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Addiction: Is Food a Drug?

One of my passions is understanding human behavior. I spend lots of time studying it. The more I understand it, the more I get to enjoy my life and understand others. Studying human behavior has given me the opportunity to help many people.

Conscious and unconscious addiction

Of course, addictions are part of human behavior, and many of us practice conscious or unconscious addictions. For example, many alcoholics think they have control over alcohol. If they are not heavy drinkers, they think they can drop the addiction at any time. However, if they could see that alcohol has destroyed parts of their life, they could see that alcohol has always had control of their life.

Other people are conscious that they are addicted to something, but they enjoy it so much that they don’t do anything to stop it until, once again, the addiction gets a powerful hold on their life.

Not only substances…

Many individuals think that they can be addicted only to a substance, but that isn’t true. You can also be addicted to behaviors, such as shopping, playing video games, watching TV, sex, gambling, working, exercise, etc.

This doesn’t mean that the behavior is negative; it means that the person has become so dependent on the behavior, that she or he can’t function without it and the behavior can have negative effects on his or her life.

So, is food a drug? No, but people can become addicted to food. They may eat so much that it causes negative effects, such as heart problems or obesity.

In search of pleasure and relief

The question now is why people become addicted to substances or behaviors. Aside from liking the substance or behavior, we search for pleasure or relief, and we search for these gratifications when we are in pain or under pressure. In other words, we become addicted to something when we are stressed and don’t know how to deal with it.

Stress is not a negative feeling. It can help us succeed, overcome difficulties and transcend problems, but it also can make us commit suicide, hurt others and become addicted.

What is stress?

Many people hear the term, but they don’t understand it. Stress is nothing more than worries: present worries, future worries or worries from the past that persist.

Some examples are uncertainty about being able to pay bills, being afraid of losing a loved one or being haunted by a past sexual assault. People don’t like to deal with their thoughts and it is easy to forget them when they practice relief behaviors, instead of approaching the real issue. Anyway, stress itself deserves its own article.

Seeking comfort in food

As mentioned, people can become addicted to food. Some of us keep our stomach busy to take our mind off of our stress. This is one of the reasons why people feel guilty when they find out they have overeaten or eaten the wrong foods.

The real deal in this case is not overeating or eating the wrong foods. It is understanding that certain foods have become “comfort” foods and, until the person admits that and understands it, they will never stop overeating or eating the wrong foods.

Facing your addiction

I have discovered that in reality we all are recovering from some kind of addiction. There is nothing wrong with having an addiction; the problem becomes when we don’t accept it and approach it. Just like an alcoholic, we have to learn many steps to stop the addiction. Understanding what makes you stressed, why you feel this way and how to approach it is the solution to addiction.

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How to Design an Effective Fitness Program

Doing my daily hiking and running, I got approached by a middle aged lady who recognized me from the article I write locally. She said that she had been seeing how people who train with me have changed drastically. She did not waste time and told me her concern:

“I have tried everything to lose weight and tone my body and I’m not getting anywhere”

“I have exercised daily – running, zumba, aerobics, biking and weightlifting. I have lost 20 pounds on my own in 6 months, but even when I try harder, it seems that I can’t get over it. I have been trying for 4 months now”.

“Are you eating healthy?”

“Yes, I am”.

“Why don’t you come to my studio and try a session with us and check our training? Maybe you’ll feel a little more challenged by our exercises”.

“Okay, I won’t lose anything by trying something new”.

This is how Beth and I agreed on her first training session. After the session she made some positive comments.

“No wonder I got stuck. Your sessions are completely different to what I’m used to do. If I continue doing this, would I get more results?”

“Yes, however, there is more that you need to know about training. If you are trying to lose weight and tone up and you perform the same exercises over and over again, you will see results, but you are also preparing to plateau”.

“What do you mean?”

“You need to set goals. Just like most skills in life, you need to learn the basics and climb up. Exercise is the same”

Here, I’m going to demonstrate how to set specific goals:

1 – First, search about all the muscle groups you need to exercise. To have a balanced and attractive body you should work all these muscle groups: quadriceps, calves, hamstrings, gluts, core, chest, back, triceps, shoulders and biceps.

