Five Fatigue Fighters For Your Weight Loss Regimen

February 28, 2013 By: consultant 18 Comments

Have you ever caught yourself saying, “I’m too tired to exercise”? We’ve all done it, either skip a workout or cut a workout session short because we are “too tired.”

Fatigue is the reason many of us skip our exercise for the day, but did you know it can be a self-inflicted factor? That’s right! Fatigue is a perception – and your perceptions are easy to acknowledge and change. Believe it or not – exercise itself can make you feel less tired and more energized. We have combed through research to list Shane Diet & Fitness Resorts top five fatigue fighting tips to try on those days you need an extra kick in the pants to exercise and continue on your path to lose weight. Make working out part of your routine and over time you should feel less tired and function better.

  1. Eat Carbohydrates. Eating a low carbohydrate diet keeps your body from the maximum benefits from strength-based activities. Carbs equal energy. This is why diets like Atkins are not recommended for athletes. If you are planning to work out and it has been more than three hours since you ate anything, fuel up with a banana, 3 or 4 whole wheat crackers with peanut butter, or 100% whole wheat toast with tahini. Try to stay away from refined simple carbohydrates like white bread. The optimal fuels for fighting fatigue are complex carbs like legumes, starchy vegetables and whole grains.
  2. Variety is the spice of life. Repetitive training can cause boredom and fatigue. Your body becomes use to the same work out and after a few weeks you reach a plateau. Mix things up and your body will react differently. Try using a different cardio machine on every visit to the gym. Change your weight lifting program every four weeks. This will also increase the benefits, since you’ll be regularly working different muscle groups.
  3. Stay hydrated. It’s important to drink lots of water. When you are dehydrated, your cardiovascular system feels the effects, weakening the blood flow to your muscles and decreasing energy and function. Drink cold water before during and after exercise, even more so if you are working outside or sweat heavily. Often the sensation of thirst might not signal when you need to drink, especially with older people and those that take over-the counter or prescription drugs. Just make sure that you always have your water bottle handy.
  4. Track your activity and success. Keeping an exercise journal will help motivate you, just like counting calories can help a dieter. Physical changes occur gradually, so we don’t see the changes in a physical way. Keeping track of the total times you exercise, your distance and times during cardiovascular training, and the number of repetitions, sets, and increases in resistance during strength training will keep you going strong. Also think about logging your waist circumference and how many push-ups you can complete in one minute every month. This will also help you see the physical changes and strength you are developing.
  5. Partner up. This can be the biggest motivator of all! It can push you to do more than you would alone. Now you are accountable to someone else and the last thing you want to do is let them down – right? Don’t worry if you partnered up with someone stronger than you are, you will be motivated to exercise harder and you will be driven to excel. If you don’t have a buddy available, try using some of the new equipment with virtual training partners and other interactive features. Sometimes getting your mind off the work can get you moving faster without realizing it.

We know these five tips will help you hurdle over the road blocks of fatigue and keep you on the track toward achieving your personal weight loss and strength goals. Get going!

4 tips to lose the last 10 pounds

February 19, 2013 By: consultant 9 Comments

P1010360Why is it so hard to lose the last 10 pounds?” Weight loss is tricky in that multiple factors play into how much weight is lost, how quickly it comes off and for how long the weight loss is maintained. To successfully lose a sizable amount of weight, a person needs to be committed to significant long-term lifestyle changes. With a lot of effort you can achieve a new steady-state, but it requires a great deal of persistence and effective nutrition and physical activity strategies.

A few tips:

  1. Change up your endurance routine. The goal is to burn more calories. You can do this without increasing the amount of time spent on cardio by upping your intensity. Otherwise, you’re going to have to increase the amount of time committed to cardio whether that’s adding 15 or 20 minutes to your current routine or increasing the number of days per week.
  2. Strength train at least twice per week. When you lose a lot of weight, about a quarter of weight loss comes from muscle if you don’t include a strength-training component to your workout routine. This helps explain why those last few pounds are so hard to lose. Your metabolism has slowed down; therefore, you’re burning fewer calories at rest. The metabolic rate is directly linked to the amount of muscle you have. For every pound of lean muscle mass, you burn about six calories per day. While that doesn’t sound like much, if you lost 20 pounds of fat and kept all of your muscle mass, the five pounds of muscle mass you kept (versus what you might lose without a resistance training program) would help you lose about three extra pounds. Maintain muscle mass while continuing to lose weight by committing to your resistance training routine.
  3. Eat a little less. To have successfully lost weight in the first place you have to have made some significant dietary changes. If you want to continue to lose weight, you’ll need to make further cuts. Assess your approximate daily caloric intake and then come up with strategies to cut an additional 250 calories per day (provided that will still keep you at a healthy calorie level and not at risk for nutrient deficiencies). If you eat 250 calories less per day and do not make any changes to your exercise regimen, you’ll lose those last 10 pounds over the course of the next five months.
  4. If you exercise more, it will come off faster. Anyone can finish a 5K or a 10K but not everyone can finish a marathon. It takes a high level of commitment and ongoing diligence to successfully train for and compete in such a long race.

Weight loss application: Somewhere around 40% of women and 30% of men are trying to lose weight at any given time. Some are successful initially but most are unable to lose and keep off the weight.

Losing weight is tough. Keeping it off requires a constant effort. To achieve and maintain your weight loss goals you’ve got to be in it for the long haul. Slowly and steadily progress to your goal with each of the small decisions you make every day take the stairs instead of the elevator, go for the fresh apple instead of the apple pie. After all, being the first one done isn’t the goal, it’s just about having the strength, endurance, and mental toughness to successfully cross that finish line. And if you’re looking to lose your last 10 or first 10 Shane Diet & Fitness Resorts is here to help.  With help from our expert Nutritionist, Fitness instructors and Behavior Change coaches, we give you all the tools you need to be successful in losing weight and keeping it off for good.

