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My Freaking Bathroom Scale is Broken!

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Male Weight Loss Guy on ScaleA lot of guys talk out loud to their bathroom scales. And these are usually some very emotionally-powered words. Actually they’re four-lettered male-preferred words. Apparently there are a lot of broken scales out there. Every day us weight loss candidates have some really practical problems with their bathroom scales:

1.  The bathroom scale only goes up to 300 pounds and they weigh more than that. A lot of men are force to go to the doctor’s office, just to get weighed because they are literally off the scales.

2. They get on the scale and their weight changes by about 5 pounds from the day before. Not necessarily in the good direction. How can a scale possibly give you such wacky information two days in a row? What the hell?

The fact is that every scale is wrong.

The only thing that you can count on for a bathroom scale is that it tells you how much your weight is changing in general over a longer period of time. There are a few things you can do to ensure that you get the most accurate reading on your bathroom sclae though. Do these things every time you get on the scale:

  1. Decide how often you want to weigh yourself. You don’t need to weigh yourself anymore than once per week. Weighing yourself often is pure punishment because of the bad news you get. Then, don’t do it. Once a week is enough. You know you are heavy, you don’t need to “align with reality” any more than you want. Be nice to yourself.
  2. Weigh yourself at the same time of the day, on the days that you have chosen to weigh yourself.
  3. Wear the same thing everyday when you get on the scale. It does not matter what you wear…just make it easy to get on the scale as part of your schedule.  Weighing first thing in the morning is the easiest because you are usually in the bathroom at the same time every day.
  4. Stand on the scale with feet spread slightly so that the outer edges of your feet are at the edge of the scale platform. Do this so that you are well balanced and stable.
  5. Have your toes lined up with the edge of the scale platform closest to the dial or digital readout. You do this so that you have your feet in the same place every time.
  6. Head forward and arms relaxed at your side. Obviously you have to look down at the scale to read it. You do not want to effect the reading by your motion or weight shifting from looking all over the place.

Honestly, your scale is wrong. Every scale is wrong. The belly fat is the target, not your weight. You’re just using the scale like the speedometer on your car. You want to see whether you’re “speeding”  or not.  You want to know how your food program and exercsie program is working for you. Do what you can to get the best reading by controlling yourself.

Can You Lose Weight and Drink Beer?

Friday, April 2nd, 2010


Fat Guy Slim Woman Toast Beer JuiceIf you’re like me, I often wonder whether drinking beer is inconsistent with losing weight. I really like beer. I especially like the strongest styles from around the world. I’ve been all over the world and have drank the best – Belgian, German, English Scottish,  and even Malaysian (Tiger Stout) to name just a few.

I also used to make my own beer at home. I made all kinds of beers – Belgium abbey style ales, German lagers, India Pale Ales, stouts and dozens of other styles. I think the best beer that I’ve ever made was one similar to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but made about twice as strong. Like jet fuel!

Anyhow, as you can see I like beer. The kinds of beer I drink are very high in calories, because they’re usually higher in alcohol. So, the question is, can you drink beer and lose weight? The answer is yes and no. Rather than give you a bunch of useless data, let me get you the facts. Here they are from Go Ask Alice at Columbia University:

  1. Calories - all alcoholic beverages have a lot of calories. These calories are just like all other calories. A typical 12 oz light beer has about 105 calories and a regular beer about 150 calories. If you eat or drink more calories than your body needs, you will get fat. See the Fat Loss Formula for information.
  2. Fat Burning Function is Suspended! - that’s right. Normally your liver is metabolizing your stored fat. So before you drink alcohol your body is trying its best to burn the belly fat that is already there.  But, when you have alcohol in your body, the liver’s first job is to use up the calories in the alcohol now in your bloodstream.  So alcohol’s presence in your body stops your fat from being burnt immediately. Wo!
  3. Alcohol Increases The Appetite – alcohol also stimulates appetite in many people. This may also hinder your weight loss effort even more. Have you ever noticed that you get hungry when you are having a beer? Pretzels and nuts on bars seem to go hand-in-hand with beer drinking. Most bars like to put out big dishes of this salty stuff, because you will in turn drink more beer. A vicious cycle, I have enjoyed.

