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How to Keep From Getting Fat over the Holidays

And still enjoy indulging yourself!

First off: A few parties and a few holiday feasts should not put you over the edge and cause you to gain 5-10 pounds! It’s what you do day after day, year round that sets you up for the one-two punch of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Then of course, there is New Years, when you vow that this is the last time and then you plan to get serious! Think of this scenario as you might a handmade snowball rolled down a mountain, by the time it reaches the half-way point the little snowball is now an avalanche! Trying to undo the snowball will require a much larger shovel.

What is the sense of living if every day is a struggle fraught with abstinence? Eating and drinking are simple pleasures, sharing meals with family and friends during the frustrated dieterholidays should never be dreaded and they should be something to look forward to. I am going to explain exactly how to do this without suffering the consequence of over-indulgence.

Make a pact with your family that the morning of a holiday feast, you have a sensible breakfast. A light meal made up primarily of carbohydrates. Plan to go out for an hour of easy exercise. If you don’t run, walk. If you prefer to ride a bike, perfect go do it, but don’t go crazy. If you dig a big hole you’ll generate a big appetite.­­­

Do a few active chores- wash the car, shovel some snow, tidy up around the house, just try to stay active until lunch. Be sure to have a nice meal for lunch, nothing over the top just enough to square up your blood sugar and keep from becoming ravenous come dinner time.

Stay off the coach! You have the day off and there is a lot of football you want to see, try to watch the games while standing, move around and stay active. Sitting promotes snacking and it also drops your metabolism. If you keep moving everything will work in your favor, your metabolism, circulation and digestion will all be lit up in preparation for your next meal.

Take a 20 minute walk– nothing intense, just a 10 minute destination and return. If you have some friends over, invite them to come with you. They will bitch and moan but the ones who come along will really end up enjoying the time they had with you without all the disruptions in the house.

When it comes time for dinner; enjoy the meal, have that glass of wine but be mindful, you need to go for one more walk before settling in for the evening. This time I suggest around 40 minutes to an hour walk. Don’t stress that you are not running, you are just trying to keep your metabolism stoked.

Here is the thing: Eating and sitting are murder; even those who feel that because they went out early in the morning for a Turkey Trot and this is their hopeful salvation, it’s not enough. Parking your weary hungry body on the couch will soon result in a sluggish metabolism. By keeping on the move, your body acts like a furnace and burns through the food you consume. You will also find that if you feed at reasonable intervals you are less likely to binge come dinner time. You will still have a chance to enjoy all of the food you love and without thinking about it, once satisfied you will simply stop eating. Odds are you will eat 20-30% less food and with your activity levels up throughout the day; the energy you consume will be met with a nice energy burn.

By practicing this approach during the festive season you should come away unscathed. As a matter of principle, the most effective way to maintain weight is through a sensible eating plan combined with an active lifestyle. Early exercise is great, staying busy all day is better. To learn how to create an intelligent meal plan, visit: www.diazhumanperformance.com/nutrition.html we provide a free nutrition analysis.

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Fitness Tips for Fat Loss

Could have used a cleaner edit but the content is good. Look for more on this topic soon.

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Common mistakes people make when trying to lose weight through exercise

Earlier in my career path I owned health clubs. I sold memberships, trained clients, hired and fired trainers and in 12 years of managing club affairs I learned a lot about the needs and desires of fitness enthusiasts. I could rant for hours about the goofy things I had witnessed members do in a health club, however, my focus for this article relates to the moronic things I see trainers have their clients do and get paid for. Before I build my list of useless exercises, I think it’s important that I shed light on the typical requests of the average new client in order of importance:

1. Weight loss (most people join health clubs to lose weight)
2. Tone-not build (the second leading request is to tone muscle without building them larger)
3. Improve health (coming of age…

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The Benefits of Monitoring Heart Rate for Endurance and Speed

hrt-1Anyone who exercises or is training for a Marathon or Triathlon needs to listen to this show. Richard Diaz and guest Dr. Harry Pino, Clinical Exercise Physiologist, discuss the benefits and methods of effective heart rate training and why you should do it.

Dr Pino is a practicing East Coast Physiologist who performs VO2 max tests on athletes to prescribe effective heart rate specific training programs.  Our host, Richard Diaz is a West Coast Clinician and coach with 20 years’ experience prescribing training programs for athletes based on the VO2 max testing he performs.  This is East meets West, a coming of minds on the topic of heart rate specific training.  How best to conduct the principals of training for endurance and speed, what to expect and all details in between.  This show is perfect for anyone interested in health and fitness or competition in any sport.

