Is Salad Dressing Sabotaging your Weight-Loss?

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Is salad dressing sabotaging your weight-loss? This is a really good question because when I speak with people and they tell me I’m eating three salads a day and I’m not losing weight. The first things I say is why are you eating only salad and what type of dressing are you putting on that salad. Now I don’t advocate eating only salad because there is normally not enough protein or variety in salads, so I wouldn’t recommend a salad diet only. Now that being said what you put on that seemingly healthy can derail you. I use to eat salads and I would pour Italian salad dressing all over it, in essence what I was doing was turning a healthy 300 or 450 calorie salad into a 1050 calorie meal! Two teaspoons of Italian salad dressing is 110 calories and most of us use far more than 2 teaspoons and blue cheese, ranch, and French dressing can be even worse. Now what should you do? No one wants to eat a salad with no dressing, that’s just blah!!! Here is what I would suggest you can try those spry spritzers, 20 sprays is about 20 calories but the sugar count is a little on the high side. You can also try having your salad dressing on the side, dipping your fork in it then eating your salad. Finally here is the approach I take because I don’t eat much sugar I use rice vinegar instead of salad dressings. I love rice vinegar because it is only about 5 calories per serving and comes in several different flavors. So try some of these suggestions and maybe you salad dressing will stop sabotaging your weight-loss.

Keep Trying…… You Can Do It!

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Here is a story from my childhood that I would like to share with everyone, in some ways this story shaped what I became. When I was about 9 or 10 years old I was already a overweight kid and as a result I couldn’t do things as easily as other normal size kids. Well we all had to participate in the Presidential fitness challenge that they gave at PE each year. I had never been to public school and this was my first time ever being involved in this test. Well we had to do the push-ups and the pull-ups and other physical test. I don’t remember how I did on the push-ups and pull-ups, but I do remember the run we had to complete. I can’t remember what time or how many laps we had to run but I do remember that I kept missing the required time by about 45 seconds the first time. Then I asked my PE teacher Mr. Resse (only teacher I can remember from this period) could I run it again. I must have run this thing about 5 or 6 times always getting closer to the required time but never making it. Finally one day Mr. Resse said to the whole class “you guys should be like Freddy, he and I both know he can’t complete the run but he keeps on trying.” The only problem with his statement was that I never knew I couldn’t do it until that moment! I was crushed I never knew that was how I was being viewed by someone I looked up to,  in fact I was never the same because I never had anybody to counter what he said. Over the years I just thought that even though I’ve always been an athletic fat boy (played all the sports) there were just some things I couldn’t do because of my size. I have since rediscovered that little kid who thought he could do anything, in fact I am sure based on where I at in my weight-loss that I can do anything. I prove it to myself everyday by challenging myself not just for weight-loss but also in my personal life. I believe that you can do it too just don’t let anybody discourage you no matter what your current size! Use the negativity as motivation and believe in yourself because I believe in you and that makes at least one person who is in your corner. I’ll holla

10 Ways to Fatten Up Your Kids By: Parth Shah

Hi guys this is an article from from a site I really respect shahtraining.com. I will be peridocicly be posting some articles from his site. I advise you check him out if you haven’t already.

 

10 Ways to Fatten Up Your Kids

Apr 13th, 2009 | By Parth | Category: Beginner Training, Featured Articles, lifestyle

The habits I formed when I was a kid followed me all the way to college. Although I was never obese (because I just cared too much about the way I looked), I had a weight problem due to horrible eating habits.

My mom bought a lot of sugary foods. She let me eat pizza and ice cream on a daily basis. I’m not blaming her, because she really didn’t know much better. As an immigrant struggling to make a living and support a family, she bought foods that were on sale. Her only goal was to keep me fed. There weren’t as many fat kids walking around twenty years ago as there are now, and so there was not as much awareness about what is healthy and what is not.

One thing I’ve realized by reading personal blogs of food addicts or former food addicts is that most of these habits are formed during child hood. If you were overweight as a kid, then you’re likely to be obese when you grow older.

 

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If you’re a parent, then I urge you to pay attention to what you’re feeding your kids. You may be a healthy parent, or an overweight parent, but either way your kids future depends on the example you set for them. I’m not a parent, I don’t even have a girlfriend, so I’m not going to teach you how to raise your kids. But, I would like to share a few experiences that I believe effected my weight when I was a kid:

  1. When I was around 4-5 years old, I began eating pizza on a frequent basis. My mom would take me to this place called Singas Famous Pizza, and order a half a pie of pizza almost every day. A full pie these days is around $4.50, so a half pie was probably extremely cheap back then.
  2. Every time I went to the playground, I didn’t really do much. I wasn’t playing with the other kids. I remember my mom was trying to get me to play on the monkey bars, but all I really did was go down slides and swing on theswing set. Swing sets are fun, but they don’t really burn off any calories.
  3. Also, at the playground, the only time I did any running was when the ice cream man came. My mom whipped out a dollar every day for me and let me run like the wind.
  4. When I started grade school, my mother would pretty much give me the same thing everyday: bread and butter sandwhich, a juice box, and fruit snack. That’s all just carbsand sugar. If she gave me fruit, I didn’t eat it.
  5. As I got older and began to receive an allowance. I threw out the food in the lunch box (cuz you can’t trade a bread and butter sandwich), and stood on the lunch line to be fed either a bagel with cream cheese or microwave pizza.
  6. In middle school, the lunch lady remembered that I was a vegetarian. So on days where there was no pizza or pasta, she would make me a special cheese sandwich: a bread roll with three-four slices of cheese. Put some ketchup on it, and gobble it up. Eat that everyday and see what happens to your man boobs.
  7. In high school, I went into the other direction, and became border line anorexic. I was skinny fat because I probably ate only 1000 calories a day. Combine that with a daily 1-2 mile run, 60 minutes in the weight room, and two intense martial arts training sessions per week, and you’ll have hunger pangs as loud as a speeding train.
  8. After high school, I learned how easy it was for me to drive down to Taco Bell in between my classes and gobble up a nice Mexican Pizza or Bean and Cheese burrito. Top it off with a tall cup of soda, and drive back to another boring lecture.
  9. Speaking of boring lectures, there was a Starbucks on campus. I began knocking down tall lattes to help me stay awake in class. When those didn’t work, I started a ritual of latte in the morning and Monster energy drink in the evening.
  10. Finally, as if this story couldn’t get any worse, there is an Indian restaurant near my dad’s place. It’s good stuff. I would gobble up around 3parotas(a type of bread) with Palak Paneer (literally, spinach and cheese), almost every week.

There you have it. If your goal is to fatten up your kids so that one day they can audition for the Biggest Loser and win half a million dollars for entertaining other fat people who are too lazy to go to ShahTraining.com and try out a quick bodyweightworkout, then just follow my tips, and you’ll achieve your goal.

Over the next few months, I will be spending a lot of time on developing content for overweight and obese individuals looking to lose weight. I realize some of the limitations that even bodyweight training can have for the morbidly obese. But I also see a lot of potential for teaching basic bodyweight movements to these individuals. I’ll get into this in a future post.

 

About the Author

Parth Shah is an average joe who’s tired of all the nonsense he sees in mainstream health and fitness media. His thoughts, ideas, and philosophy can be found on his website, ShahTraining.com. (Feed – http://feeds.feedburner.com/shahtraining/UQuk)

 

I’m still on protein….

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What up! Yep I’m still researching the importance of protein in my diet. I’m kind of flabby since losing weight and I now feel that I need to build muscle to combat the fat I still have on my body. I mean I’m 193 but I still have over 20 percent body fat! I’ve been working out and reading, reading, reading. There so much information out there that I sometimes forget about my own  blog. Well what most experts are saying about protein is that when lifting weights to gain muscle you should have at least 1 gram of protein for every pound you weight. That means that I should be eating 193 grams of protein! Wow that is alot of food Huh? That why they make protein shakes, I was torn on whether I should be taken them because I don’t want to gain any fat but what I’m going to do is monitor my calorie intake very closely and ensure that the added shake don’t cause me to go over my 2000 calories, which I very seldom go over anyway (actually don’t eat enough some days, Go figure!). Well that is all I got today I’ll be sure to get more info and pass it along. Oh heres a few links for you guys to check out.

http://www.beverlyslist.com/health-hygiene/article1438.htm

http://www.axislabs.net/blog/importance-of-protein

http://www.criticalbench.com/importance_protein.htm  (I like this one the best)

Protein shake anyone?

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Hey everybody out there in bloggerville, I have not posted in about 3 weeks. I’ve been really busy trying to get my workouts in and making sure I’m on top of my nutrition. My weight is currently 196 pounds. That’s right I have finally broke the 200 pound mark (hooray for me). I have really intensified my workouts as of late because I want to start to see the muscle gain. I have recently been debating on whether or not to take a protein shake and I must admit I am a bit confused. Some people swear by protein shakes and claim that their recovery is aided by the use of these products and that they receive the benefit of quickly absorbed protein to aid with the muscle rebuilding process post workout. Others claim that protein shake are not needed and may even have some additives in the product that are harmful, I personally am still on the fence. I  have decided to give protein shakes a try on a limited basis and I’m going to stay away from the shakes with lots of sugar, aspartame, or splenda. I’ll let you guy know how it goes I’m also posting a few links the give the pros and the cons of protein shakes. Good luck!!

 

http://www.improvingyourworld.com/health/pros_and_cons_of_protein_shakes_001661.html

 

http://www.improvingyourworld.com/health/pros_and_cons_of_protein_shakes_001661.html