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Fitness After 50? April 9, 2016

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Fitness After 50?It’s always going to be a work in progress, but just because the big 50 or even 60 is looming doesn’t mean you should back off your sport or workout routine. 

  
Workout Smart!

What is important is that you focus on what works, not what big box gyms have conned you into doing which is probably ineffective, time consuming and boring. Since the 90’s most gyms and, sadly, many instructors have plonked their members on cardio equipment for hours every week giving false promises about calorie burning and fat loss. 

I’ve worked in gyms for over 30 years and there was a time when I would advise members to step, cycle and row their way through long workouts with maybe a little weight or resistance training. But, in 1994 I attended an National Tutor update and we were shown study after study that proved fitness and shape change was not best achieved by long duration cardio training. 

Since then I have changed the way I plan personal and group sessions. 

Always encouraging clients to work outside their comfort zone. To shorten and intensify their sessions. I’ve gradually moved away from the Aerobic dance, Zumba & Exercise to music style of training – I know it doesn’t control body fat or promote lean shapely muscle and both are even more important as the years fly by. 
  

  
In 2009 I discovered HIIT high intensity interval training. This radically changed how I train my clients. Even my Super Seniors find themselves doing short intense segments within their workouts, making muscles work hard does everything you need to promote health and fitness, and without grinding away delicate and precious joints. 
50 seems like a long time ago now! And 60…..

Looking forward to it and to taking my clients along with me. 

Shorter workouts that change EVERYTIME, that challenge Balance, Strength, Stamina and Suppleness plus a little complexity to get our brains involved too. Add great music and it’s not working out its having FUN! 

So next time you find yourself thinking about cutting back and easing off because you’re 40, 45, 50 or more DONT! 

Find a trainer that understands, that is a role model and work with them! 

Train Smart

Eat Clean

Feel Great
Jax 

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Cereals Destroy Your Hormones, Zap Your Energy & Cause Weight Gain October 30, 2014

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These Cereals Destroy Your Hormones, Zap Your Energy & Cause Weight Gain

Most cereals are promoted as “health foods” by the giant food corporations. However, these sinister common breakfast foods that almost everyone consumes daily are killing you slowly, zapping your energy levels, causing diabetes, excess body fat, cancer, and even faster aging in your body. He’ll explain why below…

by Mike Geary – Certified Nutrition Specialist
Best-Selling Author: The Fat-Burning Kitchen & The Top 101 Foods that FIGHT Aging

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If you care at all about your body and health, I’m sure you already know to avoid the obvious sugary cereals like the flakes with sugar frosting, the fruity sugar cereals with artificial colours, the frosted wheat bisquits, or the marshmallow cereals that so many parents are poisoning their kids with these days.

However, even most breakfast cereals that aren’t frosted in sugar are marketed heavily as “heart healthy”, “rich in fibre”, and “a good source vitamins & minerals”… Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth!

As a Nutritionist that’s studied the biochemistry of nutrition for over 25 years, and how certain foods affect the cells of your body, there are at least 10 important reasons to be extremely concerned about what cereals are doing inside your body. I’ll touch on a few of the important details in this short article…

Most cereals (even “whole grain” or “high fibre”) cause extreme harm to your hormones and create runaway blood sugar in your body

One of the WORST things about most cereals, even so-called “whole grain” cereals is that they ALL cause a significant spike in your blood sugar (regardless of whether they are wheat, rice, or corn based) to dangerously high levels, which results in a cascade of fat storing hormones to be released in your body, and causes more carb cravings later in the day. This is NOT the way to start your day if you care about your waistline or how much belly fat you have.

In fact, even cereals that have added fibre (such as bran flakes or raisin bran) have been found to cause just as much of a massive spike in blood sugar as the low-fibre cereals such as rice or corn based cereals. Remember that the starches in wheat, corn, or a bowl of rice cereal break down quickly in your body into SUGAR and immediately do as much harm to your blood sugar regulation system as if you ate 40-60 grams of pure corn syrup or pure table sugar.

[Yes, that includes your Special K, Bran Flakes and Weight Watchers Breakfast Bars]

Those massive spikes in your blood sugar essentially damage the cells in your body through a process called glycation, which accelerates the rate of aging in your joints, skin, organs, and even your brain. Ouch… That tiger on the cereal commercials is never going to warn you about that!

