the SECRET to Losing Weight

December 3, 2008

With so many different gimmicks out there, it’s hard to wade though all the bull$h!7 so here’s a little something i threw together to help:

the only way to lose weight is to burn more calories than you take in.

this means two options: control what you eat, more activity

here’s a few things that you can try.

Control what you eat:

Keep a journal, write down everything that you put in your mouth, food, water, juice, everything. Also (something that helped me) write down how you feel in the following hours after you eat the food, this is how i learned that certain foods that i loved actually gave me headaches, or gassy. This way in about a week you can see EXACTLY what you are eating.

Find alternatives. Most people can’t quit cold turkey, so find healthier things that you can eat that will satisfy. instead of cold stone, try frozen yogurt.

Dont eat dinner in front of the TV. they have found that people that eat dinner infront of the television eat 20% more than those who don’t. so sit at the table and eat (if your by yourself turn on the radio, or read a book while you eat).

Eat more 🙂 – Usually we tend to go for the sweet stuff because our blood sugar is low… we grab the sugar, our blood sugar spikes, and then crashes lower than where we started. the problem is this is a revolving door.  So try to eat smaller portions with more frequency. i.e. every 2-3 hours.

MODERATION, it’s ok to cheat every once in a while, just dont go overboard, have in your mind a limit before you start. i.e. instead of getting the super large size, get the small size.

Dont beat yourself up over it, it’s an up hill battle and as long as you are going in the right direction, you’ll get where you want to be.

More activity:

More activity means that you burn more calories.

START SLOW.

Most people think exercise, think the gym… this isn’t the only activity, a simple walk around the block each day can increase activity.  Did you know that studies have found that the average person thinks that making more money will make them happy, while evidence shows that people who take a walk outside for atleast half an hour a day are more happy than those who don’t?!

Make sure that you do something to move around atleast 30 minutes to an hour everyday. as you start to get used to it and more comforatable increase the activity (if your walking around the block try jogging around the block.)

If your going to go to the gym and you dont know what your doing, start out with a personal trainer, this way you have a good starting point.

Turn off the tv. instead of spending hours in front of the t.v. do something that will get you moving.

Look into resistance exercise, this is a two fold because your burning calories and increasing muscle, the more muscle the higher your metabolism (this means you burn more calories even while your resting!). again start slow.

Make sure that what you choose to do for exercise/activity is something that YOU enjoy… this will make you more likely to stick with it.

Feel free to contact me or leave comments


Polar pt2

August 4, 2008

So if you haven’t read (previous post) i’ve been going back and forth between BodyBugg and Polar HRM – after polar’s most recent email back… i think i know which one i’m going with:

Here’s my email:

If i was looking for the best device to track my Total Calorie Expenditure
for the entire day (day or night, awake or asleep, working out or resting)
which device would i want?

And Polar’s Reply:

Dear Anomoly,

Thank you for your email.

It is well known that the heart rate tends to overestimate daily energy
expenditure. This is because in everyday life heart rate can be elevated
due to other reasons than physical activity (changes in posture, emotional
factors, mental stress, heavy exercise before). On the other hand, heart
rate is practically never lower than the metabolic cost requires.
Subsequently, energy expenditure estimates tend to be too high in
measurements done over extended periods.

Polar heart rate based caloric equation has been shown to be very accurate
during physical activity (heart rate over 100 bpm). The accuracy is not as
good at low heart rates. Even below 100 bpm it is in the right level if
elevations in heart rate due to other factors than physical activity can be
eliminated.

So in short they confirmed what most had speculated… Heart Rate Monitor’s are decent for Exercise, not great when it comes to everyday calorie expendeture.

So that answers my question, now i just have to find out with the Bodybugg V3 is hitting the market….


BodyBugg Update

July 31, 2008

So after my short run in with the nice people at Bodybugg… i thought i would ask a few more questions (maybe find out if they are ever going to offer a desktop version… here’s my questions… and the answers follow:

so does this mean that the bodybugg will always be subscription based. and that you can’t just download a program to upload info to the computer? any idea what the version 3 is going to cost? will it have the digital display included?

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The bodybugg program is and will always be subscription based…..
There will never be a program you can upload the info to your computer….
We don’t have a price for the Version 3 armband but it should be similar to the current Version 2 armband….

The digital display is a separate unit and will not be included in the Version 3 armband…

So i guess that just about clears it up. I’ve been going back and fourth with this and a Polar f11, i will wait for version 3 and make a choice then… comments and questions are welcomed… my talks with Polar to follow….