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Stop Being Frustrated! Lose Weight With This One Simple Formula

michelleahernAll too often I am asked the question: “how many calories do I need to eat in order to lose weight?” In order to answer this question you really only need to know two things: how many calories you burn at rest (Resting Metabolic Rate or your Basal Metabolic Rate) and how many calories you burn through activity on a daily basis. The most accurate way to calculate BMR is to use a portable indirect calorimeter. However these are clinical and require a technician… they are not readily available. As a fairly accurate runner up there are several formulas we could use to calculate BMR. Most often used is the Mifflin St Jeor formula shown here:

 

Men:

 (10 * Weight in kg) + (6.25 * Height in cm) – (5 * Age in years) +5

Women:

 (10 * Weight in kg) + (6.25 * Height in cm) – (5 * Age in years) – 161

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You’ll notice the formula is slightly different for men and women. This equation gives you a rough estimate of how many calories your body “burns” in a resting state, and accounts for about 70% of your total daily energy expenditure. The resulting number is the amount of calories you expand just to stay alive. So, if you were lying in bed all day this is the number of calories it will take for your body to function, cells to regenerate, respiration, brain activity, digestion,… you get the picture

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This formula by itself does not tell you how many calories you need in order to lose weight. It just tells you how many calories you need in order to survive as a couch potato. In order to know how many calories you need in order to lose weight you’ll need to calculate out your activity level as well. There are some good guesstimated formulas that would help give you a better understanding of how many calories you burn over and above your BMR.

For example, a pipefitter will burn many more calories per day then someone who sits at the desk in office. Once we have figured out the amount of calories burned during activity, then we can determine how many calories you would need to expend in order to lose weight.As a rule you never want to eat less calories than your BMR. This will almost certainly

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plunge your body into a catabolic state and send signals for your body to slow down it’s metabolism and hang onto as much body fat as possible. This is the last thing that you want when you’re looking to lose weight. Instead, you want to eat your burn more calories and exercise over and above to create your caloric deficit. Ideally you want to add resistance training to your exercise routine so that you can increase your BMR thereby boosting your Metabolism over the long haul.

While the formula for understanding how many calories you need to burn in order to lose weight, the implementation is a bit more tricky. Here we are dealing with food preferences, lifestyle choices, psychological barriers, and sometimes even medical conditions.
Please post your questions regarding this formula or the calculation in the comments below or contact us directly. We will do our best to answer each and every question. There is also a wonderful free resource in our YouTube channel as which covers these topics in short 2 to 4 minute easy to understand videos.

Chug on over to our YouTube channel, subscribe to my blog and link up with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the real info and … quite a bit of fun! Glad to have you walk this journey with me.

About Tony and Out Run Your Fork:

I’ve been involved in healthy living almost my entire life. It’s not just about personal training or nutrition. It’s not just about getting ripped or 6 pack abs. It’s not just about weight loss programs or diets. It’s about YOU.

At Out Run Your Fork we make fitness fun! Our Personal Training and Nutritional Programming are designed with YOU in mind. We cater to each individual and custom tailor every program to fit your specific needs. Whether it’s overcoming an injury, lowering your cholesterol or looking for a kick-butt workout we’ve got you covered!

Unlocking the power of your genetics we use real science to identify the traits that cause you to gain weight. Your program is then designed according to your busy lifestyle, individual food preferences, and unique genetic profile. It’s the perfect combination to help catapult you toward becoming the best you that you can be!

So give us a call to set up your free, no-obligation Personal Training or Nutrition session today. We guarantee you’ll change the way you feel about working out!

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How To Kill Your Weight Loss Goals

File Feb 07, 9 14 38 AMNot too long ago I was sitting with my good friend, Charlie, and I asked him,
“Hey Charlie, what’s the easiest way to get rid of belly fat?”

“C’mon, Tony, you know the answer to that question.” I was pretty sure I did, but I wanted to see if he knew something I didn’t. Charlie continued, “The secret to losing belly fat and keeping it off is simply a matter of controlling your levels of insulin!”

