Having worked as a certified fitness trainer for over 23 years, I’ve long since come to the conclusion that if you’re looking for the best exercise to shed a few pounds—and keep them off—nothing beats cycling. Over the years, I’ve seen clients shed half their size and heard from readers who have lost more than 100 pounds by adding cycling to their weight loss arsenal, which, yes, must include a healthy diet. (But you already knew that.)
A cardio machine that literally ramps up what the average treadmill can do, incline trainers instantly make running more challenging and are a good choice for low-impact power walking, as well. The key to their intensity is the steep incline, simulating hill climbing at more of a slope than what most treadmills offer, which does wonders for raising heart rate, burning calories and toning leg muscles.
There is much debate about which of these ways of exercising is better for fat-burning. The consensus seems to be that interval training is more effective for fat burning, gets you fit faster, and is the most effective for fighting aging. The Journal of Applied Physiology reported that two weeks of alternate-day interval training boosted cyclists’ fat-burning ability by a whopping 36%. And the Journal of Cell Metabolism reported that high intensity interval training on bikes was the most effective way for people to fight aging – with the positive results being most pronounced in older people.
If you're averse to adding cardio to your workout, you'll need to advance your Pilates practice to the intermediate or advanced level and commit to it four to five times per week for 45 to 50 minutes at a time. An advanced practice involves heart-pumping moves, such as the jack knife and side lift. Remember that practice time is in addition to the warmup and cooldown.
Keto diets, like most low carb diets, work through the elimination of glucose. Because most folks live on a high carb diet, our bodies normally run on glucose (or sugar) for energy. We cannot make glucose and only have about 24 hours’ worth stored in our muscle tissue and liver. Once glucose is no longer available from food sources, we begin to burn stored fat instead, or fat from our food.
This first is using a power meter. One of the key bits of data a power meter produces is the amount of work done in a ride which is expressed in kilojoules. Kilojoules convert to calories at a rate of 4.186 kilojoules per calorie. However, because we are fairly inefficient at converting our food energy into pedal power, losing about 75-80% to heat production, the actual ratio is approximately 1:1. There is some variation from rider to rider due to differing levels of efficiency but, in general, the accuracy for calorie burn calculated from power meter data is within 5%.
Swimming is an excellent cardiovascular exercise that’s easy on your joints and more. Let’s take a look at how swimming can help you increase your fitness level and lose weight. Most of you probably know that cardiovascular exercise is one of the best things you can do for your health, but maybe you are dealing with achy knees, an injured back or weak ankles. There is always a way to exercise. We just have to work around your limitations and figure out what you can do.
When you take a swimming lesson, you can learn about different strokes, such as the crawl, backstroke, and the butterfly. Many people who know how to swim are familiar with a few of them, but a lesson can help you identify the best stroke for your body. There are some strokes that are less strenuous than others, which may be more appropriate if you are out of shape.
A ketogenic diet also has been shown to improve blood sugar control for patients with type 2 diabetes, at least in the short term. There is even more controversy when we consider the effect on cholesterol levels. A few studies show some patients have increase in cholesterol levels in the beginning, only to see cholesterol fall a few months later. However, there is no long-term research analyzing its effects over time on diabetes and high cholesterol.
Frank wrote this training tip 14 years ago but still coaches athletes to this day about making better food choices to achieve healthy sustainable weight loss and ultimately a change in the athlete’s lifestyle. Recently Frank completed the 14 Day Conscious Cleanse. Stay tuned for what he learned. To talk with Frank about your cycling and losing weight, please call 720.406.7444 or fill out a New Athlete Questionnaire to set up a Coaching Consultation. Otherwise you can find him riding and eating healthy in Boulder, CO.
Carbohydrates have been linked to this skin condition, so cutting down on them may help. And the drop in insulin that a ketogenic diet can trigger may also help stop acne breakouts. (Insulin can cause your body to make other hormones that bring on outbreaks.) Still, more research is needed to determine exactly how much effect, if any, the diet actually has on acne.
Fairly recently, the diet was introduced as a weight-loss diet by an Italian professor of surgery, Dr. Gianfranco Cappello of Sapienza University in Rome. In his 2012 study, about 19,000 dieters received a high-fat liquid diet via a feeding tube inserted down the nose. The study showed an average weight loss of more than 20 pounds in participants, most of whom kept it off for at least a year. The researchers reported a few minor side effects, like fatigue.
If you’re ready for next-level Pilates where you tackle the springs and the signature apparatuses that Pilates is known for, get to a Pilates studio and sign up for a one-on-one lesson where you can experience all the different types of equipment that are available. If you’re trying to lose significant weight, you’ll want to do Pilates two to three times a week and work with the spring driven equipment regularly.
Because cycling is primarily a lower body sport, riders can lose muscle volume in their upper body. The solution? Year-round resistance training. This doesn’t mean you have to spend hours in the weight room—as little as 20 minutes twice a week during the cycling season and 30 minutes two or three times a week during the winter will maintain and even increase your upper-body muscle mass.