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The Truth About Loose Skin

March 15th, 2010 • body fat, lean body mass, loose skin, muscle6 Comments »

Fat Man Pondering Loose Skin At MidnightIf you could push a button and immediately have the body of a Greek god, with rippling muscles and 8% body fat, you would probably gladly pay a pile of money. Just imagine looking in the mirror at your bare, solid,  glistening abdomen and not being able to look away. The feeling of male invincibility would be intoxicating. Well it can happen. But it just  isn’t going to happen at the push of a button. But there is one other thing about this that may be on your mind about this weight loss.

The Fear of Loose Skin

I have talked with a lot of guys about looking iconic and they can really picture this. The one thing that they start worrying about when they picture this and that is…..loose skin. Fat guys picture that their skin is  filled up like a big balloon blown up by pounds and pounds of fat. Then they think that when they lose weight, that the fat is going to go out of their body and leave a limp, outstretched bag of flailing skin on their emaciated frame. Some of this could be true if you do not watch how you loose weight. But this is of course a lot of exaggeration, but some cautions are called for here.

The Body Fat Facts

Right now, you have a certain body fat content. If you weigh 250 pounds and your body fat percentage is 30% , that means that you have 75 pounds of fat and 175 pounds lean body mass (muscle, bones, organs,  fluids).  At the beginning of a weight loss program, men lose weight anyway they can. Here is the rub.  Loose skin is not just skin, but actually quite a bit of fat.  Here is how this happens.

When you start losing weight, often, this weight loss comes at the expense of both muscle loss and fat loss. When you finally reach your goal weight, if you do not pay attention to fat loss and building muscle mass, you may end up with a baggy belly. What happens is that you lose muscle mass as a result of your hard-earned eating habits.

For each pound of fat, there is about 3,500 calories stored, whereas each pound of muscle contains only about 600 calories. According to Ron Brown over at Body Fat Guide, when you fast 60% of the weight loss comes from muscle and 40% comes from fat! Ouch!  So it is really easy to start chewing up muscle mass when you start drastically cutting calories without any exercise. Not recommended. In addition, muscle is largely composed of fluid which can be lost very easily.

Here is a little saying that I created that makes all this easy to remember: “Fat is meant to be stored, muscle is meant to be used.”  Here is how you avoid losing the muscle mass but lose weight at the same time.

What To Do

Dieting and exercise need to go hand in hand. I used to think that exercise was the only way to weight loss. I never had to worry about loose skin because if I lost some weight, my lean body mass was always very high. Many men think that exercise is the only way to lose fat. However, if you do not exercise or have not exercised much, you will need to really pay attention to what I am going to tell you.

Stay on a weight loss path. Eat a daily caloric intake below the energy balance levels for your age. Very simply, eat less than your body needs in calories per day. See “How Much Food Does Your Body Need?” Make sure that you eat the right kinds of food – proteins, vegetables, fruits, and at least 80 oz of water per day. If you are still eating foods with a lot of white bread, white sugar, soda, sweets or fast food, you have not been listening.  I wonder when will you ever learn?

Start or continue a strength training program to build or maintain your muscle mass. Muscle mass will be built if you do some sort of strength program. Take a look at my Strength Training Program for ideas.  There is no wrong answer for strength training when you are starting off….just do something. Don’t worry about making mistakes. You will put on muscle mass and that is good.

Start Right Now

Do this simple 2 step plan everyday. And just like learning to drive a car, starting a good habit and keeping it rolling is the whole answer. Try doing these two things everyday:

  1. Keep track of your daily calories and make sure that you eat less than the calories that your body needs. Use a daily calorie log and really keep track of everything you eat. I use a free web resource called Physics Diet. I am going to create a video about how to use this thing soon. Even if you are not yet eating less than you need, keep track of the calories anyway. Writing down all of the things that you are eating now, is a great way to become aware of how much you really are eating.
  2. Do strength training 3 to 5 times per week. This does not need to hurt. Just start doing some push-ups and sit-ups on the floor every day. It won’t take you very long. 15 minutes of this work will really pay off. You don’t need to like it, you just need to do it. You can advance to a gym when you feel comfortable doing so. If you are already going to a gym, exercise all the major muscles of your body so that you get the most muscle build overall.

