The TFW Top Ten Tips For Fat Loss

If you’ve tried to lose weight and failed, you’re probably thinking that it’s a mighty difficult task to accomplish.

Do you feel like you’ve tried every diet and exercise routine out there and nothing works?

Don’t give up! Achieving your weight loss goals might be easier than you think!

Small Changes = Big Results

The TFW Mahopac 8 Week Transformation is not a “quick fix” program, its a lifestyle.  We help people make a series of small changes, one at a time, whether it be a change in diet, exercise routine or mindset.

Here are 10 TFW Mahopac FAT loss tips to implement into your lifestyle:

1. Drink More Water – Juices are often high in sugar or chemical sweeteners. Diet drinks are questionable from a health standpoint. Give your body the water it craves and it will reward you with better health – all the way down to the cellular level. Drinking plenty of water helps keep you from consuming excess calories, too.

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2. Eat More Vegetables – You can eat huge amount of vegetables and feel good about it.  They contain antioxidant, micronutrient, and anti-inflammatory properties and should form the BULK of your diet relating to portion sizes. Make veggies a centerpiece of your meals and snacks. You should consume larger quantities and be confident that it takes a huge heap of veggies to even come close to maxing out your carbohydrate “budget” for the day.

Try to buy locally-grown vegetables for freshness, taste, and maximum nutrient value. Local produce ranks above anything even remotely-grown organic vegetables, because the health benefits are lessened when produce is picked early and transported long distances to your market.

Here is a quick list of some of the vegetables with the highest antioxidant values: beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, eggplant, garlic, kale, onion, peas, red bell peppers, spinach, and yellow squash.

3. Eat Enough Protein – Your body digests protein more slowly than fat or carbs, so you feel full longer because it takes longer to burn protein than carbs or fat, your body expends more energy absorbing the nutrients in a high-protein diet. Protein is essential for maintaining muscle and burning calories. I suggest only High-quality protein from foods such as eggs, lean meat, poultry and seafood.

4. Eliminate Fast Food –  Taco Bell, McDonald’s, Burger King, potato chips, crackers, Doritos etc… NO fast food!

Sorry I got a little emotional about junk food.

But it’s true!

We all know it’s terrible for us yet you drive by McDonalds at 7pm on any given night and there’s a line of cars at the drive through waiting to order a future health problem in a box!

5. Limit Sugar Intake – Consuming sweets generates a high insulin response with almost no nutritional benefit.

If you absolutely have to have something sweet in your house, you can acquire some high-cocoa-content dark chocolate. Stevia, a plant-extract with some healthy properties, can be used in moderation as a sweetener in recipes.

6. Reduce Bad Carbs – Bad carbs in the form of toxic foods and drinks are sabotaging  your health and metabolism

  • All flour products
  • All sugar products
  • All liquid sugar calories (sodas, fruit juice, sports drinks, etc.)
  • All processed and factory-made foods with chemicals, preservatives, additives, artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated fats, etc.
  • All grains, breads cereals.
  • Ditch anything that is not real food. That means anything that is processed (i.e., made in a factory) or that contains sugar in any form (including honey, molasses, agave, maple syrup, organic cane juice, or artificial sweeteners), white rice, white flour, hydrogenated oils, high- fructose corn syrup, or foods with preservatives, additives, coloring, or dyes. Be merciless!

7. Get Quality Sleep – Sleep is the most important factor in recovery. You need to get your rest to get results, I’m talking between 7-10 hours minimum.  Sleep is paramount for muscle recovery, hormonal balance and most of all mental health.  So put down your iPad, get off of Facebook, shut off the TV and get your rest.

8. Eat More Healthy Fats – Fat is not bad, actually its the opposite. Saturated fat packs on more visceral fat than polyunsaturated ones. Polyunsaturated fats are the ones found in nuts, seeds, and fish like salmon and can help you lose belly fat. Get your daily dose of PUFAs

9. Tone Down Alcohol Consumption – Alcohol, like soft drinks, is an example of a high carb, low nutrient drink. You want to get most of your calories from healthy foods, not from unhealthy drinks. Ever hear of a beer belly? I thought so. Alcohol consumption will undermine you if you let it… so don’t let it!

10. Do TFW!

Weight Training – The TFW System is built around performing simple, functional, compound strength movements such as Squats, Push-Ups, Pulling and Pressing Movements and of course A LOT of CORE! Especially if you take a class with everyones favorite Coach Lisa Famusa.

These movements are essential your health and fitness, will build strength, change your body composition and even help with your self confidence!

The great thing about weight training is you get a lot of “bang for your buck” in a short amount of time.

Hurricane Training – Moving With Velocity, meaning moving as fast as you can.  All-out sprint workouts are short in duration, burn tons of fat, build muscle, increase energy levels and even kick up that metabolism.

In the TFW system we call this type of training Hurricane Training. These workouts are not only FUN they’re MAJOR FAT burners.

The world is set up for us to be un-healthy.  I get it.  It’s easier to pull into McDonalds with a car full of screaming kids and get dinner for the whole family than it is to figure out what to buy and how to even make something healthy.

Social media, 24 hour news networks, marketers selling the next big weight loss gimmick, organic, all natural, free-range, wild caught, the list goes on and on. We walk around with our heads spinning wondering what the hell to eat.

I’m here to tell you take deep breath, and start to incorporating some of these tips to your lifestyle.  Building good habits by following the TFW Top Ten Fat Loss Tips will lead to a leaner, happier, healthier you!

If you need help with any of these tips? Looking to start a fitness program?

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21 Universal Rewards of Exercise

Aside for proper, wholesome nutrition; most people are out-of-shape because they don’t exercise enough. Do yourself a favor and print this list and post it where you’ll see it every day. When you need motivation or encouragement simply read over this list and feel your motivation soar.

I’ve often wished that I could give each and every one of you a personalized pep talk to get you up off the couch and into the gym, day after day. So here’s my pep talk in bullet form – 21 rewards that you will gain from regular exercise. 

  1. You’ll reset your body: Exercise has been described as a giant reset button. A good workout will block appetite swings, improve your mood and even help you sleep. 

  2. Your clothes will fit better: Consistent exercise will tone and tighten your body, causing your clothes to not only fit better but to also look nicer. Also exercise ensures that soon you’ll be trading your clothes in for smaller sizes.

  3. You’ll be less stressed: You have enough stress in your life – it’s time for a break. A good workout invigorates your muscles, leaving you relaxed and less stressed.

  4. You’ll have more energy: WebMD tallied research studies and concluded that 90% of them prove exercise increases energy levels in sedentary patients. Next time you feel fatigued, fight it will the most powerful tool available: exercise.

  5. You’ll be stronger: Exercise improves muscle strength and endurance, two things that you use throughout each day. When you exercise consistently you’ll be pleasantly surprised when difficult tasks begin to seem easy.

  6. You’ll be less likely to binge: Exercise has a powerful anti-binge effect on the body. This is due in part by an increase in sensitivity to leptin, a protein hormone, which has an appetite-taming effect.

  7. You’ll burn calories: You know that excess body fat is made up of stored and unused calories. Fight back by burning loads of calories with fat-blasting workouts.

  8. You’ll be more confident: Who doesn’t wish they walked and talked with more confidence? A consistent exercise program will do just that. As your body becomes more fit, watch as your confidence sky-rockets.

  9. You’ll have fun: Believe it or not, exercise can be extremely enjoyable. Remember how fun it was to run around as a child? Tap into your inner child as you find a mode of exercise that gets you excited.

  10. You’ll reduce your blood pressure: Exercise has been proven more effective than medication in reducing blood pressure to normal levels. A single workout has been shown to reduce blood pressure for the day and regular exercise reduces overall blood pressure in the long run.

  11. You’ll lose the jiggles: Regular exercise tightens flabby arms, legs and waistlines. So wave goodbye to the jiggles with a solid exercise program.

  12. You’ll increase insulin sensitivity: Researchers at Laval University in Quebec discovered that exercise improved insulin sensitivity dramatically. Peak after-meal insulin levels dropped by more than 20 percent after as little as 3 weeks of consistent exercise.

  13. You’ll sleep better: Do you toss and turn for hours before falling asleep? Exercise is a powerful sleep aid. Your tired muscles encourage your body to quickly fall asleep so they can get their overnight repair work done.

  14. You’ll lower your risk of heart disease: Regular exercise strengthens your heart and makes it more resilient against disease. A sedentary lifestyle is a major risk factor for heart disease, so rest assured that consistent exercise is your ally against disease.

  15. You’ll feel great: Vigorous exercise releases natural endorphins (happy hormones) into your blood stream that dissolve pain and anxiety. You’ve probably heard of ‘runner’s high’, this can be achieved by any great workout.

  16. You’ll lower your risk of diabetes: Studies show that exercising as little as half an hour each day can dramatically reduce your risk of diabetes. If you are at risk of diabetes, or already have diabetes, regular exercise is the most effective treatment for reversing the disease.

  17. You’ll meet cool people: You could benefit from a group of new, energetic friends, right? Gyms, bootcamps, workout centers and even the jogging trail are all great places to connect with fun new friends.

  18. You’ll improve your BMI: You know that maintaining a healthy BMI is key in disease prevention. Exercise is the best way to keep your BMI under control.

  19. You’ll increase your endurance: Do you ever get out of breath when walking up stairs or through the mall? Regular exercise builds your endurance for everyday activities.

  20. Your doctor will be impressed: How many times has your doctor given you the lecture about losing weight and exercising more? Exercise regularly and get your MD off your back!

  21. You’ll look amazing: Are you happy with the shape and size of your body? Regular exercise works wonders on your physique. Within a few weeks you’ll see shape and tone in all the right places.

What are you waiting for? Strap on those workout gloves, lace up those shoes, crank up the tunes and lets get going!

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Talk soon,

Coach Jeff

To have or not to have my “rest”day

For most, Sunday is a day “off” from the gym, maybe even Saturday as well if you’re following the typical M-F workout; leaving Saturday and Sunday as rest days.

I’m totally okay with that…as long as your on track with your fitness goals: your losing the inches and the body fat % that your aiming for, the scale is moving in your favor, your strength is improving and overall your feeling better about fitness and movement in general.

If not… why are you not working towards those goals everyday? Yes, over-training is a thing, but a very difficult “thing to achieve” for most individuals. So what the means is: Attempt fitness 6-7days a week until you feel you’ve reach a good even pace. Even then I don’t really recommend going a complete 48 hours without any exercise or fitness.

Here’s an easy way to do that:

Monday: Workout 1
Tuesday: Workout 2
Wednesday: rest and recovery or work on core,mobility and conditioning
Thursday: Workout 3
Friday: Workout 4
Saturday:rest and recovery or work on core,mobility and conditioning
Sunday: Workout 5Restday

Rinse and Repeat, and modify as needed for your goals, abilities and progress. I usually like to follow the first 3 weeks of the month are ramping-up the volume and intensity of the workouts (for a progressive overload effect) and then de-loading the 4th week.

This approach helps to minimize over-training and injury while simultaneously producing high levels of strength, lean mass gains and body fat reductions and a consistent and repeatable basis.

How was your fitness in 2015???

With only a few weeks left in this calendar year, I wanted to challenge all who read this blog to really look back on the successes and failures of their fitness endeavors in 2015; in hopes of making your past year’s weaknesses into the new year’s strengths.

Here’s a few key areas to keep in mind and to make note of as you reflect:

Small side note: This exercise will be much easier if you write down and track your goals and progress. The real question is why you wouldn’t be doing that in the 1st place if your health and fitness is really that important to you 😀

  • Did you achieve the goals you set out for?
    • If yes, then what strategies lead to your success?
      • You will want to repeat those best practices in 2016 for further successes
    • If no, what habits do you think you need to change or adopt to get you closer to your goals in 2016?
      • Be real with yourself!
        • Being in denial about things or failing to recognize the realities of life will only have your spinning your little fitness wheels with more lack of progress and frustrations in 2016
  • List 3 BIG things you would like to change about yourself in 2016
    • Make your goals diverse, and not just based off the scale or aesthetics, no one wants to continue to watch the scale for progress…
      • Example
        • Goal 1: Be able to perform 10 perfect push ups each day
        • Goal 2: Limit fast food to twice a week (down from 5)
        • Goal 3: Fit into my 30” favorite pair of shorts for summer
    • For each goal, write a down a realistic set of steps and habits you will need to adopt and put into practice over the new year to obtain your gials
    • Now, keep a journal or a log to follow your steps and to hold yourself accountable to those steps
      • It’s easy to hit the ground running in January, but lose steam in the following months
      • This is why you need to be able to physically see your goals and why those goals are important to you – to keep you motivated through the less-than-motivating times

Just remember, this is a conversation with YOU! All I ask is that you be real with yourself: real with WHAT you want and WHY it is that you want those said goals. If you can’t be honest with yourself about what you really want, how can you expect to construct a path to get you to your goals in a consistent and effective manner?

Be the best you in 2016!!!

Hey you! You working hard, or hardly working?

I just don’t get it… This is not a gripe nor a “put down” post, rather; I hope this gives insight and puts a different perspective on working out for you guys and gals:

It’s in our nature to seek out creature comforts and find comfort-ability at every chance we can, but the gym is the ONE place this should not be the case. Why? Because you are there to do all the things you don’t do doing during the day. You are to move and position your bodies in ways you normally do not.

How else are you going to get stronger, move faster and lose weight if you take the habits from outside them gym and apply them inside the gym?
For instance: performing tons of seated exercises..ummm you sit all day at work and in your commutes to and from work.
Walking on a treadmill or performing snails-paced cardio for hours… You move slow all day, all week, all month, for goodness sake, MOVE FASTER!

Come on people! I know you’re going to gym to change something about your bodies whether your willing to admit it or not. So why not put in the efforts that are going to go you there?

You don’t have to be highly educated in human movement or exercise science to just take a step back and look at what you do in the gym, and reflect on the results it is or isn’t producing for you.

Let me tell you this: EVERYTHING WORKS…for a little while. So don’t keep trying to ride out the same routine you started when you first got your gym membership and saw the initial weight loss and strength gains; you’re body has long since adapted.

Add these tweaks to your program:

  • Increase intensity (faster speeds and increased incline/resistance for cardio & more volume and load with strength training)
  • Change that tempo! Speed up your movements for once, then after a couple weeks, go to really slow tempos.
  • Keep rest times short or non-existent. Avoid getting caught up in useless gym chatter or messing with your phone or other tech devices. Just by shortening your rest break you smash through plateaus that have held you back for months. Use a watch, phone or gym clock to help track this. Shoot for 30-60 second rest intervals.
  • Use standing and pulling exercises more than seated and pushing exercises (2:1 ratio, 2 pulling moves for 1 pushing, 2 standing moves to 1 seated)
  • At the end of the day, just work hard.

If you’re not sweating… I am sorry… You are NOT working out, you’re just moving and staying active, two completely different ball games. Which game are you playing at the gym?