There’s no denying that the holidays have arrived.
Lights have been strung, gifts are being wrapped and holiday treats are everywhere.
It’s no secret that most people gain 5 to 10 pounds over the next month. With all the parties, special meals and edible gifts, weight gain is pretty much inevitable…right?
Not so fast.
I’ve come up with a survival strategy to keep holiday pounds from making a permanent home on your hips.
This strategy is very simple. I’m not expecting you to have the time to log all your calories or eat every meal at home. We are going to be realistic…
In this episode of the Fit Over 40 Challenge Show I am going to share with you how to survive the holiday weight gain.
Click to listen and would love to get your comments and feedback on what you like best about it!
Do you spend time during your day counting how many calories you consume?
Back in the day I knew several people who would carry a small notepad with them and calorie count every food they ate! I know it sounds crazy and maybe a little OCD 🙂 but they were committed!
Today, we have apps on our Smart Phones that not only help us track our calorie intake but we can search a database or scan a QR code to get the info uploaded right to our online daily journal. Thank goodness for technology but I am here to tell you why calorie counting does not work and the reasons behind my suggestion.
Now, I am not going to lie I have spent time tracking and calorie counting all the food I ate from time to time. Typically, I would do this at the beginning of the year when I am all pumped up about the New Year and a fresh start on my goals. But, you know what? It does not last very long because I get busy and lazy, and let’s face it who has time to do calorie counting on everything they eat day in day out. I know I don’t. However, after studying for my level 1 Precision Nutrition certification and seeing this infographic I am glad I no longer am counting my calories and worried about whether or not I met myh daily calorie intake.
As you read through the infograph you are going to learn 5 reasons why tracking the calories in your food is a flawed approach. For instance, did you know that calorie counts are imprecise. Or, everyone absorbs food differently. Those are just two of the reasons to show you that counting calories is a flawed approach. I encourage you to continue to read on and see for youself.
Now, I know I am not going to convince everyone that calorie counting is not a great way to help you lose weight but have an open mind and think about the 5 reasons why that are listed below. Listen, it just might save you some time and allow you to spend more time getting more movement or exercise in, which in my opinion is a better way to spend your time.
As always I encourage your thoughts and feedback so at the bottom of the page please share your thoughts and comments. I love a good debate and if you believe this is completely hogwash I want to know. Also, you can join the conversation in the Fit Over 40 Tribe community.
It is not uncommon for me to get a blank stare when I tell people whom I meet for the first time that I provide online personal training. Usually, the first question I get is, “how does online personal training work? Now, you may be asking that same question so I am going to explain to you how it works and the benefits to working with a trainer online.
In order to understand how online personal training works I think it is best to describe what we mean when we say “online personal training?” For the purpose of this article, I am referring to working virtually with a certified personal trainer ( i.e me) who is using the Internet and other online technology to provide personal training and coaching services.
Virtual fitness training is not new. Let’s take a look at the history of it!
Do you remember the Jane Fonda videos? Jane Fonda, the famous Oscar-winning actress, and controversial anti-war activist released her first home video in 1982. Or, maybe you watched the daily ESPN Body Shaping show with Cory Everson and occasional special guest appearances by Kathy Ireland. One of my favorites 🙂
And if those don’t come to mind then maybe you watched Body by Jake, who called himself the “muscular Oprah” of television.
Those are what we can the good old days but fast forward to today and we have home fitness programs like “P90X“, with Tony Horton or “Hammer and Chisel” with Autumn Calabrese and Sagi Kalev to name a few. Shoot if you go to YouTube and google “home workout videos” you will find a lot more.
So, you see, virtual personal training has been going on for decades, however, with the advancement of technology, the Internet and Smart Phones we can now get live streaming or video directly to us at any time and any place. Also, a big differentiating factor here is virtual training no longer has to be a supermodel or celebrity trainer. It can be your very own current trainer at the gym that can provide it to you. With that being said let’s see how it works.
First, it is important to note that there is not one specific method but many different ways online training can take place. It can be purely online or it can be what I call the hybrid model.
The hybrid model is not your typical in-person training session. It is very similar to a tradition training but differs a few ways. First, it does allow you to meet physically with a trainer at a facility. Now, depending on several factors like budget, time, and distance you may meet with your trainer once a week or maybe once a month. The hybrid model allows you to meet with your trainer and during that time you can reassess, ask questions, get new exercises and check in. Let’s see what this would look like.
For the purpose of this post, we are going to refer to the client as Lisa. Let’s assume Lisa has to drive a fair distance to get to the gym where she has her personal trainer – plus, her schedule is always changing. Trying to meet in-person on a consistent basis just isn’t working for either one of them.
Lisa isn’t new to exercise and has acquired some knowledge on form and technique but wants continued guidance. She also knows she needs accountability and structure of a program as well as feel supported.
Now it is possible for Lisa to do pure online training, but since the two feel it is important to meet every so often they decide to meet two times a month and the rest of the time she is doing “at home workouts” and working out on her treadmill at home.
The second method is purely online. This method is perfect for those that don’t have a lot of time to get to the gym and maybe prefer to be on their own but have a professional support them.
Technology has made it so that there really are no borders or constraints on working remotely with a trainer. For instance, you may have moved from a city that you had a personal trainer and really miss training with him or her and want to continue in some form. Here is where online personal training can come in. By incorporating potentially live streaming video, email, Skype, a tracking app or maybe even a full-blown training membership site you can have everything you need to work with your trainer.
