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Recently, many of my patients have been asking about a ketogenic diet. Is a ketogenic diet safe? Would you recommend it? Despite the recent hype, a ketogenic diet is not something new. In medicine, we have been using it for almost 100 years to treat drug-resistant epilepsy, especially in children. In the 1970s, Dr. Atkins popularized his very-low-carbohydrate diet for weight loss that began with a very strict two-week ketogenic phase. Over the years, other fad diets incorporated a similar approach for weight loss.
We’ve been writing about the benefits of swimming on fitness for a while now, we’ve gone over which stroke is the best for burning the most calories as well as the physical, emotional and mental benefits that come with swimming. In this article we’ll do a deeper dive into the science of swimming for weight loss. What makes swimming the best exercise for total body weight loss?
Regular strength training will increase your lean muscle mass. The more lean muscle mass you have, the faster your metabolism will operate and the more calories your body will burn. Squatting is a great strength-training exercise that targets your lower back, glutes, quads, hamstrings and calves. Stand straight with your feet shoulder-width apart, holding a barbell behind your neck. Inhale through your nose, keep your chest up, squeeze your core and slowly lower your hips until your knees are bent at 90-degree angles. Your knees should not protrude over your toes. Exhale and raise your hips back to the starting position. Perform four sets of eight repetitions. If you cannot perform each rep with perfect form, use a lighter weight. Rest one minute between each set.
A staple at most gyms, treadmills are popular for good reason: They accommodate almost any fitness level and goal. If weight loss is on your list, working out on a treadmill should be, too. “Treadmills are a great way to burn calories and help with weight loss because they simulate a real-life movement: walking or running,” says Colin Westerman, a personal trainer at Rep 1 Fitness in Vancouver, B.C.
Cut out or at least cut way down on wheat and dairy. This is due to the way they are manufactured these days more so than anything. There are entire books written on this. Because of genetic engineering of wheat, there are tens of brand new gluten proteins created that our bodies don’t know how to process. This is causing symptoms like brain fog, irritability, fatigue, bloating, digestion issues and weight gain. No thanks! Dairy is also a very common irritant to many that don’t realize it. There are so many healthy alternatives these days that it’s not hard to go dairy and wheat free. It has made a huge difference for many of my clients as well as for myself.
Dr. Campos, it is so discouraging to see that you disparage the ketogenic diet based on your assumption that it is very heavy in poor quality processed meats. No diet that relies on processed foods can be viewed as “healthy”. Become better informed by getting up to speed with what Jeff Volek, RD, PhD, calls a “well-formulated ketogenic diet.” Also, learn more about the potential of the diet to slow cancer progression (my specialty). You owe it to your patients who are depending on you for advice. Present them with facts, not opinions.
The University of Florida completed a 3 month study of swimming and determined that certain individuals actually gained weight when following a swimming regiment. This research determined that some people have their appetites stimulated after prolonged exposure to cold water temperatures. Be aware of this and refrain from eating back all those calories you burned during your workout.
The main idea is to be as consistent as you can and to establish good habits. Set up a regimen that you can stick to – maybe it’s exercising 3x a week, or maybe it’s cutting sugar from your diet. It’s ok to start small – you don’t have to make huge changes in your lifestyle to start. If you’re struggling to lose weight and you go on a food-binge or forget to exercise once in a while don’t beat yourself up about it. It’s ok to indulge every so often and you can always jump back on the weight-loss wagon – there’s no rush!
Research shows that social support—especially having a workout buddy or two—dramatically increases the likelihood that you’ll stick with your routine, and consistency is key to improving your fitness and shedding unwanted weight. Cycling is such a social sport that, like herds of buffalo and flocks of geese, there’s even a special name for a group of us: a peloton. It doesn’t take more than a quick search to find local cycling clubs where you can meet riders of the same fitness and ability levels to pedal with.