Jan. 26th, 2009

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 Okay, today is a day off  ...... so probably going to do some bodyweight stuff - maybe the one i posted yesterday.

but if time is  short - here is a good one  - could be used instead of intervals  after workout as well.


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Hmmm very good/bad planning on my part depending on your view. I spent the afternoon writing up my next programme plan "2K6". Now just logged on TT Members & seen Feb 09 programme which looks tough but defnitely my type of thing - temptation really is a swear word!!!

Today is also a month since I took my last photos - so in keeping with my deal by not being scale focussed I was going to take photos monthly - have done & they are here:

# these are not great photos - used photo booth on my Mac :)

Going to do some bodyweight stuff tonight once its cooled down - while watching the cricked on TV! see Aussies are down 2 already YAY !!!! 
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For those of you who  deadlift - check this link out  
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2 circuits completed for  off-day workout  - Nice!

Total Body Ten Circuit    

1A) Y-Squat (15)          

1B) Decline Pushup (10)       

1C) Step-ups (10 per side)      

1D) Pushup (30)      

1E) Bodyweight Squat (20)      

1F) Spiderman Climb (15 per side)    ### did 8 per side    

1G) Forward Lunge (10 per side)       

1H) Close-grip Push-up (10)       

1I) Stability Ball Leg Curl (15)      

1J) Inverted Row (10)      - ## skipped don't have equip at home to do these  

 
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 Hey,
been a discussion  on another forum I am member of - thought some of the ideas stuff might be interesting   ..... as a non-beer drinker I couldn't possibly comment :)))  I hope its useful  ?????

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Try looking at it this way. The liver metabolizes alcohol into sugar and sugar is considered a simple carbohydrate. If you are counting calories, specifically carb to sugar ratios, any calories from alcohol should be counted under sugar.

So how many calories from alcohol are in a beer?? Say you have a 12oz can of beer with 4%(8 proof) alcohol:

Kcal = (oz. x proof x .8 / (proof / oz.) [only 80% of the energy of alcohol will be used]

Kcal = (12 x 8 x .8) / (8 / 12)

Kcal = 115.2

Alcohol = 7kcal @gram

115.2/7 = 38.4g of metabolized sugar

So drinking a beer is equivalent to eating 1.3 Snicker bars as far as how your body metabolizes the alcohol.

Moral of the story: Moderation, there is nothing wrong with a beer or glass a wine with dinner. There have been studies showing that red wine and some types of beer actually help digestion if drunk 20-30min before you eat.

So unless you’re an alcoholic don't worry about having a drink once in a while.

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I've done a lot of research on this subject and I've read the recommendations of just about every "Fitness Expert" out there regarding alcohol. Usually, it's all about "A Calorie is a Calorie and beer/alcohol has lots of calories..."

However, in my own experience, an alcohol calorie is NOT just a calorie. Here's an example...

I have been known to drink well over 12 beers in an evening. I might even do this 2 nights in a row (Friday & Saturday). And I do NOT replace food with it. So lets say a 12 pack of beer is about 1,500 - 1,750 calories. So that's a HUGE caloric blast for 2 days straight! Yet, I don't gain any weight from it - unless of course I eat like a pig along with it. Now if I were to ad 1,500 - 1,750 calories from PIZZA to my day (on top of my normal eating), I would be guaranteed to have a nice layer of new fat on my gut the next morning...

I found this article on webmd.com a while ago, and it seems to back up my theory...

Original page:
http://www.webmd.com/content/Article/42/1685_50288.htm 
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What Really Causes Beer Bellies? 
Is beer really to blame for beer bellies? 
By Charles Lieber

April 24, 2000 (Bronx, N.Y.) -- Beer may be partly to blame for what are commonly called beer bellies, but it isn't the only culprit. Many men who never drink beer have a bulging gut. And some beer-lovers have those coveted "six-pack" abs. The real reason too many American men carry around beer bellies is that they consume too many calories and too much fat. 
Beer and other alcoholic beverages contain lots of calories, of course. A 12-ounce can of regular beer has 146 calories, mostly in the form of alcohol and carbohydrates, with a very small amount of protein. That's approximately the number of calories in a sugar-packed soda. "Lite" beers, which are made by removing some of the alcohol, typically contain about 99 calories. Nonalcoholic beers contain even less, usually about 60 calories in 12 ounces. 
Drinking a few beers a day can add a significant number of calories to your diet. The average adult drinker gets about 10% of his total daily calories from alcoholic beverages. Heavy drinkers may get up to half their calories from alcohol. With most foods, the calories we consume are either used as fuel or get stored as fat. So theoretically, adding a couple of 120-calorie glasses of beer to a high-calorie meal would contribute to a beer belly. 
Oddly, scientists can't quite explain what exactly happens to calories from alcohol. Even though drinkers may consume more calories than non-drinkers, they aren't more likely to be obese or overweight. In research we described in 1991, my colleagues and I found that study participants given additional calories in the form of alcohol did not gain weight. And if they replaced some carbohydrates or fat in their diet with the equivalent number of calories in the form of alcohol, they actually lost weight. 
In other words, consuming a few hundred extra calories a day in the form of alcohol doesn't have the expected effect of making people gain weight. We don't know why. Some speculate that alcohol may alter the way the body burns fat, possibly causing it to "waste" calories which would otherwise be stored in fat cells. Of course, heavy drinking can lead to liver damage over time, making your body less "fuel efficient" and even more likely to deplete your fat supply. 
The bottom line: If you're putting on weight around the middle, chances are you can't blame it on just beer. The real culprits may be the fatty or very high-calorie foods that go so well with a brew. Go easy on the chips, sugar-coated beer nuts, and pizza. If you can control the urge to snack, you're likely to find you can enjoy a beer or two a day without having to loosen your belt. 
Charles Lieber, MD, is professor of medicine and pathology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He is one of the country's leading experts on the metabolism of alcohol. 
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2000 Healtheon/WebMD. All rights reserved.

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While I agree with everyone on here, I tend to keep things way more simple. Not to mention after a few drinks, I certainly am not in any mind set to do any formula's.

Simply put, during your weight loss journey, LAY OFF THE ALCOHOL!!! It's not going to kill you to have a couple once in a while, but really limit it to 1 or 2 a week. If you still see a plateau after those nights, drop it down even more to 1 or 2 every other week. 

Coming from a guy that loves his Captain Morgan, it is possible to enjoy a few drinks now and then, and still lose weight as long as you are being mindful of how many you are drinking. 
 

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