Best Kept Weight Loss Secrets

1. No carb isn’t the answer
Lowering your carbs is likely beneficial but avoiding carbohydrates all together is unhealthy and unrealistic. Aim to have 30-40% of your calories come from carbohydrates. Make your grains whole and/or sprouted. If you are in a situation that you are unsure if an item is whole, don’t eat it.
2. Protein is not a magical nutrient
No more than 30% of your calories should come from protein. If more than this amount is consumed on a long term basis, your liver will be stressed and you will likely see this in a blood test. In addition, more than this is not beneficial for weight loss, fat loss, muscle gain or energy improvement.water_drinking
3. Chug 20 ounces of water upon waking
Get out of bed. Go to the restroom. Chug your water. Continue with your
morning routine. You will be amazed at the energy, appetite control and reduced brain fog you will have throughout your day.
4. Drink half your body weight in ounces of water, minimum
Get a reusable 32 ounce bottle and calculate how many total bottles you need in a day. Set a daily time line in which it needs to be consumed. For example: two in the morning before lunch (including the water you drink upon waking) and one after lunch before
dinner. Workout water doesn’t count.
5. Never twice in one day or two days in a row
This is Kristin’s Rule of Two that will help you live a lifestyle of guilt-free balance. Use this rule to apply to any part of your healthy lifestyle: portions, unhealthy choices, alcohol, not meeting water goals or not exercising. If you choose something unhealthy at lunch, no treat later in the day. Stay on track the rest of your day and the following day. If you drink alcohol one night, the next day needs to be right on track with water, food and exercise.
6. Think Before You Eat
Take thirty seconds to think about the food before you eat it. Do this with all foods: apples, cucumbers, cookies, alcohol, pasta, etc. Ask yourself 1) how will I feel after I eat this? 2) will this help me reach my goal? This will allow you to attach positive emotions to healthy foods and negative emotions to unhealthy foods, allowing for better control of mind over matter.
7. Eat a minimum of three different veggies per day
We think vegetables are challenging because they are inconvenient. Most veggies need to be chopped, sliced, cooked or dunked in order to taste good. Wrong! Think of the veggies that truly need nothing. Bell peppers, cucumbers, carrots…these need zero preparation. No excuses!
8. Eat every three hours
This is true for most (but not all) people. After four hours, most of us get a dip in blood sugar, then we start to feel the slight signs of low blood sugar and we end up overeating at some point. On the other hand, eating every two hours is likely too close. We never allow our body to be in a “fed” state. This is important for basic metabolism and basic human instinct. It is a good thing to feel a slight bit of hunger, but not a slight bit of low blood sugar. Every time you eat, choose a produce and a protein or healthy fat or fiber.
9. Fruit is not preventing you from losing weight
Choose two per day. I frequently hear that people avoid fruit because of the sugar content. Fruit isn’t the problem and consuming the right amount isn’t preventing you from hitting your health goals.
10. Consistent, daily exercise is a must
There is a big difference between an active lifestyle and exercise and we need both. An active lifestyle is taking the stairs, walking the dog, taking a leisurely bike ride on the Highline Canal or even a nice family hike. Exercise is an organized workout in which your heart rate is elevated for a period of time and is moderate to challenging in intensity for
the time frame you have chosen. These are a few of my biggest secrets! If you need individual help or have questions, please let me know!

