Saving Calories

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I’m going to keep this simple. Never (read: ever) skip a meal to “save” calories. How many of you skip out on breakfast everyday thinking that by doing so, you’ll burn more body fat? Yeah I thought so. One of the worst things you can do is to go for prolonged periods of time without eating. Second on that list is listening to what celebrities have to say on anything related to fitness. Case in point: Mariah Carey.

Mariah Carey

When asked how she was able to slim down, she was quoted as saying, “water aerobics is actually three times more effective than other workouts.”

Correct me if I’m wrong, but Mariah Carey isn’t 70 years old, right? Water aerobics? Really? She also mentioned that she typically has her trainer move in with her so that she can’t sneak food.

Note to self: assassinate Mariah Carey’s current trainer. Send resume to www.IheartMariahCarey.com.

Getting back on track, a great rule I like to give my clients is that you should eat to prevent hunger, not because you’re hungry.

Strive for five to eight “feedings” per day (this is individual and depends on one’s goals) and never skip out on breakfast. Doing so will go a long ways in keeping blood glucose levels in check and providing some arbitrary improvements in overall metabolism. I say “arbitrary” because there is no evidence that suggests that if you skip meals, your metabolism will plummet faster than Eliot Spitzer’s career. Skipping out on one meal isn’t that big of a deal, I just wouldn’t make it a habit. The whole notion that it’s best to eat several meals per day has more to do with controlling blood-glucose levels (and thus appetite) than it has to do with overall metabolism. I could go into more detail on this, but frankly I have some business to take care of. *Grabs samurai sword and copy of “Emotions” cd to have a certain someone sign.

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