This is the first in a series of Q&A spots I want to start doing for the project. Over the course of December I had several people ask me questions that I answered individually but I thought might benefit readers at large. And since I suspect I’ll continue to get questions, I may as well use it to fuel my writing. So here it is: your questions and my responses!
Q: I’ve given up on trainers because they never seem to help me. What should I do to get motivated?
A: Well first, if you haven’t read my post about finding a good trainer, that’s a good place to start. But apart from that, find someone who will go to the gym with you: someone reliable who you know can hold you accountable for your goals. Self-motivating can be hard at times, and it isn’t strictly necessary. There’s nothing to say you can’t lean on a friend here and there!
Q: What should I do if I’m just starting out losing weight: cardio or weights?
A: That shouldn’t be an either/or question! This isn’t a game where you have to just focus on one thing, because your body will benefit from both. Building muscle will help metabolize fat, and cardio will burn energy directly. There is a tendency to believe that you have to focus extra hard on cardio, but believe me: when you lose all that weight you’re going to wish you’d put on some muscular shape in the process.
Q: What is the first thing I should give up if I want to lose weight?
A: Sugar. No contest there. Sugar – be it table sugar or high fructose corn syrup or any other very simple carbohydrate – is the #1 contributor to weight gain. If you have simple sugars in your diet you will see a dramatic improvement by eliminating them.
Q: I need to lose 20 lbs this month. How do I do that?
A: By getting an eating disorder. Unless you are seriously obese – like contestants on The Biggest Loser – a 20 lb drop in a month is alarming. The only reason those people can do it weekly is because 20 lbs is such a small percentage of their mass. They may lose half of that just in water weight the first week. We all have to set realistic goals for ourselves and 20 lbs is probably a 8-10 week goal.
Q: Are you going to follow up on [suchandsuch post]?
A: Definitely! I have a backlog of stories and posts that I’m working on now, and anything that was left hanging will be wrapped up soon. Several of them, like “Poisonous Positive Reenforcement” are just the first step in a series of related posts. So stay tuned!
And if anyone has more questions, I’m delighted to answer any of them. Just drop me a line, either in the comments or through the Contact FFB link in the menu bar. I hope to hear from y’all!