Will Fasting Hurt My Weight Loss Efforts
Apr 24th, 2014 by

Will Fasting Hurt My Weight Loss Efforts
Today's question comes from a reader who has started on the road to fitness, by employing a number of different strategies to make it happen. So far, he is down 12 pounds, which is a fine start.

He is exercising a minimum of five days a week and tries to do something every day. This is perfectly fine, so long as you don't do something strenuous every day. Many people walk every day, for instance, and don't even really consider that part of their exercise program. They count what they do, other than walking, as exercise, like lifting weights, doing bodyweight exercises and so on.

He also has made significant changes in what he eats, eliminating almost all packaged food and going with protein, fruit and vegetables. He still eats a couple of Snickers bars and a bag of pork rinds a week, which isn't good for you, but let's remember that he has lost twelve pounds in five weeks.

He heard about what is called "intermittent fasting," and wanted to know if it's helpful, or harmful.

Now, before I tell you what I think, let me tell you that this is a very controversial idea in the fitness community, where the sentiment runs heavily against the idea. All the trainers, diet experts and nutritionists are heavily invested in regular meals, on some kind of schedule, and they have a whole laundry list of reasons why this approach won't work, or is harmful...and won't work.

They will tell you that you'll lose muscle tone, strength, energy... and that your body will go on the fritz quickly, which can only be remedied by eating the way they tell you.

By the way..."intermittent fasting" means that you abstain from food for one or two days a week. (So this definitely is not for everyone.)

So let's boil it down for Bubba.

Will it hurt you, or help you?

It certainly won't hurt you...provided that you're in pretty good shape...with no serious health problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and so on. You could probably do it, even with those problems, but you definitely need to see your doctor first and get the okay. (This is common sense, but....)

Will it help?

Last week, I talked about the first rule of weight loss, which simply put is: In order to lose weight, you must take in fewer calories than you are taking in at present. I used the 3000 calories a day figure, dropping the number to 2500, and multiplying out the number over a year.

So lets apply this to fasting, using one day a week. Let's assume you have already dropped your 3000 calories a day to 2500 calories a day and you've been doing this for a while...with no ill effects... and you're losing weight. Your net drop in calories is 3500 calories a week. Now with a fast (for 24 hours), you are dropping another 2500. That's upping the ante to 6000 calories a week. This certainly should speed up your weight loss, provided that you do not overcompensate when you break your fast (ie.,eating over 2500 calories).

Will you lose muscle tone? Will your energy level go down?

No. Tests have shown that none of the things the fitness community claims will happen...actually do happen. It's just another in the long list of "Gym myths," which are too numerous to count.

Dr. Bill is an orthopaedic surgeon and author. He recommends this pharmaceutical grade fish oil for more energy, reduced joint pain and increased heart health.

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Walk to the Nearest Stairway and Take the Stairs
Mar 18th, 2014 by Aldouspi

stair climbing

"Whoooooo that was harder than I thought?!" I muttered to myself after climbing 10 flights of stairs with my backpack. I had been running late for a meeting in New York's Flat Iron District last week and instead of using the notoriously slow elevator, I had decided to the take the stairs. What an experiment that was!

My legs were burning and I noticed my heart rate had escalated. What gives? I am an athlete. Plus, I just returned from Patagonia where I went on numerous 20 mile hikes, yet I found myself feeling challenged after just a few minutes of stair climbing.

We have always heard sayings like, "take the stairs" or "park farther away," but do you know why it is important to do so?

Reports have been coming out recently about the benefits of standing vs sitting or how being sedentary for long periods of time can lead to a higher risk of heart disease - even if you workout!I am constantly on the go, so I never really sit down for too long. However, most people are not as lucky and find themselves sitting in their offices for extended periods of time.

More On Stair Exercises

Stair Exercise 1: (The Stair Lunge) This is the exercise that will blast your glutes and hamstrings more than just about anything that I can think of. You need to make sure that the stairs you are using are relatively high like something you would find in a stadium at a high school or college. If you don't have access to either type of facility then you can look at your local park or if you have stairs of relative height at home you can make it work by simply doing more reps.

To start, begin your lunges from the bottom of the stairs. One round or set is counted by going all the way to the top and back down. To lunge you want to step by taking a big enough stride to cover 2 to 3 steps at a time. Lengthen your stride and simply climb.


Do a bit of stair walking in my home because it really does increase the heart rate. Great for people who work behind a desk all day - it's great exercise and keeps the blood flowing! You can also do this at work, perhaps during your lunch hour.

Sitting for long periods of time can be detrimental not only to your muscles and joints, but also to the way your body breaks down sugar. It is a bitter pill to swallow: the technologies that make our lives easier also make us unhealthier.

Doing small everyday activities, like taking the stairs in your work building, is one way to add great ancillary exercises into your daily life. It's time to loosen and strengthen your muscles to avoid the dreaded "secretary ass"

There are no excuses why you cannot take the stairs either. So you work on the 80th floor? Great, get off at the 75th floor or even the 78th floor. Take the stairs up a few flights before you head out to lunch and the elevator back down if need be. The opportunities are endless for you if you just think outside of the box.

Start slow though. Walk a flight of stairs and add a flight each day. Think how easy this could be for you. You enter your building in the morning and head out for lunch and then leave for home in the evening…that is 3 times up and 3 times down.

Do a few flights of stairs each time and I can guarantee you will like the way your body responds. Take a look at the chart below and keep in mind the amount of calories burned climbing stairs will depend on your weight:
Calories Burned Climbing Stairs

If you weigh roughly 130 pounds: 295 calories burned climbing stairs per hour
If you weigh roughly 155 pounds: 352 calories burned per hour
If you weigh roughly 180 pounds: 409 calories burned per hour
If you weigh roughly 205 pounds: 465 calories burned per hour

Even descending stairs burns some calories and will add up. Which is good, because every flight of stairs you walk up will have to be descended down at some point.

Calories Burned Descending Stairs

If you weigh roughly 130 pounds: 177 calories burned descending stairs per hour
If you weigh roughly 155 pounds: 211 calories burned per hour
If you weigh roughly 180 pounds: 245 calories burned per hour
If you weigh roughly 205 pounds: 279 calories burned per hour

All data is from the Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise Journal, the official Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Taking two flights of stairs daily helps you burn enough calories to drop 6 pounds in a year, reports Reader's Digest. If you can up that to two minutes of climbing, five times per week the calorie burn will be equivalent to adding an extra 36-minute walk per week.

Forget the elevator today. Taking the stairs is one of the easiest ways to work your glutes, core, quads, calves, hamstrings, and lower back. Walking up stairs not only strengthens and tones your muscles, but it can also offset your heart attack risk. It is too easy to not give it a try. So do your body some good and take a few flights today. No excuses.

For more information on how to train injury free and other great training tips and personalized online coaching programs, please visit http://www.chrisryanfitness.com . Chris Ryan, C.S.C.S., is a former Division I athlete and top fitness model whose clients range from Men's Fitness, Men's Health, Under Armour, Nike, and Reebok.


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