout it?

If you go to the gym, and have a cool workout to follow, and you half ass it..that's not a good workout either.

So, with that being said...EATING has to support your workout program..and I won;t get into that now, but it is just as important.

Now..BOOTCAMP..a 45 minute time circuit class...Full Body workout done in a circuit using timed intervals...

Is that good for Fat Burning? Well..I love FACTS..and NUMBER Don't for all of you folks that enjoy that kind of thing

I have 3 More Studies below..on the effectiveness of a 45 minute workout and it's EPOC effects..

What is EPOC? something cool that you get by training this's make your body burn more calories at rest after your workout.

Here are the studies:

Knab et al.

A 45-Minute Vigorous Exercise Bout Increases Metabolic Rate for 14 Hours.

Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2011 Feb 8.

These researchers had subjects undergo a bout of cycling at approx 73% of VO2 max (approximately 84% of max heart rate) for 45 mins.

The subjects burned on average 520 calories in the 45 min training session. The following day their resting energy expenditure was increased an average of 190 cals compared to normal. Basically - the subjects burned an additional 37% MORE calories than the workout itself in the 14 hour post workout period -- meaning that a single high-intensity session, when including the post-workout metabolic boost could burn up to 710 cals in total.

A second study

Heden et al.

One-set resistance training elevates energy expenditure for 72 h similar to three sets.

European Journal of Applied Physiology. Volume 111, Number 3, 477-484, Mar 2011

The subjects were put on a very simple resistance training routine - full body training, either 1 or 3 sets per exercise of ten exercises.

The researchers then examined the subjects resting energy expenditure at 24, 48 and 72 hours post workout. Both groups showed an elevated metabolism (afterburn effect) of around 100 cals per day.

But there was no difference between groups. It seems that it's intensity that determines how many calories are burned post-workout, not volume (obviously a higher volume program would burn more calories during the session than a lower volume program.

A third study confirmed this:

Scott et al.

Energy expenditure characteristics of weight lifting: 2 sets to fatigue.

Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2011 Feb;36(1):115-20.

The researchers looked at the caloric expenditure of bench pressing using three different loads and concluded "As more work is completed (i.e., lower weight, more repetitions), aerobic and anaerobic exercise energy expenditures appear to increase accordingly, yet absolute EPOC remains essentially unchanged". In other words - the post workout caloric burn (in this case measured aerobically)

One more:

Astorino et al.

Effect of acute caffeine ingestion on EPOC after intense resistance training.

J Sports Med Phys Fitness. 2011 Mar;51(1):11-7.

This study showed a 15% increase in post-workout calories burned after the ingestion of caffeine as a pre-workout supplement. The total extra calories burned as a result of this only added up to around 27 cals in the hour after the workout. Not a lot but still something to consider. Plus I like iced coffee :)


Rafael Moret,CSCS, NASM-Cpt

Sunday, March 6, 2011

The Last Place You Want To Store Fat

How to lose weight fast
By Cassandra Forsythe-Pribanic, PhD, RD
There are certain nutrients in our diet that prevent us from accumulating fat in places we definitely don’t want it, like our liver.
These nutrients are called lipotropic factors and their major role in our body is to enhance fat metabolism and avoid fat build-up in our essential organs.
At the same time, they can help you win the battle against a widening waistline and make you feel more comfortable in your “skinny” jeans. To get them, you have to eat the right foods on a regular basis (and, by ‘right’, I mean whole eggs and unprocessed foods), and benefit from supplements that contain them in ideal proportions.

The most important of these lipotropic nutrients include choline, inositol, and methionine.
Before we expand on their functions, let’s first look at why you should be more concerned than you probably are about fat accumulation in your liver.

Fat Liver, not Fat Albert

It’s been estimated that 70-100 million Americans are walking around with excess fat in their livers. For some of them, this condition has been induced by alcohol abuse, but for just as many others, it’s more a result of excess carbohydrate and simple sugar intake (nutrients that your liver loves to turn into fat when taken in more quantities than the body needs) coupled with lack of important nutrients.

