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Warm Up to Save Yourself from Injury

Over a year and a half ago, I wrote this article on my personal blog and attracted much attention.  It is in regards to people who do not warm up and the reasons why this can be damaging to ones well being.  This is one of the most overlooked portions of any workout.  And the worst part is that it can make or break anyone's future progress by sidelining you. In the middle of winter, do you instantly start u ...

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Breakfast for Weight Loss to Kick Start Metabolism

When it comes to healthy eating and weight loss, eating breakfast should be a staple.  People assume that by cutting out breakfast, they can reduce their overall calorie consumption.  Although theoretically plausible, people who neglect breakfast often eat more food during the day and consequently find themselves in a positive energy balance (weight gain).  Studies have shown that eating breakfast can reduc ...

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The Truth About the ‘Afterburn Effect’

Recently, someone asked me about the afterburn effect that occurs with exercise.  They asked me if it works and if it will increase their chances of weight loss.  I have mentioned the afterburn effect in a previous article, however I referred to it by its scientific name – exercise post-exercise oxygen consumption – or EPOC for short. What is the ‘Afterburn Effect’ The afterburn effect is the name given for ...

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Intermittent Fasting or Daily Caloric Reduction best for Weight Loss?

The basic principle of weight loss is to reduce your daily energy intake through either eating less or increasing your daily energy expenditure.  This principle, although fairly logical, may not be the best way to lose weight as many people have difficulty adhering to these protocols.  The most basic of protocols, known as daily caloric restriction, normally has participants reduce caloric intake by 15-60%. ...

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HIIT Training or Continuous Aerobic Exercise better for Weight Loss?

An often misunderstood concept which training method is best for weight loss - high intensity interval training (HIIT) or continuous aerobic exercise?  Both perform primarily the same thing – increase energy expenditure through physical activity, but which one will benefit you more? Much research has been conducted to attempt to answer this problem. Substrate Utilization During Exercise Before I begin to ex ...

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Fat Cells and Leptin Production

For some people, it may be harder than others to lose weight.  This is a very well known fact and stems from various influences such as motivation, determination, support, and socioeconomical status.  Furthermore, it is very difficult for some to lose weight, and keep it off.  They constantly go through the weight loss rollercoaster.  Weight loss is not something you do for a year and it is maintained for t ...

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Writing Out Your S.M.A.R.T. Goals for Weight Loss

Our society has become obsessed with getting results immediately.  If we need to wait for it to happen, we look elsewhere for something or someone who will produce results immediately.  Although immediate results may be attainable with some aspects of life, unfortunately with weight lose it is a game of patience and determination.  If you lack either of these criteria, you may find it difficult to keep on t ...

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Study suggests that one can burn MORE CALORIES by having a workout partner

New research from the Kansas State University suggests that people who exercised with a partner, who they considered better than them, were able to increase their workout time and intensity by 200%.  200%?!  So why do we increase our time and intensity when we are working out with someone who is perceived as better?  They believe it is because we feel inadequate and therefore strive to be equal. The researc ...

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5 Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

With the holidays fast approaching, there are two things that usually follow.  One of them being the many social gatherings, the other being the holiday weight gain associated with all these outings.  We have all had those moments, however, you do not always have to succumb to this depressing aftermath.  By maintaining your activity levels and watching what you eat, you can avoid the holiday weight gain alt ...

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