When it comes to weight loss, it’s not just about exercising, it’s also about what you eat. Did you know you that you could burn fat while eating certain food? These foods burn muscle, burn fat or use energy to digest. They start trimming your waistline as soon as they leave your plate and enter your mouth.
Almonds help build muscle and help with craving. Instead of eating that candy bar when you want a snack, just grab a handful of almonds!
Eggs help build muscle and burn fat. I can see why Gaston from Beauty and the Beast always ate five dozen eggs to help him get large.
Lean meats such as turkey help build muscle and strength your immune system. A turkey a day will keep the doctor away!
Green tea helps fire up fat burning. According to health.com, drinking four cups of green tea a day can help you shed more than six pounds in eight weeks.
Chili peppers help boost metabolism, so be sure to put a lot in your next batch of salsa!
Whole grains such as quinoa, brown rice and whole grain cereal help prevent your body from storing fat. These whole grains should be eaten in small doses.
Grapefruit helps regulate blood sugar and metabolism. Along with grapefruits, other citrus fruits such as oranges, kiwi, lemon and limes also burn fat because the acid that is present in these fruits.
Fatty fish such as salmon and tuna help keep you full and also trigger fat burning.
Beans and legumes build muscle, burn fat and help regulate your digestive system
As a kid, I was active and fit – I played sports and enjoyed being outdoors and playing outside. As I got older though, I became more interested in videos and video games, and less interested in going outside. Eventually my schoolwork became overwhelming, with long hours of sitting, studying, and practicing for my recitals. I gained weight, and became depressed due to my physique and the stress that school and work put on me. I got up to 220 lbs., possibly more, since after a certain point I just stopped weighing myself. I was disgusted by my weight, and felt that there was no hope for me - and I was just too far-gone.
But eventually, I found my motivation. I wanted to join the Air Force, but would have to lose a significant amount of weight to do so. According to their standards, I wasn’t supposed to weigh more than 175 lbs, meaning I had to lose at least 50 pounds just to qualify.
It was hard to get started, since I was afraid to go to the gym and afraid of being made fun of. So I made my backyard and neighborhood my own personal gym. I started a walk/run program, eventually building up to a steady 20 minute jog. After that I started to work on speed and distance, and then added in push-ups and sit-up as well - barely able to eek out 10 in the beginning. Eventually I tried pull ups; I couldn’t do one by myself, but with the help of a chair I could do about three.
Day after day, and rep after rep, I started to improve, and I remember stepping on the scale for the first time in a while and seeing it hit 210 - it was the first time I was under 220 in a long time, and I was excited about that.
I continued working at it and started feeling better and more confident which helped me in my work and school. I felt I had a goal and a purpose to exercise, and eventually I got up the courage to actually go to a gym. I was nervous, and scared of embarrassing myself, but felt like it was something I needed to do.
To my surprise, I received support from several of the other people there - people I had never met were friendly and helpful with workout advice. And then someone told me something I'll never forget: “Everyone starts somewhere. Everyone has a journey and a challenge to overcome. Some are just further in their journey than others. You are in here for a reason. Don’t forget that.”
After a year I made it down to 165 and made it into the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, and later became a Pilot in the US Air Force. I continued my workout routine and got up to 175 lbs. of muscle - benching 255 lbs. for reps and being able to run a mile and a half in less than 10 minutes.
From that experience, I am still constantly trying to improve myself and help others do the same. Fitness is by nature a community builder. No one should be scared of fitness or scared of going to the gym. Everyone starts somewhere. How far you get on your journey depends on you and the work you put in. Don’t let anyone else take you down and away from that. Just take it one step at a time, one rep at a time, one exercise at a time. Anyone can reach their goals no matter how far out of reach it may seem. I am living proof of that.
Cameron's full line up of classes with start later this month but in the meantime we invite you to try his FREE Free Boot Camp offerings that started earlier this week:
Wed June 1st at 6pm: Conquer the Bar
Wed June 1st at 7pm: Team Calisthenics
Thurs June 2nd at 6am: Quadric Agility
Fri June 3rd at 6pm: Team Calisthenics
Mon June 6th at 6pm: Conquer the Bar
Tues June 7th at 6am: Quadric Agility
On April 15th, MBS Fitness will be hosting the Heights 5K; a truly unique running event in the heart of Alamo Heights with proceeds benefiting the MBS Foundation, a nonprofit vested in health and wellness in the community. And we'd love for you to be a part of it. If you're interested in helping sponsor this event and getting some great exposure for your product, company, or service, contact Tom Trevino at email@example.com. If you just can't wait to run, then you can sign up right now by clicking here.
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While it may be best to add new movements and new activities to your program, you can also get some benefit by simply altering your set and rep scheme. Next time you're in (and after going through a thorough warmup) try a 5 x 5 routine, which should result in far greater loads than your accustomed to for your 10 rep sets. This simple adjustment will definitely make your next workout a bit more challenging, and hopefully spark your enthusiasm for other tweaks to your program.