2 – Find exercises that work those muscle groups. There are many of them and the variety will help keep you engaged and interested.

3 – Design a periodical program with the right repetitions, sets and days a week. All this will depend on the program you choose. Most popular programs work to some degree. It is good to find what you like and feel enthusiastic about it. What I recommend is between 8 to 15 repetitions from 3 to 5 sets, once gain depending on the program.

Most programs will specify the sets and repetitions. Keep in mind that your body needs to be well trained working the eccentric and concentric movement to avoid injury, especially when you are doing lower repetitions with heavy weights.

4 – Learn all the exercise form before any heavy weight lifting. Your form is important to avoid injury and work the right muscle groups.

5 – Find your baseline, starting with light weights. All muscle groups are different sizes. Therefore each muscle group will have different strengths. An example, the weight the legs can lift is completely different from your chest or back.

Some muscles have similar strength, such as triceps, biceps and shoulders. Also, the type of exercise requires different weight as well. Shoulder Lateral Raises levers and angles are different than the Military Press. Therefore you are going to do less weight at the Shoulder Lateral Raises than the Military Press.

6 – Once you find your baseline, this is one of the most important instructions: stop thinking that you should lift the same weight all the time. You must increase your weight when your body adapts to it, meaning when it becomes easier enough to go to the next level.

If you could only run 10 minutes when you started running you will not keep those 10 minutes for your whole life. Your body adapts to it and will request more. Same thing happens with weight lifting”.

Beth protested saying: “But I don’t want to grow big muscles”

“Don’t you worry about the myth of becoming big muscular”, I answered, “That is not true”.

Now, if you follow your program, you should commit to your periodic goals. If you started curling 5 pounds on each hand, by the end of the month, or even before, you can do 8 pounds. If you squatted only body weight, by the end of the month you may squat at least that plus 10 pounds.

The faster your progress and the more weight safely lifted, the faster results you will get. Your body needs to adapt to the new resistance, changing its shape”.

“I’ll forget what each muscle group can lift” Beth commented.

“Write it down, all your goals and achievements should be on paper until you no longer need to write them down”

“When I started my exercise program, I was so excited about it that I had them on my mind all the time. I could not way until I could lift heavier weights”.

“However, as it became a routine, I started forgetting my repetitions, sets and weight. The best thing I did was to write down everything as a reminder of my continue progressing”.

“That is all I need to do?”

“Yes, concerning strength training. Remember that your eating habits and cardiovascular training play an important role for your goals too”.

“And one more thing, find out how long it will take for you to get where you want to be, so you don’t get discouraged. You can do this by asking a capable professional or someone who had the same baseline and goals than you had and has already done it”.

Beth has learned and followed all my advice, lost 30 pounds more, toned her body and continued her progressions.

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How To Set Weight Loss Goals & Actually See Your Results!

Have you ever tried to hit a target with your eyes closed? Or tried to catch something without seeing it? Or tried to drive somewhere without directions?

Not having a specific objective can get frustrating. It is impossible to get anywhere, and if you do it’s just by luck.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t let luck control my life. I set a target and go after it. This is how goal-setting works.

Sometimes people create vague goals that end up being unhelpful. For example, many people choose to lose weight, increase strength and be healthy.

However, in order to truly be goals, they need to be specific, attainable, reliable and measurable.

Let’s take one of those goals into consideration: to lose weight.

How To Set Weight Loss Goals

First, we need to know why we want to lose weight. Perhaps we want to avoid disease, enjoy a longer lifespan or improve our appearance.

After we’ve determined our purposes, we need to find the specific objective, such as losing 48 pounds in a year.

Next we break down the goal into smaller goals, such as dividing the year by 12 months, which leaves only 4 pounds to lose per month. We can be flexible, perhaps losing 5 pounds one month and 3 in another month.

The long- and short-term goals are now set up. We know that to achieve them we need to honor exercise and diet commitments.