You are going to be proud of the new powerhouse that is growing under that fat cover. You may not see it, but when you do the above two things every day, you will lose weight and KNOW you will look great.

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The Four Letter Word – Diet

March 12th, 2010 • belly fat, calories, eating, fat, food, gut, love handles4 Comments »

Ice Cream or Apple? - The Male Weight Loss QuestionLet me guess. Your gut reaction to the word DIET makes you sick, just thinking about it. It sounds like something women do, right? Maybe it is an aspect unique to being a man, maybe not. We don’t like diets. So let’s just agree openly, that there’s no uglier aspect of losing weight than THE DIET.

Is Food Your Payoff?

After you work all day, exercise, pay bills, take care of friends and family, you are probably looking for some type of payoff.  Food is probably the payoff and is your bad habit. Where I live in the Chicago area, we have great food – Chicago-style pizza, Chicago-style hot dogs, beef and sausage sandwiches and fries. These are some of the great cultural advantages of living here. Unfortunately, they’re all calorie monsters too.

Need To Get Your Belly Fat Handled

The gut, belly fat or love handles are the tell-tale signs of a guy that is eating “his share” and more. To lose weight, any one of the above  foods are very high in calories, and should be avoided. But to avoid heart attack, diabetes or high blood pressure, it is absolutely necessary to eliminate the fat on your waist. It is worth the effort to just simply gain back your energy and youthful vitality that comes from losing the gut.

Just Say No To Diet

What I am telling you in this article, is rather than drastic dieting,  start making only small changes. Your friends do not need to know what you are doing. And that is why this strategy works. Small habits stick. These are small changes that you can make once per week that will start taking you in the proper direction to reducing your bulk. Here are some examples of what I have done. I am living proof that these small improvements can change your life. But are you ready to be what you desire for yourself?

What To Do

  • Drink 2 glasses of water before each meal – you need the water (about 80 oz per day) and the water before the meal will cut down on appetite during any meal. While at work or out of the house, bring a large bottle of water with you and drink it before you eat lunch.
  • Some type of vegetable or fruit at each meal – and potatoes don’t count. I have learned how to eat raw carrots as a lunchtime snack. I also eat some type of fruit that I like – oranges, grapes, or an apple. Would this have been food I would have preferred? Well no, but it is really amazing how you can become accustomed to eating something that you know is improving your life with every bite.
  • Protein at every meal – protein is digested more slowly and requires more body energy to digest (up to 30% of the calories ingested are used to digest proteins). So eat some type of eggs, lean meat, chicken or fish. Boiled eggs are a good way of getting proteins when away from home.

Make Changes Slowly

Begin only one of these habits every two weeks. Do not start them all at the once. Start drinking the water one week and allow that habit to settle in before you even think of working on one of the other two changes. Be easy on yourself. It has taken a long time to acquire your current habits and it takes some time to establish new habits. Eventually, your habits would look something like the following:

How To Do It

If you just do these three things and make them a habit everyday, you will lose belly fat. Guaranteed. So how do you put this into practice? Here is a plan to follow:

Morning

After you wake up, drink one glass of water before you do anything (before shower, shave, exercise). It may seem like a lot of work the first time you do this, but once you get into the habit of it, drinking one glass of water is really easy. Just before you eat breakfast, drink another glass of water. Have your fruit – bananas, blueberries, strawberries, orange, apple. Put them on your cereal if you like.

Lunch

Drink one glass of water or 1/2 liter from a bottle before you break for lunch (before you leave your desk, office, factory, shop). When you actually sit down to eat, drink one more glass of water. Eat a  vegetable – salad, raw carrots or celery along with your main choice of protein. For protein, have a boiled egg or some other type of lean (un-fried) meat, chicken or fish. Eat an orange or some grapes as a dessert.