And speaking of hormones, another effect of high blood sugar is that it blunts the ability of your body to release growth hormone (aka, the youth hormone), so if you want to look and feel younger, cereals are NOT helping you in that department!

Note: Regarding the claims that cereals are a “good source of vitamins and minerals”, this is actually FALSE… The majority of vitamins and minerals in most cereals are not naturally occurring, but rather, are synthetically added vitamins, which have been proven to be less absorbed than natural vitamins and potentially even harmful in some cases. As an example, synthetic vitamin E is shown in some studies to be harmful to us, while natural vitamin E is beneficial.

Crunching your way to Diabetes and belly fat every morning?

Think about this next time you’re gobbling down that bowl of bran flakes, rice puffs, or wheat bisquits while you’re running out the door in the morning…

The more cereal you eat, the more you constantly stress your pancreas and other organs involved in controlling your blood sugar. Insulin levels surge every day to try to control your massive blood sugar attacks from all that cereal, and eventually, your insulin sensitivity suffers, leading many people to type 2 Diabetes, and a life of injecting insulin with needles and stabbing your fingers every day for blood tests 3-5x every day of your life.

Not only that, but causing high insulin levels in your body every morning by eating cereal also triggers your body to STORE body fat. So if you want to be lean, cereal is directly going against your goal, and only making you fatter!

Gut Inflammation and even gut damage?

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More bad news about cereal…

Any cereals with wheat ingredients in them can possibly cause gut inflammation and long term gut damage from too much gluten and lectins, even if you’re not officially gluten intolerant or gluten sensitive.

[i don’t believe GMO corn enters the UK food chain – yet?]

Think those corn-based cereals are better than wheat? Think again! Corn-based cereals are almost always made with GMO corn, which has many scientists very concerned about long term health threats, since there are no long term studies on the effects of GMO corn to your health, as well as your children’s health.

And rice-based cereals (krispies, etc) aren’t much better, as they cause just as high of a blood sugar spike as pure table sugar… Ouch!

Cereal causes CRAVINGS for more carbs later in the day, leading to excess calories

The blood sugar spike and subsequent insulin surge from your morning cereal makes your body to try to get all that sugar out of your blood and into cells (usually fat cells), and that causes a big drop in your blood sugar hours later. This makes you CRAVE more carb-based or sugary foods later in the day.

The result of this is a constant wild roller coaster ride of blood sugar and insulin all day long, leading you to eat more calories in any given day.

I recently read a study about people that ate egg-based breakfasts vs cereal-based breakfasts… Even though the people that ate egg-based breakfasts consumed far more fat in the morning, they ended up eating much less calories throughout each day because they didn’t have the wild blood sugar swings, hormone imbalances, and subsequent cravings. Egg breakfasts are proven to CONTROL your appetite, while cereal breakfasts are proven to INCREASE your appetite for more food, particularly more starchy and sugary carbs.

Cereal makes your body a carb-burner instead of a fat-burner

The more carbs that you eat each day from foods such as cereal and breads, the more you train your body to rely on carbs for energy. So when your blood sugar dips again, you need more carbs again, or you’ll have a major energy slump.

On the other hand, the more of your calories you get from healthy fats instead (avocados, coconut oil, grass-fed butter and cream, olive oil, nuts, seeds, eggs, and pasture-raised meats), the more you train your body to be a fat-burning machine.

This is called creating a “fat adapted metabolism” and you do this by reducing your overall carb intake and simultaneously increasing your healthy fat intake. This doesn’t mean you need to go extremely low in carbs like Atkins, but just a LOT lower than the average carb addict, which is pretty much everyone eating a modern western diet.

By relying mostly on healthy fats for energy instead of carbs, this balances your hormones and gives you VERY stable blood sugar levels throughout each day, allowing you to also have VERY stable energy levels throughout each day without the typical spikes and slumps in your energy that most carb addicts feel every single day.

Another benefit of creating a “fat adapted metabolism” in your body is that you will naturally lose body fat easier! There is no magic ratios of macronutrients that’s perfect for everyone, nor do I think you need to obsess over exact calories or exact ratios of carbs to fat…

However, to give you an idea of how far off most people are… Most people currently eat a diet that is in the range of 60% carbs, 20% fat, and 20% protein. What I’m describing to you in order to create a fat adapted metabolism would be more around eating 20% carbs, 60% fat, and 20% protein.

