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How Intermittent Fasting Can Fast Track your Weight Loss

How You Can Use Intermittent Fasting to Fast Track your Weight loss!

If you’ve been working out in a gym or training with a personal trainer in Vancouver lately you’ve most likely heard of intermittent fasting or maybe you’ve heard just whispers of it from fellow fitness enthusiast sea-wall runners as they wiz past! So now you’re dying to know what intermittent fasting is and why people are turning to it to accelerate their weight loss goals. 

Intermittent fasting has only recently entered the health and fitness consumer mainstream, however fasting has been in cultural practices around the globe for thousands of years. Many people believe that cycles of fasting is a more natural state for humans than the “old fashioned” 3-5 big meals a day.  Controlled fasting will reduce your overall calorie intake as well as increase fat burning hormones to facilitate weight loss. 

The idea of intermittent fasting came from the studies of Dr. Valter Longo, a highly acclaimed professor at the University of Southern California and the author of The Longevity Diet.  

While intermittent fasting is still under research, hundreds of clinical studies have shown it to be beneficial for weight loss. Due to the powerful effects it can have on your brain and body we do not expect it becoming just another fad diet either! Not only will it help shed stubborn fat but it can even slow the body’s aging process, reduce the risk of certain diseases and benefit your health and vitality in a myriad of ways.. 

If you’re trying to lose weight we always recommend reducing calories, consistent exercise and practicing healthy lifestyle habits like getting enough sleep and staying hydrated first but if you would like to add in another step, some experts say IF could be a good “jump start” for the metabolism. 

So what is intermittent fasting? What are the best methods and how can you use intermittent fasting to fast track your weight loss? 

1) What is Intermittent Fasting?  

Intermittent Fasting, or a better term would be Time Restricted Eating is not so much a diet but rather an eating cycle. It does not focus on what specific foods to eat or not to eat but rather WHEN you should eat. IF cycles between phases of eating and fasting.

2) How Does IF Speed Up Fat Loss? 

Weight loss is the most common reason people practice intermittent fasting. By making you eat less meals throughout the day, IF automatically reduces your caloric intake. Being in a calorie deficit will lead to weight loss.  But some of the IF magic happens on a cellular and molecular level. When you’re in a fasting state, the body will adjust hormone levels to make fat cells a more readily available source of fuel.  Lessening your calories and burning fat for fuel…… we think that sounds like a recipe for long term weight loss! 

Here are some other key things that happen during intermittent fasting: 

  • Insulin Sensitivity: Refers to your cell’s ability to respond to insulin. The insulin hormone’s main role is to manage blood sugar levels. Unhealthy diets, prolonged high blood sugar and genetics can damage your insulin sensitivity. Improving your insulin sensitivity with tools like intermittent fasting can reduce the risk of certain diseases such as type 2 diabetes.  We like to think of fasting as a much needed restful vacation for your hard working insulin!
  • Human Growth Hormone Increase: HGH aids largely in muscle growth and fat loss.  Cell reproduction and keeping bone, muscle tissue and fat metabolism in good balance are other benefits. 
  • Cellular Repair: Fasting can give your cells a chance to focus on repairing and removing old protein build up inside the cell. 
  • Gene Expressions: Now we’re getting science-ey! Several studies have shown that fasting and lowering calorie intake positively changes the genes that control longevity, aging and protect again disease (1).

3) How To Intermittent Fast: 

The simplest way to start is to follow Dr. Longo’s idea of Time Restricted Eating. This means eat for 12 hours then refrain for 12 hours. For example you can eat from 8 am and stop at 8 pm. Then not eat for the next 12 hours. 

There are several different other ways we’ve seen come into practice.  Since this can be a radically different way of eating than you’re used to we suggest not going to the extreme. Start off slowly, monitor how you feel and be patient. 

  • 5 by 2 Method: This involves consuming only about 500-600 calories on two non-consecutive days a week and then eat regularly the other 5 days. 
  • 24 hour fast: This is where you fast for a complete 24 hours on one or two days a week. This one can be a little tough at first so we recommend starting with just one. 
  • 16 by 8 Method: This is the most popular one as most people find it the easiest to sustain. For example, skip breakfast and start eating at 1 pm and then finish eating at 9 pm. Fast for 16 hours in-between before you start eating again the next day at 1 pm. 