Dinner

Drink one glass of water or 1/2 liter from your water bottle when you get home, or right when you get in the car. Just before you eat, drink another glass of water. Eat a vegetable that you like – beans, spinach, salad. Use spices if you like to make them taste better. Spices do not have calories. Meat, fish or chicken is a very satisfying dinner main course and it is good for you, for the reasons I mentioned above.

The most important thing is that this food tastes good. Get over the fact that you can only be satisfied with fries, pizza, beer and chips. Eating this unhealthy stuff tastes good but is only a habit, and it is just a habit that you can change. And most of all, do not call the above changes a DIET.

Weekend Warrior Challenge – Results Are In

March 8th, 2010 • activity, calories, eating, exercise, fat, tubby belly5 Comments »

Weekend Warrior ChallengeThe results are in from the Weekend Warrior Challenge. This challenge is about achieving specific fitness and health goals during the time of the week that are usually the weakest for me – the Weekend. This is usually when the baddest habits show themselves as a sort of reward for the best habits of the week. Odd isn’t it?

Here were my goals and the results:

  • Walk 20 miles during the week – completed the 20th mile by 10:30 am on a sunny Saturday morning. I walk 4 miles either outside (my preferred method) or on the treadmill depending on the weather. Last week I walked 12 miles outside and 8 miles inside. The legs are strong!
  • 5 Strength Workouts during the week - completed all 5. This consists of 2 alternating routines that I have been doing for many years.
  • Eat less than 2,000 Calories Per Day – done.  This was the biggie for me. I usually stay pretty close to the refrigerator on the weekend -  looking for a little calorie-lovin’  on the weekends. But I stuck to the plan. Being hungry a lot sucks and I am getting tired of the look of the  baby carrot bag.

Here are all the other people from around the world that have also done the Challenge for the weekend. I am thinking that we need to do this every weekend. Thanks to all of these people for making this as much as fun as I could have by not enjoying myself.

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Belly Fat and Sex

March 7th, 2010 • belly fat, gut, love handles, sex, tubby bellyNo Comments »

Fat Guy Slim Woman Toasting

If you are finding that your belly fat is causing problems both inside and outside the bedroom, it might be time to take a look at making some changes. More and more people are learning easy, fast methods to burn the fat from their bellies. It is fast becoming recognized for more than just the aesthetic benefits of visual appearance. Having a belly loaded with fat can be a huge turn-off for both men and women and getting rid of the load might very well result in the more ecstatic sex you’ve been searching for.

Attraction – Women are attracted to strong men, and although it is true that women have more emotional needs than physical needs, a tubby belly is not the best way to attract her. If you can get rid of the fat in a fast, easy way, why wouldn’t you? Just the same, men are much more attracted to a smooth, toned belly than a flabby gut. If both partners find each other highly attractive physically, this will build the connection and heighten your experience with each other on other levels.

Stamina – By increasing your metabolism to lose your belly fat, you will also increase your stamina and sexual function (guys) will improve. This means you will be stronger and more able to meet her needs for a longer period of time.

Dexterity – This word is defined as “readiness and grace in physical activity”. Having a lower body fat percentage gives you greater room for movement, improved flexibility and increased dexterity which will surely improve performance.

Improving your body and the way it functions is great for your health, your lifestyle and your self-esteem. Making changes now helps you to reap the benefits later.

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The Only Weight Loss Law

March 4th, 2010 • belly fat, calories, eating, fat, food2 Comments »

Weight loss is eating less food than you need. It is that simple. Don’t make it complicated. You may think you need to work out hard at the gymn, lifting more weights, doing more crunches, and more pain and more sweat. That is the male mindset. We think that doing more work is the only way to lose weight. This is the fat loss formula.

You and I are are not wired to naturally think that eating the right amounts will really amount to losing weight. It really is not our fault.  I am not saying that you should not exercise. I am saying that exercise is in a supporting role in losing belly fat. Eating right is the main act.