Watch This Quick Video To Learn How To Manage Your Insulin

Now, although I have been in the fitness business for three decades I’m always in the process of keeping up on any new developments. This was nothing new to me so I said,

“Seriously, Charlie,” I laughed, “there’s got to be some new trick or scientific development that targets belly fat.”

“I’ll tell you what, Tony,” Charlie said, “if I find a new trick or tip you’ll be the first person I call.” Charlie stopped and thought for a moment. Then his lips parted and his eyes flashed as he turned to me and said, “You know,” Charlie smiled, “someone should teach this at a very fundamental level.”

And there it was. My “Aha” moment.

It came to me in a rush like a movie sequence. I quickly scanned my memory for every video, book and article that I had ever seen regarding weight loss, health and wellness. Within seconds I realized that there really were no good resources that taught these topics in a simple, yet comprehensive way.  They were either too scientific or too broad. Most even teased us us with the dream of having a flatter belly and then enticed us into buying their “groundbreaking” pill or cream that would magically shrink your belly in only 10 days. But, they were all complete bullshit or, at the very least, extraordinarily inaccurate.

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It was then that I made a commitment to bringing the world the most accurate information in a fun, interactive format. If we make fitness fun, then why can’t we teach with the same level of entertainment? The answer: We Can!

Welcome to the first ever, no baloney, fun and entertaining fitness show on earth (thanks P.T. Barnum).

Chug on over to our YouTube channel, subscribe to my blog and link up with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the real info and … quite a bit of fun! Glad to have you walk this journey with me.

About Tony and Out Run Your Fork:

I’ve been involved in healthy living almost my entire life. It’s not just about personal training or nutrition. It’s not just about getting ripped or 6 pack abs. It’s not just about weight loss programs or diets. It’s about YOU.

At Out Run Your Fork we make fitness fun! Our Personal Training and Nutritional Programming are designed with YOU in mind. We cater to each individual and custom tailor every program to fit your specific needs. Whether it’s overcoming an injury, lowering your cholesterol or looking for a kick-butt workout we’ve got you covered!

Unlocking the power of your genetics we use real science to identify the traits that cause you to gain weight. Your program is then designed according to your busy lifestyle, individual food preferences, and unique genetic profile. It’s the perfect combination to help catapult you toward becoming the best you that you can be!

So give us a call to set up your free, no-obligation Personal Training or Nutrition session today. We guarantee you’ll change the way you feel about working out!

5 Reasons To Fear The Whole30 Diet

“This will change your life” is the claim from the Whole30 website. Really?

“… testimonials from thousands of Whole30 participants document the improvement or “cure” of any number of lifestyle-related diseases and conditions (and) we’ve. read some stories that can only be described as miracles”

The website claims “cures” from

high blood pressure • high cholesterol • type 1 diabetes • type 2 diabetes • asthma • allergies • sinus infections • hives • skin conditions • endometriosis • PCOS • infertility • migraines • depression • bipolar disorder • heartburn • GERD • arthritis • joint pain • ADD • thyroid dysfunction • Lyme disease • fibromyalgia • chronic fatigue • lupus • leaky gut syndrome • Crohn’s • IBS • Celiac disease • diverticulitis • ulcerative colitis

Ok, sorry, but I just gotta say it: Are you frickin’ kidding me? The ONLY WAY people are having success from this diet is if they have a horrible diet to begin with or if they have some allergen or intolerance to certain foods and this is the exception and not the rule.

So here’s my list of 5 reasons you should be wary of the Whole30 plan:

  1. It’s Claims Are Unfounded. Let’s be clear: I’m the fun guy. I’m the one that gets creative with peoples’ exercise and food plans so that you can live a happy, healthy life with long-term results. But I’m also grounded in science. Our bodies are all the same both chemically and biomecanically. From this I extrapolate predictable outcomes from a set of scientific assumptions and marry those with your psychological and social patterns. But where are the scientific claims? They could have at least tried to pull some research that could support their claims. But none is to be found.
  2. It’s Not A Weight Loss Plan. While some people can lose weight from the Whole30 diet, it is not necessarily from the foods being eliminated. It’s likely the new habit of creating better eating patterns. It’s no surprise that you’ll start eating better if you start paying better attention to what you put into your mouth. Meal prepping and logging food are both simple ways to make you more mindful of your eating. But, with the exception of eliminating sugar and alcohol, there’s no weight loss benefit to the program. Oh, and eliminating sugar and alcohol is NOT a guarantee of weight loss.
  3. It’s Random. Any study that changes too many variables is inherently flawed. If you eliminate dairy, legumes, sugar, alcohol and more from your diet, then how can you know which is a potential irritant? Answer: You can’t! Where’s the value in that?
  4. It’s Unsustainable. Most people will not stick to a restrictive diet for any length of time. There comes a point when we all want to have a treat that’s not on our diet. Maybe it’s a glass of wine or a simple Christmas cookie. The problem with restrictive diets is they don’t allow for human nature. While we are creatures of habit we are also creatures of curiosity. We like to explore. To venture out. More often than not, when we drift from a restrictive diet the results are often cataclysmic. We think “screw it” and go all out having not just one cookie, but many! Or it leads us adrift and makes us realize that we enjoy treats that are not on the menu of our dusty old diet plan. We then meander off over time and fall back into no diet plan at all.
  5.  It’s A Cult, No Wait, It’s A Business. Have you noticed the folks at Whole30 are encouraging people to become Whole30 certified “coaches?” Who’s certifying them? Oh, right, the folks at Whole30. What are their credentials for certifying anyone worth their salt? I hate that word in today’s vernacular, by the way. Everyone claims to be a coach with one hack certification or another. Truth is there are only a few worthy certifications or licensing for legitimate coaches in categories from health and wellness to career coaching. It’s akin to interviewing a surgeon who graduated top of their class from NYU vs someone who watched all seven seasons of Grey’s Anatomy. No offense to Ellen Pompeo.

    You’re also forced to build a social media community so you do all their advertising, marketing and community building. Dieters are coerced into purchasing all of the Whole30 materials ranging from books and recipes to cookware and food.

    I will admit that from a business perspective it’s brilliant. They’ve certainly put their time and money onto the program and it’s a pretty comprehensive ecosystem. BUT, that still doesn’t make it a good diet. Just a good money making machine for the owners.

So, if you’re the person who likes to try new diets just they’re fun and part of discovery, then you’ll probably give Whole30 a shot. But, if you’re someone looking for a “miracle” then you better look elsewhere.

About Tony and Out Run Your Fork:

I’ve been involved in healthy living almost my entire life. It’s not just about personal training or nutrition. It’s not just about getting ripped or 6 pack abs. It’s not just about weight loss programs or diets. It’s about YOU.

At Out Run Your Fork we make fitness fun! Our Personal Training and Nutritional Programming are designed with YOU in mind. We cater to each individual and custom tailor every program to fit your specific needs. Whether it’s overcoming an injury, lowering your cholesterol or looking for a kick-butt workout we’ve got you covered!

Unlocking the power of your genetics we use real science to identify the traits that cause you to gain weight. Your program is then designed according to your busy lifestyle, individual food preferences, and unique genetic profile. It’s the perfect combination to help catapult you toward becoming the best you that you can be!

So give us a call to set up your free, no-obligation Personal Training or Nutrition session today. We guarantee you’ll change the way you feel about working out!

Tony Bianchino Wants You to ‘Out Run Your Fork,’ and He’s Working with Other Westfield Businesses to Make that Happen

TonySpeakWESTFIELD, NJ — Tony Bianchino, owner of Westfield-based personal training and nutrition center Out Run Your Fork, has a lofty goal of educating Westfield about what it takes to be healthy,…

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Sleep Your Way To A Smaller Belly

woman-pinching-belly-fat-8-reasons-why-diets-make-you-fat-by-healthista-1It’s a little known fact that sleep deprivation can prevent weight loss. To make matters even worse it actually promotes weight gain!

