Sunday, March 8, 2009

According to Mz. Michaels

Hey, ever heard of this show the Biggest Loser??

Who am I kidding. Unless you've been living under a rock, you've at least hear of the show, if not tuned in for a episode or season.

I myself am a fair-weather friend of the show, only getting into it fully a few season back, but if I see it in repeats I'll always stop to see what Bob and Jillian dishing out.

Recently, I stopped over at Mz. Michaels website and decided to take her up on her offer to provide me with a "Free Customized Weight Loss Plan" and here's what she had to say:

Based on your answers, here's my triple-threat plan for you. My online program makes weight-loss simple, with real solutions for people who want to lose weight and keep it off.

You're a Pear — but you can pare down!

Like all pears, you tend to store fat in your lower body, so you're probably carrying extra weight around your hips, buttocks, and thighs. Anyone can be a pear, but this shape is more common among women, and it actually evolved because fat stored in these areas aids in fertility and breast-feeding. It's an interesting fact — but I know as well as anyone that this type of fat is harder to lose.

Not to worry! I have exercises that will target your fat storage areas. My personalized program will help you alter your pear shape. But you got to get a grip — you can only win against genetics up to a certain point. Once you understand this, you can let go of unreachable goals and replace them with real ones.

Your Current Weight: 129 pounds

Your Current Activity Level: Medium

Your Reasonable Weight: 97-123 lbs

Your Target Weight: 110 pounds

Activity Level:Active

Here's Your Customized Weight Loss Plan:

Based on your answers, here's my plan for you. My online program makes weight-loss simple, with real solutions for people who want to lose weight and keep it off.

I'll create your personalized exercise program based on the days you prefer to work out, the goals you set for yourself, and the exercises you enjoy. After all, if you enjoy your workout, it's easier to stick to.

I'll encourage you to:

Use the elliptical trainer. This machine is great because it’s easy on your joints and it allows you to focus on different muscles. Maximize your session by using the movable handles.

Go for a swim. It’s kinder to your joints and easy for people who are less fit. Plus, by alternating strokes, you can target different muscles.

Play your favorite sports. It’s a whole lot more fun than sweating it out by yourself. And you will often be toning your whole body while burning calories.

De-stress with kickboxing! It’s more fun than regular aerobics, and it’s a great workout. I recommend doing it for at least 45 minutes.

You're a Fast Oxidizer

Because you crave salty foods, cheeses, and meats, you may be a fast oxidizer. This is the fancy term for your metabolic rate. It simply means that you burn through the nutrients in your food rapidly and that you therefore produce energy instantly. If the energy is not used immediately, it is stored as fat. Carbs only speed your oxidation and energy production further. So to best serve your metabolism and feel energized both physically and mentally, you require foods with higher percentages of proteins and fats. Make sure that there is protein in everything you eat, including snacks. Your ideal meals and snacks should break down to a ratio of 20% carbs, 50% protein, and 30% fat.

But the bottom line is, you have to burn more calories than you take in. That's it.
And to really do this successfully, you have to eat the ideal diet for your body
and metabolism. Believe me — I've struggled with this myself. And I've done a
lot of research and work to figure out my ideal diet. And now I want to share my
findings with you. I have recipes and snacks that will help you eat better for
your body type. And I have secrets and tricks to make it easier. (I didn't say

My 7 steps to behavioral modification

Lots of so-called "experts" talk about willpower. Well, I say screw willpower — there's no such thing! Sure, we all have fleeting moments of bravado. But that virtue comes and goes. I'm going to teach you some basic techniques to change your habits and program yourself against failure!

You are going to have to do the work, though. I don't want to hear that you don't have the time. If that's your excuse, then get back to me when you're ready. I'll be here.

Ready? Okay, good. Let's make some changes together:

1. Avoid dangerous situations. STOP driving by the doughnut shop on your way to work. When you go out to dinner, ask the waiter not to bring bread to your table.

2. Get a hobby. Start taking your dog on longer walks. Fix up your attic. By focusing on positive activities, you'll find yourself becoming more relaxed, happier, and thinner!

3. Curb mindless eating. Don't eat while standing up, and don't skip meals. Brush your teeth after every meal and snack. Food never seems as appealing when you have that toothpaste taste in your mouth.

These life changes will help you lose weight and keep it off. To learn more about each one and to see the other four — sign up for my online program.

Overall, I have to agree with most of what she says (however I can't tell you when I last had a dougnut).

BUT what happened to the FREE part of this program?? I get 3 out of the "My 7 steps to behavioral modification" and then have to pay for the last 4??

Hummm, some "Free Customized Weight Loss Plan" that is. And it was all going along so well until then ....

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