Exercising in the Fat Zone: Truth or Myth?

by:  CarolAnn, M.S., CPT, CN

Many clients ask at what intensity they should exercise in order to achieve maximum weight loss results. Moreover, the question becomes more about if they should be in a fat-burning zone to achieve greater results. Much literature is publicized on the issue of exercising at a lower intensity to burn more fat while other information encourages those to exercise at a higher intensity to burn more calories. While both ends of the spectrum are true, here are the facts to help one better understand if exercising in the fat zone is truly more effective for losing weight.

Exercise Intensity Before addressing the fat zone, understanding proper exercise intensity is important. In simple terms, according to the American College of Sports Medicine, in order to improve cardiovascular respiratory function (CRF), one should exercise within a target heart rate zone of 70%-85% of his/her age-predicted maximum heart rate (HR) for 20-60 minutes 3-5 days per...

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The FitPro Solution to the Dying Church

By:  CarolAnn, M.S., CPT, CN

According to the National Center of Health Statistics of the CDC, the prevalence of obesity among U.S. adults is 39.8%.  Even more interesting, the church community may be a breeding ground for this epidemic with statistics suggesting that the church today may indeed be in worse condition than the general population. A 2006 Purdue study found that the fundamental Christians are by far the heaviest of all religious groups led by the Baptists with a 30% obesity rate.  In addition, a 2011 Northwestern University study tracking 2,433 men and women for 18 years found that young adults who attend church or a bible study once a week are 50% more likely to be obese. 

Now, it is not suggested to stop attending church or participating in the religious community to reduce the risk of obesity.  But what IS being addressed is that historically, few churches have addressed the obesity issue or have even seen it as a problem.  The church...

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Why Do You Self-Sabotage?

by:  CarolAnn, M.S. , CPT, CN
 
How long have you been trying to lose those last 10 or 20 or 30 pounds?
Been awhile now, hasn't it?
 
You know how to lose weight - eat healthy and exercise - so why are you still living in a body that you're disappointed with?
 
In my experience, people hold on to "unwanted" pounds for very specific reasons. These reasons are on a subconscious level, which is where things get tricky.
 
Self-sabotage is your subconscious mind's way of protecting you.
 
Seems counterproductive, but it makes sense when you realize that it is a defense mechanism meant to keep things from changing.
 
Your conscious mind says it wants to lose weight to look and feel amazing, but your subconscious mind is pulling the strings behind the scenes, keeping your goals just out of reach.
 
As long as your subconscious mind thinks that you are safer being out-of-shape then you'll be stuck.
 
Your most valiant efforts will be undermined...
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