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Pros & Cons of Calorie Counting

Pros & Cons of Calorie Counting

– Advice from Top Bloggers (including me!)

ProForm, leaders in the treadmills industry, are interested in much more than just exercising when it comes to health and fitness. They believe that it takes a combination of things in order to stay fit in a world of fast foods, restaurants and unhealthy eating. Their team of experts go out of our way to keep their audience informed on important topics related to fitness and health.

So, they turned to some top bloggers (including yours truly) for advice on the age-old subject of calorie counting. Some people practice calorie counting to ensure that they intake a healthy amount each day. And, when it comes to a healthy amount of calories, too little is just as bad as too many.

Some of the top bloggers below believe that calorie counting helps you make wiser eating choices. On the other hand, some tend to find it to be a serious waste of time. Read on to discover what I and the other health and fitness experts have to say about calorie counting and how it affects your personal wellness, health, and overall life.

Pros & Cons of Calorie Counting – Advice from Pilates and Reiki

Calorie counting can turn into an obsession if you’re not careful. It can be a very time consuming process. And, if you’re not careful, you just may lose focus of the desired results… actually losing weight. ProForm asked me for some advice on calorie counting versus Reiki treatments:

Do you think that calorie counting has a positive impact on personal health and wellness? Why?

I think the answer depends on how you and your brain tend to work. Many people do well counting calories, because the simple act of meal planning and calculating numbers forces them to eat less. So many of us ingest our calories mindlessly, but true calorie counting can only be done mindfully. The trick is cutting back enough to lose weight, but not too much.

That said, calorie counting can make some people over-focus on the numbers, instead of how they feel and how their clothing fits. Again, different personalities and learning styles need different weight loss strategies.

There are health problems that disappear for many with Reiki treatments. Do you think that weight problems can be combated with Reiki treatments rather than counting calories?

Reiki can definitely have a positive effect on weight loss, when combined with a good diet and exercise program. Daily Reiki self-practice, like and mindfulness practice, will help calm you down and keep you relaxed and focused.

It’s amazing, but just 20 minutes of self-Reiki care a day can make it easier to take of yourself better in what you eat and drink. And it also works if you pay someone to do the Reiki treatment for you. But you still have to actually be active in the weight loss, paying attention to what and how you eat and move.

Christina Aguilera recently credited Reiki with assisting her 30 pound weight loss. She stated that three times a week of Reiki treatments helped give her the focus and fortitude to eat healthy and keep the weight off, but she still has to eat healthy. You can’t Reiki away a bad diet!

Pros & Cons of Calorie Counting – Advice from Skinny Mom

Calorie counting is a hot topic among women who understand that health and beauty can go hand-in-hand. We asked Skinny Mom about calorie counting and the type of impact it has on the health and wellness of these women. Our team also inquired about Skinny Mom’s ideas on how personal health is affected by the calories found in various types of foods.

Do you think that calorie counting has a positive impact on personal health and wellness? Why?

I find that for myself and other busy moms, calorie counting is a tedious task that no one has time for! Keeping track of every calorie consumed and constantly adding them up is a chore that is unsustainable in the long run. This is especially true with busy Moms.

When you think about calorie counting from a common sense standpoint, you’ll realize that all calories are not created equal. Think about it—are 100 calories in M&Ms equal to a 100 calories in blueberries in terms of health and wellness? No–the M&Ms are full of fat, refined sugar, and salt while the blueberries are full of vitamins and minerals.

The reason why people swear by calorie counting is that it gives their day structure. It takes the guesswork out of dieting because you’re able to calculate how much to eat throughout the day. A healthier and more effective method for creating structure within a diet is focusing on carbohydrates, the macronutrient that fuels your body and gives you energy.

Carbohydrates are strategically planned throughout the week to speed up your metabolism and get you lean and toned up fast! This is alongside a strong focus on vegetables, protein, and healthy fats. I like to follow a carb rotation plan and I call it my Power 30 Plan.

I actually used this method as a fitness competitor before I had my son. I’ve now tweaked it for busy Mom’s like myself. It’s structured enough to make you stick to it, but flexible enough to balance cooking for your family and enjoying occasional treats! This is a long term lifestyle that is truly sustainable.

There are so many food categories you cover. What impact do calories coming from varying food types have on personal health?

It’s SO important to get your calories from a variety of food categories because each food has its own benefit to your body. Every food has a unique vitamin and mineral complex and different foods work together for better nutrient absorption and more energy.

What I love about my POWER 30 Carb Rotation Program is that no food group is off limit. This is not one of those diets where you cut out a whole food category.  You pretty much can eat everything in moderation making it easy to follow long term.

