So, what is the “Best Diet” for someone over 40?
Well, let’s see how many diets I can name off the top of my head and we will go from there. You have Paleo, South Beach, Zone, Atkins, Vegan, Vegetarian, Raw Diet, Keto, Weight Watchers, Whole 30, Dash Diet, and my favorite the Twinkie Diet. Yes, there really is a diet centered around just eating Twinkies. I hope I don’t have to explain to you that the Twinkie Diet is not a good idea to try. And, the Twinkie diet may not be the only crazy diet out there as I am sure if you search the web I bet you could find one that somebody came up with that is bizarre.
It is no wonder that people are confused and are always asking what is the “best diet” for them to lose weight. Oh, and in full closure, I have tried several of these diets except for the Twinkie one.
So, with all these diet choices which one is the best diet for someone over 40 to lose weight? That was the question I positioned this post on. Well, unfortunately, there is no best diet for someone over 40. Of course, unless you have a medical issue that your doctor or a registered dietician has prescribed for you.
I am sorry, I know you were probably hoping I would have the answer and you would start it immediately but let me tell you why there is no particular diet that is the best.
We all are different!
Here are just a few ways that we all differ:
Body Type – Each and every one of us has a different body type. Most of us will fall into one of three types, which are an ectomorph, mesomorph, and endomorph. Each body type can require a different amount of food as well as a type of food that gets utilized more. For instance, a mesomorph might need to take in more protein as an ectomorph may be alright with a mix of carbs and protein for fuel and performance.
Fitness Level and Body Composition – Everyone of us is at a different level of fitness and have a different percent of body fat at any given time. So, this will have a determination on what type of foods should be eaten and maybe even determine when we should eat. For instance, if you are more of an endomorph it might be best to eat more of a low carb diet or eat carbs right after a workout.
Age – Well, as you may have already found out as we age our metabolism changes and can begin to slow down. This will cause you to need to adjust the amount and type of food you take in on a daily basis. Also, with aging digestion abilities begin to change which also can be a factor on food choices that you may eat.
Dietary preferences and exclusions – whether plant based, carnivore, or allergic to certain foods a vast range of food preferences could be a reason for a certain type of diet.
Time – Let’s face it most of us right now are trying to work full-time jobs and raise a family so time is a critical component, so food that is easy to shop for and cook tend to be a factor in what diet is best at this stage of life.
Budget – Although it may not be as expensive as you think to eat organic money does play a role in the ability to buy higher quality and quantities of food so it can be a factor on how you eat if you are on a tight budget.
Nutritional Knowledge and Diet History – Some of us might be devout followers of a certain dietary practice and have a history of trying different things. While others may not know exactly what to look for so we tend to follow what is trending and people are doing, which still might lead to success.
Those are just some of the differences that we all have and bring to the table ( no pun intended) when it comes to what works for us from a dietary standpoint.
The healthiest people in the world don’t have a single nutrition philosophy. If you look at people who live in different parts of the world and see that they have lower rates of cardiovascular disease and obesity their diets differ from region to region. Also, it is important to note that the human body adapts amazingly well to many different ways. You can be healthy and fit whether you mostly eat meat or mostly veggies or mostly carb or fats many times a day or just a few times. You should focus on exploring and trying different things.
Over the years I have tried a variety of different types of “diets” where I tweak my nutrition habits and daily intake to mimic what they are proposing but not completely adhering to the strict regime of their diet. Each time I see results as ultimately it requires me to change my bad habits and gets me to change my energy balance. You should focus on exploring and trying different things without getting totally fixated on one particular diet! If you find something that works, stick with it but if it is making you be restrictive to the point you can’t continue or are not seeing results change it up again.
Remember this is a marathon and not a sprint so keep with it. More than anything consistency and lifestyle change is what really allows us to see results and change for the long haul.
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In a time and era where all we have to do is click a button and we get instant gratification, it is hard to have the patience to wait for something. How would you feel if it took you 18 years to reach and accomplish your goal? I bet if I was to tell you that you needed to keep working hard and do it for 18 years and then you would reach your goal I wouldn’t get a single person to sign up for that program. Well, if you follow golf this past weekend Sergio Garcia won his first major championship. You see in the professional golf world you are judged on how many major championships you win. It doesn’t matter if you are highly ranked or have won multiple PGA tournaments but rather how many major championships you win. Sergio competed in 73 major championships without a win. So, what does this have to do with fitness and reaching goals? Well, I want to share with you a few things you need to take away from Sergio Garcia’s win at the Masters in 2017 and apply it to your fit over 40 journey.