[remember healthy fats come along with healthy fats – so, you won’t be gouging down Olive Oil!]

Basically, as you can see, it’s like flip-flopping the typical western diet ratios of carbs to fat.

Healthier alternatives to cereal that are still QUICK (helping you to be a fat-burner instead of carb-burner)

Instead of the typical cereal in the morning (that’s slowly killing you and making you fatter), try a bowl of plain greek full-fat organic yogurt (which is loaded with healthy gut probiotics, healthy fats, AND protein) and add in a handful of fresh, organic berries (or frozen wild blueberries), a handful of nuts such as either almonds or pecans (more healthy fats), and a little stevia or vanilla protein for a little added sweetness if you need it.

[ try to get used to the natural Un-sweetened taste]

This breakfast will leave you leaner, keep your blood sugar, energy levels, and hormones balanced for the day, and prevent cravings for more starchy and sugary carbs later in the day.

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Another option is simply any combination of eggs, veggies, avocado, and even organic breakfast meat if you want. Try this favourite quick breakfast, cook up a couple eggs, and slice a half of an avocado on a plate.

I chop the eggs and avocado together with some hot sauce and a couple slices of turkey, and voila… a quick 5-minute breakfast that’s incredibly delicious, yet MUCH healthier than that bowl of cereal, and will help balance your hormones for the day instead of creating hormone imbalances and energy crashes like cereal does.

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If you follow my blog you’ll know I believe you should STOP eating bread, even whole wheat bread, vegetable oils, canola/rapeseed oil and energy bars if you want to stay lean and avoid diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes…

Eat Clean. Train Smart. Expect Results

Jax

 

4/13 Lies That Make You Fat and Sick – Protein November 9, 2013

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4. Eating a Lot of Protein is Bad For Your Health
Many people believe that eating a lot of protein can damage your bones.

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While it is true that increased protein can increase calcium excretion from the bones in the short term, the long term studies show the exact opposite effect.

In fact, eating more protein is consistently associated with improved bone density and a lower risk of fracture in old age (27, 28, 29).

This is one example of where blindly following conventional nutrition advice will lead to the exact opposite result.

Another myth is that protein increases strain on the kidneys and contributes to kidney failure.

The reality is a bit more complicated than that. Although it is true that people with established kidney disease should reduce protein intake, studies in healthy individuals show that protein is perfectly safe (30, 31).

In healthy individuals, protein actually reduces two of the main risk factors for kidney disease… which are diabetes and high blood pressure (32, 33, 34).

Eating a high protein diet has many other benefits, including increased muscle mass, reduced body fat and a lower risk of diseases like cardiovascular disease (35, 36, 37).

Bottom Line: Studies show that protein has positive effects on bone health in the long run and does not raise the risk of kidney disease in healthy individuals. Eating a high protein diet has many important health benefits.

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Scientists Discover One Weird Way To Better Heart Health (and fat loss) October 3, 2013

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Scientists Discover One Weird Way To Better Heart Health (and fat loss)

By Kevin DiDonato MS, CSCS, CES

There are an increasing number of people that are at risk for developing heart disease.

And, they are not just at risk because of the common issues – altered cholesterol levels, inactivity, or smoking – but, by more uncommon issues.

One of the reasons for the sudden spike in cardiovascular risk: overweight, obesity, altered cholesterol levels, and insulin resistance.

More commonly referred to as metabolic syndrome, this condition may be leading to more health related issues than ever before.

But there is good news!

There is ONE nutrient that, research shows, may slow the rise in blood lipid levels, alter cholesterol metabolism, and even reduce inflammatory states associated with being overweight or obese.

And, to say this nutrient is important, well, that would be the BIGGEST understatement of the year…

Omega-3 and Cholesterol Metabolism

According to this study, elevated cholesterol levels combined with being overweight or obese, and insulin resistant may set the stage for future adverse heart health conditions.

And the sad fact is: There are more overweight or obese people in this country – and around the world – that may suffer from this unfortunate and, often times, preventable health condition.

Now, studies also show that omega-3 fatty acids may do some wonderful things inside your body.

From increasing adiponectin levels (fat burning protein) to improving blood lipid levels, omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to improve many aspects of your health.

Although there are many people that consume omega-3 fatty acids – from krill oil, almonds, olive oil, etc. – there may also be a large number of people who don’t.

