Are you a woman looking to lose weight? While there is a ton of information online, in books, and in magazines, sometimes it can be hard to find what you need to actually lose weight. For example, magazine articles can sometimes be misleading and the supposed “toning exercises” can also lead us down a path to frustration Continue reading →
In the previous article I gave you a great ab workout for women in order to get those core muscle in shape. Now that you have that working for you, you’re gonna need to burn off some fat so you and everybody you want to impress can see them.
Read on to learn four simple changes you can make immediately to start burning more fat and get that flat belly you want.
Most extremely popular fad diets are extremely restrictive – not just in terms of how many (or should I say “few”) calories you are allowed to consume, but also with regards to which food groups you can choose from. For instance, we have all heard of the “fat free” or “no carb” diets. But these restrictive diets are all extremely unhealthy, and are doomed to fail from the start! For starters, while starving your body on a 1000-calorie/day diet might make you lose weight (at least initially, until your body gives up on you), these “starvation” diets will only make your body fatter (and extremely tired/cranky) in the long run…
On average, very few women at the gym actually understand how to work out. For some reason, people have been lying to women, telling us that lots of cardio and more dieting are the keys to success in the battle against fat-loss. I did a survey this past Spring that confirmed this: about 95% of the women I spoke with had never lifted with free weights, and spent most of their time on the eliptical or treadmill machines. Even more shocking to me was that about 80 percent of the women hadn’t eaten anything within the past 3.5 hours of exercising (or more – one young woman running on the treadmill hadn’t eaten for nearly 7 hours!) EEK!
For those of you who haven’t heard, there’s this new fad out right now called the “paleo diet”.
Based on the principle that food was a whole lot healthier back before humans started processing it and putting it back together in pretty packages, the diet preaches that followers should eat an abundance of fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meats, seafood, and nuts… and should completely avoid anything processed.
When I first heard about this diet, I thought it sounded pretty similar to the way I have been eating for the past five years. I figured it was the same old story — some slick person with great marketing skills stumbled upon something that has existed for years & years (“healthy eating”), put a strange spin on it (the “paleo diet” lets you eat insects!) and slaps a name on it to make money. Ha!
But, before you go jumping on the paleo bandwagon, riding off into the stone age, and then posting about it on your twitter accounts… let me warn you: Don’t fall for it, ladies!!!
For, though the premise behind the paleo diet is somewhat admirable, there are actually quite a few major problems with it in practice…