The tricky part comes with timing and portion control of these different food groups. We want to maximize your energy and boost your metabolism, so choosing when to bring in carbohydrates is important.

Pros & Cons of Calorie Counting – Advice from Treadmill Reviews

Calorie counting works for some. Yet, there are others who consider it to be a major waste of time when it comes to personal health and wellness. We asked Treadmill Reviews how important calorie counting is to a person trying to become and stay physically fit. This top blogger truly believes in combining a healthy diet with working out using treadmills.

Do you think that calorie counting has a positive impact on personal health and wellness? Why?

Focusing on the multiple factors that impact a person’s health will have a ripple effect that will improve the health and wellness of anyone. Each body type has other factors that will impact the way they improve their health and wellness.

For many people calorie counting is a way to keep focused on a balanced diet and make educated healthy food choices that they may have not otherwise. Each person should do the research and decide if calorie counting is the best way to improve their personal health.

What type of treadmill burns the most calories?

A versatile treadmill that offers multiple ways to get the burn going will be the best way to burn the most calories. A treadmill that offers incline training will substantially improve the amount of calories burned during a shorter workout time.

An advanced treadmill that monitors your calories is going to be great, but a treadmill that takes in your age, BMI, weight and height will give you the most accurate calculation of calorie burn.

Pros & Cons of Calorie Counting – Advice from Fitness Is Delicious

Calorie counting was once a very popular trend for people hoping to lose weight and stay physically fit. Many people still use it as a form of doing “balances and checks” when it comes to eating habits. But, top blogger Fitness Is Delicious isn’t a fan of the age-old approach to healthy eating. And, here’s why:

Do you think that calorie counting has a positive impact on personal health and wellness? Why?

In most cases, no. For the majority of us, counting calories is not a sustainable health habit. It’s exhausting, it isn’t always accurate and it doesn’t place an emphasis on eating real, nutrient dense food.

Let me explain- let’s say you need to consume 1,800 calories during the day to lose weight. What does that 1,800 calories look like? In a scenario where the person is focused solely on calories, someone may have the choice to eat an apple with almond butter, or a 100 calorie snack pack.

Although the 100 calorie snack pack may have less calories, it’s not the better choice. The apple with almond butter provides nutrients, satiety and other health benefits. The 100 calorie pack is still a highly processed snack with little to no nutrient density and no satiety- not to mention it’s probably made up of a laundry list of ingredients.

I’m not suggesting that calories don’t matter at all, but your first priority should be focusing on nutrient dense food options that will support a healthy mind and body. There is a caveat (isn’t there always?)- counting calories and/or macronutrients, may be a necessity for some athletes.

Depending on their fitness goals, these individuals need to track everything they are eating. That being said, they are the minority and for the general public and those looking for a healthier lifestyle, counting calories is not the way to go. Instead, focus on real, nutrient dense food that supports your everyday health and fitness goals.

When you were in college you counted your calories and learned the negative side of a low calorie diet. What advice do you have for those who think that is their next option?

When I focused on a low calorie diet, my diet consisted of things like sugar-free energy drinks, low calorie yogurts and salads with little to no protein; not to mention my meals were pretty tasteless. I was so focused on making sure I wasn’t consuming a lot of calories, that I was missing out on eating real, nutrient dense food (that tasted delicious) and I was also screwing with my metabolism.

Your body needs calories to function every day; for things like hormone regulation, supporting a healthy immune system and even weight-loss- yes weight-loss. Your body has to have calories to burn calories! If you are stuck on a low calorie cycle, try something like a nutritional reset.

Take 30 days to focus on eating three, nutrient dense meals a day, that each include a protein, some vegetables, good fats and some fruit. Have some satiating snacks if you need and cut out processed foods and sugar. Take time to refocus your eating habits and psychological association with food by resetting the way you’ve thought about food in the past.

Pros & Cons of Calorie Counting – Advice from Performance Fitness LLC

Calorie counting is great for some, yet useless to others. Deciding what’s best for you should be based on your own healthy goals… physical health, or psychological health. That’s what the top blogger Performance Fitness LLC told us when we asked about the impact of calorie counting. Here’s the blogger’s take on the role it plays in creating a better life:

Do you think that calorie counting has a positive impact on personal health and wellness? Why?

That depends on the person and their approach to calorie counting. In terms of physical health, there are the obviously benefits of weight loss or weight maintenance, but in terms of psychological health and wellness, some people need to avoid counting calories or at least take a break from it.

