Proper Nutrition

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Do You Eat Enough Fruits and Veggies?

One of the biggest nutritional mistakes people make outside the gym is focusing on getting lots of protein for muscle recovery and starches for energy but then not getting enough fruits and vegetables.

I’m sure when you were a child your mother always told you to eat your fruits and vegetables! Why was this so important? This was so important because she new and was taught that fruits and vegetables were so important for you to grow up healthy and strong.

Now that you are older and full grown many of you have abandoned the fact that you still NEED your fruits and vegetables every day!

Why are fruits and vegetables so important? Lets take a look at some of the health benefits of fruits and vegetables:

-Fruits and vegetables are LOADED with fiber, vitamins and minerals that are crucial for tissue growth, repair and many other important body functions. The fiber, vitamins and minerals in fruit and vegetables are also shown to help treat, and prevent many chronic diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s, heart disease and stroke!

– Fruits and vegetables are full of many phytochemicals that are important for optimal mental function. Do you suffer from depression, or attention disorders? Eat your fruits and veggies!

-Fruits and vegetables provide an alkaline load to the blood. Since proteins and grains present acids loads to the blood. Eating fruits and vegetables every meal will help prevent an acid/alkaline imbalance. Too much acid and not enough alkaline means loss of bone strength, and muscle mass, which means more body fat!

– Fruits and vegetables will help fill you up and control your appetite and blood sugar which in turn will help with maintaining energy and fat burning.

Make sure to get a healthy variety, think color. Eating fruits and vegetables of different colors gives your body a wide range of valuable nutrients, like fiber, folate, potassium, and vitamins A and C. Some examples include green spinach, orange sweet potatoes, black beans, yellow corn, purple plums, red watermelon, and white onions. For more variety, try new fruits and vegetables regularly.

You can not go wrong with eating fruits and veggies every meal! I recommend 2-3 servings (1/2 cup) of fruits and vegetables at each and every meal. This would be around 10-15 servings if you eat frequent supportive meals.

How do you get that many servings? Email me and I will talk to you about getting a quality green supplement or whole food vitamin.

Your Fitness and Nutrition Coach,

~David Modderman

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(some information referenced from Phil Kaplan’s article 2011 Mistakes)

Here are the fitness and nutrition mistakes most people will make in the first 2 weeks of January and beyond.

1. Going On A Fad Diet
Every New Year comes and people seem to start a diet. Whether it’s an extreme fad diet like detoxing your body, eating only soup or crackers or doing something that restricts calories like Weight Watchers, or South Beach. Following a “DIET” is a flawed approach. Most people fail to realize after all these years that any diet that restricts calories, or certain foods is doomed for failure! “BUT it worked for me before David! I lost 25 pounds on the Weight Watchers program.” My answer is well if it worked so well why aren’t you still doing it? And why are seeking me for help? :-) Sure maybe a low calorie diet will help you lose weight temporary but how will it effect your body long term? And can you maintain it for the rest of your life? Most diets will destroy metabolism. All restrictive diets will fail What people need is a balanced supportive nutrition plan with the right amount of calories, that includes real natural foods. The most successful plans to follow are those that will not restrict calories and will provide everything your body needs to build lean muscle, increase metabolism and BURN fat like a machine.

2. They will overtrain or not train properly
Overtraining is extremely common.. It’s the curse of most New Years Resolutions. For most motivation is quite high, yet the body’s recovery ability is low. The first few days of January, most will arrive at the gym, lift weights, bust out a few rounds on the treadmill or elliptical, and then do a few crunches or pushups before bed. For a few days you’re motivated and sore. Then . . . just sore. Then . . . you skip a few days and the soreness retreats, but so does the motivation. You need recovery to see results yet you must also train correctly to see the best possible results. This bring us to mis-training. Mis-training is a little different.

I am amazed how many people I see or talk to who have certain specific goals of losing weight or building muscle yet they are doing all the wrong things to reach their goal. If your goal is fat loss (not just weight) you need to create the correct environment to burn fat. Balancing on a bosu ball, taking 2 minutes rest periods between sets, and doing 2 hours of cardio a day is the not the answer. Yet, people are doing/trying this methods everyday with no results. It’s about following the right amount and type of resistance training, moderate aerobic exercise, and eating the right foods to increase your metabolism. Creating the right calorie deficit (not excessive) and then getting adequate rest is crucial. One of the best you things you to get better results is to get off the weight machine circuit at the gym and start to use all your muscle groups like you move in the real world. You should be training your body how it moves in the real world and burning more calories. You don’t live in a stationary position so you should NOT exercise that way.