At this point we can brainstorm and ask ourselves exactly how we are going to achieve our monthly goals. What do we need to do? What aspects of our life are we willing to change? For weight loss goals, we will need to institute changes in our lifestyle, exercise and eating habits.

Minor and major everyday commitments will lead to every-week commitments, which in turn will lead to achieving monthly goals.

We can get more specific to how many days we are doing strength training and how many we dedicate to do cardiovascular training and for how long.

It can be Monday, Wednesday and Friday strength training and Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday cardiovascular training. This can also get brake down in periodizations.

To this we could add the habit of eating a healthy breakfast, decreasing extra calories, walking to places, and perhaps even learning to play some type of sport.

We can define these changes of habit more precisely, for example decreasing 500 calories per day overall, which quickly turns into 3,500 fewer calories per week, which should result in losing four pounds of fat a month, or one a week.

If we have the habit of eating junk food, perhaps that’s the way we lower our calorie intake: just cut out junk food. Or maybe we substitute water foralcoholic drinks and soft drinks or replace some high caloric foods with veggies or fruit.

These changes will decrease our caloric intake and still give us enough important nutrients for health.

All these new commitments can be adopted one by one, at different times in our health journey

After we are settled in these exercise habits, we might even be able to increase caloric expenditure if we increase our exercising commitment.

Depending on the exercise, this could help us lose an extra 500 to 1,000 calories, which is the equivalent of 4 to 8 pounds of fat per month.

As we can see, it’s useful to be clear in how we create our exercise and diet goals. The more specific and realistic our goals are, the more successful we will be.

When you set up your goal properly it is very clear what you need to do every day to achieve it.

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How to Lose Weight Effectively: 6 Tools for a Weight Loss Lifestyle

Succeeding at weight loss is a lifestyle…

And to make weight loss a lifestyle, you’ll need tools to help you stick to your goals, tools that research has shown to be effective.

I have talked to many people who want to exercise and improve their lives. When I ask many why they want to exercise, the answer is usually because I want to be healthier. Then we continue the conversation and now they really want to lose weight.

However, when I ask them how much weight they want to lose and in how long, many of them don’t have an idea.

Shooting without a target is missing the target!

The target and deadline are only some tools you need to use to be effective at weight loss.

I have gathered six tools that will help you to achieve a healthy weight loss.

How To Lose Weight Effectively

Know your vision.

You should know how much weight you want to lose. Simply proclaiming “I want to lose weight” is not enough. You need a specific number such as, “I’m losing 10 pounds.”

Planning and Preparation.

Plan your day with daily goals. You should know what you are doing and not doing every day to achieve the goal you have set. Planning your meals, exercise program and dedicating specific times for them will make sure your behavior and your vision stay on track.

Professional accountability.

Have a professional to guide you towards the right paths and help you be accountable to your goals. Asking your doctor, dietitian, personal trainer or life coach to help you set a plan for your weight loss will help in your journey.

Social Support.

It’s much easier to adopt new habits if you are supported by people who have the same goals or people who have already done what you want to do. We all have times when we want to quit our programs. Support will help you continue doing what you doing and see the rationale behind your program.

Incentive.

A weight loss program becomes more motivating when you begin to see results. However, if you don’t give yourself rewards for the hard work you’ve done, you may not continue with the same motivation you had in the beginning.

When you have achieved a short term goal, you should reward yourself with a short vacation, new piece of clothing or a peer celebration. Of course, make sure you don’t reward yourself by reverting to bad habits that you have been working to steer clear of.

Deadlines.

For you to be able to reward yourself, you should make deadlines for your goals. Dividing goals into two, perhaps over two months, will make the goals more manageable. People often procrastinate because they don’t have a deadline and then tend to try to lose weight at the last minute. And a deadline will help you focus on your goal.

Your chances of success are more if you continue using these tools. Research has shown that people who do not stick with one tool often drop more than one and either don’t make it to their goal or abandon their weight loss program altogether.

Find clear objectives, make a plan, ask for professional input, gather with friends who have done what you want to do, pamper yourself and give yourself a deadline. Take action today.