I find that there are two types of people for whom calorie counting doesn’t work:

  1. The Game Show Contestant – This is the person who loves to play the “Beat My Calories” game. In a weight loss scenario, they set their calories in their favorite food tracking app, allowing for the necessary deficit to lose weight, and then try to constantly come in UNDER their deficit. In fact coming in under their calories at days end is a source of pride for this person. Remember that their calories have already been set at a deficit to allow for weight loss, so coming in under this number results in far too few calories being taken in. This person is also constantly starving, and eventually gives up on their plan because their extremely restricted plan is impossible to maintain, and they usually end up feeling like a failure.

  2. The Compulsive Counter – This person compulsively tracks every morsel of food to that point that it becomes their second job. They’re constantly thinking about their next meal and meticulously write down every detail of every food that they ingest. This person also ends of being miserable because the task of writing down every detail of every food becomes an all-consuming and overwhelming chore.

Calories are obviously important. Constantly eat in excess of your caloric needs, and you’ll never achieve your fat loss goals or be able to maintain your weight. If a client doesn’t fall into one of the above categories, then I think counting calories sensibly can be a positive exercise. After all, it can be great feedback to inform your food choices throughout the day.

However, I still prefer that clients use their energy to focus on what they eat; choosing minimally processed foods over highly processed items, prioritizing vegetables and proteins, and learning awareness of their food behaviors and overeating triggers. Even journaling without calorie counting can be a helpful exercise, helping to build awareness of portion size and even situations that cause overeating.

Your motto is A Better Body. A Better Life. What advice do you have for those working for a better life? How could calorie counting play into your plan?

  1. Take responsibility for where you are now.

  2. Forgive yourself for your past and move on.

  3. Realize that you can’t fix the past and you really can’t control your future, but you can try to make a better future through the choices (foods, working out on a consistent basis) you make in the present.

  4. Determine if you’re truly ready to make a change.

  5. Figure out why you’re motivated to make a change.

  6. Set your goals and then determine your action plan.

If you can calorie count in a sane way, by all means do it. It can help you to stay on track and reach your health and fitness goals, and create a better life.

Bottom Line: Calories Count, Even If You Don’t Count Calories

The one thing all of these top bloggers agree on is that whether you practice calorie counting or not, calories do count. How many calories you intake with each snack and meal of each day is vitally important personal health and fitness. But, not everyone has the patience, or the time, for counting calories. If you do, then good for you.

However, that shouldn’t be the main focus of your healthy living routines. Instead, you need to develop a healthy diet, and follow it each and every day. That means learning to make better choices when it comes to the foods you eat. In time, this should be so routine that you’ll never have to worry about counting calories again.

So, if you’re looking for an alternative to counting each and every calorie you intake, we have the answers. Plan your daily meals ahead of time to ensure that you intake the proper amount of calories and carbs. And, develop and maintain a healthy fitness routine to ensure personal health and wellness.

This informational series, “Pros & Cons of Calorie Counting – Advice from Top Bloggers” was created by the treadmill experts at Proform. Ready to combine an effective fitness program with your new healthy eating habits? Visit Proform treadmills and start your new healthy routine today.

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New Year News

New Year News

Pilates appointments available, new partner discounts (Soma, Juil, Real Pilates), and bulk pricing on Pilates audios. Lots of news!

Greetings!

After losing both of parents and crushing my left big toe this time last year, I was happy for that year to end. And I am excited for this upcoming year to begin.

In addition to being generally fully booked as I start my 4th year at Real Pilates, I am teaching workshops and doing coaching in Marketing for Trainers. In addition, I will be a lead trainer in the Real Pilates Teacher Training Program starting in 2015.

Appointments Available

While I generally have a waiting list, I have a few spots available this week and next for one-off private Pilates sessions at Real Pilates in Tribeca or Pilates on Fifth at Bryant Park. And I have one or two openings for standing appointment times!

If you would like a Pilates refresher, a new eye on your practice, or some regular, focused Pilates TLC, please let me know by emailing me or calling 347-462-6932. I am also available for Reiki and TRX/Kettlebell training.

New Partner Discounts

I have partnered with a few brands that are dear to me, and therefore I can offer you some discount codes!

Soma Water – Beautiful glass carafe that fits in the refrigerator and has an all natural coconut husk filter system. So much nicer than that plastic stuff! If discount doesn’t apply automatically, use coupon code Lynda10.
$10 off a Soma Water System

Juil Shoes – First I fell in love with their sandals, then with their ballet flats, and now the moccasins and boots! Juil shoes are beautifully made, extremely comfortable, and have copper earthing/grounding inserts in the soles to help keep you connected to the planet without going barefoot. They have styles for men and women.
Use coupon code LIPPIN15 and receive 15% off your Juils

Real Pilates – If you book online with MindBody, for any class, workshop, or private with any teacher (including me), use code LLGift at checkout and receive an awesome free gift at the desk when you check in. Prefer to call 212-625-0777? Give the code to the front desk and receive the same gift! (New Real Pilates clients only.)
Book Real Pilates online and use LLGift

Discounts on Pilates Audios

Each of my pre-recorded Pilates audios is about 30 minutes of exercise and can be played on your computer, smartphone, tablet, or other device.

