56 Daily Weigh-Ins


56 Daily Weigh InsWe are all guilty of this at one point in time

You KNOW that its bad to do daily, you KNOW that this won’t change overnight and you KNOW that doing it is just going to screw with your head even more; but you still do it anyways

You weigh yourself. Every. Single. Day.

Personal trainers from all over will cringe at hearing about a client doing that because we (the trainers) KNOW that daily weigh-ins are not a good idea.

This messes with your head, can cause discouragement after a few days which can lead you to make dumb fitness or diet decisions that actually will do more harm that good.

Daily weigh ins are NOT a good idea.

 
 

Why checking your weight daily is bad for your health.

Your body didn’t gain fat overnight so don’t expect it to lose fat overnight (seriously if your weighing in daily you most likely are wanting to lose fat).

I get it though; that answer above sucks. We all want instant gratification, we want our results now, but physiology doesn’t happen that way.

The body has a hoard of physiological mechanisms that happen on a daily basis that influences your weight. [Read more…]

14 Lessons of 2014

imagesAbout this time last year I did my 13 Lessons of 2013 and I figured why not continue that trend. 2014 was, in my opinion, one of the years that I learned more than any other year prior. Not just with training, but business, life, myself, the list goes on; but for the purposes of this blog I’m going to keep everything as fitness related as possible because some of the lessons that I did learn were game changers for our clients.

 

1. The cheapest food is always the most expensive food

I see this more often that people will actually tell me that they cannot afford to eat healthy; that their budget only allows them to live on the dollar menu at McDonald’s or less expensive gas station food. 

Not too long ago I would call BS at this, but to be completely honest it’s not their fault because a lot of the masses have been led to believe that  eating “healthy” is expensive. That you have to have grassfed or free range meats, organic produce and gluten free what ever and YES that will cost a BIT more. But in all reality you MAY save SOME money at first by living off processed and fast food but you will pay a compound interest later in life when your medical bills are sky high from years of eating fake food.

I wish I could find it but I wrote a piece awhile back where I stated that processed cheap foods lead to higher divorce rates. <=== Bit of a stretch, maybe. But if you feel like crap how do you think that’s going to carry over in a relationship? [Read more…]

Do You Have Diet ADD?

 

What is Diet ADD?

watch this video

 

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Intermittent Fasting and Blood Sugar

Fasting and blood sugar levels - Fitness Revolution RowlettOver the course of the past several months I’ve been getting more and more questions about fasting, I guess people think I know what I’m talking about lol. Honestly, the concept of fasting is very simple… shut your mouth people; just don’t eat. THERE YA GO!

As I see more and more the concept of a person not eating every three to four hours really freaks them out. They want and have an interest in losing weight but not eating at all seems counterproductive to everything they have heard over the years. I won’t go into that dogma of media and bro-science in this blog but the point I was leading towards is that we are under the impression that fat loss is hard. We are under this impression that you must be on a complicated diet of 6 meals a day so the concept of fasting must be difficult… (I’m thinking… dafuq)? Let me just say one more time… fasting is simple, just don’t eat. [Read more…]

I don’t deserve all the credit

Rowlett Personal TrainerJust changing things up a bit, this one won’t be too long.

Over the past several months I’ve had clients that have had some incredible success (Brandy’s Story), not only with weight loss but a complete overall in lifestyle (Elizabeth’s Journey). Clients that can keep up with their kids now and are no longer too tired to play on those Saturday afternoons, they have more self confidence when they go out and put on that little black cocktail dress, newer smaller cloths (or even bigger ones for my young guys lol), and most recently a complete palate change… for those of you who understand the real significance of that one know it’s a life changer. [Read more…]

Some Intermittent Fasting questions answered

Some questions that I had about IF hope that you read the last IF blog and it may have peaked in your interest, heck maybe you even went a head and ordered Eat Stop Eat (highly recommend it). For today I’m going to go over some of my initial questions that I’ve had when I began researching IF.

 

You need to eat every three hours to keep your metabolism up:

This initial question was the my very first response to IF. I mean come on we have all heard it that we need to eat small frequent meals to lose weight, this has been posted in just about EVERY website, magazine and news series about weight loss. I remember this was the first thing that was ingrained in my head as a young gym rat.

Ever felt like your day was tied to the clock with food?

So I thought, heck I’ll find plenty of research proving that small frequent meals promote weight loss and honestly its was very difficult to find research that really supported this. Weird huh?