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Meditation and Weight Loss – Body, Soul and Spirit

It has been more than five years since I acquired the habit of hiking.

Hiking has helped me mentally – it is a way of meditating.

While hiking contributes to my fitness, it does not replace my exercise. My exercise time is when I’m at CBF lifting weights. Any other outdoor activity is part of my meditation.

Meditation and weight loss are very related.

Any outside activity not only contributes positively to my fitness, but it also keeps my mind healthy.

Running has been a big part of my life. However, after I dislocated my knee, completely sprained three ligaments – anterior and posterior cruciate and medial collateral – and fractured my meniscus, I stopped running for almost five years because of the consequences of the high impact on my knee. After two surgeries and time, my knee feels better – now I’ve decided to run again.

There is something magical about doing outside activities alone.

The mind asks some deep questions about reality and truth, and these questions lead to deep research and finding answers.

Last Tuesday, while I was running (after the first five minutes of difficulty – warmup), I asked myself who I am and why I advocate a healthy lifestyle. I thought about my body and the ability that I have to run and feel good – I know I have no limitations.

Since I have a high quality of life, I want everyone to have the same. And that answer led to other questions… Why do I enjoy a high quality of life? Because of who I am.

I’m my body, I’m my soul (mind and heart), I’m my spirit.

I’m a tri-dimensional being.

My thoughts and research make me understand that maintaining all my dimensional areas is what keeps me healthy and having a high quality of life. Any dimensional area can corrupt the other areas if I do not maintain it.

There are many ways to corrupt the body.

One example is through addiction. We can become addicted to any substance or behavior. Not all behaviors are good even though they are recommended. For many behaviors balance is the key.

Here is an example: an anorexic who has her mind corrupted will exercise excessively to the point that it is not beneficial for her anymore. The addiction started in her mind. She thinks she needs to stay thin, and the more she exercises the skinnier she will get. She is afraid of gaining weight for many reasons.

Just like this example, many people practice destructive behaviors that have become addictions. Our bodies end up paying the consequences. Drinks,refined sugars and other things can also be addictive. This can lead the person to gain weight. The problem is not only the behavior but the way our minds are set up to respond to them.

There is a connection between the human mind and behaviors.

Humans behave according to their mind and spirit. The spirit is who we are, our essential personality. However, the mind is molded according to society and the beliefs someone has created in us.

When we let society lead our mind by leading our thoughts, it starts controlling us and the mind gets corrupted. Our decisions are now made by society, not ourselves.

When we take our time to meditate (do outside activities alone, with no distractions) we can touch our spirit and find out exactly who we are.

Meditation has a lot to do with weight loss.

Meditation allows our spirit to connect with a High Power which helps us make wiser decisions about who we are. These wiser decisions help us stop the unconscious negative and addictive behaviors that we have developed over the years.

These are the requirements for outdoor, active meditation. The more silent the place is, the more ideas come to my head; I can solve my mental problems and feel peace. I leave my cellphone in my car. No ear phones, no company (except my dogs), only my thoughts and I.

Mother Teresa said: “In the silence of the heart God speaks. If you face God in prayer and silence, God will speak to you”.

Food and exercise are not the only factors needed for weight loss. The mind and spirit do play a tremendous role in weight loss; not only in any weight loss, but in healthy and long-life weight loss.

I do my five days of exercise (weight lifting). I add three to four days of outside activities to improve my fitness, but the reality is that I do outside activities to meditate and find my whole self.

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Optimum Weight Loss – Three Things You Need to Know

“Sandro, I heard you have a secret to help people lose weight,” Jessica commented.

“It’s been a while since I’ve seen my friend, and I saw her yesterday. She looks great; she has a beautiful body. She told me that she is training with you.” I replied, “You friend is doing all the work. I’m just giving her the tools. Everyone knows the ‘secret’ to losing weight. It is very simple: strength training, cardiovascular training and a healthy diet. The three concepts work perfectly together. Practicing them together will give you optimum results.”

Jessica was interested in the conversation, so I continued explaining what she wanted to hear.

