Which Diet Is Right For Me?

With so many diets out there to choose from (Paleo, Vegan, No Carb, High Fat, The Grapefruit diet, The Skinny Bitch Diet, Mediterranean…..etc etc) people often as us which diet would be best for them.  Their is no real short answer for that question because their is no one size fits all diet.

We tend to not tell people to prescribe to any ONE particular diet. Instead, the simplest solution is to make healthier choices, reduce your portion sizes, eat small meals frequently and make sure you get enough protein and fiber.  Probably not the answer you were looking for but it’s the truth.

The problem with many of these main stream ‘diets’ is that they don’t work great long term.  Even Paleo, and we’ll explain why.

The Problem With Paleo

We absolutely love the Paleo diet since it stresses the elimination of processed foods, a leading cause for chronic illness in our country.  We also like the emphasis on choosing fresh, organic foods.  The Paleo diet allows you to eat more fat than an average diet since it eliminates carbohydrates and legumes.  The idea is that your body will use the fat for energy instead of the carbs.  While this is true, we find that most people who do the Paleo diet long term do not succeed in losing weight.  Key word here, *most. Not all people.  There are plenty of athletes who do phenomenally well with the Paleo diet and are in excellent shape. BUT- most people end up having a hard time completely eliminating carbs.  What happens then is that they increase their fat intake and don’t completely eliminate the carbohydrates, making it difficult for them to lose weight.

We love the Paleo diet as a 14 or 21 day cleanse. It eliminated toxins in the body, hormones and sodium which can result in weight loss and a significant decrease in bloating.  At Ultimate Fit Zone in Monmouth County, we offer a great 14-day Paleo Cleanse for anyone interesting in jumpstarting their weight loss and cleaning out their body.

Going Vegan?

Going vegan has become a huge trend in Hollywood with celebrities like Samuel Jackson, Beyonce, Jay Z and now even Jennifer Lopez announcing their adoption (or temporary adoption) of the vegan diet. Vegan food is not only delicious but it’s incredibly nutritious.  Plus it gives our bodies plenty of plant based nutrients which we all need more of. If you are going to go vegan, you most likely will not get enough protein to keep your body fit and lean.  Listen carefully to what we are saying – it IS possible to get plenty of protein on a vegan diet. There are hundreds of bodybuilders and professional athletes who are vegan and get more than enough protein.  The problem with most people though is that they won’t take the time needed to ensure their vegan diet contains enough protein to help them lose weight, stay fit and healthy.  Many vegans I know are struggling with their weight because they simply replace meat or other animal products with simple carbohydrates.  That is not a healthy eating plan.  You have to research, find the best sources of vegan protein, and make sure they are incorporated into your every day diet.

Mediterranean

This is perhaps one of our favorite diets because it emphasizes modest amounts of all things good; meat, fish, poultry, nuts, healthy oils, grains, vegetables, fruits and even cheese.  The best of all worlds.  Things can go wrong however, if you indulge in too many of the good fats.    You know the saying, ‘you can never have too much of a good thing’? Well- that’s not so true.  While nuts and certain oils contain good, heart healthy fats, they are very high in calories and if you don’t balance them into your diet carefully along with reduced complex carbohydrates, you could end up packing on the pounds instead of taking them off.

Conclusion

If you want to lose weight, unfortunately there is no magic pill in a bottle.  Eating healthy, fresh foods and increasing your protein intake (whether it be meat or vegan forms of protein) is the best way to shed pounds and keep them off. We typically recommend people do three things when they come to use to lose weight:

1. Increase protein intake

2. Increase water intake

3. Increase meal frequency

 

If you would like help losing weight and getting on a new eating plan that you can make a part of your lifestyle, take a look at our customized weight loss programs.

 

Outdoor Boot Camp Fun!

outdoor-boot-camp-monmouth-county-njThe great thing about our Cross Training boot camp is that it can be done anywhere- indoors our outside. When the weather gets warmer in Monmouth County, it’s the perfect opportunity to work on our running skills.   Running improves our cardiovascular endurance, which is necessary in all facets of life- especially in cross training.

Improving our cardio and stamina helps us perform better not only in the gym but in many areas of life. How often do you hear parents saying that their kids run them ragged? Or that people want to lose weight so they can play with their children and grandchildren.

nj-outdoor-bootcampLife takes energy- we need oxygen for energy.  When our heart is pumping strong and healthy, it is able to delivery ample amounts of oxygen to our vital organs which helps them function at maximum capacity.   Cardio training helps to make our hearts stronger so that it can effectively deliver blood, oxygen and nutrients to all of our vital organs.

We are looking forward to a great spring and summer full of outdoor boot camp fun here in Monmouth County.

If you’re not a member but would like to experience what our boot camp program is all about, please call or text us at 732-428-2111 and we will set you up with a complimentary training session.

Nikki Kills A 100lb Thruster!

cross-training-boot-camp-njEveryone starts somewhere.  When Nikki first came to our Cross Training boot camp in NJ she was using a 50# barbell for most of her workouts.  Then one day during a workout that had a snatch station,  she picked up the bigger barbell, it was 65#.  She snatched it right up above her head- no effort at all.  Everyone was impressed, she was surprised at how easy she lifted it up.  At that point she started to get the idea that she was really much stronger than she thought.

Days turned into weeks and gradually Nikki was getting up the nerve to test her strength.  She went from using the 26# kettle bell all the way up to swinging the 50#kb.  But she wasn’t stopping there.  Her barbell exercises (snatch, clean, thruster) moved up to 75# until just this week when she upped her weight again and hit a 100# thruster for Monday’s WOD.

We’re all thrilled with her progress.  And it’s not about how much weight you lift- it’s about how hard you try, and that’s what makes her story so great.  It’s the effort she puts in to better herself and to push herself to be the person she wants to become.  No one can reach their goals without effort.


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