So, as you can see from these facts, losing weight and drinking a lot of beer doesn’t make sense. Having a beer here and there is not going to hurt anything. You still need to list all of your calories for the day….and the beer you drink must show up on that list like everything you eat or drink.

Will I stop drinking beer? Hell no. But fact number 2 above, has taught me now that even if I am drinking a beer with less calories, I am putting my weight loss on hold, until my liver can get back on its feet again after processing the drink. Just thinking that you are drinking light beer is now not just about the calories it doesn’t have.  I hate light beer anyhow.

I hope that this article was useful to you. Please let me know if you learned something or if you have anything else to add.

On a separate subject, this weekend I will again be participating in the Week Warrior Challenge to hold to three weight loss goals. Here are my three goals for the weekend;

  1. Eat less than 2,000 calories per, day every day this weekend
  2. Walk 4 miles each day this weekend (completed 20 miles this week already)
  3. Drink 1 gallon of water every day

Weight Loss is About Energy

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

I listened to a podcast today that was recorded many months ago. I listen to the Everything is Energy podcast when I go out for my 4 mile walk 5 times a week. I walk through a beautiful forest along the Fox river here in northern Illinois. I have been walking or jogging this trail for nearly 20 years and I never get tired of it.

On this particular podcast was a guy name Stu Zimmerman from Inner Espresso.  He talked about how money is like water. When it’s moving it is powerful. When it’s stagnant, it sort of gets sick and stagnant and “self-pollutes.” Suddenly I thought, “that that’s just like energy in your body.” When you eat something and the body does not process it into action, or heat or thought, it sort of gets stored as belly fat. Belly fat is like self-made body pollution from stored energy.

Belly fat and his side kick (the love handles)  is the stuff that we avoid for obvious reasons:

  • Causes heart attack
  • Causes type II diabetes
  • Drains your energy
  • Looks horrible on us.

You know the feeling of belly fat. You cannot bend over without feeling you are going to pass out or you just plain cannot tie your shoes. You can’t play with your kids in the yard or even get down on the floor with them, because of your gut. You would never consider taking off your shirt at the pool or beach. You always wear a hoodie or jacket with sweat pants, because it’s the only thing that can house your bulk.

Here’s why looking at fat like stored energy is really powerful. Although the body can store fat, the body was really mostly designed to process energy. Energy stored as fat is just a side business of the body. One of my bosses from years ago in my corporate days,  had a poster hung on his wall that stated “A ship is safe in a harbor, but that is not what ships are made for.” Same thing for body fat.

Here are simple steps to use in maximizing the energy that you put into your body as the next bite you will take:

  1. First – visualize the fat already stored in your body as stored energy.
  2. Second – Realize that when you take the next bite, you are already putting more fuel into your “fuel tank” that is way full. It’s more than full. As a matter of fact, you have created several auxiliary tanks to store all of your fuel.
  3. Decide to forego that next bite or snack and draw down on your fat reserves starting right now to reverse the direction of the weight gain.

It’s that simple. Every time that you put your body into a calorie deficit, you will lose weight. What’s a calorie deficit? It’s when you are using more fuel than you take in everyday. It’s simply a numbers game.

Try this right now. Total up the calories you ate today. Make a list right now of everything you ate today and how many calories are in them.  If the total calories you have eaten, or will eat, exceeds the calories burned for a guy your age, you will gain more fat. If it’s less, you will starting burning up fat, right now.

So now go do it.

The Four Letter Word – Diet

Friday, March 12th, 2010

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.

Belly Fat and Sex

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

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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 Truth about Belly Fat Exercise

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

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 Facts: Belly Fat and Heart Attack

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

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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