First, you need to have a goal and it needs to be something big. The reason I say big is because it has to be something that gets you excited. It may be you need to lose 50 lbs and losing that 50 lbs will get you back to what you were like in college. It may be to run a marathon or compete in a triathlon. Something that is going to be a huge accomplish after you achieve it. And here is the real bonus. It is not so much the actual goal that is the reward but it is who you became in the process of reaching that goal. In Sergio’s case, he was a very electrifying and emotional player. He said if he made a mistake in his earlier years he would dwell on it and let it have an effect on his play. Finally, as he got older he learned to channel his emotions and bounce back from a setback. The same is true on your fitness journey. You are not going to win every day. Some days are going to be better than others so you need to learn what you did wrong and try to correct it and not make the mistake again.
Second, is to never give up. The fitness journey should be a marathon. It should be one of you top priorities that you focus on. As the years went by and Sergio would eventually fall short of winning the championship the burden of not winning grew. Every time he would get close to winning a major championship the media would bring up the stat of how many times he fell short, but even with all the scrutiny, Sergio remained focused on the big picture and his overall goal of winning a major championship. He never gave up and you shouldn’t either. There will be people who will say, “Oh, you are trying another diet or didn’t you try to lose weight before and not have success.” Don’t listen to the naysayers and believe that it will come to fruition one day.
And the final lesson is to enjoy the journey. Sometimes get lost along the way and forget to celebrate the small victories. Sergio said that even though he had not one a major he still was happy with his career and the wins he achieved over the 18 years as a pro golfer. That is why I recommend you break down your large goal into 12-week chunks. Once you reach those short term goals celebrate the win and then set a new 12-week goal to use the momentum to get closer to the overall goal.
In all fairness I hope it doesn’t take you 18 years to reach your goal, however, I hope you establish the mindset and belief that no matter what setbacks you go through or obstacles that get put in front of you, you persevere and reach your end destination and achieve your goal.
If you need help getting started or need a coach to get you through something please don’t hesitate to reach out. I have the Ulitmate Fitness Coaching program where I work with individuals on nutrition and fitness programming. If you would like a 10-minute coaching call to see if I can assist you then click the link here to find out more.
What does it take to write a best-selling weight loss book? Well, it takes a lot of time, frustration, self-doubt and just pure grit to get it done! It was one of the hardest but most rewarding experiences I have had in my life. Let me tell you I never ever imagined that I would one day call myself and author. I always struggled in English and it was not my favorite subject. Subjects like Anatomy, Biology, Exercise Science were subjects I excelled in so what was I thinking when I decided to write a book? Well, I knew I had knowledge and information that needed to get out to people. Even if I only had one person pick up my book and something I said or suggested in there changed their life and put them on a better track of living healthy and being fit then my mission would be complete!
So with that, I am so happy to announce that “Fit Over 40 Challenge” is now a best-selling weight loss book on Amazon and I owe it all to you! Listen, my parents raised me not to brag and be humble, but when I found out that the book I just recently wrote, “Fit Over 40 Challenge; 6 weeks to Lose Fat, Build Muscle, and Feel 20 Years Younger” hit the Amazon Best Seller list I was shocked and stoked at the same time. How could I not share the good news! Just to be clear it is not a NY Times Best Seller or even on the same level as a Dr. Phil book but it still became a bestseller on Amazon! It actually hit #1 in the Exercise and Fitness for the Aging category. Pretty cool and I could not have done it without all the support I have had since launching the book by fellow readers and those of us in the club, yes the 40 and over club that is!
If you want to learn more about why I wrote it and who this book is for you can read the post I wrote on the recent book launch .
Here are some things you will learn from reading my book:
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Are you tired of counting calories to ensure you lose weight? Listen, it has become easier with all the apps and technology to track your food and log it. I mean all you have to do is scan a bar code and you can get most all the information you need added to your daily log. But, let’s face it nobody really wants to spend time every day, 365 days a year logging their food. I know I will have the best intentions in the world but trying to juggle running an online coaching business, coaching at Orangetheory fitness, and the hustle and bustle of two active kids I fall short and stop after a few good days. Well, if you are like me and need a more simpler approach I have you covered.
Take a look at this infographic by Precision Nutrition and Dr. John Beradi. I think you will agree this is a much easier approach to knowing how much you should be eating without the hassle of pulling out your smart phone and searching for food items to add to your food diary!