3. They will buy the latest fad supplement or weight loss drug on the market.
I will make this very clear there is not a drug or supplement that will burn fat without the help of the right exericse and the right nutrition. If anyone says this supplement “WILL WORK” they are lieing because no supplement or drug will work on it’s own. Don’t waste your money on drugs like “Alli” or stimulants that contain caffiene. Most supplements that contain caffiene or stimulants (fat burners) that are highly addictive and can actually increase body fat long term do to increasing your cortisol levels (stress hormone) The only supplement that most people need to aid them in losing weight is a good whole food vitamin. The reason? Most fail to get all the nutritients they need from their nutrition so a good whole food vitamin will fill in those gaps. What whole food vitamin do I recommend? You can find it by clicking here: Whole Food Vitamin

4. They’ll cut carbs and calories
What are Carbs? Are carbs even carbs anymore? There are so many things labeled ‘healthy that are not” Carbs are our bodies preferred energy source. Yet, most people think they need to be eliminated completely to lose weight. This is not a good idea carbs are used for fuel to give us energy and help spare our proteins for muscle recovery. Our body is a machine and carbs and are fuel for that human machines. What are calories? Calories are a unit of energy! Meaning if you are not eating enough your body will actually feed of your own muscle to supply it with the energy it needs. Most people do not realize how many calories they need to eat in order to lose fat and keep it off. Don’t cut carbs or calories if you are looking for a long term solution for fat loss.

5. They’ll still expect aerobic exercise to be the answer
Most physcians still tell their patients the best exercise is to “walk.” Women still tend gravitate toward aerobic exercise classes and shy away from weights. Men and women find biking, rollerblading or running enjoyable and they mistakenly assume it fully takes care of the exercise component. Unless your only goal is to get more effecient and running or biking, then aerobic exercise will never be enough you to reach your goals. Aerobic exercise though important is still just a piece of the fat loss puzzle. One needs to challenge and protect muscle (even building a little bit won’t hurt) through resistance training. Resistance training is the key to maintaining/increasing muscle and increasing ones metabolism. Not to mention increasing bone mass and strength.

6. They’ll make too much of a drastic change and step a little too far outside of their comfort levels
Maybe this is you……, You went out on New Year’s Eve knowing it’s going to be “the last time.” January 1st, or perhaps January 3rd (Monday), you’re going to stop drinking beer, stop eating pizza and desserts, workout every day, and think only positive thoughts. The positive thinking is a good step, but you’ve developed habits that are with you until they’re replaced by new behaviors. Trying to change everything all at once is most likely gonna set yourself up for failure. You need to have solid structured plan of progressive steps in place or most likely you will not move forward effectively. For most cravings try to drive you to what you’re body is used to. Reduction in caloric intake leads to energy compromise, and then, before you know it, you’re failing to recover.

What you NEED is a properly balanced nutrition and exercise plan where you can set realistic goals, and from there continue to progress with the lifestyle change you need. You’re health fitness should just not be a 12 week program or 60 day journey but a journey that includes the rest of your life.

Your Fitness and Nutrition Coach,

~David Modderman

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Grocery cart

Now a days it’s so difficult to go to the grocery store to find and buy healthy natural foods. It seems like a large percentage of the foods now are prepackaged processed foods that will just add to your waist line.

The foods you want to buy are there….Unfortunetly, most do not know what to avoid and what to look for.

I have been taking my clients to the Supermarket for years and educating them on what to look for and what to want to avoid if they want to improve health, lose fat and build lean muscle. They are usally shocked when I show them how many deceptive foods labels are out there and how this is killing there weight loss goals?

Did you know there are foods are that are labeled sugar free that are LOADED WITH SUGAR!?

Did you know there a foods labled fat free that are 100% FAT!?

I recently took 94.5 Thunders Country’s Own “Flounder” to the supermarket to help educate him on what he should be looking for and what he should be avoiding when starting his new “Weight Loss Journey”

You Can View This Video Below:

Do you really know what your buying at the grocery store? I have only met a few who really do……..

If your not sure….I can help you!

Contact me today to schedule a Grocery Store Tour For You, and Your Friends and Family!

Your Fitness and Nutrition Coach,

~David Modderman
david@davidmodderman.com

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weight loss help

10 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight-Part-1

10 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight-Part-2

10 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight-Part-3

    10 Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Weight- Part-4

Reason 7) Looking For the Magic Pill or Potion
As a personal trainer I get questions all the time about what are the best supplements, drugs or pills to help lose weight and burn fat. My answer is always the same “A supplement, drug or pill will never be the solution.” Any pill, powder, or supplement is a lie that says, “This will burn fat”, or “This will make you lose weight.” Why? No pill or powder or potion will burn fat by itself without some effort from you. There are some supplements that can help/aid you in burning fat but it will take some effort from you. If you are exercising and eating correctly and not losing weight some supplements will aid you in the process. However, there is no magic pill, powder or potion that exists that you can take and then sit on the couch and expect it to go to work for you. I recommend resistance training, aerobic exercise, and a solid nutrition plan first. Then you can think about getting a good multivitamin and beyond.