And this could be leading to a serious health epidemic.

Now, back to the study…

Researchers attempted to see if increasing omega-3 fatty acid intake – through supplementation or in the diet – could positively affect elevated cholesterol levels and inflammation in the body.

Here’s what they found:

They found that omega-3 fatty acid supplementation resulted in a significant improvement – or decrease – in the postprandial response for triglycerides, apoB48, and lipopolysaccharide binding protein (LBP) when compared to controls.

ApoB48 is a molecule in the body that is responsible for transporting cholesterol to the tissues in your body.

And LBP is a protein that binds to bacterial lipopolysaccharides that creates an immune response by your body.  In simple terms, it binds to a molecule that creates inflammation.

The researchers also showed that supplementing with omega-3 fatty acids resulted in a decrease in body weight gain and an increase in adiponectin – with a reduction in food intake – compared to the control group.

What did they conclude?

“Acute dietary omega-3 supplementation can improve fasting as well as postprandial lipid metabolism and components of the associated inflammatory response in the JCR:LA-cp fat.  Further, moderate dose omega-3 supplementation may reduce corresponding body weight during conditions of hypercholesterolaemia and/or decrease inflammation associated with obesity and the metabolic syndrome.”

More Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids have been linked to a lower risk for heart disease, improved eye health, improved brain function, and even improvements in reproductive health.

Now, according to this study, people who suffer from metabolic syndrome (collection of health issues such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and insulin resistance) may benefit from the use of omega-3 fatty acids.

From improvements in lipid metabolism to lowering inflammation, this study shows that omega-3 fatty acids may provide positive health benefits for people suffering from metabolic syndrome and who are overweight/obese.

So if you’re looking for a way to boost your health, heart health, or overall health, then taking a high quality omega 3 fatty acid supplement may be the answer for you.

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Eat Well, Stay Active and Feel Great

 

Exercise Better Than Drugs! October 2, 2013

You may have read this in the news this morning-

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Exercise may be just as effective as drugs for treating common diseases such as heart failure and strokes, a major review of evidence has suggested.

Researchers from three leading institutions say that exercise is a “viable alternative” to drug therapy in preventing deaths from coronary heart disease, heart failure, diabetes and stroke.

The study raises the question of whether doctors might be unnecessarily prescribing drugs when a simple instruction to be more active might be more appropriate. The rates of drug prescription in the UK have risen dramatically over the past decade.
However, only 14 per cent of UK adults exercise regularly and only one third of adults in England meet the recommended levels of physical activity.

The authors said there was a “blind spot” in knowledge about the true benefits of exercise, but health charities and the NHS said that, while exercise had a “vital role” in improving health, people on medication for any condition should not stop taking drugs prescribed by their doctor.

The study, published in the British Medical Journal, looked at the results of 305 randomised trials involving 340,000 people and compared the effectiveness of exercise versus drug treatments in reducing mortality in patients with the four conditions.

They found no “statistically significant” difference between exercise and drug interventions and discovered that for stroke, exercise was actually more effective than drug treatment. However, for heart failure, diuretic drugs were more effective than exercise.

The team, which included researchers from the London School of Economics, Harvard Medical School and Stanford University, said that the evidence-base for the benefits of exercise in reducing mortality from the conditions was small and more trials were urgently needed.
“The findings of our review suggest that exercise and many drug interventions are often potentially similar in terms of their mortality benefits; exercise interventions should therefore be considered as a viable alternative to, or alongside, drug therapy,” they conclude, adding that “[in] cases where drug options provide only modest benefit, patients deserve to understand the relative impact that physical activity might have on their condition.”

Amy Thompson, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said that more research was needed before firm conclusions were made.

“Medicines are an extremely important part of the treatment of many heart conditions and people on prescribed drugs should keep taking their vital meds,” she said.

“If you have a heart condition or have been told you’re at high risk of heart disease, talk to your doctor about the role that exercise can play in your treatment.”

Dr Peter Coleman, deputy director of research at the Stroke Association said that exercise and physiotherapy were known to play “a vital role in helping patients recover after stroke” but agreed that exercise “should not be considered an alternative for patients taking prescribed medication as advised by their GP”.

An NHS England spokesman said: “Regular exercise is important as part of a healthy lifestyle. At the same time, decisions on which drugs to prescribe are made by doctors based on the individual needs of their patients. It is not advisable for anybody to stop taking medication without speaking to their doctor.”

