The first day of the New Year. Bathing suit season. After your birthday. Next Monday. When you finish the last Dove Bar. Like most people thinking about dieting, you probably have a "start time," a day when you're sure you'll be ready to dive in. But is that ready enough to guarantee success? "A lot of people say, 'I'm ready to take off the pounds,' but that's a lot different from being willing to make the lifestyle changes necessary to actually lose the weight," says John Jakicic, PhD, director of the Physical Activity and Weight Management Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh. The difference between the two is the difference between dropping those pounds and struggling—and not succeeding. (Take back control of your eating—and lose weight in the process—with our 21-Day Challenge!)With that in mind, take our quiz before you take the leap. By the time you get to the end, you'll have a better idea of whether you're prepared to face the … [Read more...] about Should You Really Start That New Eating Plan? Take This Quiz To Find Out
Workouts to get rid of love handles
Stress is an unavoidable fact of life. You do what you can to cope. Sometimes, though, it becomes so persistent and overwhelming that it just drains you, physically and emotionally. Experts refer to this state of complete exhaustion as burnout—and not surprisingly, it’s more pervasive than ever.Being burned out seems to go hand-in-hand with job stress, but it isn’t always work-related. A feeling of excessive responsibility contributes to burnout, as can feeling like you don't have control over a situation. Burnout can lead to serious medical problems, including high blood pressure, gastrointestinal problems, coronary artery disease, and sleep problems, says Peter S. Moskowitz, MD. (Here's 10 silent signals you're way too stressed.)Symptoms of burnout: The emotional signs often start first. “You may feel irritable, finding that you have less ability to deal with minor problems at home and at work,” Moskowitz notes. People under stress may begin to … [Read more...] about 24 Ways To Stop Being Burned Out
A guy’s awareness of his muscles has a simple progression. You start with what you see in the mirror: biceps, chest, shoulders, six pack. You quickly realize there’s also some interesting stuff on the other side: lats, traps, triceps. At some point, not long after your legs stop growing, you figure out those muscles respond to training, too. But the real test of your muscular awareness comes when you start to wonder about all the ones in between, like your obliques. You might notice your own, if you’re lean enough. Or you might see a picture of a shredded fitness model and wonder what’s going on with those fingerlike muscles on the sides of his waist. It’s like the face-hugger from Alien is part of his anatomy.Whatever your motivation, when you search for exercises that target the obliques, you’ll soon come across the Russian twist. Never mind that it isn’t actually Russian; as fitness historian Terry Todd, Ph.D., once told … [Read more...] about Why You Should Never Do the Russian Twist
In a way, his affair, the revelation of all his sex secrets, was the best thing that could have happened to her. When he left, those years of trying to be the good girl, to keep a low profile, to fit in—all that was gone. At last she could be her own person. She filed for divorce in November, and it was the most euphoric day of her life, better even than her wedding day. "I was free," she says. "I could feel the sunshine again." But then you have to wonder: If it was such a joy to be rid of the guy, why did she take him back? With the answer to that question comes a rare opportunity: to look inside a marriage that was bound for the rocks and see how it was saved. At the beginning it was an opposites-attract kind of thing, says Gina, age 35. They met during their sophomore year of high school. Bryan was a clown, a kidder, a cutup. Picture a young Nicolas Cage, handsome in a dorky way, always yapping, full of wisecracks and noodley little movements."I was the shier kid," she says, … [Read more...] about Relationship Advice: Can Love Come Back From the Brink?
