High Reps vs Heavy Weight. Strength vs Fat Loss.

It is known that high reps with lower weight is best suited for muscle endurance while low reps and heavy weight is the best choice for building strength. What about fat loss?

There is plenty of research out there indicating heavy weights and lower reps (which engages Type 2 muscle fibres – fast twitch) is optimal for muscle building and strength. This doesnt mean you can’t build muscle with more reps, however, to build up strength and muscle quicker and more efficiently, low and heavy is by far the way to go. An important idea to remember is that correct form and technique will help too!  By ensuring the exercise is being done correctly, you are activating the muscle effectively and in turn, causing more tears in muscle fibre and bigger muscles.

One key piece to note for fat loss is the intensity of your workout. It doesn’t necessarily matter how heavy you are lifting or how many reps you are doing. Instead, having a higher intensity, with less rest between reps (essentially, sweating your butt off) is most effective for fat loss.  Lifting weights can also help to increase fat loss. Cardio alone will help one to lose fat, however some muscle is being lost too if you choose strictly cardio. Lifting weights will help in losing fat and building muscle at the same time. Both are almost equally effective at fat loss, if that is your only goal.

Key to both strength and fat loss is your diet! Eating right is the first step to getting your new body! You need to fuel your muscles for them to grow and to have the energy to exercise. Kicking the bad eating habits will help in fat loss  (mostly as you are not taking in empty calories, sugar or fats anymore). Its true what they say, Abs are made in the kitchen and your new body is 70% diet and 30% fitness!!!

One always important thing to remember, is which ever method you choose for you exercise regiment, ALWAYS listen to your body. If you need to rest, its OK to take a rest day (or week)!!! Over training and fatigue can lead to injury, which will leave you out even longer!

 

 

 

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Before and After….

Before and After....

So this is a photo of pre-baby biceps and post-baby biceps. There sure is a huge difference. I’m hoping it doesnt take me too long to get my biceps back and have the arms I had before Baby P was born. I know this change is because I didn’t workout for the last few months of my pregnancy, and when I did, I certainly wasn’t lifting the same amount of weight I did before I was pregnant.

This just gives me more motivation to hit the gym hard and get the body I want!

Update…

So I am almost done the first 2 weeks of the LiveFit Trainer and I’m sure I can already notice changes. I’m thinking it is mostly due to the better eating, but nonetheless, I am looking and feeling better. My pre-baby stomach is coming back, which is fantastic. My strength is still no where close to what it use to be, but I know that will come back too. I think part of it is that I am doing my workouts at home (we do have an almost full gym in our basement). I think that if I started going to the gym to do my workouts, I would be lifting more. I always found that I pushed harder int he gym than at home anyways, but like I said before, my 6 week old daughter rules my life right now and physically getting to the gym just isnt feasable right now. My husband works 12 hour days and finding someone to watch my 6 week old baby for a couple hours while I am at the gym isnt possible right now. So, I have been making due with what I have and it seems to be working OK for now!

This weekend we are taking a short trip to the mountains, just the 3 of us, so keeping on track with diet may be a slight challenge. I will take what I have learned recently and try to make the best choices I can. And, it is our first trip with the new baby, so we will see what kind of challenge that brings too! I’m looking forward to just getting away!!!

 

I will leave this post with this quote today:

“There is a difference between interest and committment. When you’re interested in doing something, you only do it when its convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuse; only results.” – Kenneth Blanchard

WOW, did I ever fall behind on this!!!

Life has been crazy busy these past few months. Not only have we been preparing for baby to arrive next month, but we were building a house, working full time, and all the other little things life throws at you. Needless to say, I have not been very good at updating my blog or my Twitter account.

I have really slowed down on my fitness during my pregnancy, which I know I shouldn’t have done, but it happened. And now, with only a month left, I’m finding it very difficult to get back on the exercise wagon. These days, my exercises consists of 8 hours a day of busy surgical nursing and 30 min a day of walking my dog. I think for me, at this point, that is enough. I can feel my body getting tired easily now.

I know that when baby arrives, I won’t have much time for the blog, but I am really going to try to stay accountable. My plan is to start Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Trainer once I begin to try to lose the baby weight.  Hopefully, I can keep on track with that, this blog, and having a new baby!!!!

