The Dirty TRUTH About Counting Calories

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BioTrust Radio #08
Published Date: 20th December 2017
Podcast Duration: 28 minutes
Podcast Title: The Dirty TRUTH About Counting Calories
Presenters: Shawn Wells and Tim Skwiat

The Dirty TRUTH About Counting Calories

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What’s your ideal body weight? Is your fitness tracker really helping you track the right number of calories to lose weight? How can busy folks use bodyweight exercises to get—and stay—fit? Are all supplements and supplement companies the same? Shawn and Tim are going to cover these burning questions (which were submitted by REAL listeners and customers) and more in this Health Q and A episode of BioTrust Radio. Enjoy!

The BioTrust Radio health and fitness podcast is fueled by YOU and dedicated to answering YOUR nutrition, exercise, and supplement questions. In this episode, which is presented in a Health Q and A format, Shawn and Tim answer REAL questions from listeners and customers—just like YOU.

If you have a question that you’d like us to cover, please submit it in the comments section below. If we answer your question on a future episode, you’ll not only get the scoop straight from our top coaches, we’ll also send you a free product to boot!

In this Health Q and A, here are the questions that Shawn and Tim will be taking on, as well as what you can expect to learn:

When do you know that you’ve reached a healthy, ideal body weight?

  • Traditionally, many people defer to the body mass index (BMI), which intends to define an ideal body weight range based on height. However, there are issues with using BMI.
  • For example, using only BMI, it’s possible to be “normal” weight but metabolically obese (skinny fat) or “overweight” but metabolically healthy.
  • Instead of just thinking about an ideal body weight, it may be better to focus on body composition, which can be determined using a variety of different tools.
  • If you don’t have access to body composition testing, then a waist-to-height ratio (in cm) may be a suitable way to assess health status. Generally speaking, a ratio less than 0.53 is considered healthy; however, this doesn’t necessarily tell us what YOUR ideal body weight is or should be.
  • Traci Mann says that the ideal body weight for an individual is his/her “leanest livable weight”, which simply means that your ideal body weight is the one that you can successfully maintain with an overall healthy lifestyle.
  • Perhaps the most important question that you can ask when trying to determine your ideal body weight…HOW DO YOU FEEL?

I’m tracking my calories to lose weight. How do I know if my calorie counting app and fitness tracker are really helping me?

  • Tracking calories to lose weight is a highly inexact science.
  • Instead of spending an excessive amount of time pouring over your calories to lose weight, consider asking yourself the following question: HOW’S THAT WORKING FOR YOU? In other words, is your program yielding the results that you desire?
  • When keeping track of calories to lose weight, keep in mind that fitness trackers and apps are only good at providing ballpark estimates—not absolutes.
  • One of the most common things people do when tracking calories to lose weight is to look at nutrition labels. While this is a very good practice, the types of foods, how they’re prepared and eaten, your individual makeup, and more can dramatically influence how many calories you get from the food.
  • As alluring as it can be, try not to get too wrapped up in counting calories to lose weight. Focus on your behaviors and whether or not they’re leading to the desired outcome.

Are all supplements and supplement companies the same?

  • There are some companies, like BioTrust, that are doing things right; but there are many more that AREN’T.

How do busy moms and dads get and stay fit? How can I incorporate bodyweight exercises into my busy routine?

  • For starters, you have to take inventory of priorities and set appropriate expectations.
  • For many people, scheduling time at the beginning of the day—before life gets in the way—is the “best” time to exercise.
  • Bodyweight exercises can be an extremely useful tool for busy folks.
  • You can mix in bodyweight exercises throughout the day.
  • Think outside the box. You don’t necessarily have to do a full workout in one session. For instance, you can combine several “mini” workouts composed of bodyweight exercises.
  • High-intensity interval training can be a very effective, time-efficient strategy for busy folks.
  • Mini resistance bands may be a good complement to bodyweight exercises, especially when traveling or for home workouts.
  • Tabata intervals—alternating 20 seconds of work with 10 seconds of rest—can be used with bodyweight exercises.
  • Play with your kids!

We’ll dive deep into these questions, topics, and more in this Health Q and A special episode. Enjoy!

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