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Dean Karnazes and Scott Jurek – Revisited

Scott-deanBoth Scott Jurek and Dean Karnazes are on the short list of the Greatest American Ultra-Marathon Runners.  We interviewed both these great runners and brought snippets of our conversations together in one show.  This show is slated to air on the 4th of July and since we don’t plan to work during the holiday, we thought you might appreciate this unique blend of views from two distinctly different personalities in the world of Ultra Running.

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Running Shoes what you don’t know can hurt you!

Emily newMarathon Runners, are you confused, injured or simply ill-informed about running shoes? What’s best for you, minimal, zero drop, stability or motion control?  Join us as we bring back Dr. Emily Splichal to de-mystify shoe selection for all types of runners.

There is so much marketing hype in the billion dollar shoe industry it is hard to sort the fact from fiction.  Dr Emily is a world renowned podiatrist, educator and founder of The Evidence Based Fitness Academy. She has a lot to offer in the way of sound advice for runners, especially those who have been plagued with running injuries.  This is a show you don’t want to miss!

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Meeting the Energy Demands of an Ultra Endurance Champion

Mike-1Everyone who trains or races beyond just a few hours is challenged by energy depletion, hitting the wall, or bonking.  No one knows this better than an Ultra Marathon Runner. Much less a Champion like Michael Wardian 5 time member of Team USA for the 100K World Championships and 3 time qualifier of the USA Olympic Trials with a personal record of 2:17:49.  Richard Diaz has invited these two professionals to share their knowledge on the topic of feeding and energy replacement during the long run.

 

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Interview with World Triathlon Champions Leanda Cave and Tim Don

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Leanda Cave won the Ironman World Championship and the 70.3 World Championships in 2012. Tim Don won 4 triathlon World Titles and competed in 3 Olympic Games. Richard Diaz asks about racing, where the sport is taking them and how they like the ride so far.

Tim has a great start on the 2014 season and Leandra is hungry for another win at the Escape from Alcatraz in June. Join us for a unique and candid conversation with two world class triathletes.

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What your Running Shoes can’t do for you!

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Jay_02Every Runner should listen to this interview with Jay Dicharry MPT, CSCS, and Director of The REP Biomechanics Lab in Bend Oregon. Richard Diaz and Jay discuss what Running Shoes can’t do for you and what you need to do to avoid injury and perform optimally.  

Jay is the author of Anatomy for Runners and one of the most knowledgeable clinicians of biomechanics in the running industry today.  Learn what not to expect your running shoes to be able to do for you and what you should be doing to become a stronger more efficient runner.  This is a conversation that is long overdue!

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Interview with Geoff Smith 2 X Winner of the Boston Marathon

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Geoff-SmithOn the eve of The Boston Marathon, our guest Geoff Smith 2 X Winner reflects on past achievements as a World Class runner and the state of running today. What does The Boston Marathon mean to him, given the tragic attack on America’s most important Marathon?

Geoff Smith was the man to beat at all the major races back in the early 80’s, having been edged out by Rod Dixon at the New York Marathon in 1983 by a mere 8 seconds after leading the race for 26 miles. He won Boston handily in both 1984 and 1985, a true running legend with a lot to share. This is a show you don’t want to miss!

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Running Tips – Tailoring your Training to your Life 10/25 by The Natural Running Network Live | Sports Podcasts

Running Tips – Tailoring your Training to your Life 10/25 by The Natural Running Network Live | Sports Podcasts.

 

JennyLearn what you can do when you’re not running to become a better runner. Listen as our host Richard Diaz and guest Coach Jenny Hadfield discuss the non-running aspects of training. Also, Running Tips for women, train the body cycle rather than from a template! Too much talk about mileage, work and more work. A runner spends only a fraction of their day running, what about the rest of the day? What can you do to enhance your ability to perform with the rest of your life? Veteran Coach and columnist for RunnersWorld.com and Women’s Running Magazine Jenny Hadfield has some interesting insights and Richard Diaz wants to share them with you!

Too much talk about mileage, work and more work. A runner spends only a fraction of their day running, what about the rest of the day? What can you do to enhance your ability to perform with the rest of your life? Veteran Coach and columnist for RunnersWorld.com and Women’s Running Magazine Jenny Hadfield has some interesting insights and Richard Diaz wants to share them with you!

 

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