Using your hand is really all you need but if you want to see the different portion sizes for men and women as well as body type then download the entire infographic to see how to build your plate!
You can download the full info graph here => precision_nutrition_calorie_control_guide_pdf
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If you are a guy over 40 then you know things have changed. Maybe you have lost your energy? Or maybe you no longer have the lean physique you once had. Don’t worry I am here to help you out! Here are 9 fitness tips for guys over 40.
Do Push Ups – Back when I crossed over the 40 mark and finally made the decision to get into the best shape of my life it actually all started with pushups. You see I was part of this mastermind group and the leader of the group started a pushup challenge. It wasn’t just any old challenge as if you did not complete your daily pushups and reach the goals that were set for the challenge you had to pay up. Yes, it was like reverse psychology where you actually did not win a prize for doing it but actually paid money to a charity that you disliked. I talk about it in my book if you want to learn more about the challenge, but pushups are considered to be the ultimate barometer of fitness. It incorporates so many muscle groups and core strength. There is a reason the military does so many pushups. Plus, you can easily do this first thing in the morning or at night in your home!
Eat More Protein – protein is a “macronutrient” meaning the body needs relatively large amounts of it. One of the very first things I did when I did when I made the commitment to get fit again was I increased my protein. Now I know you probably aren’t going to carry around a big bowl of brown rice and chicken and eat all day. Or, like when I was in college I had a co-worker that I worked with at the community college gym who had 7 or 8 tuna fish cans with him that he would eat during his shift. But, you need to start increasing your protein intake. The DRI (Dietary Reference Intake) is 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight or 0.36 grams per pound. This amounts to: 56 grams per day for the average sedentary man. If you are working out and lifting weights I recommend a little higher intake. Also, if you are like me and have a difficult time getting your protein from natural food sources like chicken, fish, and meat then you can use supplements like a protein shake to get the amount you need. I use Shakeology.
Recover well – As we age unfortunately it takes us a lot longer to recover than it used to. I learned that the hard way a few weeks ago when I took my friend out to celebrate his birthday but that is another story. No serious as we age we need more time to recover from our workouts. Especially, if you are doing any sort of HIIT training or heavy lifting. Don’t feel guilty about taking extra days to recover, especially if you are really sore from a hard workout as your body needs it.
Do HIIT Exercises – All the rage these days is HIIT training. What does HIIT stand for you ask? Well, it stands for high, intensity, interval training. What makes it so great? Well, with HIIT training your heart rate will typically be above 84% of your max heart rate for a period of 12 more minutes throughout, which leads to EPOC. EPOC is a big fancy word for what we call the “afterburn.” That is where you are burning calories 12-36 hours after the workout. Not to mention the caloric burn you received when doing a more intense workout than just getting on the elliptical.
Get More Sleep –If there was one piece of advice that I would say to you that could make all the difference in your weight loss and general health it would be to get more sleep. I used to give a stress management presentation to corporations and I would ask them to raise their hands if they got five hours of sleep a night. Most everybody raised their hand but as I asked them 6, not as many, then 7, even less, and finally 8, maybe one or two still had their hand up. I have heard it all. But I don’t require as much sleep or I can sleep all I want when I am dead. The truth here is your body needs rest and recovery like I mentioned above and there have been studies that have shown people who get 7-9 hours a sleep a night are in better health and lose more weight. Work on getting more sleep!
Eat More Super Foods – Don’t worry I not telling you to go out and start eating kale chips although it wouldn’t be a bad thing but you should start eating more broccoli. Broccoli contains sulforaphane, which reduces cartilage depletion in the joints according to researchers. Start eating more oily fish like Tuna, Sardines and Salmon. Why are they so good for you? Apart from being a great source of protein, these oily fish pack the goodness of Omega 3 fatty acids. Also, the monounsaturated oils keep you healthy, are great antioxidants and keep your metabolic rate high. My best friend and college roommate would go on what I called the fish diet when he wanted to lose weight and you know what every time he would eat nothing but fish he would drop 10 pounds. So, eat more of these superfoods to help you keep your joints working and your metabolic rate high!
Make Weights Heavier – Lifting heavy and with good form is important to grow lean mass and more muscle. Also, by lifting heavy and strenuous your body will release growth hormone which is critical for growing muscle along with other benefits of being a male! When lifting you should focus on weights that will allow you to perform 10-12 reps. You want to make sure the last few reps are challenging and you struggled to get them.
