Maximal Results in Minimal Time!

7-minute-workout.pngOk, I admit, the title of this post is a strong one and reeks of the typical over-hyped media nonsense that we here at the WLCR are so strongly fighting against. We all have heard the promises of breakthroughs and weight loss secrets uncovered only to be left disappointed. This was my first thought when I read a recent article about a 7 minute workout that can be done at home without equipment. Really, 7 minutes!?! It seemed a bit infomercial’ish. My initial gut reaction gave way to cautious optimism when I realized that the information was coming from a health and fitness journal published by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) – a reputable and reliable source.  So I read on and was glad I did (If you want to read the article yourself, click here).   Continue reading

But I Don’t Eat That Much!

serving sizesI was sitting in the nurses station at the hospital yesterday when I overheard the telemetry tech talking with one of the nurses about her weight loss plans. My ears perked up and I eavesdropped on their conversation. Perhaps this wasn’t the polite thing to do but considering this weight loss education hobby of mine I let my curiosity win the day.   Continue reading

How to Target “Trouble Areas” for Fat Loss

targeted-fat-lossBody types are different.  We all know that.  People tend to deposit body fat in different areas.  It is therefore a common and seemingly reasonable thing for people to target specific areas of the body for weight loss. It is common to see people at the gym on strangely designed exercise machines design to “target” specific trouble spots.   Continue reading

Can You Exercise Less and Be Healthy?

weekend-warrior-2You may have noticed the headlines from a new study recently released in JAMA Internal Medicine in the popular media recently.  It has appeared with titles such as:

When I see headlines like these I get a bit nervous. Whenever the media tend to get a hold of research they do their best to distill the results into as few words as possible. At best this misses a lot of the nuance of the research and at worse is downright misleading. Continue reading

Trim the Fat, Tip the Scales

bodyfat-chartI feel it may be somewhat pretentious to do so, but I apologize for not posting so frequently over the past several months.  The apology would be under the somewhat pretentious assumption that if I don’t post frequently it creates a void in your life. Regardless, I like the feel of an inflated sense of self-importance so please accept my apology.  Hopefully the ensuing information will be of benefit and will make up for your loss.

I have often been disappointed with the scale as a measure of success in weight loss.  Body weight can fluctuate to surprising levels from week to week, day to day, and even hour to hour. Continue reading

Musings on Weight Gain and the Clock Change

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The leaves are turning, the air is a bit cooler, and the sun is starting to set earlier and earlier.  This, of course, means that we are well along on our descent into the darkness of winter.  It also means that it’s time to undertake our biannual international moment of temporary insanity when we collectively change our clocks and pretend that astronomical circadian rhythms will accommodate our insanity.  In other words, the clocks are about to change.
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