Reason 8} Looking For the Magic Device
Ever watch television late at night an on the weekends? If you have I’m sure you have been bombarded with every exercise device known to man. There are thousands of abs devices, waist shrinkers, and butt burners advertised to anyone desperate to lose weight. These devices and products promise you the world, but the only thing you usually lose is your hard earned money. There is no magic device that you can use on your stomach or your butt that will reduce inches and burn fat without some change in your nutrition plan and the also the amount of calories you burn. If this magic device existed then everyone would be using it. If these products worked so well, why do they keep coming up with new ones every month? They do this because they like to play with your emotions and they like to tell you what you want to hear so will buy it. You do not need these devices; you just need a good solid exercise and nutrition plan.

Look for the 5th and Final Part Tomorrow!

Your Fitness and Nutrition Coach,

~David Modderman
david@davidmodderman.com

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10 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight-Part-1

10 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight-Part-2

    10 Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Weight-Part 3

Reason 5) Eating Too Much

Eating excessive calories is probably the number one reason people are not losing weight. With the rise of fast foods and unhealthy foods everywhere we turn its no wonder that obesity has effected our population so much. It is said that Americans today eat 30% more than they did 20 year ago. Food is sold in bigger containers, and portions in restaurants have increased as well. When you eat more than your body burns these calories will most likely be stored as fat. The most effective way to treat overeating is to focus on eating less food but not starving your self. Focus on eating smaller portions, but also eating fewer calories. An easy way to do this is to eat smaller more frequent meals, and control the size of the portions you are getting. Not to mention getting less fat in your meals (which is higher in calories than protein and carbohydrates), and concentrate on getting leaner proteins, and more fruits and veggies. These natural foods will fill you up and be used efficiently for energy.

6) Not Eating Breakfast

If you want to really lose weight and keep it off you must eat breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for many reasons. Studies show that people who skip breakfast are 4.5 times more likely to be overweight.

The average 8 hour of sleep burns 450 calories. You must try to eat within 60-90 minutes after waking. Adding breakfast is what starts your metabolism up and prepares it to burn the rest of the day. If you skip breakfast your metabolism slows down and your blood sugar drops. You will increase hunger, have less energy and most likely store fat. You will crave high sugar, high fat foods, and tend to crave calories late at night. A recent study from the Weight Control Registry out of those who lost at least 30 pounds and maintained it for at least one year ate breakfast every single morning.

Look For Part 4 Tomorrow!

Your Fitness and Nutrition Coach,

~David Modderman
david@davidmodderman.com

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 Are you working out day after day and not seeing great results? Are you working with a trainer who seems to be kicking your butt, yet you’re not seeing the progress you like? Well I’m here to tell you it’s not just about the workout. If you’re not changing your eating habits then you’re not going to see the results you really want. I still see trainers on a daily basis give their clients a great workout and then send them on their way and never mention nutrition or what they are eating on the outside. That’s like a car salesman selling you a car without an engine. Without the right stuff going on under the hood and without the right fuel you will not see great results. If your trainer or you are not focusing on nutrition at some point you will fail………..not because you can’t do it! But because you are not applying the successful fat loss strategy…….which is proper nutrition in balance with proper exercise.

Maybe proper nutrition is the missing piece of the puzzle you have been looking for……

 

Like I always say “Any Trainer will give you a workout” I will give you RESULTS!”

Come see me and find out how.

 

~David Modderman

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  •      2 in 5 of every meal in America is a FAST FOOD meal!

      Do you know how sad that is? I am willing to bet that it’s greater than 2 in 5 in Michigan. Fast food is full of transfat, high fructose corn syrup, and enriched flour. Even if you think your getting the healthiest food there you still are most likely getting a lot things you do not know you are getting.

  •       In the beginning of the 20th century Americans cooked and ate most of their meals at home.

That means back in the day we planned ahead. Back then our health was more of a priority to all of us. What has happened? More junk food being produced everyday and our schedules are not getting any lighter. My advice you need to control your schedule not let your schedule control you.

  •   By the year 2000 Americans eat more than half their meals outside their home or brought home processed foods they did not prepare or cook.

It’s easy to do this, so easy… but your health is going to suffer severly from it!

 

  • Our country is being pushed towards obesity and not towards health.

Ever turn on the tv and not see a fast food or junk food commercial every 5 minutes?  Can you drive more than 5 blocks without seeing a fast food restauraunt? They are controling us everyone! They are controling our kids as well! Ever see a healthy food at the store with a cartoon character on it? No! Only junk processed food!

 

  • EVENTUALLY OBESITY WILL BE THE #1 CAUSE OF ALL DEATHS IN THE USA!!!

As hard is it is to say I can see this happening. Until we start taking control…. the fast food, and the unhealthy food market will thrive. Do you think the FDA cares? Take a Supermarket Tour with me and I will show you that they do not!

As bad is these facts are….there is one good thing out there than can help change it all for you. You have a choice! You have a choice to not eat this stuff and take back your life and make the right food choices. 

 

So I challenge you to educate yourself what foods are good and what foods are bad. I also challenge you to plan ahead and make your own food or have someone prepare it for you.

If thats something you want to do and you need help. I’m always here. :-)