Don’t Like Laws?

I am living proof that this works. If you eat less than your body needs, you have to lose weight. It is a LAW. It is the only LAW about weight loss. Ask me how I know……

Nearly one month ago, I got serious about losing the gut. I lost more than 10 pounds after changing what I eat.  I had been lifting weights and running my whole life. I always stayed very fit.  Here is a short story that proves my point.

About two years ago, all of a sudden, I gained 25 pounds. I thought at the time that I had been given defective advice from a chiropractor. I decided to try out a chiropractor to get adjusted and keep my posture in check. Nothing serious.

I was told by my chiro-professional that I should use the fitness ball to do sit-ups or crunches (whatever you like to call them). Over a period of weeks, my belly grew. I thought that my belly grew because I had put on too much “muscle.”

The fact was that my eating had gotten out of hand. I was dating a woman that is till the most sleek and svelte figure of any woman I had ever dated. She seemed to eat without concern for her shape. I thought, well, if that is good enough for her, that is good enough for me.

We ended up eating huge late night snacks (wine, cheese, bread, cookies) when we got home. I never had to think about eating right. This period of time coincided exactly with the time that I had started doing the new fitness ball exercises. So I naturally blamed the exercise, rather than the food.

So about one month ago, I got really tired of the gut. I kept my workout routine that I have been doing for years. But instead of following my instinct of cranking up the workout routine, I decided to count up everything that I ate. I was stunned to see all of the calories that I was eating in one day.

Suddenly I decided to start cutting out stuff that really was not even that enjoyable (extra pieces of cheese, a beer here and there, etc.). Pretty soon after a week or two, I had shaved my eating program down to fighting size. The fact is that I do need to watch what I eat. This last month, I changed my weekday diet to the following:

Breakfast

1-1/2 Cups Bran Flakes

1/2 Cup Milk

2 Glass Water

Coffee w/ 2% milk

Lunch

Carrots – one fistful

2 Oranges

Dinner

Spinach Salad with eggs, green onions, blue cheese dressing

1 Orange

2 Glass Water

Why does this menu succeed in helping get rid of the belly fat? It does one thing and one thing only (sounding like Brad Pitt from “Inglorious Basterds”) – it puts my body in a calorie deficit.  What’s so good about that? My body will start cutting into fat reserves if it needs more energy. The body uses fat and I lose my gut. Compare this program to what I was eating a month ago.

The above menu consists of 1,414 calories and that is less calories than I will burn in one day. That means, the body starts using the stored fat if it needs more.  So, I let my body lose its own fat, rather than me trying to sweat it off at the gym.

So, long story short…….on February 8, 2010,  I weighed 220 pounds. Yesterday my weight was 209 pounds. Need I say more? Note to self:  following LAWS gets results.

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Take The Weekend Warrior Challenge

March 2nd, 2010 • Uncategorized, activity, eating, exercise, food19 Comments »

Frank_HeadshotIf you think that you eat and drink  too much or exercise too little on the weekend, you aren’t the only one. Worldwide, there are many fat men (and women) hanging their heads at the end of the weekend, after marathon eating bouts. This is especially apt for those of us living in the frozen north where snow still covers the ground. We frequently eat for sport here. Some guys even know in advance, despite their quixotic weight-reduced vision for themselves, that they will be heavier at the end of the weekend.

Here is a chance to kick that lame habit. This coming weekend, I am participating in a world wide event called the “Weekend Warrior Challenge.” The weekend is the time of the week, when habits soften and discipline wains. The goal of the challenge is to band together and encourage each other to maintain strong habits.

As part of this event, each of us are creating 2 or 3 measurable and specific fitness or health goals that we will adhere to this weekend. For example, here are mine:

  1. Maintain calorie intake below 2,000 calories on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
  2. Complete 5 complete gym work outs this week (already at 1 on Monday)
  3. Walk a total of 20 miles this week

Since I keep my daily calories well  below 2,000 calories during the week, I am just extending that practice to the weekend. Since I am an active male, my calorie requirements are between 2,400 and 2,600 calories per day. So you can see the above food intake keeps me at a calorie deficit. So my goals this weekend are to complete a week long goal of exercise, and maintain low food intake that I had already started earlier in the week – actually Sunday.

