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10 Fitness Tips in 10 Days – Tip 6 – Not Eating is Making You Fat

So you’ve heard me mention this briefly and Ive gotten some questions on it, so it’s probably a good tip to throw out there with a little expansion on the topic.  Eating 6 small meals per day is one of the best ways to keep your metabolism stimulated.  This concept has been highlighted in many books, magazines and diet programs (such as The Cover Model Workout, Body for Life, etc).  However, this concept has been around for decades (way before Amazon or Barnes and Noble were around).  Although this concept has been around that long in the bodybuilding arena, it has only recently hit mainstream.  Over the recent years, many universities have done studies about, doctors have endorsed, and dieticians have recommended the 6 meal per day concept.

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On the other hand, you’ll find studies that argue that it doesn’t matter and that the overall calories consumed per day is the key measurement regardless of Continue reading

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10 Fitness Tips in 10 Days – Tip 5 – Lose 20 pounds in a week

You may have heard me harp on this one before and if so, you should know by now it’s a passionate subject of mine.  Back before my blog evolved into a racing blog and it was more fitness oriented, at least 3 or 4 times a week I’d get visited by someone looking for “How to lose 40 pounds in 30 days.”  No kidding.  Even over the past couple of days, I’ve seen several referrals to my blog from Google with someone searching for “How to lose 20 pounds in one week”.

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IT CANNOT BE DONE…

There are no shortcuts or miracles.

…at least not in a healthy way.  Folks, there are no miracle diet pills, no magic machines, gadgets, new fangled fad diet or or other shortcuts.  If you want to lose the weight permanently, you have to make permanent lifestyle changes.

The only way to lose a lot of weight that fast is:

a. surgery
b. dehydration
c. saw off your leg at the hip

None of these are healthy or permanent (except for the leg sawing).  I’ve met PLENTY of people who have had Continue reading

10 Fitness Tips in 10 Days – Tip 4 – Fat, Naughty vs. Nice

If you don’t know by now, there is such a thing as good and bad fats.  Good fats (unsaturated) include items such as fish, nuts, olive oil, etc.  Bad ones (saturated) can be found any many foods, especially fried ones (yes, even that deep fried Twinkie).

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Saturated fats are BAD for you and are derived from animal products, like meat and dairy.  However, this doesn’t mean that you need to Continue reading

Tip 2 – Snack Attack – 10 Fitness Tips in 10 Days

Here’s tip number 2 for the 10 Weight loss Fitness Tips in 10 days.  Yep.  I changed it after kicking it off.  I got to thinking last night and the tips are more than just weight loss.  You could lose a bunch of weight but still be unfit.  Sooooo, for those of you that don’t know me, we’re changing directions a little.  For those of you that do, it should be no surprise.  Don’t worry.  If dropping a few pounds is your goal, the tips will still help towards that.  Just keep reading and you’ll see.

With that said, as you know, starvation won’t get you in shape.  So don’t believe the hype of restricting food and eating as little rabbit food as possible.  It is NOT the way to get yourself fit.  You must ensure your body has the necessary calories and nutrition it needs to get to tip-top shape.

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Tip 2. Snack, Snack, Snack

Most of your life, you may have been told not to snack between meals, because it will “ruin your dinner”.  However, this is another fitness-defying concept.  I know it may seem a bit contradictory, but EATING will actually help you lose weight and get fit.

As I mentioned yesterday, eating first thing in the morning is very, VERY, important.  It kicks off your metabolism by getting Continue reading