Regularly priced at $7.77 each, buy 2 for $14, 3 for $18, or all 4 for $20. Choose from:

  • Pilates for Neck and Shoulder Pain
  • Pilates for Lower Back Pain
  • Pilates with Ring and Foam Roller
  • Pilates Basics Mat Class

No code needed. Discount will apply automatically!
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Thank you for reading! And as we say in the Jewish tradition, L’shana tova – have a sweet New Year.

Warmly,

LL

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Marketing 101 for Pilates, Fitness, Yoga Teachers – 17 Sept 2014

Marketing 101 for Pilates, Fitness, Yoga Teachers – a 3-part workshop series led by Lynda Lippin that will teach you how to increase your value in a very crowded marketplace.

Episode 1 – Teaching Out of Your Comfort Zone

Wednesday September 17, 3-4:30pm at Real Pilates, 177 Duane Street, New York, NY 10013

The pilates, fitness, and yoga markets have enjoyed unprecedented growth over the past decade, which is a wonderful thing!
But now, as trainers, we are facing more competition within our industry. And with clearer certification pathways, there are more certified trainers on the market now than ever.
  • How can you distinguish yourself in this crowded marketplace?
  • How can you make more money, increase your quality client base, and shine in your field?
  • Have you dreamed about working overseas?
  • Wonder what skill set you need to have to land a great job inside or outside of the US?
  • And finally, have you ever wondered how to attract and maintain steady, standing, high income clients?

Learn how in this 3 part Workshop series. Each month I will take on an important aspect of business and marketing for personal trainers, pilates, and yoga teachers.

I just received this email from Pilates Teacher Lenny Reisner, who took this workshop series in the Spring. Note that he didn’t even have a website before taking the workshops.

Hi Lynda

Hope all is well with you.  I met my income goal for the first time and am only looking up.  I owe thanks to you for your guidance in those workshops.

Best
Lenny

Would you like to meet your income goals? Be busier? Have better clients?

If this is your first time visiting Real Pilates, use code LLGIFT at checkout and you will receive a lovely welcome gift when you check in!

This month I discuss travel – teaching outside of your studio or gym, outside of your city, and even outside of your country!

As someone who taught at the A-list Parrot Cay resort for 4 years, and who recruits trainers for high-end spas overseas, I have some great insight into what they are looking for and how to build your skill set enough to join that league.

See you there!

Episode 1 – Teaching Out of Your Comfort Zone
Wednesday, September 17, 3:00 – 5:00pm
There is a lot of call for trainers who will travel. This travel can be domestic or international, and includes subbing in other studios or in hotels/resorts, making outcalls of any kind (to hotels, private homes, or to train an entire family), picking up traveling clients or short-term residents, and traveling with a client.  We will also discuss how to find overseas positions, including issues regarding work visas, relocation, temp work, and the dangers of “working fitness vacations”.
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Review: Buddha’s Herbs Complete Multi-Vitamin

Buddha’s Herbs Multi-Vitamin is a high quality, easy to swallow supplement.

5/5 Stars – We take this every day. Highly recommended!

Over the years I have gone back and forth with supplements.

They can be uber-expensive, difficult to swallow, and I always wonder about the quality. Should I buy drugstore brands? Do I need a high-potency supplement? Are all brands the same?

I also prefer to buy nutritional items made in the US, since so many of the products we import from China and other countries turn out to be tainted with lead and other contaminates.

Enter Buddha’s Herbs.

Made in the US? Check.

Organic and non-GMO? Check.

Affordably priced? Check.

High quality supplements? Check.

MultiVitaminI reviewed their One A Day Mega Omega a couple of months ago, and this time I tried the Buddha’s Herbs Complete Multi-vitamin for Adults. I received one bottle free for review.

The pills are smaller than most multi-vitamins I have taken, so are easier to swallow. Hubby and I take one each every morning, and feel like we are covering our basic nutritional needs without adding chemicals, preservatives, or GMO ingredients. Like all Buddha’s Herbs products, this is “manufactured at a NSF certified GMP facility and Independently tested at a FDA authorized Lab to ensure ingredient quantity, purity and proper dissolution.”