The details for the event are at Weekend Warrior Challenge . This event is just a bunch of nice people helping each other out and having some fun. Check it out and see if this works for you.  Everyone is welcomed.

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Beef Stew Recipe

March 1st, 2010 • eating, recipeNo Comments »

Weight loss for the male - meI was celebrating a really great week of eating and exercising right. It was Friday. I decided that I deserved a little treat. Since most of my weight loss diet consists now of vegetables, fruit and low calorie stuff, I really wanted MEAT! Since lean meat is not going to break any of my re-established habits, I thought, why not?

Although I am straying far from my Catholic roots of no-meat-on-Friday-during-Lent, I got out the crockpot and made my favorite beef stew recipe, which is below. This is really simple to make although it can be messy, if you are clumsy in the kitchen.

Put the tomatoes and water in the crockpot and turn it on (or dutch oven if you cook on stovetop). Just slightly brown the meat in a pan (add a little oil if you like). I do not use oil, because whatever fat is in the meat, is enough to keep the meat from sticking to the pan. Use some of the juice left from cooking the meat and sautee the onions and garlic. Don’t brown the garlic – it’ll lose its taste.

Dice the potatoes into cubes 3/4″ on a side. Add everything into the pot.  Now, cook the shit out of it. Really, I cook this until the meat is really tender – about 6 hours or more in the crockpot.  I did not use the red wine this time, but if I did, I would use one cup (no, two cups) instead of an equal amount of the water.

3 lbs Lean Stewing Beef – pounds
5 Potatoes
1 Can Garbanzo Beans
1 Can Kidney Beans
2 Can Crushed Tomatoes – 28 oz can
1.75 tsp Chili Powder teaspoon
3 tbsp Salt – tablespoon
1 tbsp Oregano tablespoon
1 Onion – medium
0.25 tspn Black Pepper – teaspoon
1 bulb Garlic
1 cup Celery 1 cup sliced
3 cups Water
1 cup Red Wine Optional

For each 2 cup serving (one bowl) of this stew, it comes to about 248 calories. My teenage sons love this recipe and always ask for it. Normally, we would eat this with hunks of crusty French bread torn from two big loaves in the center of the table. Those guys can eat, believe me. 4 Large male mammals can put away a gallon of this stuff in one sitting. Well, not this week (due to calorie restrictions) and I was eating alone.

So, why am I writing this?

Well, as the evening progressed, I decided to have a beer with my bowl of stew – Weihenstephan Korbinian. This is a calorie monster beer – 340 calories per 1/2 liter. As I drank my beer and ate my stew, I decided to have another bowl of stew. Then another. Then another beer and one last bowl of beef stew.

1,672 calories later, I realized that I had fallen off the wagon. I did not feel too good about this, but I wrote it off to a personal weekend celebration.

Now it is Monday morning. I still realize that rules are rules and it is back to the rigor of the program. Yesterday (Sunday) I ate very lean, so I know that today and the rest of the week will be a success.

The moral of the story is, weight loss does not just happen, it is planned. One sloppy day per week, is not going to kill you, but can you do it?  I know I can, but I will continue to be more careful from now on.

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The Truth about Belly Fat Exercise

February 24th, 2010 • activity, belly fat, exercise, fat2 Comments »

Belly fat is the male weight loss obstacle

The Problem

One of the biggest questions that guys have about weight loss,  is how to get rid of belly fat.  Belly fat is a nuisance. I know that the only thing you want to do with belly fat is to kill it. You  don’t want to talk about, or complain about it or even exercise it. You just want to point a laser gun at the blob, and zap it into vapor.