“By reducing your calorie intake, all of these methods should cause weight loss as long as you don’t compensate by eating much more during the eating periods.” says Chris Gunner BSc in his article on intermittent fasting

How Can I Make Fasting Easier?

Make sure to be mindful of what you eat during your eating phases, if you indulge excessively you might not see any results from IF. During the fasting phase make sure you drink plenty of water or herbal tea and keep yourself busy to fend off hunger pangs.  If you get dizzy during a fast, Dr. Jason Fung a Toronto based kidney specialist explains: “…Most likely, you’re becoming dehydrated. Preventing this requires both salt and water. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids. However, the low-salt intake on fasting days may cause some dizziness. Extra sea salt in broth or mineral water often helps alleviate the dizziness.”(2)

Intermittent fasting looks like a great tool you can use to help rev metabolism, reduce belly fat, waist circumference and improve your overall health. If you’re new to this or have health concerns such as low blood pressure perhaps consult your doctor before trying IF.  If you’re keen to try intermittent fasting, a personal trainer can help keep you on track and motivate you stick to an IF method!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hockey, Football, Mountain biking, Etc…

OK….September is here!  We are all back to our busy schedules and fitness routines, hopefully we have kept up our training, or, at the very least stayed active on our summer holidays.  Thankfully I have kept up with my “in gym” training sessions, my shoulder is feeling great and I’m back playing hockey and football while continuing to mountain bike.  Now, there is nothing like on field and on ice training, but my “still” 41 year old body has managed to make it through a weekend of all three activities, which, in part, I credit to my work in the gym.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m still sore, but at least I’m not broken and was able to get out and enjoy this incredible view!

Wedding Plans… Laura Odegaard

Laura had tons of things on her plate leading up to her wedding… including getting her masters!  But she did a strong push in her workouts leading up the big day and the results paid off; as you can see by the photos.  Laura rocks her workouts Monday nights with her sister Brooke (in one of the photos) and both are usually entertaining the whole gym with their humor.  Laura remembered her posture for the photos (so proud)!!!  Excellent!!  The Rep1 crew is happy for you Mrs. Odegaard!

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Future Cat1 Racer

This has been an amazing summer for my kids, not only has the weather been fantastic for them to be outside all day but my daughter has learned to ride her bike. My daughter, “Kitty” watches her brother, “Jackson”, get on his bike everyday and rip around. She is so envious of him. I tried to teach her to ride but it usually ended in some form of an argument. We decided to put her in bike camp to teach her how to ride properly. After her first day at camp, I went to pick her up all I could see what this huge smile across her face. She was so excited that she could ride her bike and could keep up with her brother!!

Everyday I get home from work now we are out riding!! How awesome is that… Look out here comes the future in bike racing.

Click on the link below to see Kitty riding her bike.

Take The Time!

Taking time to do the “extra” is usually not one of the priorities with regards to our training regime but it is one of the most important!

What is the “extra”?  It’s taking and making time to take care of our bodies, stretching protocol, foam rolling, massage, physio and sleep are all examples of the “extra”!  How often do we hear or say, I just didn’t have time after a run, ride or workout, to do the “extra”?  The answer, to often!
Lets all get to bed early and use this as a reminder to make the time, we will all feel better!

Who Ate What?

Recently, the Rep1 staff were treated, by the owners, to dinner at Colony Pub. As is only human, some of the staff let loose and indulged in some foods they would usually avoid.

Can you guess who ate/ordered what?
#1- Two owners and one trainer ordered burgers and onion rings/fries for their main course
#2- Two staff had red wine, one had beer, and one had a diet coke
#3- One owner ordered beer…and thanked the waitress for not giving him a glass, as he prefers to drink from the bottle
#4- Someone ordered bacon-covered wings (for the table to ‘sample’ if given permission)
#5- Three staff and one owner ordered salads for their main course
#6- One trainer ordered a drink with egg whites in it
Have fun guessing!

