Feb. 19, 2016 – Vol.2 | No. 6 – Healthy You: Eating Habits

I will be re-posting an article Anita Parker put on her blog, Fitness Matters. The post is called “Why Eating Food is an Important Weight Loss Strategy” that she posted in July of 2015.

With Anita’s permission, of course, I wanted to use some of her well-thought out and researched information. Plus, she lives and breathes what she’s talking about with her work as a fitness and yoga instructor/trainer with the Moveball system.

I heard about Anita years ago when I was attending Kari Berridge’s Fit 2 Motivate bootcamp classes and I wondered if she knew anyone in the industry who could speak on fitness products. I had an idea in my head to write about the fitness industry’s evolution because I watched how Tae Bo came and went like the Thigh Master etc. and wondered if anyone in the industry was creating anything new? Or had it all been done?

Kari directed me to Anita because Anita was working with Moveball Fitness, which is a weighted ball with handles. After connecting with her and pitching the idea to a business mag to write about this entrepreneur in fitness willing to work with a new-ish product, I was turned down. I was still intrigued. She did not invent the Moveball, but she saw the potential of the equipment and took it from a single purpose to creating a series of workouts that she has put into videos and full instructional classes showing how to use this one piece of equipment for many types of workouts. Basically it saves you money and time and gives you variety in your workouts. Sounds great, right?

Well, the writing pitch went nowhere, and my life went in another direction before meeting Anita again in a completely different setting: at our kids’ school.

I started a kids run club up at the school for the students to meet twice a week after school, learn to run and increase their endurance, which then led to a 3K race. Anita was one of the moms who helped out and ran with us and it took me a couple run club meets to figure out who she was. We had only virtually met before, so face-to-face didn’t trigger my memory. Once I figured out who she was, I felt completely inept in teaching these kids how to run because I was making most of it up on the fly and stealing ideas from the Running Room (thanks John Stanton) and also workout tips from November Project when the kids were antsy and running laps was not going to happen without me going crazy asking them to stop picking flowers or doing cartwheels. So thanks to Jen Ference, Andrew Ference, Nadim Chin and Tyler Sullivan for leading that group and being inspiring.

Anita has many great posts on her site. I pulled this one because everyone is unsure which diet to try, what to eat and what to eliminate. And I think Anita sums it up best with – you don’t really want to eliminate anything. Read it below:


Why Eating Food is an Important Weight Loss Strategy

Posted on 7/25/2015 by Anita Parker on Fitness Matters blog site

While eating less overall can be an important first step for someone with obesity, it falls short of being the driving force toward weight loss goals. “Which diet is best?” is a familiar question, since we are continually bombarded with marketing and here-say about the trendiest regimen for shedding pounds. The most truthful answer to this question is that any diet – Atkins, blood-type diet, cabbage soup diet and so forth – will initially shake things up and drop a few numbers on the scale. However; in general, none of these diets work in the long run.

They don’t work. They don’t work. One more time … diets do not work. Knowledge is power, so let us explore a tidbit of science behind the way our bodies use food as fuel.

We are energy-efficient machines

We are energy-efficient machines, expending only what is absolutely necessary. An evening on the sofa burns only the calories necessary for this activity. Take a brisk 45-minute walk after dinner, and caloric expenditure is heightened. Our bodies do not differentiate between cutting calories for weight loss and actual starvation. When food intake is reduced, metabolism also plummets. If you eat less, your muscles will burn less, and thus begins the conundrum of ineffective dieting. This also explains why when a dieter falls off the wagon – since restricting calories is not a reasonable long-term behavior – a decreased metabolism causes all the weight, and potentially more, to return.

Eating breakfast kick-starts our metabolism after an eight-hour slumber.

Eating breakfast is an essential weight loss strategy, because it kick-starts metabolism after an eight-hour slumber. Small, healthy snacks throughout your day are also important keep blood sugar levels stable and metabolism boosted. Although it can seem counterintuitive, eating food (specifically the right amount and quality) can be the best approach to a healthy body weight.

A team of scientists at University of Iowa and Iowa City VA Center have identified a protein called K-ATP (ATP-sensitive channels found in muscle cells) as the mechanism for turning down the heat when food is scarce. Interestingly, they have also found that localized injections of another substance called vivo-morpholino inhibits K-ATP, resulting in a specific muscle burning more calories.

While this research has only been conducted in the muscles of mice, it has implications as therapy for obese persons whose physical activity is limited by health problems, such as heart disease, lung disease and arthritis. For someone who cannot exercise at sufficient intensity, time and consistency to burn enough calories to lose weight, extra weight continues to have negative consequences on their health. Perhaps suppressing the body’s natural energy conservation mechanism is a future solution to the obesity epidemic.

The only thing that dieting heightens is grumpiness and feelings of failure.

The only thing that dieting heightens is grumpiness and feelings of failure. With no miraculous metabolism-boosting injections on the horizon (or even safe or ethical), good nutrition and regular physical activity remain the surefire metabolism-boosting weight loss strategies. Turn your attention away from any trendy diet and instead eat high quality, unprocessed foods in amounts that satisfy your actual hunger, not your cravings. Enjoy breakfast. Enjoy smaller meals interspersed with healthy snacks. And, find ways to be physically active that are fun and fit your schedule.

Reference: University of Iowa Health Care. “Reducing energy efficiency boosts calorie burning in muscle.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 20 February 2015. < http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/02/150220101522.htm. Fitness Matters is the company behind TRANSFORM by moveBALL™. We’re focused on high-quality exercise programs designed to make regular physical activity uncomplicated for even the busiest schedule. http://www.fitnessmattersblog.com Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Anita_Parker


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