Tuesday, April 06, 2010
If you all know me, I NEVER EVER would intentionally want to hurt anyone's feelings, so let me just start out by saying if I TRULY did not care about a person's well being and health, I would not take the time to gather information and share it with you concerning the new way to lose weight. I KNOW how hard weight loss is, I TOTALLY understand the frustrations that come along with losing 5-200 pounds. I just hate for ANYONE to suffer any damage to their bodies that may not become apparent for 5-40 years down the line in the form of cancer, heart disease, stroke, or whatever else the body may do to turn on us for the abuse we put it through.
Recently there has been discussion among my clients as well as on some of my Spark teams about the new "trend" in weight loss. It consists of eating 500 calories a day and injecting the man made hormone HCG that is naturally produced within the female body during pregnancy.
No human body is meant to function and survive healthily on 500 calories a day without damage occurring. It takes a minimum of 1000 calories just to have the heart pumping normally, the liver and kidneys filtering correctly, and the brain functioning fully. Heck it takes the body 400 calories to function normally at night when you are sleeping!!!
When reducing your calories below 800 calories, this is termed a "starvation diet." Some of the side effects of a starvation diet are:
Lack of energy
Catabolysis is the process of the body breaking down its own muscle and tissue to keep the nervous system and heart functioning. This will lead to permanent damage to the body.
Loss of vital nutrients that are absent from the diet are not available for the body to regenerate (WHAT YOU EAT TODAY MAKES UP WHO YOU ARE TOMORROW) This vitamin deficiency leads to diarrhea, skin rashes, hair loss, acne, and heart failure.
Atrophy (weakness) of the stomach occurs and the sense of hunger is lost. This is NOT a good thing because what is occurring is the manipulation of the hunger hormone ghrelin. Without ghrelin naturally produced in our bodies, our stomach will not work as it should telling us we are hungry and then the ghrelin tells the brain to release leptin, our fullness hormone. The manipulation of these hormones causes havoc and the body will NOT work as God intended it to do so. With the absence of the hunger hormone ghrelin also comes the lack of Human Growth Hormone in our bodies. This hormone is what is prevalent in our teen years. If you want to look younger, take it from this perimenopausal woman, you DON'T want to do anything to cause your body to stop producing HGH. And without ghrelin, we don't get our deep REM sleep which is when the body gets the best shot of HGH.
Now if starvation of our body isn't scary enough, the side affects that the drug may cause are:
Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome: It is rare but is life threatening to the individual. Immediate treatment from your doctor is suggested if you experience severe pelvic pain, swelling of the hands and feet, stomach pain, shortness of breath, urinating less, nausea or vomiting.
With the individual self injecting the hormone risk of a blood clot is a concern. If you experience redness at the injection site, tingling in the extremities, dizziness, or severe headache, seek medical attention immediately.
Men are at risk of prostate cancer since the injection does cause swelling of the prostate. Increase of the breasts are also a side affect so look out MAN BOOBIES
Suffering from depression, feelings of restlessness and irritability, water weight gain, headaches, and skin rashes are all some side affects that users have experienced.
If you currently or have suffered from the following disorders, HCG is not recommended for your weight loss choice:
Thyroid or adrenal disorders
Hormone related cancers...or any cancers that may be hereditary. EVERYONE has free radicals in their bodies. Those free radicals just lay dormant waiting for the one thing that is going to fuel their growth. So when the cancer starts out pin head size and doubles it's no biggee. But when your cancer is baseball size and doubles......
Lastly, in 1975 the FDA has required labeling and advertising of HCG to state:
" HCG has not been demonstrated to be effective adjunctive therapy in the treatment of obesity. There is no substantial evidence that it increases weight loss beyond that resulting from caloric restriction, that it causes a more attractive or "normal" distribution of fat, or that it decreases the hunger and discomfort associated with calorie-restricted diets."
I put this information out here for you to educate yourself in making the BEST choice for YOU and YOUR health. I do not offer any judgement if this is your way of going about losing weight.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Yesterday had a whirlwind of emotions wrapped into my day. After waking from 8 hours of deep restful sleep, I was invigorated and ready to take on the day. What a WONDERFUL thing 8 hours of sleep hot flash free can be As I normally do on Thursday, I get my weight. I have been struggling with the same 10 pounds for a year now, so in January I set a BABY GOAL of 150. Yesterday I FINALLY achieved that goal I was so elated and couldn't wait to burn off some more calories and fuel my body with some MEAN LEAN AND CLEAN foods
As I sat down at my desk and looked over my calendar, I realized the date. A deep sadness seemed to set in for it would have been my Mom's 77th birthday. It has been 6 years since her passing with brain cancer and I miss her everyday. As thoughts were rolling through my mind, it saddened me further to realize how much she has missed in our lives these past 6 years. She will miss her beloved Nikki (my oldest) getting married this May, she has missed my youngest growing up being just as sweet ( for the MOST part ) and smart as her big sissy, and she has missed her 3 children grow into their mid/late life adulthood happy, full of life, and persuing their dreams. How I WISH she would have taken better care of her self so she would be here with us today.