Strength training can be done in many ways, such as plyometric, calisthenics and weight lifting.

Strength training, when properly done, will increase live tissue, which increases the individual’s metabolism. Live tissue requires energy and the more live tissue the more energy it needs. In other words, the bigger the muscle mass, the faster the metabolic rate. However this is not the only requirement for losing excess body fat.

Cardiovascular training also helps to speed up optimum weight loss. Practicing such training will increase stroke volume, which is the amount of blood that the heart sends to the entire body each time it beats. Increasing the stroke volume will increase the amount of oxygen that the cardiovascular system (heart, lungs and vessels) delivers to the body.

Now, fat burning happens between these two agents, oxygen and fat. This is called fat oxidation. This will allow the individual to further increase the metabolic rate. Moreover, by doing any of these two types of training (strength and cardiovascular), the body burns calories which also contributes to weight loss.

A healthy diet is the base of any weight loss program.

No one can get to a healthy body weight without a healthy diet. Eating healthily has been defined in different ways, according to the professionals’ beliefs. However, I have found that eating 3 to 5 times a day, eating breakfast, staying away from processed foods, cooking at home, eating fruits and vegetables, cutting down your meat intake, eating organic and drinking only water has yielded results without negative consequences.

Find the right foods for you. A healthy diet will help the individual not eat excess calories.

As is true for the other two techniques, a healthy diet by itself is not optimum. As the body ages, it loses muscle mass and stroke volume. Therefore, the body needs fewer calories, and the individual should eat less to maintain a healthy body weight. To be able to eat healthily and stay healthy, the human body needs to be rejuvenated by exercising.

Strength training, cardiovascular training and a healthy diet are a perfect combination to achieve weight loss.

Strength and cardiovascular training increase the body’s metabolism and will create a caloric deficit. A healthy diet will also create a caloric deficit by avoiding calories the body doesn’t need. It is important to do all three things to achieve a healthy body weight.

“So, all I need to do is lift weights, run and eat healthy and I will look like my friend who is training with you?”

“Yes, it sounds easy, but it requires more than ‘wanting.’ It requires action. However, ‘wanting’ is a great starting point. Now follow these recommendations and get more information to keep you on track. Or you could simply hire me.” We laughed.

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How To Achieve Weight Loss Goals

I get very excited when new clients walk through my door ready to start their weight loss program.

After I introduce myself, we go straight to the body composition assessment. Based on their body composition, we start talking about their lives, desires and goals.

It is very important for my clients to be transparent about what they hope to achieve and what is stopping them from achieving it. Before we set up goals, I ask basic questions that help me understand if their problem is superficial and can be properly fixed by healthy eating and exercise.

In most cases this is simple and straightforward. This means that most people only need to understand their bad habits and replace them with good habits. This is when goal setting is very simple.

But that is not always the case. Sometimes it is not so simple to achieve weight loss goals. I have some clients who come with other difficulties: some are taking anti-depressants, others don’t have control of their lives yet and some are going into a very difficult part of their lives.

While weight loss is possible for people in these situations, the reality is that most people need to take care of their first issue, or at least have a plan to overcome it, before being able to stick to a weight loss program.

Here is an example of how one such issue can affect weight loss: anti-depressants contribute to weight gain.

While a person can lose weight while using anti-depressants, the weight loss might be very minimal. They must be extremely meticulous about what they eat and exercise rigorously to see a change. The problem is that most people can’t follow a structured lifestyle plan under these circumstances.

While I help my clients set up their weight loss goals, I advise them about the limitations they face because of the other factors that contribute to weight gain. I think the most ethical thing a professional can do is to disclose all side effects, including short and long-term, to the client.

With knowledge comes power. The best we can do is provide accurate information, but it’s up to the client to ultimately make a decision.

Before planning any weight loss program my advice is to talk to a capable doctor and find all the factors that may be contributing to your weight gain.

Then, when you start your weight loss program, you won’t feel like you’re swimming against the current.

