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November 5, 2012

Eating Slowly Can Help Lose Weight

Losing weight is a difficult task, especially when you’re trying to take on a challenge like Insanity, P90X, Turbofire…etc.  Your schedule is busy and consumed with work, chores, after school activities for the kids and an assortment of other tasks you must complete.  This is why we’re here to help keep things simple for you as you go through this process.

When dealing with the P90X Nutrition Guide, Insanity Nutrition Guide or the Turbofire Nutrition Guide for example, you need to take your time with the foods in them, eat slowly and enjoy the moment!  My wife is going to roll in the floor when she sees that I wrote this, she is ALWAYS telling me to slow down and eat slow!  So I decided to do a little research on it and here’s what I found, by simply reducing the speed from which you eat, you’re able to drastically slash the amount of calories you bring into your body, which in return helps you shed the pounds and move closer to that desired fitness goal.
A study, performed by the University of Rhode Island and published on USA Today Online, found individuals who eat slowly consume about two ounces of food per minute, while medium-speed eaters take in 2.5 ounces. Faster eaters breeze through 3.1 ounces of food in a minute as the bite sizes are larger. Because the food is larger, less chewing is performed and more food is inserted into the mouth, it takes the person longer to feel full, as it just doesn’t give the body enough time to register this fact. Due to this, the person who eats faster actually takes in more than necessary, simply due to the rate of speed in which they eat. According to the study, it takes the body at least 20 minutes to register a feeling of satisfaction, so when the food is consumed so quickly, more food is generally eaten than what is required to reach this feeling. In order to slow down on consumption, the study points out it is important to take breathes between bites and to chew slowly. On top of this, using food heavy in fiber is important, as it requires more chewing and helps slow down the consumption process. When looking at the numbers, if a slow eater dines for 20 minutes, at two ounces a minute, this results in 40 ounces of food. If you talk with those around you during the 20 minutes, it reduces the amount of food eaten further. However, the fast eater consumes 62 ounces in the same period of time, increasing the amount of food consumed (and the amount of calories) by 50 percent.

According to the Obesity Society in Orlando, men who eat quickly bring in about 80 calories per minute while eating quickly. However, when this is slowed down, the calories consumed is slashed down to 52 calories per minute. The same study found when eating quickly, women took in 646 calories in a nine minute span, but saw this drop to 579 calories in 29 minute.  If 67 calories are saved on every meal, this allows the person to shed 201 calories in a day, or 1407 calories in a given week. This equals over 73,000 calories in a full years time, which equals about 21 pounds. Losing 21 pounds in a year without any further exercise or changing of diet is an incredible number, especially if the only thing you need to adjust is the speed of which you eat your food.

So imagine if you add 21 lbs. to the success you’ll get working with us on P90X, Insanity, Turbofire or any of the Beachbody programs….how that would feel!?!  This doesn’t even factor in your Shakeology which then brings the weightloss up even more.  When you think about it, I guess I have to say the dreaded words all husbands hate to speak, “Honey, you were right!”

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November 5, 2012

FREE Fitness Coaching!

What do we mean when we say “Free” Coaching? We mean that we’re here to help you succeed with what ever Beachbody program you decide is best for you. P90X, Insanity or maybe even something less impact like Brazil Buttlift, whatever your program…we’re dedicated to helping you achieve your goals and reach the finish line to the body you want.

So many people who we meet and talk to have tried gyms in the past or used to run, or maybe you’re one of the ones who bought Wii Fit and did it for a month and then let it collect dust. 9 times out of 10 when we talk with someone for the first time they’ve hit one of two roadblocks on their journey: 1) lack of motivation (which is usually because of a lack of accountability and support) and 2) lack of discipline with their nutrition or lack of knowledge of what to eat or not to eat.

While both of those seem like very large obstacles in your way, they’re really very small challenges if given the right support. That’s the whole reason why Beachbody started the coaching program, so that people like us (who’ve been where you are) could show you the way and keep you on track…and yes….it’s free to you. All you do is buy the program or challenge pack and we coach you til death do us part. Ok maybe not til death….but you could be the first!

What if I told you that when I was almost 100 lbs. overweight, that the coach that got me through it was almost halfway across the country in Phoenix Arizona while my southern charmed self was in Charlotte NC? You’d think, how could a lady in Phoenix help me in Charlotte? It’s simple, because she cared. She cared enough to plug me into a support system that works. She surrounded me with people via Facebook and Message Boards (yes back before FB was popular) and she took the time to talk to me each week and keep me on track and accountable to my goals. Funny story, my wife used to be in love with Cameron Mathison from ABC’s All My Children and I used to tell Monica (my coach) that I wanted to look like him….for her. She’d laugh and say “Ok, let’s do it”. Now at the time, she told me “Let’s do it” because she knew that’s what motivated me at the time. BUT what made her special was that she knew there would be a time in my journey when getting in shape wouldn’t be for vanity reasons but for the reasons I now know to be the real ones. Those reasons are my wife and daughter, being able to live a healthier life and be here for my grandchildren someday….to see my cholesterol drop 48 pts and my self confidence blow up.

Sometimes it takes vanity, a wedding or a high school reunion to get you to commit…but eventually, if you’re special and you’re one of those who sticks it out, you find the person inside of you that you always knew was there. Vanity will only get you so far with your fitness goals, once you realize what really matters in life and why you should do it…the vanity reasons just happen by default. Funny how people can’t see that, but I don’t judge them for not understanding it. I didn’t either. I had to go through my own personal journey and meet My Coach who helped me see the life that I was supposed to live and how I was supposed to live it.

So when people ask me what I do, I laugh on the inside because there’s never enough time to explain all this to perfect stranger when you’re face to face. BUT if you’re reading this….now you know….what we mean when we say “We’ll be your coach….and it’s free”. The reward we get from seeing you duplicate a lifestyle that we now live and understand is quite honestly….priceless.

Thank your for looking around and if you want to connect with us and see if we can help you, just contact us HERE or just click HERE to sign up with us for free! Look forward to talking to you.

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