If you're doing the same long, slow, boring cardio workout over and over again, then don't bother to expect any results.You have to change your program.You have to workout with more intensity.You have to do shorter, less frequent workouts - using intervals.Hopefully that caught your attention.Shorter, less frequent Interval workouts. Yes, they will be more intense. But I promise you, the bottom line from interval training will be more fat burning and more fat loss. Basically, MORE results.But even in your interval program you can benefit from variety. And with all the interval options available, there is no good reason to do the same interval program all the time.So not only should you have variety within your training week (i.e. alternate between two different interval training workouts, rather than just doing the same interval workout each time), but you should also change these workouts every 4 weeks.To modify your interval training workouts, you can...- switch exercise methods … [Read more...] about 5 Ways to Do Intervals
You don’t have to go through life with man boobs (otherwise known as male breasts). In fact, you can burn away chest fat and get rid of your manboobs forever with just three short, but intense workouts per week.Getting rid of manboobs is as simple as getting rid of any other fat. You need to cut back on the junk, and fill up on the intensity. Turbulence Training is the fastest fat loss workout you can do at home. You don’t need fancy equipment or a gym membership (where you’ll be too embarrassed by your man boobs to go anyway).Listen, women love a chiseled chest, but are turned off by the site of manboobs poking through a sweatshirt. That’s why I’ve put together a fat burning program that focuses on building muscle and blasting fat with all sorts of push-ups, chest exercises, and intervals. In fact, even the Turbulence Training abdominal workouts work the chest and help convert those man boobs back into a real man’s chest in just weeks.You can gain … [Read more...] about How to Lose Manboob Chest Fat
How do you get rid of your love handles and go from skinny-fat to fit? Here's a seven-point plan from Men's Health fitness advisor Craig Ballantyne.a. Interval trainingb. Tight nutritionReplace breakfast cereals and grain carbs with fruits, vegetables, and nuts. "Losing your love handles isn't going to happen if you insist on treating yourself to a Frappacino, Pepsi, and a slice of pizza every day," he says. "It means eating meals of lean protein, fiber-rich vegetables, and snacking on apples and nuts between meals.""It's not going to work as well as interval training," Ballantyne says.This is related to another issue, he says: Many guys don't have enough muscle in the first place.Losing love handles, like bodybuilding, is a game of illusion. Muscle on your chest and back can essentially "hide" excess fat in your love handle area."So most guys are skinny-fat, and then try to lose love handles with cardio only, and basically become even smaller versions of themselves—but still … [Read more...] about How to Lose Your Love Handles
This morning, after a few hours work, I went to my favorite place in San Diego to take a break from TT Summit preparations.It is FIT Athletic Gym in downtown SD.I love it there. The gym is full of serious training, and it overlooks Petco Stadium. Really cool area.My workout: Squats, KB Swings, Box Jumps, Good Morning, TRX Ab Fallouts. But, the rest of the weekend will be NO-equipment bodyweight workouts. I'll be taking 165 trainers through bootcamp workouts on a rooftop gym. It's going to be awesome, and "Cardio for Warriors" author, Martin Rooney, will be joining me on Saturday.I dare you to workout without equipment for a week. Can you handle it? Think you’ll run out of ideas? No way, try this for starters...Some of you haven't seen this free no-equipment workout I gave away from the Home Workout Revolution programhttp://j.mp/FreeZeroEquipmentWorkoutPlus, even the simple push-up is such a versatile exercise... here's how to make it easier OR harder, depending on your … [Read more...] about San Diego FIT Gym for the Win
This article was written by Jen Sinkler and repurposed with permission from Men's Health.A "belfie" is a selfie snapped of your butt. It can be difficult to contort yourself into a position to capture such a shot, so luckily, it still counts if someone else takes it for you.Many of us weren't familiar with the term before Jen Selter, but a shade under 4 million Instagram followers later, the 20-year-old New York City resident is doing her damnedest to make sure everyone becomes familiar with it.At 5-foot-6 and 112 pounds, she is a slight woman with a startlingly sizeable caboose, one who has built a fervent following of women who want to be her and men who want to be with her.She has her detractors, too, of course. They are equally fervent, accusing her of having had ass implants, criticizing the rest of her body, and requesting she perform sexual acts for them.Reading the multitude of comments—which appear mere seconds after she posts a photo—can be a soul-sucking … [Read more...] about Jen Selter: You Love Her Butt—But Should You Listen to Her Fitness Advice?
Lokelani McMichael, (www.lokemcmichael.com), fitness expert and superstar triathlete, addresses your fitness conundrumsQ: Which are better: ab machines or crunches?A: Machines will work your abs and back, but they lock you into one position. It's important to work your belly from all angles to keep your ab muscles sufficiently challenged. Basic crunches are excellent because you can do them anywhere. Try the full lobster crunch to work both upper and lower abs: Lie on your back with knees bent and hands lightly supporting your head. Curl your abs like a lobster tail, bringing shoulders and feet off the floor. Hold for a few seconds and repeat for 15 reps. Q: What should I eat before and after a 30- to 60-minute ride or run?A: The main source of fuel for exercise comes in carbs. To keep trucking, start your day with oatmeal and berries. Fiber fills you up. Oatmeal, a slow-burning carb, will give you fuel for your cardio session. Eat a banana after: Potassium can help prevent muscle … [Read more...] about your fitness FAQs answered