Also, having a supportive family is a powerful contribution to adhering to a weight loss program. This means that the members of the family will respect the individual’s decisions about what is best for him or her in their weight loss program.

Forcing a person to do something she or he does not want to do will not deliver results. Understanding and support will deliver results.

Having devastating events, such as losing a loved one, are events we can’t control.

However, we can control what we can do about it. Many people decide to change their life and lose weight when they’re going through some emotional pain.

There is nothing wrong with changing one’s life in this stage. However, we need to understand that our commitment must be stronger than our emotional pain.

Evaluating all the factors that will impact on your weight loss program is a must for you to be successful.

These factors can be from medication, to support and emotional events. Find the right answers to all of them and don’t settle until you achieve your goal.

Committed to your happiness, health and well-being,


Using pain and pleasure to our advantage: Kick-start a whole new lifestyle

Pain vs. Pleasure…

Pain and pleasure — does that ring any bells?  What gives you more pain: exercise or the fact that you can’t buy the clothes that you want because they don’t fit you? Is eating healthier food more painful than taking medication with side effects to control a health issue?  What is more painful: spending money on exercise and eating the right foods to improve your health or spending money at the hospital?

It is human nature to run away from pain and look for pleasure.  We usually do this subconsciously.  Only people who are mature enough can differentiate when pain is good.  That may sound funny, but let me explain.

Short term relief vs. long term consequences…

Usually people think in the short term.  If something provides immediate relief they are willing to do it: having a couple of glasses of wine every day, watching TV for hours, eating fast food, going relief shopping and so on.  All of these bring some immediate relief or pleasure, but we don’t think about the long-term consequences they cause when the pain we need relief from just gets worse because this prompt relieve only covers the pain.

On the other hand, exercise, eating healthily, saving money, and controlling our thoughts when we are stressed bring some kind of pain short term, but they bring a lot of pleasure long term. These habits contribute to improve our health. If you can be aware of these two feelings, you can make pain your ally.

At one point in my life I used to seek prompt gratification. Until one day I suffered so much that I could not handle it anymore. I told myself, “Enough, it is time to change my life. I’m tired of being in pain.” Later in my life I concluded that many people don’t change because their level of pain is minimal.  Many people need to suffer a high level of pain to change.

Maybe for many to start losing weight, they need to feel uncomfortable when they can’t fit in an airline seat.  For others to change, they need to see a close loved one be consumed by a disease and die before they’ll change their eating habits. Others need to lose everything, including their family, before they accept that they have a problem.

Making pain your friend…

I’m motivated to help many people change their life and help them understand the power of pain and pleasure. When we say, “Enough, I’m ready to change my life,” is the time when pain becomes our friend.

I think pain makes us more human, and this is the reason I put effort and time into my job and writing this article. I want to change lives positively. For me it is more painful wasting my time partying, drinking and watching TV than sitting in front of my computer writing hoping to make a positive impact in your life. I get some level of pleasure when I finish writing, when people tell me that they like my articles and when I see results in people.

Now you have to keep in mind that, as is true with many things, it required a level of pain or discomfort when I started.  But now it is automatic.

We all are driven by pain and pleasure.  We are always weighing the consequences of our decisions on the scale of pain and pleasure.  For some people making breakfast at home  gives them more pleasure than pain because they see the long-term results: They save money, they choose the right foods, they eat healthy calories and they have control of their nutrition contributing to their health, weight loss and life.

On the other hand, some people see more pleasure than pain in stopping at a fast food restaurant and getting something on the go: They get to sleep more, they don’t worry about what they need to eat, and they think the fast food tastes good.  While they get these “benefits,” they may also pay the consequences of eating foods with no nutrients, high in fat and pay more in the long term.

Both examples are driven by pain and pleasure; one is focusing on the long-term pleasure and short-term pain, and the other is focusing on the prompt relief and ignoring the long-term consequences

My point here is that you can make pain your ally; visualize the long-term results.  Keep in mind that your health will only develop when you practice or improve your good habits every day.  No matter what is your goal- weight loss, avoid disease, tone your body, be independent, run a marathon, you should keep in mind the power of good habits.