You see when I did find a journal article that was cited small frequent meals as a case for weight loss I did real rescarch into the journal article, otherwords not just was was quoted to me but I wanted to read it myself… the entire thing. [Read more…]

Rate your trainer

Rate your Trainer

Does your trainer have a background in exercise science, kinesiology or athletic training? Is she certified?
(A) I don’t think so
(B) Of course, both
(C) I’m not really sure, she’s never brought it up.

 

When you ask her a question about health and fitness, what is her answer?
(A) Typically she doesn’t know. She always says she’ll get back to me but never does
(B) She knows a TON, but even when she’s not sure, she has a link of health professionals that she can ask
(C) We don’t talk much during our session.

 

Before you started training, did she offer you references or testimonials from clients?
(A) No
(B) Yes, several
(C) It didn’t come up

 

Does she know your spouse, children, dog, or other important factors about your life–your support system?
(A) We don’t really talk about it
(B) Definitely; she asks about the family at least once a week
(C) I know her boyfriend’s name

 

Does she create programs and track progress?
(A) No. She doesn’t do any of that.
(B) Yes. She gives me my workouts and tracks my progress.
(C) Why would I need a program?

 

Does she motivate you?
(A) I show up.
(B) She knows my good habits and bad habits, and encourages me to go further.
(C) I show up.

 

Are you seeing results?
(A) Some, I suppose.
(B) Definitely.
(C) Not the ones I wanted, but I’m getting more fit!

 

Mostly A’s:
Seriously consider hiring another trainer, or chat with your current trainer about these issues. Something isn’t working! You pay good money for great service, you should be getting every penny’s worth. If you need help, Contact Us!

 

Mostly B’s:
It sounds like you are seeing results, feeling great and have a well-educated trainer. Awesome! Keep up the excellent work and make sure that you two continue to communicate effectively.

 

Mostly C’s:
What’s the problem? If your trainer seems distracted, find out why. She hasn’t revealed much about herself, or asked much about you. She might just be a workout buddy. While fun and helpful, an elite personal trainer uses her education to design a program for you. Have a talk with her; if education or nerves are the problem, you’ll know after a heart-to-heart. If things just don’t click, get a new trainer. Breaking up with a trainer may be hard, but ultimately you are paying for results. For more help, just reach out! <—–click here

 

In Health and Fitness,

Travis Merritt

 

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***This rating was from my former business partner’s and I website here

I wish her the best in her new career choice :)***

 

 

6 things that will ruin your fitness

This was inspired from a recent blog that I read…

 

1. “Woe as me!” 

This is for those that are always feeling bad for themselves and they are letting everyone know about it. You know these people! Damn they are annoying. I understand that we will sometimes have an “off” morning but if you think of it as a BAD morning or bad day it will continue to go that way UNTIL you get your head out of there and change your mindset!

 

2. Lazy and late

One of the best quotes that I ever heard about being late was that it takes the same amount of effort to be 5min early as it does to be 5min late. If you come in late to your workout don’t think that your doing to stay late because I promise you’ll find a reason not too. Don’t be lazy and make it a priority

 

3. The Blame Game

No matter what you think its your fault. It not McDonalds fault that your over weight… its not your boss’s fault that you miss your workout. We are in control over everything that happens to us (I will argue that any day). So don’t blame others for your perceived misfortunes accept responsibility and take command on what you need to do to make a change. Besides everyone hates those who blame others…

 

4. Excuses

This one is closely related to the blame game but we know those people… there is always an excuse on why they can’t do what they are suppose to do. I won’t go into detail but I will stay stop it and take control of your life and your fitness

 

 

5. Acting out?
I still find it hard to really describe this one but I’ll just call these people impulsive, and not a good impulsive but the bad impulsive that causes harm to us and others. Like blurting out words before we actually think about it, buying expensive items when we don’t have the money, going out to eat even though we are trying to lose weight. Think before you act and exercise some restraint.

6. Nitpicking

These people are never happy with anything, other words they will always find something wrong. Now there is a find line with this and the principle of constant improvement but sometimes it is just best to let things go…

6.5 Luck

I’m sorry but luck doesn’t exist… make your own luck. I promise that if you follow those six rules listed above you’ll make your own luck and you will be quite impressed with how far you come with your workouts and life

 

 

In Health and Fitness

Travis Merritt

 

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