Don’t Let Travelling Or Holidays Sabotage Your Fitness

Flying to California for a conference, Hawaii for a holiday, or Whistler for a weekend away, your fitness

regime DOES NOT and SHOULD NOT have to suffer. Wheither you are staying in a top hotel or a cozy

cabin, wheither its sunny, raining or snowing there will be lots of exercise options.

The key is to keep it short and sweet.

I usually exercise when I am away for a minimum of 20min per day. If there is a fully equipped gym then

all the better, if there is not it gives you the chance to get creative and do those funky exercises your

trainer makes you do, crab walks, scapular protractions, spider walking:

If there is the option for a jog outside, it’s a great way to explore, add some pushups, walking lunges,

tricep dips on your journey

Here are 3 different workouts that can be done when away from home,

In the Gym include these exercises

Ball Chest Press X 15

Ball crunches X 20

Squat and Bicep Curl X15

Ball Extensions X 20

Walking Lunges with

shoulder press X 20

Ball Balance 1min

Ball Bridge and Hip Thrust X 20

Prone Rows X 20

In a Hotel Room 2-3 sets depending on time

50 squats

20 pushups

Plank 1min

20 Back Extensions

20 Tricep Dips (bed/chair)

Single leg step ups (bed/

chair)- 1min/ side

50 Lunges

Side Plank 30sec/ side

Lateral Hop and stabilize

Outdoors

Go for a jog ,

Find a park bench-

20 step ups

20 Tricep Dips

20 Sumo squats

15 Pushups

20 Reverse Lunges

Single leg balance walk out

to side plank X10 / side

Suicide Pushups 10/ side

Jog and repeat 2-3 times during run

May 19th, 2011

Before this session with Jonathan starts I am told that Steve wants to start running in the trail with Jon and he really is not that interested in doing that but I am going to get him to do some running in our session today and I am not going to explain why and what his dad wants to do.

During our session I had him on the treadmill and he actually did a pretty good job with it, he may not like it but I really think it’s because he thinks it too hard. We did lots of boxing combinations today with various super sets of push-ups, cardio on the step etc.We also integrated some skipping today he did not like it to much because it is hard. Skipping is not an easy exercise because you are using a lot of different muscle groups, coordination, and cardio conditioning as well as foot speed and hand eye coordination. I think it is something that we will keep working on during our session.

Jamie is here and as usual she rode he bike her, I will say she is really making changes in her body and I am seeing it every session. Today I really want to light her up so I am really going to push her we start out on the treadmill and I asked her about the wedding and Jamie tells me that she has to do some cake tasting this weekend and she is worried about it. I did say to her that not so stress you do not have to have a full piece of cake just take little bits and don’t eat a whole piece. I think I might have eased her mind a bit; she is excited about her wedding.

So time for the session to begin, we did lots of walking lunges, cardio bursts on the step, I had Jamie run lines from hurdle to hurdle, we did medicine ball tosses and abs, tubing bicep and chest work, I really could go on but I will say that we went nonstop for the hour and she was amazing.

After her session I asked her about goals and how she was feeling with all the changes that she was seeing,Jamie also opened up about her mom and that they were not always supportive of her but I mentioned to her that they are going to be really surprised with her this time because she is really making a difference.

Kris and Jordy are here for their workout, I really have not seen them that much the past couple weeks because Jordy’s grandmother was really sick and she passed away last week and they had the funeral on the weekend. I just wanted to check in with him to see how he was doing. Jordy tells me he is doing really well and that he will miss his grandma but she is in a better place. I also checked in with him to see how his pop addiction was going, he has pretty much stopped drinking pop, that’s exciting.

The training session was tough today we did lots of crazy things and we were half way through and Kris was really starting to struggle. It was the first time I noticed that she struggled; I will say that Jordy was keeping up and doing really well, he has made some changes with this whole process as well. It is really nice to see that the ones that decided to take on this challenge and go with it are doing really well;there are some that are still struggling.

Back to the session, Kris rallied back to finish the session strong, there were some High 5’s all around.Kris still does not understand why she struggled today. I just tried to explain to her that some days are sometimes harder than others and don’t get discouraged her next session will be better.