Kristin Burgess, Registered Dietitian

Break Patterns of Habitual Inactivity for a Healthy Lifestyle

dsc_1208Patricia McKenna was born and raised in LA. Graduating with a Journalism degree, her first job was as an on-camera reporter with an NBC affiliate.  She realized she preferred being behind the scenes, went back to school for a Masters in Art, then got an opportunity to work for Turner Broadcasting as an art director. Later her role shifted to a director and producer of commercials and features.
Twenty years ago she moved to Highlands Ranch with her husband, a SEC lawyer.  Today Tricia works at a branding and marketing agency downtown.
Her husband Steve, and children Jack, Chance and Grace, are very healthy and active. They work out regularly and enjoy time at the pool.  Last July, Tricia got a phone call from Sheri, GATC Member Coach. Sheri had noticed that even though Tricia’s husband and kids were active at Greenwood, she had not been coming.
“Sheri graciously invited me to come in and visit with her. We talked about my goals, why I wanted to lose weight and an action plan.  I am not a joiner, not one who participates in big classes or does weight watchers or talks about feelings. It is just not part of my DNA. Sheri said, ‘Let me give you a program to do three to four times a week.’ She suggested, ’Put it in your calendar – put it in writing and commit to it.’ That really helped!
I just decided to take this time for myself and I have come almost every day since.
It is true that you get the bug! I remember one day the club closed in the afternoon during a snowstorm. I had this moment of-Oh my gosh! I am not going to work out today and I don’t know how I feel about this!
It is amazing how in your 40’s you can slowly acquire weight and how much harder it is to lose it then it was in my 20’s, but I have managed to lose 40 pounds. There were plenty of reasons to not make it work, but I did. I had to work against habitual inactivity. The more sedentary I had become, the more it seemed like an incredible effort to get back in the groove. There adsc_1242re no easy ways to do it. I don’t think there is a staff member here who isn’t silently encouraging me. Just by their cheerful smiles as they greet me, I feel part of this community.  This is one of the reasons I really like it here. I appreciate the quiet encouragement, the diversity at Greenwood, the beautiful environment and state of the art equipment. In many ways, GATC is understated and that delights me.  I pay a reasonable amount to have a lovely place to work out, where my children feel safe and I am part of a community that values working out as a way of life. I feel as though I belong here.
For anyone who is struggling or stuck like I was, I want you to know there is no right or wrong way. Every single day do something.  Tomorrow, do a little more for a little bit longer. You will be pleasantly surprised if you make the mental decision-you want this for yourself.”

Seven Basics for Fitness

spinThe reason we exist at GATC is for the honor of positively impacting people’s lives. We offer over 130 group fitness classes each week as part of your membership. The types of classes are thoughtfully chosen, the instructors are carefully recruited and the class times are strategically placed with the goal of providing you with the best selection of classes offered at the optimal times that cater to a wide variety of interests and provide ample opportunity for achieving results.

On an average day, approximately 1500 people check into the club. Roughly 30% of those check-ins, or 450 people, attend a group fitness class. So how can you optimize your membership utilizing group fitness to achieve your fitness goals? In this “results-focused” issue, I’m offering Seven Basics for Fitness.

FIND SOMETHING YOU ENJOY AND DO IT
If you’re not having fun or being challenged with your workout, it’s easy to lose interest. Instead of dreading the treadmill, consider one of our many other options. With a nice balance of strength, cardio, balance and flexibility classes to choose from each week, there is great opportunity to find your new favorite. Take advantage of our shorter classes that can be done in combination (ex. Cardiovascular Intervals and CXWORX). If you would like some assistance, we offer complimentary Member Coach services or I’m always happy to help. When you find what you enjoy, you’re more likely to stay consistent and see better results.

SET GOALS
Maybe you want to avoid holiday weight gain, fit into a certain dress size, decrease your body fat percentage, cut your mile time, or set a new lifting PR. Map out your plan of attack setting both short-term (30-day) and long-term (three-six months) goals. That plan will help you stay focused and on the path to success. Share your goals with your group fitness instructor so they can help encourage you and keep you accountable.

DRINK ENOUGH WATER
GATC Registered Dietitian and Personal Trainer, Kristin Burgess, recommends drinking half your body weight in ounces every day. This is on top of replenishing fluids lost during your workout. While the reminder to drink water may sound unnecessary and obvious, it is essential to your health.

EAT WELL
No training regimen is complete without the complement of good nutrition. Make sure you eat a consistently well-balanced diet. Dedication to both your training and your nutrition will offer the best results.

GET SUFFICIENT SLEEP
Rest is crucial to our fat-loss and muscle-building goals. Lack of sleep raises cortisol levels and hampers proper recovery. Exercise places stress on your body, and it’s your body’s ability to respond to and rebuild from this stress that creates growth, results and body improvement. This is why nutrition and recovery are essential to achieving your fitness goals.