 

Have A Healthy Heart for Valentine’s Day

February 12, 2013 By: consultant 11 Comments

healthy_heartThe month of February is American Heart month and there is no question that the outlook regarding heart disease is a hopeful one. Everyday scientists are discovering more about prevention and cures for some types of heart disease. But there is always more to learn. The Shane Diet & Fitness Resorts team cares about you and your health, so here are some discoveries to keep in mind.

People of any age may have diseases of the heart or blood vessels. As a matter of fact, doctors are finding more cases of heart disease in people in their early 20’s. They say this is because of reduced exercise and increased weight of American kids. Since being overweight is a general health hazard, losing even 5-10 pounds is a way to protect your health. The American Heart Association recommends a nutritionally sound, low fat, reduced calorie, and balanced diet – Just like the meal plans we have at Shane Diet & Fitness Resorts and the recipes found in our new cookbook, Meal Simple – The Camp Shane Cookbook.

High Blood Pressure is one of the most important risk factors in stroke. If you have high blood pressure, give your heart a Valentine’s Day present – an at home blood pressure (BP) monitor and use it regularly. Why? Because BP readings can vary throughout the day based on your diet, mood and the amount of exercise. But monitoring your BP regularly and reporting your readings to your Health Care Provider can offer a window on your heart health. It can also help with adjusting medication to the right dosage.

To get a reliable reading The Heart Association recommends using an automatic cuff-style, bicep (upper arm) BP monitor. Have your health Care Provider double check it to make sure it is working properly and that you know how to get a good reading. Refrain from smoking, avoid caffeine or exercise for 30 minutes prior to testing, and do it at the same time every day.

Adding spices to your meals can hike your metabolism and improve the old ticker! Penn State University Researchers served identical high-fat meals to two groups of volunteers. They added a mix of spices – including rosemary, oregano, turmeric and cinnamon – to meals served to one of the groups. The study discovered that the volunteers eating the spicy meals saw readings of triglycerides and insulin that were 31% and 21% lower, respectively, than those of the group that ate the blander offering. The researchers suspect that the antioxidants in the spices are responsible.

Make a play list of all your favorite songs and get up and move to them. You don’t have to over think how to exercise, just move. Did you know you use 300 muscles just standing still? So move the furniture back in the living room and dance to the songs that inspire you. It will lift you spirits, burn some calories and strengthen your heart. Better yet, grab a partner and dance a few songs together. Having a buddy to encourage you and support you is very important.

Most of all you need to invest in yourself. You need to believe in yourself. You can transform your life; you just need some help to show you how. Learn – Laugh – Lose! It really can be that easy. Shane Diet & Fitness Resorts can be the safe supportive program with people who are your advocates, who will cheer you toward change. You are worth the life you long to live. You are capable of bringing it to pass. It is time for you to bet on yourself to win!

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Better Than a Magic Pill For Losing Weight & Getting Healthy

February 5, 2013 By: consultant 5 Comments

1   shutterstock_95045926Question: What has a major impact on weight reduction, better cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, improved blood sugar control, stronger bones, a healthier heart, and more?

Answer: Exercise, pure and simple.

If that weren’t enough for you to slide on your sneakers, here are some more reasons to get moving, get healthy and lose weight. Every month new studies appear listing more benefits. Here is a sample of some discoveries during 2012.

  • Arthritis: Aerobic and aquatic exercises reduce the disability of osteoarthritis in the knees and other forms of arthritis. The study form Annals of Internal Medicine also showed that strength training reduces pain and improves function. Adherence to an exercise program was the key to its success.
  • Brain Health: According to a study published in Neurology, older people who are more physically active experience less brain shrinkage (linked to cognitive decline and dementia) then their sedentary counterparts. MRI’s revealed that participating in mental or social activities did not affect brain size.
  • Breast Cancer: A large study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill reported that women who exercise regularly (both in the past and present), had a reduced risk of developing the disease. Maintaining a healthy weight is also essential, the study found. Weight gain, especially after menopause, nearly wiped out the exercise benefits, so it is important to work out and eat right on a regular basis.
  • Dementia: A multi-nation European study reported in the journal Stroke, found that exercise was associated with a 40% reduction in the risk of cognitive impairment and a 60% decrease in vascular-related dementia (such as those resulting from a stroke).
  • Fatigue from Cancer: A study involving people with breast or prostate cancer confirmed that exercise like brisk walking or cycling can help reduce fatigue related to cancer and its treatments. This was a review of 56 different studies by the Cochrane Collaboration.
  • Longevity: Analysis from the National Cancer Institute in PLOS Medicine used data from 650,000 people in six long-term studies and found that physical activity can add years to people’s lives. Those who exercised moderately (like walking briskly 150 minutes per week) lived about 4 years longer than their sedentary counterparts. Even those who did modest amounts 975 minutes of walking per week) lived about 2 years longer and the benefits were seen in everyone from obese to thin.
  • Sense of Well-Being: Two studies from Penn State, published in Health Psychology reported that participants who increased their usual daily exercise by even modest amounts, reported a greater sense of satisfaction with life and positive attitude.

So log off your computer and get moving! Not sure where to start? Search the Shane Diet & Fitness Resorts web site for fitness ideas, or come to one of our resorts to become inspired and to get a jump start on losing weight and getting healthy!

 

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