What services are offered can differ from trainer to trainer but here is a list of potential offerings that can be available:
As with “in person” training online personal training follows a similar onboarding process like having the new client fill out waivers, Par-Q, questionnaire, goal setting, and consultation conducted either by phone or with Skype.
Once, all the important information is obtained and the goals have been set the next phase is to develop the program and plan. Again, with the advancement of technology, the program can be delivered using a number of different forms of media, which can include excel, videos, or through an app on your phone. ( See pic below for example)
Now that we looked at the two different models and some of the technology used let’s take a look at the benefits to working with a trainer online.
3 Major Benefits of Online Coaching
1.) You can train at any time that suits you, in any place that suits you. This convenience will save you a lot of time as well as avoid the awkwardness many feel when going to the gym and being surrounded by lots of intimidating, sweaty people who hog all of the equipment!
2.) You get much more access to a trainer than you would as a face to face client. You get coaching, accountability, training programs, and support all week long, not just for one maybe two hours a week that you would be together in a face-to-face environment. This means you can work together on every single aspect of getting you results and seeing you smash your goals. We call this “Client Centered Training.”
3) Typically, you get all of this at a lower price than working face to face for just one hour a week! This saves you money while giving you the best possible guidance, service, and support.
Only you can answer that question. As with anything in life people have different needs and wants. Maybe you are someone who needs to be face to face with a trainer to get your workout done. Or, maybe you like to have the social interaction. However, maybe you are like the example client, Lisa, who has a hard time getting to the gym, knows enough to do things on her own but wants the support or guidance of a professional to hold you accountable and help you reach your fitness goals. The decision is up to you!
If you feel like online personal training might be right for you and want to set up a consultation to see if it may be a fit (sorry for the pun) then fill out the info below and I will get on the phone and see if I can assist you.
Do you know which foods contain good fats and bad fats?
For years I bought into the theory and concept of the low or no fat diet. I wouldn’t say I was obsessed but if it said “no fat” on the label I was more likely to purchase it and consume it!
Now, if you have read my book, “Fit Over 40 Challenge” you know my story about how I weighed the most in my life and what I did to lose 25 lbs. I can’t say this for sure but part of the reason I gained so much weight can be attributed to not getting in enough “good fats” in my diet. Once I final decided to educate myself on proper nutrition I finally understood the difference.
Don’t be that person that says, it has fat in it before you look to see if it is “good fat” or ‘bad fat.”
Use this info graph by Healthy Happy Smart to educate yourself!
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David McGarry, Author of “Fit Over 40 Challenge” Reveals How People In Their 40s and 50s Are Getting In The Best Shape of Their Lives on Influencers Radio
Author of “Fit Over 40 Challenge: Six Weeks to Lose Fat, Build Muscle and Feel 20 Years Younger”, David McGarry, talks about his new book and how he’s helping men and women in their 40s, 50s and beyond get in the best shape of their lives during recent interview on Influencers Radio.
Host of the “Fit Over 40 Challenge” podcast and author of the book “Fit Over 40 Challenge: Six Weeks to Lose Fat, Build Muscle and Feel 20 Years Younger”, David McGarry, was the featured guest on Influencers Radio with Jack Mize discussing the realities of turning back the clock through fitness.
At 43 years old, McGarry says he’s in better shape than he was when he left college, and so are many of his clients that are in their late 50s.
McGarry specializes in working with men and women who are not happy because they’ve realized that their bodies just don’t look and feel as young and active as their minds.
“Fitness and weight loss isn’t just about exercise and nutrition”, says McGarry. A big part of his success can be credited to the mindset coaching which helps his client’s recognize the limiting beliefs that have prevented them from achieving their fitness goals.
“I try to really focus in on their why; the bigger purpose,” explains McGarry. “Once someone realizes that there’s a larger issue behind their pain point and understand why they want lose weight and improve their fitness, that’s when I’m able to help them break through those barriers to attaining a level of fitness that they just didn’t think was possible at their age”.
During the interview McGarry shared how the passing of his father from a massive heart attack helped him discover his why, which he hopes will inspire others, “Being in the fitness industry, I felt like there was something I had to do. I had to make him change. Of course, I realized that I can’t but yeah, there’s a larger issue at stake. That’s why I feel like, if you’re not going to do it for yourself, you need to do it for others. Maybe that’s the starting point for you. If you can’t do it for yourself, maybe do it for your family, do it for your kids, maybe do it for your grandkids. Think about the impact that you could have on younger generations by you being around and being healthy”.
For the past two decades McGarry has worked with hundreds of men and women of all ages, regardless of the fitness level they are starting from improve their health and quality of life through his personal training and fitness coaching.
With the release of his new book, “Fit Over 40 Challenge: Six Weeks to Lose Fat, Build Muscle and Feel 20 Years Younger”, McGarry’s aim is to help thousands more make their 40s, 50s and beyond, the best decades of their lives in terms of health and fitness.
“Fit Over 40 Challenge: Six Weeks to Lose Fat, Build Muscle and Feel 20 Years Younger” Kindle edition is now available on amazon at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MUB06D5. Paperback and hardback editions will be available through amazon and other major online and offline book retailers in late January.
You can hear the full interview at http://influencersradio.com/david-mcgarry/
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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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:
To get your FREE copy ( just pay shipping and handling) you can go to the order form by clicking here.
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!
P.S. leave a comment and let me know what you think.