“Researchers found that when dieters cut back on sleep over a 14-day period, the amount of weight they lost from fat dropped by 55%, even though their calories stayed equal. … So it’s not so much that if you sleep, you’ll lose weight, but that too little sleep hampers your metabolism and contributes to weight gain.” WebMD Jul 30, 2016

How? Simply put when your body is deprived of sleep if it comes metabolically sluggish. The ability to produce insulin – A hormone responsible for taking carbohydrates (sugars) out of the bloodstream and putting it where it needs to go – is reduced. As a matter of fact, Insulin sensitivity is reduced by 30%.

If your body’s ability to produce insulin is compromised, the sugars for your bloodstream are more likely to end up being stored as fat.

To make matters worse sleep deprivation makes your brain groggy. Our ability to make decisions is compromised and our brains crave more sugar. Our feedback reward system goes out of whack and we start to seek rewards elsewhere. That’s partially why you get hungry at night.

You’re also awake more hours of the day. There are more opportunities to eat and you will get hungry or throughout those long hours. When we’re tired we tend to make poor choices and eat larger portions. Hence one piece of cake turns into two!

Even worse your body‘s production of cortisol also increases. Cortisol is the hormone partially responsible for hanging onto body fat.

If your cortisol levels go up it’ll be very difficult to lose weight.

As a matter of fact “Researchers found that when dieters cut back on sleep over a 14-day period, the amount of weight they lost from fat dropped by 55%, even though their calories stayed equal. They felt hungrier and less satisfied after meals, and their energy was zapped.” (WebMD)

So what can you do? Get more sleep! Here’s how:

  • Find some downtime at night without electronics (including tv).
  • Make sure to turn off the lights. Your brain knows to go to sleep when it’s dark.
  • Read a book (use a soft night light only) or meditate
  • Watch what you eat! Be mindful of making better choices during the day.

For these tips and more or for help with nutritional programming, weight loss or fitness Drop us a note or connect with us on Facebook. Our strength lies in helping other people living happier, healthier lives!

Yours in Health,

Tony Bianchino
Founder, Out Run Your Fork
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The One Simple Key To Weight Loss – and it’s in your hands!

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The Key To Weight Loss Is In Your Hands

If You Feel Like You’ve Been Stuck For A While, Then Maybe It’s Time For A Very Simple Change.

There are lots of reasons why many of us are not quite at the level of fitness that we desire. Maybe we want to lose a few pounds around the midsection or maybe we want to tighten and tone our arms and legs. Whatever the goal is we need to keep in mind that weight management is 70% nutrition. Now, I am not discrediting exercise in the least. But as our name “Out Run Your Fork” suggests: if you exercise a lot and continue to miss step on your nutrition, then you’ll never get where you want to go. Exercise alone is not enough. You simply can’t Out Run Your Fork.

So let’s start by focusing what is in your control. If we think about it they’re only four things we can control: 

  • our thoughts
  • our words
  • our attitudes
  • our actions

While there are many root causes as to why people don’t do what they’re supposed to do, we are going to leave the first three items for future articles. This article was going to focus on the final one of these: our actions.

I heard somebody say once, “It all starts with your hand.” He went on to explain that when you’re making a choice you could choose to reach for a healthy food or you can choose to reach for an unhealthy food. It’s what you reach for that’s going to determine what you put in your body. If you don’t put it in your hand, then you can’t eat it. Think about it for a minute. It’s so simple, so why is it so difficult? The answer is determined by one word: desire.

Desire: that which we fix in the foremost of our minds is what we focus on minute after minute, day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year. It creates a burning desire to reach that goal. But a burning desire without a plan of action will not yield results. Without a plan of action there will be no action. So, the first step is to create a goal and that an action plan on how to reach that goal. The next step is to simply move into action. The simplest action is to make better choices. The way you can make better choices is by reaching for foods that will move you closer to your goal and leaving the food alone that will prevent you from moving toward your goal. Is everyone with me so far? Good!

Let’s turn that desire into action: 

  • The next time you are given the choice of reaching for an apple or a muffin, choose the apple! 
  • When you know you’ve eaten your portion of food, don’t reach out for more!
  • If given the choice of baked potato or french fries, duh!… (yes, go for the potato)!

