Hello all! I have recently relocated to a new home and job in Baltimore, Maryland. One of the first things I did after arriving was hit up Craigslist.com to search for some good exercise equipment so I can get back into doing Crossfit™ workouts. Since I had neglected these for some time, I am quite out of shape but look forward to getting back into things. As such, I thought I would review a post on the topic from the early days of the blog singing the praises of high intensity interval training (aka HIIT) which I believe is the best model for exercise to get you fit and help you lose weight. If you want the details and evidence for the benefits of HIIT, you’ll have to check out my book which goes into detail on exercise and weight loss in part three. Continue reading
Ever since I wrote the book and started this blog I have had a number of people engage me in conversations about weight loss. People typically have very strong and passionate opinions about weight loss (sometimes the opinions are even correct). They will discuss with me their plans, goals, and commitments. Unfortunately, in spite of their good intentions, most suffer the same fate. Their enthusiasm leads to new work out programs or diet commitments that usually sputter out after a few weeks. They then come back to me at a later time with a new commitment that will likely follow the same pattern.
Ever since I accidentally fell into this weight loss counseling endeavor a couple years ago, I have been witness to countless numbers of people who are locked in an epic psychodramatic struggle with their scales. Its amazing how a little scale can be transformed into a larger than life nemesis that constantly raises and squashes hopes and dreams. Continue reading
The importance of exercise in successful weight loss cannot be overemphasized (you can check out the post before this to learn more about exercise in general). Unfortunately, getting accustomed to exercise is also one of the most challenging parts of any weight loss journey. There are so many reasons why you can’t work out today – you’re tired, you had a long day at work, you don’t belong to a gym, you don’t know what to do, etc.
People frequently ask me what the best type of exercise is to achieve successful weight loss. In the book The Weight Loss Counter Revolution (available for purchase by clicking here) I have an entire section dedicated to an explanation of the science behind exercise and the best approach. Shameless self-promotion aside, I figured I’d give you a brief summary. Continue reading
I strongly believe that a lifetime commitment to regular exercise is the most important thing you can do to assure successful long term health and weight loss. Consistency is the most important thing. Unfortunately, exercise only works if you do it. It sounds silly to say but it’s true. One of the major obstacles to consistency is cynicism. This comes in the form of “it’s not working”. Continue reading
A friend of mine started using one of those couch-to-5K iPhone apps a few weeks ago. The program helped him with goal setting in a way that made him feel he was making significant progress – and he was. He was running farther and longer than he had run in some time. Then he was blessed with a new baby. Apparently screaming infants, no sleep, and dirty diapers erode into a man’s will power (the diapers have the largest impact – trust me). Continue reading