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May 12th, 2011

I am going to train Sara right now, she came to circuit class this morning and she is a little worried about the family wedding that they are going to this weekend because she has been doing really well with her diet and smoking/drinking. I tried to give her some advice on better food choices and to try to put salad dressing on the side of the salad. I also told her that she might want to have a glass of water between drinks so that she is never in a situation where she is not holding something and it will also help her so that she stays hydrated and it helps to prevent hang over’s.

Sara told me that her arms are sore from the workout this morning, so I decided that we could do some cardio today. I actually had Sara running on the treadmill today. It was the first time in a long time that she has run and she is surprised with herself that she could actually do it, Sara has a habit of saying “I can’t do it” to certain things and I know she can. I would not ask her to do it if I did not think she could do something.

Sara is getting stronger and it is really nice to see. I am not sure if she realizes this but she will soon.

Rob Fraser came into day for his session and as he came into the Shack Gym I noticed that he was limping really badly. I know that he has bad knees but they have not been that bad. Over the past couple weeks it has been getting worse, he showed me his knee and it is twice the size of the other one. I told him that he needs to get this checked out sooner rather than later because it is not going to get any better. I also told him that he had better have it checked out before I see him again; he has a physio that he knows, I told him he better go there.

I had no idea about his knee so I have to change my game plan for the workout, it’s not a problem what we can do today is an upper body session and I can include boxing for his cardio session. The great thing about boxing it gets his heart rate up so he will sweat but it does not put any pressure on his knee. There is sweat flying everywhere and I am working him hard. I love this because even though he has a sore knee he still wants to be pushed hard and he loves it.

Jen is here now and she is really not happy about being here, Jen said that she had to force herself to come today because she does not feel like being here today. Jen does not have any goals that she wants to work on today but she thinks she might feel better if she works out.

Is funny the first week we were here you were all gung ho for training, now it seems to me that you really could care or less if we were here or not. It seems to me that you have lost your drive and then Jen tells me its life. I have to say that I am really not feeling for her, I great really tired of hearing about people that complain about their lives when they actually having nothing to complain about. I do know that there are people out there that do have a tough life and I will say Jen does not, for god sake she has new gel nails every week so it can’t be that bad.

So because of her attitude I found it really hard to train her today because I knew she was not motivated, I really would have liked to kick her ass but I would have just made myself frustrated.

mikeveinot

April 28th, 2011

I am training Melissa today and I noticed that she rode her bike to the gym, I think that is great but she did not have her helmet on. I wanted to let her know that I am a strong believer in helmets. I was in an accident less them a month ago and the only thing that saved me was my helmet. So because of that I made sure that she knows that and the next time.

It’s time to get on with the training session, I did warn her about the treadmill, only because she almost killed herself last week by falling off. I do give her credit for getting back on. Today’s session is going to be a full body with an emphasis on core and cardio. Body weight exercises and tubing work.

Melissa does a pretty good job today but I know that she can do better. I really hope that she is going to get into this whole workout thing. I really do think that one of her problems in eating and proper nutrition. I am hoping that she chats with Maria to discuss some form on nutrition.

Jonathan is here and I am hoping ready for a workout. This is my 3rd workout with him and the first 2 were not that tough, at least in my eyes. The session at the park did not last that long so my goal is to have him complete a full session. I still want to push him today so he knows what it is liked to be pushed and so that he can prove to himself that he can do it.

We did some boxing, the only real reason that I wanted to integrate boxing was so that he could work out any frustrations that he might have. I am also thinking and he might want to pursue it after we are done. His actual session went really well he worked hard you just need to keep on him because he will look for a way out of doing an exercise. You do need to remember he is only 13.

Mama Fraser is here and she is pumped for a workout. I think she brought her A game today. Mama Fraser worked really hard today, I am really impressed with what she did today. I love to see that she can be pushed hard and is will to be pushed…

I did ask Coleen how she thought her daughters were doing, Coleen was really impressed with how Sara is going with everything, she has quit smoking and there are days that she is just a little cranky. Sara decided to start with the patch and it seems to be working. It just goes to show that it can be done if you put your mind to it. The great thing about this is that it works with exercise as well; we just need to make sure that we keep everyone focused and motivated.

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