Slow Weight Loss for Performance

If you are a serious (or even recreational) athlete, you want to get faster.  That is, after all, the name of the game. And for many of us, getting faster often means losing weight, which can be a tricky endeavour when you are also trying to nail your workouts and perform well at races and events.

While you definitely want to “weigh less,” you also don’t want to lose any precious muscle that also helps you go faster. There are many theories and different approaches to this dilemma but I think the best place to start is with how fast you lose the weight.

Research confirms that people who lose weight slowly lose less lean muscle than those who lose weight more quickly. Continue reading “Slow Weight Loss for Performance”

Why You Should Move More (but not to burn calories)

In my perfect world, calorie counters would be banned from all exercise machines.

Instead, I would add “number of limbs moved” or “variety of planes used” or, even better, I would add a “level of enjoyment” meter.

While we all know that staying physically active is essential to a long, healthy,  and productive life, many of us don’t make time for it in our busy lives. As easy as it would be for me to chalk this up to society being lazy or uninterested in their own wellbeing (beyond popping meds when your health gets out of control).

I think the real reason is that we, as a society, have mistakenly and inextricably linked exercise purely with weight loss.

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