Hydrate – Earlier I referred to sleep being one of the most critical habits that you should strive to do more of, but hydrating ranks right up there with it. Your body depends on water to survive. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body need water to work properly. For example, your body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste, and lubricate your joints. Water is needed for overall good health. And it is especially as important as we age. You see as we get older the body “dries out”, and our tendons and ligaments become less resilient. Poor hydration can lead to constipation, dry and itchy skin, sinus pressure, headaches and fatigue, which can be the result of toxins building up in our bodies. One final point to make here and that is if you want to lose weight being properly hydrated as been proven to help with weight loss. Make it a point to drink those 8-10 glasses and if you need to use an app to track it try My Fitness Pal. I use that one.
Resistance Isn’t Futile – As we get older our ability to gain lean muscle decreases. Peak muscle mass usually occurs around age 25. So, the gains you make at this stage in your life might not be a lot but the flip side is you will not lose the muscle mass you worked hard to get if you start doing resistance training. The goal should be to get 3-4x a week of resistance training in.
I hope these tips will help you either start or keep going on your fitness journey. If you need anything or would like a 10-minute fitness consultation with me please don’t hesitate to reach out.
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Is it possible to still have a heart attack even though you are fit? Well, yes you can and the famous fitness guru and host of “The Biggest Loser,” Bob Harper suffered a heart attack over 2 weeks ago that left him unconscious for two days. It happened while he was working out a NYC gym. Luckily, a doctor happened to be working out near him and performed CPR and AED until the paramedics came. Bob is just one example I have heard of this week alone, as a little closer to home for me, a client’s husband that I train had a mild heart attack and ultimately needed surgery to get a stent placed in one of his valves as it had blockage. In relative terms he is in great shape. He does Muy Thai regularly, lifts weights, and eats healthy. However, one thing that both men have in common is that they have a family history of heart disease and cardiac arrest in their family. Family history is a huge red flag and if you fall into that category your risk is increased and even if you are fit a heart attack can still happen.
So, just because you work out and eat well doesn’t mean you are immune from suffering a heart attack. As many of you know my father died at the age of 67 from a massive heart attack and is a primary reason I am on the mission to help others get fit and transform themselves physically to help prevent such a terrible thing from happening. However, as you can see it can still happen to those of us that work out and try and be fit. With all this being said is there anything you can do to potentially prevent a heart attack from occurring? That is actually the question I had myself and actually asked my good friend and doctor just the other day. He told me of a new procedure, which I am looking into and will report back here once I have it performed. As for other ways here are just a few:
Now, I know some of these tests may be more extensive and involves more time and money but I highly encourage you if you have a history of heart disease in your family like me or Bob you should consult your doctor during your physical and see if one or more of these tests should be administered. I mean the saying it is better safe than to be sorry is definitely in play here.
I hear this all the time from clients, ” I am exercising and eating well but not seeing any results.”
First let me tell you I have been there and know it can be frustrating, but I am here to tell you that you are focusing on the wrong thing and that is why you are not seeing “results.”
In this video you will learn 5 reasons why you are not seeing results and how to start doing what will get you seeing the “results” you want!
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As I sit down and write this blog post the first month of 2017 is about to come to an end. Let me ask you a couple of questions. Have you ever tried setting a weight loss goal before? Were you able to reach it? Don’t worry you are not alone if your answer to the second question was No. Research has shown that 25% of people abandon their New Years Resolutions after one week. And a staggering 65% abandon them within 6 months. To add to that the average person sets the same resolution 10 separate times without success.
Now if you are tired of trying to lose that same 10, 20, 30 pounds and ready to finally crack the weight loss code then this post is for you. I am going to give you 5 proven strategies that will allow you to finally reach your weight loss goals in 2017.
1.) Keep your goals few in number
When it comes to setting your goals keep them few in numbers. For instance, you may have one or two fitness and health related goals to go along with a personal and career goal. You don’t want to overload yourself with too many. Make sure they are goals that are really going to move you forward in your life.
2.) Create S.M.A.R.T.E.R goals
S.M.A.R.T.ER is an acronym for specific, measurable, actionable, realistic, timely, energizing and relevant. Let’s break it down.
Specific – When it comes to specific you want to really want to nail it down. Don’t just say I want to lose weight, but rather I want to lose 10lbs.
Measurable – You want to be able to measure it so as an example if you weigh 150 lbs and want to lose 10 you can use a scale to measure to see if you reached it.