Because we live in a society where carbs and sugar are the staple of most people’s diet (think cereal, sandwiches, chips, pasta and dessert), it’s easy to see why our guts and thighs are not just over-fat, but so are our livers.
Our livers are needed for everyday basic functioning and perform over 500 metabolic actions. It’s major roles include helping us breakdown dietary fat with the use of bile (which it creates), converting sugars to fat, helping make amino acids, producing hormones, and detoxifying our bodies. If our livers become overloaded with fat, these basic functions can be altered or discontinued.
It may be surprising, but for the many people that have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), not all of them are overweight or obese (like our 1970’s Fat cartoon friend, Fat Albert), and many have no major symptoms at all other than being tired, retaining water, or feeling weak. Even elevated liver enzymes are not always seen (which you would expect with all that fat).

This guy might not have a fatty liver
As mentioned, excessive sugar intake has been related to NAFLD – it’s been found in a person who drank more than 20 bottles of full-sugar soda every day and ate very little fat (Zelmn S, 1952). However, it also occurs as a result of a diet deficient in the lipotropic nutrients, especially choline and methionine (Harper & Benton, 1955)

Choline, Inositol and Methionine to the Rescue!

Although not technically a B-vitamin, choline is considered one because of its essential role in metabolism – especially the breakdown and removal of fats. Some of it can be made in the body from the two amino acids methionine and serine, but much of it comes from our diets.
Choline works synergistically with the other lipotropic factor inositol to shuttle fat produced in the liver, or eaten in our diets, in VLDL particles to be burned for energy by our cells. Thus, if we lack these nutrients, it impairs our ability to take fat out of our liver and send it into the blood stream to be excreted or used to make energy.

Evidence for the role of choline and methionine in protecting the liver goes back at least half a century, when researchers showed that lack of choline and methionine caused liver fatty infiltration (Harper and Benton, 1955).
Choline is found in highest quantities in egg yolks, liver, and wheat germ, with smaller amount found in nuts, fatty meats and vegetables. Inositol is found in similar foods, as well as milk and some whole grains.

Considering that our fat-phobic society avoids egg yolks and fatty meats, and that eating liver is not very pleasant, it’s no surprise that we are lacking these nutrients and as such more and more people are being diagnosed with fatty liver disease.
One good thing is that we can use methionine, which is an amino acid found in foods containing protein, to make more choline, but it may not be enough alone.

How much?

The amount of choline needed to protect our livers depends on if you’re a man or a woman; the dose recommended for men is 550 mg/day and for women, 425 mg/day. Considering that egg yolks contain 125 mg choline and they’re the highest sources, you’re probably not getting enough.
The recommended intakes for inositol has not yet been set, and no adverse effects have been seen with doses of as much as 500mg. Adequate intakes of methionine are often achieved in most people’s diets.

Fat Loss with Lipotropic Nutrients

In relatively healthy people, getting adequate choline, inositol and methionine from both diet and supplements can help prevent fat accumulation in your liver and fight against widening fat cells in your body. Including foods like egg yolks, nuts, seeds, meats, fish, poultry and wheat germ on a daily basis while avoiding sugary foods and high carbohydrate foods, will definitely help you achieve a healthier, and leaner body than you’ve ever had before.

If you have ever wondered why we choose the nutrients we do to put in our products this is why. For example our Prograde Metabolism was built from research just like this. When you look at the ingredients label you will see we included choline, methionine and inositol. We call it the Ultra CID Blend and this is our proprietary lipotropic blend.
You will also see on the label that we included Cinnamon for blood glucose control. If you don't know the reserach behind Cinnamon you can read it by clicking here.
You may also wonder why we included certain B-vitamins and how they relate to weight loss. Actually they are pretty important to energy metabolism and you can learn more about that by clicking here.
Two big powerhouses in Prograde Metabolism are Capsaicin and Green Tea Extract. There are specific amounts of each of these nutrients based off of tons of reserach that has been conducted on these two ingredients to hone in on the amount needed to see beneficial metabolism boosting and weight loss. You can read more about these two powerhouses at the links below.

The Powerful Weight Loss Benefits of Green Tea Extract

Fight Bodyfat With Capsaicin?

If you have already read this information then you know that Prograde Metabolism is not your run of the mill weight loss supplement. When combined with proper nutrition and exercise Prograde Metabolism provides you the nutrients you need to boost your metabolism and burn more calories for greater weight loss.
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* About NAFLDL
* Quality of Life in Adults with NAFLD, Hepatology, 2009:
* The liver in obesity. Zelman S, 1952. AMA Arch Intern Med. Aug 90(2).
* Observations on some Nutritional Factors that Influence the Lipotropic Activity of Methionine. Harper & Benton, 1955: