Q: “What exercise should I do to get rid of the fat on my belly?”A: Let me burst the bubble Chickas! The truth is that there is no such thing as “spot reduction”!!! You can’t reduce the fat on a targeted area with a specific exercise. All those times that you heard or read “Do X exercise and you’ll have a flat belly in 30 days” it’s all a lie!! A big FAT lie that is!
In all honesty, the places that need to lose the most fat, they will be the last and the hardest places to lose it from. You need to focus on eating healthy, weight training and cardio. When you reduce your overall body fat, you will eventually see changes every where including that stubborn area. If you’re willing to work hard for it, you will definitely see results, it just takes time!
So when you see those infomercials selling a product that promises you a flat belly, slimmer thighs or butt, just laugh at them please! (Oh come on, I bet most of you have bought at least one of these gadgets hoping you would get a better body) The only thing that gets flat with these things is your wallet!!! Oh, and don’t get me started on those stupid “shape up” snickers! Right Paul? 😉
Ladies, there is no “magic” pill or product out there that will give you the body of your dreams. The only thing you have that you can rely on is your commitment to fitness and hard work!
Q: Do I need to drink protein powder and why do you use it?A: Protein shakes are not necessary but they do help if your protein intake is low. Getting your protein needs is always better if it comes from real food. Food is always more satisfying and filling than getting your nutritional needs from a powder. However, I use it since I have to consume lots of protein to build muscle and it comes in handy when I don’t have time to cook. My daily intake is around 140 grams of protein and I can only eat so much chicken! I try not to have more than one scoop of protein powder a day though. Sometimes I use none!
Getting adequate amounts of protein is crucial for good health since protein is required in order to mend muscular tissues, for bone health, to repair cartilage, and protein consumption is equally important for one’s hair, blood, nail health, and skin.
We should consume about .8 to 1 gram of protein per body weight. So if you’re 150 lbs, you should consume about 120 to 150 grams of protein per day. If you’re a weight lifter, then 1 gram or more is better. Remember that protein powder is only a supplement; it should not be treated as a food replacement.
Here are some protein sources: chicken, turkey, lean beef & pork, seafood, eggs, tofu, dairy products like cottage cheese, yogurt, milk, cheeses (just watch the fat intake on cheeses), etc.
Q: Is it okay if I do cardio first then lift weights?A: Any time you do weight lifting and cardio on the same workout, always do your resistance training first. You don’t want to deplete your energy before lifting by doing any type of cardio. The goal is to lift as hard as possible.
However, if you’re splitting your routine into two different times, let’s say, one in the morning, and one in the afternoon, then is okay to do your cardio in the morning and your lifting session in the afternoon.
Work those muscles baby!