Your Questions About Better Weight Loss Yoga Pilates

by Maricela on March 5, 2013

Laura asks…

What is the best way to maximize weight loss results in one month?

I have put myself on a ONE month goal of losing as much weight as possible. I am 26 years old. 160 pounds. I will only do it a healthy way. I’ve been working out regularly for 2 months and seeing results and I want to put this into hyperdrive for a dramatic change when my boyfriend comes back from a business trip.

What are some good foods to eat? Good workouts to try?

I just need some tips! Thanks!

Maricela answers:

There’s only ONE WAY to lose fat – and that is to create a calorie deficit. However, there are two ways to create a calorie deficit – one is to decrease your food intake so you are eating less than you burn, the other is to increase your exercise and activity so you are burning more than you eat.

Of the two ways to create a calorie deficit, burning the fat is far superior to starving it. You see, cutting calories too much causes weight loss at first, but it also causes muscle loss and it eventually leads to a decrease in metabolism, so the weight loss stops. This is very common on conventional diets, right? You lose weight in the beginning, but then you hit a plateau that you just can’t break through. Cutting calories even more at this point only digs you even into a deeper “metabolic hole.”

Eating more of the right foods (up to a certain point) actually increases your metabolic “heat” like putting wood on a fire. Food is energy; food is fuel, and it produces (metabolic) heat.

Exercise burns calories and creates a calorie deficit, but the real advantage of exercise over diet is that exercise increases your metabolism, dieting slows it down. Exercise also has major health benefits, while starvation can only create health problems.

So if you eat more (healthy foods) and exercise more, you get a double increase in metabolism. If you eat less and exercise less you get a double decrease in metabolism. That makes complete sense doesn’t it?

The IDEAL exercise program for fat loss has a combination of cardiovascular (aerobic) training and strength training. But ultimately, you’re not likely to stick with exercise long term unless you choose activities you enjoy – so pick something you enjoy, even if it doesn’t follow the guidelines of “traditional” fat loss programs. It’s better to do something than nothing, and all exercise counts.

Some people may have orthopedic problems which limit the type of exercise they can do. But nearly everyone can walk. So if you can walk, then walk. And almost everyone can do some type of strength training. Instead of focusing on what you can’t do or what you don’t like to do, direct your attention to what you CAN do and what you would like to do.

Maybe you don’t like being couped up inside all the time. Maybe you’d prefer hiking or jogging outside. Or maybe boxing or martial arts sounds cool to you. Maybe you like basketball or tennis. Maybe you’d enjoy classes, or yoga or pilates. Your options are nearly unlimited, but you have to do something or your body will begin to deteriorate.

As you increase your lean muscle mass, you’ll also get a permanent increase in your resting metabolic rate. Muscle is what drives your metabolism, keeps you young and makes you look more physically attractive. Others will notice how good you look, and you’ll feel better about yourself too. Yes, you may lose weight from diet alone, but you’re likely to end up a “skinny fat person” with a slow metabolism and very little lean body mass (not to mention, you’ll probably gain back all the fat)

Last, but not least, be careful what you say to yourself over and over because that tends to program your subconscious mind and create your self image. If you’ve been repeating to yourself for years, “I’m not big on exercise” or “I’m not an exercise person”, that eventually becomes a part of your identity. You always tend to behave in alignment with your identity in order to stay “true to yourself.”

Maybe when you look in the mirror after just a few weeks and see your body start to change you’ll begin to like enjoy exercise a LOT. It can get addictive, you know. The endorphins that are released when you exercise are like opiates. Ever hear of “runners HIGH?” Ever hear of an “exercise addict?” What would YOU rather be hooked on? Forget about popping pills, Your body is the most exquisite pharmacy on the planet. Exercise is a better fat burner, health creator, energy producer and anti-depressant than any man-made drug will EVER be. Exercise can be fun and FEEL GOOD too.

Human beings were meant to move. Bodies don’t lose their function by being used too much and “wearing out”, they lose their function by not being used enough and “rusting out.” So if the positive benefits of exercise don’t motivate you enough, then just picture yourself 10, 20 years from now and imagine what will happen to you if you DON’T start exercising today.

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I hope this is beneficial to you reaching your goals!

Linda asks…

What is a good resource fo Yoga guide?

I wanted a good resource that had good material on Yoga Poses, Yoga Positions and other forms of yoga, like hata yoga, ashtanga yoga. What is the difference between Pilates and Yoga?
Also I would like something for beginners and that also teaches specific aspects of weight loss.

Maricela answers:

A good website on yoga is And I believe that Pilate’s is more to do with resistance exercises, whereas yoga is all about stretching.

Sandra asks…

What kind of exercise can I do in my home?

I want to lose weight, but am ashamed of exercising in public due to my size. I’m eating more healthily, but that alone is not enough to cause the kind of weight loss I need.

I can’t afford to buy gym equipment.

Is there any exercise I can do in my home to lose weight?

Maricela answers:

I go to the library and check out various “for beginners” and “dummies” and “wimps” videos and dvds. (Now, all I have to do is put one in the machine. =) If your library uses the dewey decimal system, they are mostly in the section.

Seriously, though, this is a good way to find the type of exercise that works best for you without spending a bunch of money on videos or equipment.

My absolute best to you!

-Z (been there, done that) VT

ktrb has very good advice, as well. Yoga and Pilates are concepts I can stay with forever!

Donna asks…

What are the best diet pills to buy from a drug store?