Belly fat is what being fat is all about. The love handles are sort of Baja-fat – it is just belly fat that hangs over your hips and bulges out of your shirt. In this article I am going to tell you how to lose belly fat. Let me tell you a few things first.

The health risks associated with belly fat are huge. Because of all of the six pack ab adverts out there on the net and TV, the advertisers  give you the definite belief, that you need to exercise your belly fat away. Well, they are at least a little correct, but mostly wrong. They want you to buy their products. Don’t be fooled into buying their crap.

Don’t Get Fooled

Doing intensive ab work – crunches, tightening muscles, hundreds of push-ups is not going to make your belly fat go away. Most likely, it may actually increase your abdomen size. This is because, without removing belly fat, your ab work WILL build muscle below the established fat layers. This increased muscle will bulge your belly out further.

In order to have six pack abs, you need to remove the layers of subcutaneous fat that lies over whatever muscle is there. While you are doing that, you need to slowly build the underlying muscle. The truth is that you can only get six pack abs by reducing belly fat. In order to reduce belly fat, you will also be reducing your overall body fat. Makes sense, right?

Here’s What To Do

Here are the two things that you need to do:

  • Eat Within Limits – you need to eat less calories than your body needs.  Your body is like an inbox for food. Only, in this case,  when the inbox is overflowing, the body stores the food as fat. There is too much food going into your body, than is getting used. In this case you get fatter because your body is over-fed. You need to find out how much food your body needs and eat less than that. It is that simple.
  • Exercise Daily – the male human being is an animal. All animals are physical beings that are designed to use their bodies regularly. We are not designed to sit and watch TV, play video games or eat for sport.  Create an exercise program that suits you. Many guys hate working out. I know how they feel. I have been in the situation also and it is the reason I am writing you now. But most guys think that exercising needs to hurt. It doesn’t. It does not need to hurt, but you need to get moving.  You need to get both cardio exercise (exercising using your lungs and heart) and strength training. Cardio burns fat now. Strength training builds lean body mass that increases your metabolism rate, which burns calories all day long on your behalf.  Metabolism is like a flywheel on your car – get that thing turning and it keeps burning and burning calories. Just do it.

Steps 1 and 2 must become a habit.  You have a problem with food and exercise. You need new habits. That means, you must know a day before what you will eat (and not eat) and you need to know at what time you will  exercise the next day.  This does not happen naturally. When you plan a specific time to exercise, only then will you do it.

What Will Likely Go Wrong

Now here is what is going to happen. You will start your “habit” for one day and you will feel good about it. The next day, maybe you will do it again, but the thrill of having achieved your food and exercise goal will be gone. Even worse, you will still see yourself as a fat man. This is the critical point. Stay with me here. This is where your breakthrough will occur.

Whether you can see it or not, even one day of exercising and eating within bounds will have an effect. It will reverse weight gain. In a week’s time, you will be able to measure weight loss. Within your new habits, you are not wasting any effort. It is an investment and it is paying off. Give it time and effort.

Be easy but firm with yourself.   If you have finally decided to lose the gut, you will see that the two steps above are  really a simple recipe.  It is like knowing the recipe for a ham and cheese sandwich. The recipe is bread, ham and cheese. There is not much thinking required….you just need to do it.

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The 25 Best Free Weight Loss Resources

February 22nd, 2010 • free resourcesNo Comments »

Fat guy thinking about how to lose weightBeing overweight sucks. There are a lot of painful daily reminders about being a fat male, such as barely fitting behind the steering wheel or bending over to do anything. Thinking about weight loss is bad enough, but then you actually have to do something about it. Where do you start?

Many guys use the internet, because it is easy to be anonymous. Who wants to identify themselves as being fat? But, there is more weight loss chatter on the internet than you can shake a stick at.

I am going to cut through the clutter for you. I am friends with other fat guys on the internet that use these tools and are making great progress. So now, you do not have to go looking for all of the tools that me and other guys like you actually need. And luckily for you, no matter where you go, you’re going to see some gratuitous pictures of Jillian Michaels in skimpy outfits, and that ain’t bad!