Set friendly reminders. Write a note on your hand that says “It starts here.” Put a note on your debit card or wallet. On Your refrigerator door. On your water bottle. Anywhere you can see it prior to grabbing that piece of coffee cake and ramming it into your face. Keep healthy snacks nearby: an apple in the car or desk drawer at work. A small amount of nuts (look at the serving size!) in your purse. A protein shake  in your gym bag. A low calorie protein bar in your briefcase. Sneak in healthier alternatives wherever and whenever you can. TIP: Just be sure to watch total calories!

STOP reaching for the Bad and START reaching for the Good!

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Avoiding Injury With Mobility Work

Screen Shot 2017-04-30 at 4.42.33 PMOk,  imagine this: You’re in the pool playing volleyball with the kids in the pool club. You’re having a great time, the sun is out, the sky is clear blue and everyone is having a good time. It’s super hot outside, but you don’t feel it because the pool water is the perfect temperature. Ahhh, heaven!

You get to take the next serve set after winning the previous point. You’re winning and feeling a little more than confident. You smile as the ball comes at you again, but it starts falling a little shorter than you anticipated. You thrust off your back foot to lunge for it and *pop!* … You feel a pain in your groin. It gets worse but you keep playing. You finish your gamed think it just needs a little rest so you lounge out the rest of the day. The day passes and as the sun begins to go down the pool starts getting ready to close up. You get up to gather all your loose belongings and *ouch!* … your groin hurts. Really bad. Holy chips. What’s going on? This is more serious that you thought…

Injuries happen to all of us and if left untreated can hang around for a looooong time. But what if there were a way to help prevent these types of injuries? Well, the good news is: There is! Mobility training combines stretching and functional movements to keep muscles loose and to identify fix deficiencies. See this example of mobility training using a sledgehammer.which is kind of fun.

Why Mobility Training? When we are born we have full mobility: flexible joints, full range of motion, no impingement or tightness. But as we age we slowly lose our pliability. Now, I’m not talking about aging as a 40, 50, 60-year-old person and up. I’m talking about 5 years old, 10 years, 15 years and further.

So many things happen over time that cause us to lose mobility. Small injuries and mis-steps cause up scar tissue to build up and may have caused you to walk differently or move differently, favoring one side over the injured side. The effect is we never we train ourselves to move quite the same again. Our bodies are amazing mechanisms that constantly compensate for various deficiencies.

But trauma isn’t the only way to lose mobility. Repetitive movements can cause elongation in one muscle and tightness in the opposing muscle. The two most prominent examples for all of us are:

Repetitive strain injuries of the wrist, fingers and hands as a result of typing, texting, and similar repetitive movements. Typing type of motions use the “flexors” of the fingers, hand, and wrist.  More than 95% of us don’t take the time to work the “extensor” muscles. These are the muscles that open the fingers, hands, and draw the wrist backward. Overtime the extensor muscles get weaker and the flexor muscles get stronger. This causes constant tightness in the forearms, elbow, hands, fingers and wrists.

In order to “fix “this in balance it is recommended for different types of massage, rolling, and strengthening of the extensor muscles. A quick and easy way to exercise the extensors is to wrap a rubber band around The fingers and Open your hand and spread out your fingers as far as you can. Do this repeatedly and I guarantee you will feel the burn. Those little guys really good worked and they’ll be protesting at first.

A second example is the computer and electronics usage syndrome. Slight rounding of the shoulders forward slight pitching forward of the head. The chest muscles and shoulder muscles get very tight from the slouching we do over our electronic devices and computer keyboards. At the same time The upper back and neck muscles get very weak from not holding your posture correctly.

So how do we fix these issues? In part, mobility training.  Here a few example of what you can do to increase flexibility and mobility in your hips. The movements below are mainly for hip mobility. They can be held for 10-30 seconds or you can slowly work through the range of motion for 10-30 reps.

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Now, a word of caution: if you’re already suffering from an injury you should NOT engage in any physical activity program without consulting your doctor. You might make it worse by further injuring the body part or you might be further weakening a deficient part of your body that might seem unrelated… but it is really the root cause of the problem.

I’ll explain more in my next article and include pics and videos to demonstrate various mobility training movements.

Leave a comment below to let me know which body parts you’d like to see me address first.

Until Next time…