Cost? While the MSRP of $19.99 is more than fair, they are consistently on sale for $12.49, making these vitamins a big bargain.

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Review: Acoustibuds Sport Tips EPB (Ear Pod Bud)

Acoustibuds Sport Tips EPB work as well as the standard Acoustibuds – comfortable with great sound!

5/5 Stars – You Must Try Acoustibuds!

I was contacted by the PR folks at Acoustibuds recently asking if I would be willing to review the new Acoustibuds Sport Tips EPB, specifically made for the Ear Bud Pod as well as all forward facing ear buds.

I enthusiastically said YES!

Several years ago I had the privilege of trying the original acoustibuds, and I loved them. They increased the sound quality of my classic ear buds, while at the same time making them more comfortable with less slipping. I gave acoustibuds a great review on Blogcritics.

The new tips have a slightly different shape to accommodate the forward facing speakers, but otherwise were relevantly similar. Like the originals, the new Acoustibuds Sport Tips EPB come in several colors and sizes. The part that goes in the ear looks the same. It is the connection to the ear bud itself that changed to suit the new ear bud design.

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They are very comfortable and help the ear buds stay in your ear, with no slipping even during exercise. The Acoustibuds also improve the sound quality. This is really noticeable if you use the Acoustibuds for a few days and then try plain ear buds again.

At a MSRP of $14.99 for a set of two, Acoustibuds are a totally affordable way to increase the sound in your iPod and other ear buds. I was happy to get a set free to review, but would also happily pay $14.99 for these.

You must try these!

 

Vitality Voxbox

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I received the Influenster Vitality Voxbox!

More awesome free stuff this month from Influenster

I have a confession.

One of the best perks for being somewhat well known in my little niche of pilates, reiki, and social media is free stuff. I am more than happy to attend fun events, try new products, and blog or share about them. And I love that brands are open and willing to work with me!

One of my most surprising finds has been a local Tribeca company, Influenster. I have had some of the best free stuff to try in their Voxboxes – full of full size products, not teeny samples.

Vitality Voxbox

This time around I qualified for the Vitality Voxbox. This box contained Bikini Ready Energy Gummies, a Softlips cube, a bottle of Pure Leaf iced tea, a box of Playtex Sport tampons, a tube of First Degree Advanced Burn Cream, and Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future Serum. The retail value was approximately $50.

The Pure Leaf tea was OK. Unsweetened organic iced tea that tasted great on a hot day.

According to my colleagues who use them, the Playtex Sport tampons are fabulous and leak-free.

I used the First Degree burn cream on a stove burn, and it settled things enough that there was no blister. I also decided to use it on a blister on my foot, and it helped it heal faster. Great product!

While I am often hesitant to try new face products, I do love the texture of the Flawless Future serum. It sinks right in, is not greasy at all, and my skin does seem a bit more luminous (I have genetically great skin, so it’s not always easy for me to see what a product does quickly).Bikini Ready Chews

The Softlips cube has become a favorite lip balm of mine. I bought a few after this one, and it tastes good and works well.

And then we have the Bikini Ready Energy Gummies. Much as I stay away from weight loss supplements, I decided to try these as they only contain caffeine (50mg in a serving of 5 gummies, about 1/2 a cup of strong coffee) and vitamin B12. And they work! The taste isn’t perfect, but it’s a supplement, not candy. I found good sustained energy that didn’t make me jittery and made working out a little bit easier. These I surprisingly recommend.

 

 

 

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Giveaway – Win A Soma Water Filter System

August Giveaway -

Win A Soma Water Filter System + 24 month Filter Subscription ($179 value)

Soma Water is a beautiful, natural, renewable glass carafe and coconut-husk water filter system.

Hubby and I drink a lot of water, and we have been investigating pitcher filter systems for years.

There are several things we don’t like about the Brita, Pur, and other systems we have looked at in the store. We prefer glass over a plastic pitcher, the filters are completely non-recyclable or renewable, the pitchers are small, and they are oddly shaped in terms of refrigerator space.

The Soma Carafe is glass, holds 6 cups of water, and is perfectly shaped width and height-wise to fit most refrigerators (they spent time measuring standard refrigerator shelves). The filters are completely renewable, and the water tastes significantly better than our already filtered NYC tap water.

We keep two in the fridge and they fit fine.

A filter lasts two months, and with the subscription they automatically send you one every two months for two years.

This month’s giveaway is one Soma Water carafe and a 24-month filter subscription ($179 value). Comment, tweet, like, and follow us below for your chance to win.

This will run for two weeks starting tomorrow – August 15-29, 2014 – with the winner announced by August 31, 2014. So enter now and share with your friends!

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