I have tried most everything, but I can never tell which seem to be the most effective.
Anyone had significant weight loss with any specific brand?

Maricela answers:

DO NOT TAKE DIET PILLS! They are dangerous!!

Last year I was visiting my parents and took diet pills (Leptopril -does not contain ephedra) on top on my exercise routine and normal diet. I was 26 at the time, 5’11, 180 lbs. By week three I was sick. I had diarrhea, dry heaves, dizziness, headaches, and a general feeling of being sick. I thought I had caught the flu or something. I had lost 13 lbs in 4 days. One morning I told my mom I didn’t feel good. My vision kept blacking out and I felt (for lack of a better way to say it) stoned. Later that afternoon I was walking from the bathroom to my bedroom (a 5 foot walk) and I passed out. I was rushed to the hospital emergency where they did a bunch of tests on me.

My pulse was up to 120, My blood pressure was 150/40, they had to start me on an IV, the did an EKG on me, took blood and urine samples, and a whole barrage of other tests.

They finally got me stabilized and said that I was dehydrated and malnutritioned. I told him that I took diet pills. When I mentioned diet pill, the doctors face lit up and said that’s why. He said they can cause a whole bunch of health problems, including death. He told me to toss the diet pills or next time I might not be so lucky.

I was kept in the hospital for almost 10 hours, given 3 or 4 IVs, potassium, juices, and monitored (by the EKG, blood pressure, and heart rate machines) every 15 minutes.

Please take my story as a warning. If you seriously want to loose weight there are better ways (I know because I’ve lost weight after this)

The quickest way is to cut out red meats, starches, breads, sugars, alcohol, and sodas.

Eat veggies (salads are good), soups, and drink TONS of water. If you get hungry between a meal, drink water to fill up.

In moderation eat white meats, and fruits (fruits contain natural sugars, and that can put on weight)

Practice portion control. Yes, you’ll feel hungry at first, but think of your goal, and soon your stomach will start shrinking and you won’t have that feeling anymore.

Eat 5 times a day. A small breakfast. A mid-morning snack, such as an apple. A small lunch. A mid-afternoon snack, such as carrots. A lite dinner. Do not eat any later than 7pm (6pm is better.)

Go exercise for at least an hour a day, incorporating weight training. Weight training builds muscle. Muscle burns fat. You get the idea. It also gives tone and definition. Also do a few yoga and pilates exercises to help tone those hard to reach and stubborn areas.

William asks…

What’s the fastest way to lose weight and tone up?

I’m 14 years old, 5ft 4″ and 61kg (135 pounds) and have a black body type.

I really want to lose some weight and tone up my tummy.

I know the best thing to do is exercise and eat healthy foods, but what kind of exercise can I do to lose weight and tone my tummy specifically?

And what kind of food should I avoid? (Apart from the obvious chocolate, fizzy drinks etc)

Maricela answers:

Weight loss doesn’t need to be difficult. With some tricks up your sleeve, you’ll be able to lose weight fast in no time. Today we have a tendency to are going to take a look at how you’ll be able to lose weight fast with these five essential tips that I have compiled only for you. Follow the following pointers and your weight loss goals won’t elude you anymore.

So here are the five simple nevertheless essential fat loss secrets:

1) Never skip breakfast

You may suppose that skipping the morning bowl of cereal may be a good thanks to curtail your calories intake. That is not true. Breakfast is that the most important meal of the day. Well i guess several of you heard this before. But still, there are many people skip breakfast as a result of to them breakfast is too time-consuming.

Research shows that breakfast plays a crucial role in managing your weight, boost your productivity and lower your risk of certain diseases like diabetes. Research additionally shows that folks who eat breakfast tend to maintain their body weight better. Thus begin eating breakfast today. A good example of breakfast is oatmeal. Oatmeal is filled with fibers. It will make your abdomen additional filling and keeps you from feeling hungry quickly.

2) Drink millions of Water

Drinking adequate quantity of water can assist you to lose weight fast as a result of it helps your digestion and hurries up your metabolism. You ought to drink a minimum of 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water day by day which means if your body weight is 300lbs, you ought to drink one hundred fifty ounces of water a day if you really wish to envision the results fast.

3) Eat healthy diet

To lose weight fast, you have to eat healthy. Your body weight depends on what you eat. It’s sort of a mirror. What you eat are going to be reflect to your body weight. If you wish to own a healthier and slimmer body, then you ought to eat healthier. Eat foods that are high in fiber and protein and low in carbohydrates. You ought to additionally read through product labels before you consume the food simply to make sure that you failed to soak up too much calories that your body could not handle it.

4) Say NO to white foods

Do not eat anything that’s white like bread, pasta, crackers, most cereals, flour based mostly products, white potatoes, white rice, and some pasteurized dairy and cheese. Other healthy foods like cauliflower, chicken, turkey, fish, white pork are all exceptions to the present rule.

5) Exercise frequently

Exercise frequently can assist you to lose weight fast. You are doing not got to do too intense and exhausting workouts. Do some workouts that are simpler nevertheless effective like yoga, Pilates, aerobics or maybe a straightforward brisk walk. Do attempt some cardio and weight training workouts generally as a result of these exercises can facilitate raise your metabolism. Muscle burns additional calories than fat. Therefore the additional muscle you have, the additional calories you may burn.

So there you go the five essential tips to lose weight fast. Apply the following pointers for consequent few weeks and you may be seeing some amazing ends up in no time.

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