Ketosis & Ketone Test Strips (Ketostix)

What are ketones?

Ketones are a normal and efficient source of fuel and energy for the human body. They are produced by the liver from fatty acids, which result from the breakdown of body fat in response to the absence of glucose/sugar. In a ketogenic diet, such as Atkins … or diets used for treating epilepsy in children, the tiny amounts of glucose required for some select functions can be met by consuming a minimum amount of carbs – or can be manufactured in the liver from PROTEIN. When your body is producing ketones, and using them for fuel, this is called “ketosis”.

How will ketosis help me to lose weight?

Most reducing diets restrict calorie intake, so you lose weight but some of that is fat and some of it is lean muscle tissue as well. Less muscle means slowed metabolism, which makes losing weight more difficult and gaining it back all too easy. Ketosis will help you to lose FAT. Continue reading “Ketosis & Ketone Test Strips (Ketostix)”

Work Out More

My Polar fitness watch just sent me an update regarding my weekly exercise log. It seems last week I only worked out one time, and burned 429 calories. I’m no data analyst but I’m thinking that is not enough for me to lose weight.

Matter of fact, I just read that even the old walk 30 minutes a day trick isn’t enough to really lose weight. According to a new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers enrolled 201 overweight and obese women in a weight loss program. All limited their daily calories to between 1200 and 1500. After six months, the women had lost 9 to 10 percent of their body weight. Not bad, right?

Here is the problem: they couldn’t keep it off. By the end of two years, the average participant had maintained a loss of only 5% of her starting weight. There were, however some who had more success.

Friends at home, here is the key. 25% of the women were able to maintain a loss of at least 10% of their starting weight. How is that, you ask?

These participants exercised about 275 minutes a week, burning an average of 1,835 calories. This translates to just under an hour a day for at least five days a week.

Note the current recommendations are for just 30 minutes a day or 150 minutes a week, significantly less than the amount needed for success according to this study.

My conclusion? I need to work out more! I’m getting on the treadmill now!

GARMIN Forerunner 405 Black GPS Enabled Sports Watch/ HRM

With the Forerunner 405, Garmin has finally put the power of GPS location-based date into a sleek sport watch that can be worn all day. Runners no longer have to choose between function and fashion. Garmin’s ANT + Sport wireless platform that wirelessly sends your data to your computer and a touch bezel that lets you change screens with a simple tap (no more fumbling for buttons) run make this not just a leap forward in GPS-enabled fitness devices, but in training devices period. Forerunner 405 comes in two color options — black or green. Continue reading “GARMIN Forerunner 405 Black GPS Enabled Sports Watch/ HRM”

Why the Polar Heart Rate Monitor Watch Rocks!

I bet your asking yourself why you need a Polar Heart Rate Monitor. Well, I’m going to answer that question and explain why having one is a cooler weight loss gadget than a pair of running shoes or a gym membership.

Here are a couple of reasons Polar believes you should buy their watch:

  1. A heart rate monitor is like a rev counter, giving a precise measurement of exercise intensity.
  2. Training at your own ideal pace is made possible with a heart rate monitor.
  3. Direct measurement of heart rate during exercise is the most accurate way to gauge performance.
  4. Progress can be monitored and measured, increasing motivation.
  5. It maximizes the benefits of exercise in a limited amount of time.
  6. It introduces objective observation. Are you on the right track? Are you improving?
  7. It is a tool for regulating frequency and intensity of workouts.
  8. Because of the immediate feedback it provides, heart rate monitoring is an ideal training partner.

While I agree with all of those the first and fourth points are why I believe everyone should have a heart rate monitor.

Heart Rate Monitor as a Rev Counter

After you open the box and run through a couple of settings like entering the time, date, your height & weight and some other stuff you get to put on the chest strap and click the exercise button. This links the watch to the chest strap and it figures out your heart rate with ECG accuracy. So you look down and your (hopefully) loping along at under 90 or so beats per minute. Jump up and down a couple of times and the number should go up a little bit as your heart rate rises.

In a nutshell, your heart pumps blood from your lungs (where its oxygenated) to the muscles (where oxygen is used as fuel) and back to the lungs again. The more you jump around looking at your new watch, the more fuel the muscles require and the harder your heart has to work to pump oxygen-rich blood to your muscles. The Polar watch detects the electrical current in your heart to calculate the number of times it beats per minute. This gives you an increadibly accurate gauge as to what speed your heart is beating and thus how much energy you’re using.

We all know that losing weight requires us to burn calories. The watch uses your heart rate to calculate the number of calories burned. A faster heart beat translates to more oxygen and fuel (calories) being burned by your muscles. So keeping your heart rate up helps burn calories and ultimately fat faster. If you’re monitoring it you can ensure that you’re always in an effective heart rate zone.

Monitoring Progress

When you exercise you click the button and the watch starts doing its thing. It reminds you with soft chirps to speed up or slow down to stay in the desired heart rate zone. Meanwhile its tiny little brain is recording every beat, calculating how much energy you’re expending and making notes in a journal for you.

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Flat and Strong

I returned from the wedding and recommitted myself to healthiness.  And then I failed.  I won’t go into the major consequences that directly resulting from my failing, but there they were: staring me in the face, taunting me, reminding me I had failed.

And so I say again, detox and rejuvenation.  Unlike all the other times when “I mean it”, this time, it will happen.  I do mean it.  I refuse to allow failure to stare me down.  I have sworn off all things alcoholic for the next month.  I am also making a concerted effort to eat healthy, real food.  My workout schedule will also get amped up – from derailed to back on track. Continue reading “Flat and Strong”