8 am quickly rolls around and it's my time to bring my second persona into action. HELLGA is ready to bring it ON in the gym. As I walk out to my studio, I here the laughter from several clients in the gym waiting for me to get in there and ANNIHILATE their fat calories right off their little booties. I just LOVE knowing that I can help 50 people LOOK FORWARD to their workouts and they DIG getting better as they age. That's the goal right?! So the sadness of death is removed by the reality of LIFE. And most importantly I can help them to live a BETTER quality of one. What a GREAT profession I am blessed to work in and most importantly I LOVE getting up to do!!!
Midafternoon as I finish my workout and come into the house to get my meals done for my family and myself, I realize how GOOD I feel today. My kickboxing for an hour made me feel so invigorated and strong. For 45, I feel FRIGGIN' . I then let sadness set in with the thought of my Mom and did she EVER feel good? Was there ever a time in her life she wasn't ill? I DO blame her illnesses on and if she just would have quit the first time she has ovarian cancer, would she avoided the brain cancer?! I will never know the answer to that, because the Lord called her home.
My phone beeps to let me know I have a text. One of my clients was letting me know she had a doctor's appointment. She wouldn't be at workout but she wanted to let me know that her doctor ranted about all the weight she had lost and that she needed to keep up whatever she was doing. . This lady is one that I have REALLY had to force the fruits and veggies into because she is such a picky eater. I showed her Maranatha's brand of all natural peanut butter. They even have a dark chocolate one that is AWESOME on a banana, Fage yogurt, and the dark chocolate peanut butter....a HEALTHY banana split So I repond back to her congratulating her. I send a second response saying and THANKS TO THE CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER :)
And her response back to me was " You have changed my life." Those 5 little words wiped that sad feeling of death from my emotions and the reality of LIFE and making it BETTER was back into my heart again. My emotional roller coaster was complete, and I realize that this job IS my calling and I am SO VERY BLESSED to have my peeps in my life.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIMI. I LOVE YOU!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
“The body is your baggage you carry through life. The more EXCESS you carry, the shorter and unhealthier your trip will be!”
Here you are cruising through life, going to work, spending time with your family and friends, eating the same way as you did when we were 20 something and BAM..you wake up one day and you are either SQUEEEZING into your jeans or those size 8/10’s were turned into a 16/18. WHAT IN THE HECK HAPPENED?! Anyone over the age of 40 will GET this. And if you are 30 something and have had kids, I’m sure you GET this happening to you as well. How, why, what did you do to deserve this happening to your health?!
Between the ages of 30-70, your muscle mass declines by 40 PERCENT! The loss of your muscle mass results in the slowing down of your metabolism which makes our bodies susceptible to gaining that icky and unhealthy body fat. If a person CONTINUES to neglect their health by not focusing on healthy foods and daily exercise, their future weight will be:
• 10 years from now-26 pounds heavier
• 20 years from now- 52 pounds heavier
• 30 years from now…if you make it that long-78 pounds heavier
When a person gains weight, their fat cells obviously increase in size. When you lose weight, the fat cells never just disappear. They are there awaiting those excess calories to be consumed, and they will increase to capacity. And when the cells are completely full, they are extremely happy to create new ones.
Now step away from the aesthetic part of the body fat equation…think about your body fat SMOTHERING your internal organs. Your heart is being crushed, your diaphragm cannot work like it needs to allowing you to take in deep and healing breaths, your liver cannot filter your blood as it should for your body fat adding to the filtering process leading to high cholesterol and triglycerides.
There is ABSOLUTELY no reason that this should be your future!!! It is NEVER too late to start exercising and NEVER is it more important to discover what HEALTHY food choices is all about. Each time you step in the weight room and TRAIN correctly and combine that session with a CLEAN diet, the gain in LEAN MASS we are striving for increases your metabolism . That metabolism boost from muscle causes you to burn hotter at rest, 50 calories more than the less fit person sitting next to you.
With the latest results out recommending that you should exercise 6 days a week for an hour (I have preached that to my peeps for 10 years now and this has ALWAYS been recommended by ACSM), there are already doctors and nay-sayers disputing this information and saying 30 minutes is ok. WHY IS IT PEOPLE WANT TO MAKE BEING UNHEALTHY, UNFIT, OVERWEIGHT, OR OBESE OK?!! Obesity and inactivity are linked to diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Obesity/inactivity costs companies BILLIONS due to the amount of money they lose a year due to sick employees, and YOU(obese and inactive) end up paying out the WAZOO for pharmaceuticals that you WOULDN’T HAVE TO TAKE. ALL COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED IF YOU JUST DID THE RIGHT THING BY EATING RIGHT AND EXERCISING CORRECTLY AN HOUR A DAY!
Regardless of your age, family history, or any other EXCUSE people have for neglecting their workouts/food intake, YOU are responsible for YOUR own health. The more fit you become, the more calories you will burn at rest. The more calories you burn, the less fat mass you will be carrying around. The less fat mass you have, the longer and better quality your life will be. An hour a day will keep disease at bay!!! That’s REALLY NOT asking too much.
TRAIN ON PEEPS!!!
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