Now I Lay Me
By Susan B. Sterling, EdD, & Crystal Quintana
Down to Sleep . . .
If you're working toward better health and athletic performance, make sleep as important a priority as diet or exercise.
Do you have difficulty falling asleep at night? Once you get to sleep, do you wake up frequently? Do you feel lethargic in the morning? Are you drowsy by mid afternoon and unable ...
Case Study: Weight Loss
According to the 1999-2000 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, more than 64.5 percent of Americans are obese or overweight (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2003). It's no wonder, then, that many clients cite weight loss as a main goal when starting a new exercise program. As personal trainers, we want our clients to reach their goals quickly and safely. However, results are sometimes hard to achieve, leading to frustration and dropout. A creative approach may be what's needed.
“Ellen” had great success with her low-carbohydrate diet. She lost 14 pounds in 5 weeks and felt like she was in control. No longer was she a slave to the chocolate chip cookie binge that had been her evening ritual. She was proud that she had exercised every day, waking up muscles she didn’t even know she had.
Do some of your clients want to enjoy the benefits of weight loss without expending any effort? They’re not alone in wishing for the rewards without the work!
A Harris-Weight Watchers survey found that most women believe the greatest payoffs to thinness are better and lasting health, more energy and higher esteem. But the survey also found that general inertia keeps many overweight women from having the thinner body they want. (That’s why they need personal trainers like you!)
With obesity on the rise among our nation’s children, we need to do everything we can to underscore the importance of physical activity in childhood. One way to do that is to remind parents how their own activity levels and support can affect the future health of their kids.
Jakicic, J.M., et al. 2003. Effect of exercise duration and intensity on weight loss in overweight, sedentary women. Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), 290 (10), 1323-30.
Study. In a 12-month trial, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh compared the effects of different durations and
intensities of exercise on weight loss and cardiorespiratory fitness in sedentary, overweight women.
Some schools are beginning to send information to families via “report cards” in an effort to motivate parents regarding their child’s weight issues. The good news is that the strategy seems to be working.
For years you’ve been hearing that you should eat a diet high in carbohydrates. Now you’ve heard the opposite—that protein is king—from doctors, researchers and the media alike. What’s the straight answer? Can popular high-protein diets like the Atkins diet help you lose weight? Get the facts below from Amy Paturel, MS, MPH, nutrition consultant, educator and counselor.
Four popular diets all appear to lower the risk of heart disease equally, according to research by Michael L. Dansinger, MD, of Tufts University New England Medical Center in Boston. He presented his study, which looked at Weight Watchers, the high-fat Atkins diet, the low-fat Ornish diet and the high-protein/moderate-carbohydrate Zone diet, at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2003.