Monday, September 27, 2010

Stress Busting Workout

Too many things running through my head today, but my workout fixed it. Heck, any exercise can be a stress busting workout. It's good to do work, get your mind off things, increase your blood flow, and get whatever other benefits there are to exercise.

So when you are stressed, don't skip your workouts. Even though you are probably busy, the workout will help you reduce your stress levels and even make you more productive.

My training today:

1A) Depth Jumps - 3x4
1B) Low Box Squats - 285x3

2A) Good Mornings - 3x8
2B) Ball Plank - 3x50s

3A) Barbell Lunges - 135x10

Notta too bad.

Resource of the article on the truth about alcohol for fat loss.

Here's what I wrote:

You probably shouldn't put booze on your shopping list if you want to burn fat. Now here's the truth about alcohol for fat loss.

I was hanging out in Austin, Texas the other weekend and on Friday afternoon, I got to chatting with a friend of mine who just turned 40. I hadn't seen him in a year, and he had lost 15 pounds. The guy looked 5-10 years younger. Heck, he looked as young as me!

So I grilled him about his "15 pound fat loss secrets"… here's the biggest tip he gave me.

He cut out alcohol.

He struggled at first, because he attends every Dallas Cowboys' game – so that means booze and food. But as soon as the season ended, he cut it out, and kept it out this summer. As a result, he lost 15 pounds (while losing only 5 pounds in the 6 months before that while he was working out and drinking – not at the same time of course!)

But it's NOT really the alcohol…its getting rid of the the junk food that goes along with alcohol that helped him lose the  belly fat.

Let's look at the numbers. There are 150 calories in a regular beer, and 200-300 calories in a Jack and Coke (150 calories for the alcohol and 100-150 calories for the coke). If you drink 10 drinks (and that's easily what a guy can do at a football game), you're looking at 1500-3000 calories. That's not good.

On the other hand, if you have 3 glasses of wine at dinner each night, that's only 400-450 calories.

The REAL problem is the food you eat when you are suffering from alcohol induced "no inhibition about your nutrition".

At a football game, you can eat 3000-5000 calories from wings, nachos, burgers, dogs, popcorn, and ice cream. Its much easier than you think.

At a fancy dinner, you can eat 1500-3000 calories from appetizers, steak, bread, and dessert.

So its not the calories from booze that cause most belly fat, but the food we eat when alcohol inspires us to make bad choices.

That's the truth about alcohol and fat loss.

Kick-butt mind-set tip of the day:

"What you have to do and the way you have to do it is incredibly simple. Whether you are willing to do it, that's another matter."
Peter F. Drucker

Get strong and stay STRONG,

Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
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1 comment:

John | said...

I've tried to cut alcohol too. I still have a drink or two, but I feel that it really helps cut down on my calorie intake.