I’ve worked as fitness Instructor to my cardiac support group for nearly 18 years. Members all have Coronary Heart Disease plus the other conditions that come with it! Diabetes, Hypertension, sometimes Stroke too. Then add other age related factors – Parkinson’s, Arthritis, Dementia etc. and you would think that this group would be inactive and physically weak.

In fact, they are the most motivated group I meet each week. They attend 2 classes every week, they work hard, they ask questions, they are always keen to try anything new.
The average age is well over 70, they complete squats, lunges, low impact aerobics sequences and strength work with light weights and quite tough resistance bands.

I agree that regular exercise can improve health, with a little nutritional guidance excess weight will reduce, better food choices and portion control will push things along faster to the point that many medications can be reduced.

BIG PROBLEM 1 – drugs are easier to prescribe and results easier to measure than exercise. Gruff budgets mean that cheap (nasty) drugs like statins are given out to almost everyone with heart problems. I see the side effects in my members. I can tell who is on the cheaper drugs. Who has been given the large doses to get cholesterol down – they are the one with muscle pain, joint pain and often confusion! A lesser dose of a more expensive drug would be SO MUCH better for them.

BIG PROBLEM 2 – it’s sad but true that the NHS – GP’s, & Nurses are NOT the best source for information on exercise prescription. The NHS send obese patients to Slimming World- and we all know how successful they are for long term Weight Loss — LESS THAN 5% at 18mths (NHS statistic).

BIG PROBLEM 3 – diet advise for this group h’s terrible. Telling heart patients to go for a low fat and high carbohydrate diet is criminal.
Fake fats ( margarine) are toxins to your system – they will be packed away in fat cells.
High Carbs from grains – will CAUSE fat gain and worst of all a high grain diet will encourage an increase in the worst of the worst type of cholesterol. The type that will only lead to dangerous fat levels.

So why do my members get the ‘wrong’ advice?
The NHS require 2 year studies before they can consider changing their guidelines…
Doctors can’t be experts and up to date with every facet of health.

So who should you believe…..
The fat slimming class leader or overweight practice nurse?
The big food processor, think Kellogs or Actimel?

It’s good to be sceptical, I’ve just come back from 3 days training with the UK’s leading experts on fat loss, weight loss and sports nutrition – fascinating. This year I was amazed how researchers from various fields agree on many basic points and these are catching up with the fitness industry.

Think the post war diet- moderation, local, chemical free, simple, unprocessed, variety, no sweeteners, real grass fed butter and NO VALUE BREAD! Find a Baker find a Butcher and only eat REAL cheese… Avoid low fat, low sugar and Diet foods….

Eat Well, Stay Active and you WILL feel great!!

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Fatloss Workshop Cheltenham 02/08/13 July 16, 2013

Fatloss Basics Workshop (back by popular demand)
Friday 18:00 – 21:00

1. Fatloss Forever – never ‘Diet’ again!
2. Snacker, Binger, Nibbler or Grazer? – What’s your eating style? And is it right for you?
3. Smart Fasting – how to make it fit your lifestyle.
4. Q&A – it’s all about you!

Light, healthy meal, drinks and ever a little Pink Fizz!

I’ll include a workout if you want one…. But only if its requested. Remember we have a Fatloss session on Saturday at 08:30.

£20 per person.

Spaces Limited so book now, please

More info? Text me 07831 680086. Or
Email me Jaxallenfitness@gmail.com

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Beat Ageing #4 April 24, 2013

4 Beat Ageing

Step 4: Avoid Chronic Dehydration

Water isn’t just “good for you” — water burns fat. Water suppresses hunger. Water renews your skin. Just drinking 12 ounces of pure water every day can take a few years off your face in a matter of weeks. You’ll also drop fat, have more energy, and save your kidneys and liver from chronic overwork.

When your kidneys are taxed from too little water, your liver has to take over. Now, get this: Your liver is your number one fat-burning organ. Do you REALLY want it processing liquids and toxins rather than BURNING FAT? NO!
So, grab a glass of water, and watch the mirror. Within a few weeks, the change to your face and body will be noticeable.
I recommend specific, personalised targets for water, fats, protein and carbs – yes, even carbs on my eating plans.

They vary with your goals and progress- there’s no such thing as one size fits all.

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