MIX IT UP
Many dedicated gym-goers fall into a workout rut. Break out of boredom by challenging yourself in new ways. Try new movements, set aside the dumbbells in favor of a barbell or cables, or grab a buddy and try a class. Don’t just set up camp at your usual corner or elliptical. If you are bored with your workouts, chances are your body is, too. Make some changes for a new challenge leading to new results.

STAY CONSISTENT
None of this information will be of much value if it’s not done consistently. No matter your goal, consistent efforts are rewarded with hard-earned results!

Andrea Morris, Director of Group Fitness

Fat Loss Tips: Gluten-Free?

gluten-freeSales of gluten-free foods have soared 68% in the last two years.  Almost 1.6 million Americans are gluten-free. Yet only 1% of the population actually has Celiac Disease, a disorder in which one’s immune system reacts to gluten, a protein in certain grains.

In my opinion, many people look for a quick fix. It is easy to jump at reasons/excuses why we are doing everything right and still not losing weight. Is going gluten-free really a magic pill? Is this the ONLY reason people begin to lose weight?

Let’s look at some facts:

1) Limiting any heavy caloric food will cause weight loss

2) Gluten-free can mean less processed, therefore the product MAY retain more natural nutrients (of course this varies product to product and brand to brand, just like any food)

3) Liming the variety of processed carbohydrates will always yield a healthier body

4) Many of the companies producing gluten-free products are companies who produce organic foods. In order for a product to be labeled “gluten-free” it must contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten. Many large companies cannot control production to this minute fraction, allowing for more mom and pop or organic companies to produce gluten-free foods.

5) Even though gluten-free foods are currently available almost everywhere, they are still not as accessible as gluten-containing foods. Therefore, you might be less likely to choose a pizza, cookie or other traditional wheat product.

Gluten is a protein in grains such as wheat, spelt, rye, or kamut.  Who eats spelt and rye on a regular basis? But who eats whole wheat bread for breakfast, crackers or a granola bar for a snack, a sandwich for lunch, pasta for dinner? Most Americans- most days of the week. It might not be pasta for dinner, but it might be a tortilla or even something “healthy” such as a pita.

Let me ask this: would you eat five bananas in one day, on a regular basis, day afteBathroom-scaler day? Probably not. So why would you eat that much wheat in one day? Cutting out gluten does not cause the weight loss for most people.It is more likely that you are now eating a greater variety of foods and food groups. More fruits, veggies, variety of grains, less processed food (let’s face it, the gluten-free bread isn’t the most tasty), more lean proteins, more nuts and seeds and likely less sugar. These things are the likely cause of your weight loss!

Looking for additional information or other nutrition tips? Visit GATC’s Nutrition Services page or email Kristin at kristinb@greenwoodatc.com

Kristin Burgess, GATC R.D.

 

Spring Into Fitness

Tone. Define. Tighten. These are the words that most all of us mutter to ourselves at some point before the pool weather arrives. Yes, it is April in Colorado and could snow again in a second, but the cherry blossoms, greener grass and beautiful 70-degree weather we have been enjoying are here to remind us that summer is right around the corner.

Quick. Imagine yourself running outside in shorts and a tank top. Or relaxing by the pool soaking up that vitamin D. Does this make you feel excited or anxious? If the answer is the latter and you’re not feeling ready to be the confident version of you that you should be this summer, now is the perfect time to amp up that motivation, refocus and hit some set goals. Those cold winter nights may have lowered motivation and given way to delicious comfort food, but now is the perfect time to spring back into fitness.

lose weight this springOur personal trainer David Nutting dubbed the “transformation specialist” has designed an effective body blasting metabolic circuit program to help you do just that. His class uses a unique method of training to help you tone, define and tighten your core, legs, arms and shoulders using challenging exercises. Expect hard and satisfying workouts that will make use of suspension training, BOSU balls, weights, medicine balls, intervals, and more. Expect workout homework and tips to keep you motivated and accountable. Get the results you want and feel excited instead of nervous about the approaching change of season.

Spring into Fitness starts April 13, at 8:00am on Mondays and Wednesdays. To learn more click here or register by calling 303-770-2582 x274.