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Thanks for putting your health first,
Alexis Martin

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Keeping Accountable to Myself

Something to think about:  Its easy to think we are "doing enough" to reach our goals, but are we REALLY? Or are we just fooling ourselves?

Now that we're all getting more "food savvy" we all have a better idea of how to change our habits to get healthy.  If you have changed your eating habits and are now eating fewer calories & more nutrient rich foods, you will lose weight!  How much depends on how much you should eat compared to how much you were eating before.  Woohooo!

If you are trying to lose weight, but you were already eating close to your recommended calories, you'll have to dedicate more time to cardio to lose.  Remember, to lose just 1 pound of fat you have to cut out and burn 500 calories extra EVERY DAY.  So, if our goal is to lose 2 pounds a week, guess what, you have to burn 1,000 calories every day EXTRA!  That means getting in enough exercise to burn those calories.

How much can you lose in 30 minutes of cardio?  Between 100-300 calories.  If you are walking briskly, you burn about 100-150, if you run, ride a bike (agressively), do step aerobics, spin, rowing, eliptical machine, stair stepper, etc. you can burn up to 300 calories.  But you have to get your heart rate up high enough to make you sweat.

Hmmm, if you do the math, to burn 500 calories you have to do about 1 hour of cardio and to burn 1,000 calories you have to do 2 hours of cardio!!!!!!! Yikes! But remember,  you can't just keep cutting calories out of your diet either or you'll sabotage your efforts. So make your cardio time count!  Don't waste the time by kinda working and push yourself.

 By the way, men burn more calories faster than women, so you guys are lucky, you are probably burning more than what I stated above.  But it does depend on your level of effort.

Man, who has enough time in the day to dedicate THAT much time to cardio!!!???? Yeah, no one, but that is why staying on target and not fooling ourselves into thinking we're being good is sooo important.

So, Plan the Work & Work the Plan!

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