Here are 3 reasons I have included these free resources here:

  1. Provide weight loss progress
  2. Easy to use
  3. They don’t use girly pastel colors (seriously)

The Top 10

  1. PhysicsDiet.com – Physics Diet is the way I keep track of weight, diet and metabolism.
  2. Weight Loss Forum – great place to meet other guys that must lose weight. Good support by those who have been where you are.
  3. DailyBurn.com – Visually pleasing layout.
  4. CRON-O-Meter – actual downloadable software that you can put on your PC, Mac or Linus machine.
  5. TickerFactory.com – this is a great tool to use if you want to keep track of your weight on your Facebook Page, MySpace, or blog. Nice little read out you can put anywhere.
  6. 3500: Weight Loss Tools – another downloadable software package that you put on your computer.
  7. SparkPeople Free Diet Plans – personalized diet & fitness plan, calorie counter, exercise tracker, fitness demonstrations & video, answers from dietitians & trainers on message boards.
  8. Lose It! – Free iPod and iPhone app for weight loss. Allows you to set goals and establish a daily calorie budget.
  9. Combat Fitness – here is a great place for weight loss fitness routines.
  10. StartYouDiet.com – a lot of meal planning and charts and graphs here.

The Other 15 -  Useful Stuff

  1. Mayo Clinic Healthy Pyramid Calculator – quick and dirty calculator on how your meal plan per day should include.
  2. Calories Burned During Exercise - useful calorie counts for all kinds of exercises
  3. Exercise For Weight Loss – OK, this one is a little girly, but good.
  4. FitDay
  5. Calories Per Hour
  6. Nutridiary – Free Online Dieting
  7. Weight Loss Equations
  8. Fit Watch
  9. Calorie Counter
  10. WebMD BMI Plus Calculator
  11. FreeDieting.com Calorie Calculator
  12. The Daily Plate
  13. NutriMirror – Free Food Journal
  14. LIVESTRONG.COM
  15. 100 Painless Ways to Lose Weight

What other weight loss stuff do you use on the net?  I want to make this list better. Please let me know ideas below…..

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The Facts: Belly Fat and Heart Attack

February 18th, 2010 • belly fat, heart attack2 Comments »

Belly Fat Means Heart Attach - Male Weight LossHeart Attack – is a game stopper for men. A heart attack is like a personal lightning strike early in your life.  The biggest concern of guys is having their lives permanently changed or stopped. Weight loss for males is really about belly fat loss. Belly fat is the first place that men gain weight, and that is a sure indication of your health risk.

In the words of Michael Jensen, M.D., of Mayo Clinic – “People who gain belly fat are at greater risk of serious health problems than are people who accumulate fat in other areas — and men are more likely than women to gain weight around the waist.”

Belly fat is worse than fat in other parts of your body because of its effects on your arteries (based on research by Miina Ohman, MD, PhD and other medical researchers at the University of Michigan).  Belly fat is linked to atherorschlerosis (or hardening of the arteries) which makes heart attacks much more likely.

So, how do you know how much belly fat you actually have?

According to Dr. Jensen, there are a lot of sophisticated ways of testing how much belly fat you carry (body mass index, waist-to-hip ratio), but just measuring your waist is the easiest way to go.  So, here’s how to measure your waist:

  1. Put a tape measure around your bare belly just above where you can feel your hipbone.
  2. Pull the tape snug around your belly without being tight (there should be no tension on the tape).
  3. Makes sure the tape is level all around (use a mirror, if you need it).
  4. Relax, breathe naturally and do not suck in your gut.
  5. Read the number on the tape.

Heart attacks are much more prevalent for waist sizes above 40″ (or 102 centimeters). If you are at that number or beyond, you are at a significantly higher risk of a heart attack.  Exercise is a MUST for getting rid of belly fat. As usual, this must be done under medical guidance, because you do not want to put yourself at greater risk by reckless activity.

You’ve got to get the belly fat under control before it is too late.

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