And good habits usually bring a sense of discomfort in the beginning. However, by thinking in long term effects, the good habit becomes easy to practice improving your life.

Change your life for the better will bring you happiness— you will enjoy it more and inspire others to do the same.

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Can Frogs Help You Lose Weight?

Can Frogs Help You Lose Weight?

Not really, but if you understand the frog’s behavior, it may motivate you to get out of the boiling water.

IMG_3537I have being assessing various Custom Body Fitness’ members. As expected, all yield great results. However, I have stuck in my head one member in specific. She has been a member for 4 months already and she lost 21 pounds so far. When she started, she was obese with a fat level of 38%. Now she is 33.4%. Our member said that I would be proud of her for all the chances she has made. She said that it was not easy in the beginning, but now she is eating her breakfast, lunch and dinner when she used to skip all meals and over eat at night. She comes at CBF 3 times a week and started an active lifestyle.

I asked her if she was ready for her before and after and she said to give her more time. She is looking great, but she wants to look better. So I decided to show her the before pictures we took 4 months ago. We were looking at her pictures and she said, “gross!” By the way, she is very funny. She mentioned that she did not realize how bad she mistreated her body. And what she said is true. Many people do not have the idea how unhealthy their body is until they get out of the old frame.

That reminds me when I used to live in Mexico. I’m from the poorest area. There are a lot of gangs, violence and crime. I saw people shooting other people, guys being beaten into a coma, people doing drugs and other negative behaviors. I had no idea that I
was in the dangerous zone until I got out of that frame.

I read that frogs are cold blooded animals. They adjust accordingly to the temperature of the environment they are in. When a frog is submerged into a pot with room temperature water, and temperature is increased slowly until boiling, the frog will adjust its temperature until is too late to escape and will die cooked in the pot.

Humans and frogs have something in common, we both are accustom to our environments, and we are losing our life in the same way – as the frog boils in water. We think we are adapting while we are putting ourselves on the burner. We practice negative behaviors and we don’t realize that those behaviors are taking our body from us.

Our member saw in her before picture a person that she was not empathizing with. She did not recognize herself. She said that she is very happy by the decision she made by joying Custom Body Fitness as we were looking at her pictures, specially that one of her back shot. We both stared at her back shot picture and stayed silent for more than 10 seconds and she asked me, “Doesn’t it excite you!?”

frog1Since she is very funny and makes some jokes out of context, I replied, “Of course, not.”

She laughed and replied, “No, I’m talking about the results that your clients get when they come to you.”
I laughed with her and I told her yes. I told her that I assessed at least 4 other clients that week and all got good results. This is exactly what we do at Custom Body Fitness. Help our members get results, by education, positive atmosphere, fun programs, empathy, being an expert in the body transformation and weight loss, and understanding that we all are human beings and we need support and comprehension.

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The Qualities You Need for A Successful Weight Loss Program

The Qualities You Need for A Successful Weight Loss Program

IMG_3802Many people have concluded that to have a healthy body all we need to do is exercise and adopt positive eating habits. This is true yet many of us simply can’t follow through.

There are many reasons why we may lose our focus in improving our health, but I’ve come up with a short list of useful personality traits that may help you. People who continue their healthy life are:

1.Brave- They face challenges even if the challenges look intimidating.
2.Strong- They have integrity in difficult moments in life.
3.Diligent- They practice over and over again to defeat negative habits.
4.Searcher- They have want to learn more. They ask questions and research issuesIMG_3542 - Copy of concern themselves.
5.Responsible- They know they are the results of their own decisions.
6.Spiritual- They like to meditate or build in reflective time in their lives.
7.Active- They exercise and they avoid being lazy and other destructive behaviors.
8.Assertive- They resist negative habits and temptations. They make their own decisions and don’t let others decide for them.
9.Optimistic- They see the positive side to things. They trust themselves and are happy. .
10.Adaptable- They are resilient and cheerfully deal with unexpected situations. They are flexible.

People who follow their fitness and positive eating habits program are categorized by these qualities. And these qualities can be learned…

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