Actionable – Make sure you can add action to it. For instance, I want to not only lose 10 lbs but I want to get more consistent and work out 2-3x a week.
Realistic – A lot of times I have clients tell me they want to lose 20 lbs in 4 weeks. Is that doable? Sure, but not healthy and really realistic. When it comes weight loss think of losing 1-2 lbs a week.
Timely – It is important that you put a date on the goal. What I mean is don’t just say I want to lose 10 lbs but give yourself a deadline. I like to use 12-week increments ( something I talk about in my book) when I set goals.
Energizing – Set a goal that is going to energize you. Make it be something that is going to get you up in the morning ready to tackle it. Maybe it is for a trip coming up or a reunion. Something that will get you pumped up.
Relevant -Take a look and make sure it is relevant to what is going on in your life. Face it, as we get older are priorities change and although vanity might still be what we aspire to a more relevant goal is to get into shape so you can play ball with your kids without getting winded.
3.) Write them down – Goals not written down are mere dreams in your head. People who write down their goals achieve them 45% more often according to researchers.
4.) Review frequently – Once written down review them often. Out of sight means out of mind. Read them every day or put up sticky notes on your fridge or mirror so you see it!
5.) Share selectively – Share them with someone who is going to support you and keep you accountable. Putting it out there makes you more likely to take action. If you need a group that will hold you accountable you can join my FREE FB group (All About Health and Fitness)
I hope these 5 strategies gives you a better understanding of how to set goals that you can reach. Let’s make 2017 the year it happens for you.
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When working with clients probably one of the top 5 questions I get is, “How often should I weigh myself?” I have t admit for some time I steered my clients away from weighing themselves, except for the initial assessment. However, I have since changed my mind and position on the subject of weighing as a tool to measure progress.
I recently read a good article by Page Smathers on the MyFitnessPal blog that looks at, the benefits of weighing in, from a different angle and gets you to ask yourself whether or not, weighing in, daily, weekly, monthly or never will hurt or harm you.
By asking yourself this question I believe puts each individual in the position to determine what is best for them and will be more beneficial and individualized to your situation.
You can read the Paige’s article “How Often Should I Weigh Myself” nnby going to the MyFitnessPal blog.
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The Fit Over 40 Challenge book is finally here!
After over a year of ups and downs and struggles to get the book done it is finally up on Kindle. I thought I would just take a moment and write out a quick post on why I wrote the book and who the book is intended for.
Some of you know my story and have been following me for some time. For those of you that are reading this for the first time and don’t know much about me and the mission I am on then I will share with you briefly right here.
2016 marked the 10 year anniversary that my father passed away from a major heart attack. You see for most of my life I was concerned about my dad’s health. He was a smoker, diabetic, and not someone who put an emphasis on exercise. Eventually, that took its toll and at the young age of 67 he passed away.
Now having gone to school and studied exercise science I always felt somewhat responsible for not being able to help my dad get fit. It tool me some time after his passing to finally realize that it was not my fault and it falls on each individuals own responsibility for their well being.
The other thing that bothered me and still pains me when I think about it is my dad never got to meet my two daughters. I want to tear up right now just writing this.
So with all that said back to why I wrote this book. You see, if I can reach one person and get them to take responsibility and change their habits, which could changed their life I will have accomplished my goal. I wrote this book to one honor my father but also to make a “dent” in this world (reference to Steve Jobs).
The book, ” Fit Over 40 Challenge” is nothing revolutionary but after spending 20 years in the fitness industry as a coach and trainer I lay out my simple plan and strategies to getting fit at the age of 4o and beyond.
Oh, and why 40 you might ask? Well, two reasons. One, when I hit age 40 I wasn’t in the best shape of my life. I had become complacent and unmotivated. I write in the book how I got motivated to change and become in the best shape of my life at my age of 43 (age at time of writing this post).
The second reason of focusing on being fit over 40 is because most of the clients I have worked fell it that age range and over the years I saw the results they were getting and how much the quality of their life improved after getting results with me.
So is this book for me?
The book “Fit Over 40 Challenge” is not for everyone. I also write about that in the book. However, the strategies and principles I present can be applied to just about anyone who is looking to get fit and change their lifestyle once and for all.
Also, the book does offer a simple 6 week plan to get started if you are new or haven’t worked out in awhile.
If you would like to learn more or purchase the book you can get it over at Amazon by click here.
Thanks again for all your support!