 

Catching some zzzzzzz’s

I have been having a terrible time sleeping lately, SO…..I have tried to find tips and tricks to getting a better sleep. These are what I have found.

1. Sleep is not something you really have control of in your life, so stop letting it worry you. The more you worry about your sleeping habits, the more it will drive you crazy and the less sleep you will get!

2. Set yourself a bedtime for every day. Just like you have an alarm to wake in the morning, set aside a time to wind down and head to bed. This will help your body to regulate its sleep schedule. This may be difficult some times (especially with shift work like me) but aiming for the same time to hit the sack every night will help you.

3.  Have a warm bath. Not only will it relax you, the drop in body temperature when you get out will help you to drift off more quickly.

4. Turn all the lights out. Even the crack of light under the door can disturb your sleep. Turn out hallway lights, TVs, computers…anything with a light that you may see while trying to catch some ZZZZ’s.

5. Make the room cool! The cool temperature helps your body to relax and function in a more calm state.

6. Find the pillow that is most comfortable for you and your sleeping style! You may need a different pillow than your partner if you are a back sleeper and they are a side sleeper. Figure out which works best for you! Make sure to find one that is comfortable and supportive.

7.  Avoid caffeine after dinner. Simple.

8. Stop concentrating on what you need to do tomorrow, or the craziness that was life today and just breathe. Take nice slow deep breaths to clear your mind and put your body in a relaxing state.

9.  There is no such thing at catching up on missed sleep. So you only slept for 5 hours last night? Napping isnt your answer, it will only further inihibt your sleep tonight. Keeping your body in a regular sleep schedule is your answer.

Hopefully these ideas will help me to “cure” my insomnia and poor sleep habits that I’ve been having the past few weeks!!!

Just Ate, Still Hungry???

I’m sure all of us have experienced this at one time or another…you’ve just eaten, but yet you still feel hungry. Why? Why does this happen? Some foods trick our bodies into not recognizing when we are full, and in turn, triggers a “rebound hunger” I have come across 7 reasons found on Men’s Health online that could be your culprit.

1. You drink too much soda

  • Sodas and other sweetened beverages contain high-fructose corn syrup. Fructose can trick our brains into thinking we need more food, when in fact, we are full. It works by blocking the bodys ability to use the satiation hormone leptin (the hormone that tells us when we are full)

2. Your dinner came from a can

  • many canned foods contain BPA. Exposure to BPA is knows to cause abnormal attacks on leptin, once again causing our brain to think we need more food.

3. Your breakfast wasn’t big enough

  • researchers found that those who ate just 300 calories for breakfast gained almost twice as much weight as those who ate 500 calories or more for breakfast. The reason: Eating a big breakfast makes for smaller rises in blood sugar and insulin throughout the day, meaning fewer sudden food cravings.

4. You skipped your salad

  • Most Americans don’t eat enough leafy greens. Leafy greens are rich in the essential B-vitamin folate and help protect against depression, fatigue, and weight gain. Research shows that dieters with the highest levels of folate in their bodies lost 8.5 times as much weight as those with the lowest levels. Leafy greens are also high in vitamin K, another insulin-regulating nutrient that helps squash between meal cravings. Best sources: Romaine lettuce, spinach, collard greens, radicchio.

5. You don’t stop for tea time..

  • According to a study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, people who drank one cup of black tea after eating high-carb foods decreased their blood-sugar levels by 10 percent for 2 and a half hours after the meal. This means they stayed full longer and had fewer food cravings.

6. You’re not staying fluid

  • Dehydration often mimics the feeling of hunger. Drink a glass of water before your meal, as well as plenty of water during your meal. If you’re still hungry after your meal, try drinking a glass of water first to see if that curbs your hunger.

7. You’re bored.

  • Researchers at Flinders University in Australia found that visual distractions can help curb cravings. To test yourself, envision a huge, sizzling steak. If you’re truly hungry, the steak will seem appealing. But if that doesn’t seem tempting, chances are you’re in need of a distraction, not another meal.Read more: http://www.menshealth.com/mhlists/curb-hunger/