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Question: I know that I am supposed to eat a lot of fiber but I am not sure why. Is it the fact that fiber makes it easier for me to have regular bowel movements?

Answer: Regular bowel movements are an excellent reason to consume large amounts of fiber but they are not the whole story.
Your body is not supposed to absorb all the food you eat. In fact, you should strive to increase the amounts of food you eat that your body cannot absorb. These foods include whole grain and unrefined foods which are high in fiber. The fiber found in unprocessed foods can actually help reduce the risk of colon cancer, diverticulitis, diabetes and heart disease. Fiber is found only in plant foods like whole grain breads, brown rice, bulgur wheat, oatmeal, bran cereals, bran muffins and bran flakes. It is better to eat whole foods to get your fiber than to add bran to everything because too much bran can actually rob your body of some minerals.
Fiber leaves a residue in the intestines that the body cannot absorb. This residue is actually good for the digestive tract and it also aids in lowering cholesterol levels. The effect of fiber that is immediately noticeable is that it fills you up... but with few calories.
High fiber foods include everything mentioned above plus vegetables and fruits. and it also aids in lowering cholesterol levels. The effect of fiber that is immediately noticeable is that it fills you up... but with few calories.
High fiber foods include everything mentioned above plus vegetables and fruits. You can also get plenty of fiber in your diet by eating cereals such as shredded wheat and puffed wheat, or making whole grain pancakes, waffles and muffins. 


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Question: How fast can I expect results from a fitness program?

Answer: That depends on what goals you have set for yourself. But as a rule of thumb, if you are committed to a program and really work at it you can achieve noticeable results in 6 short weeks, good results in 12 weeks and excellent results in 6 months. 


The most important thing to remember is to let go of the idea that you can accomplish your goal faster if you take a short cut such as a crash diet or working harder than your body can handle in its present condition. In fact, those are 2 sure ways to put you right into the 'roller coaster club' of those who gain, lose, gain, lose and so on.


The fact is, if you work within your ability and if you implement slow and controlled changes that your body can adapt to, those changes will become comfortable and permanent and you will achieve incredible results!

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Question: Can you recommend a good diet to go along with my workouts?

Answer: A diet is something that people go on with the hope of losing weight. A diet is not a life-long commitment. It is conceived with a very short term goal in mind. The word diet conjures images of depriving ourselves of the foods we enjoy. More and more nutritionists, psychologists, and athletic trainers are promoting the idea that dieting is not good for us mentally or physically.

Instead they are promoting the concept of 'natural eating', or simply supplying our bodies with the fuel it needs to live each day. Natural eaters concern themselves with what foods will energize and sustain them. Natural eaters eat only until they are satisfied, never any more or any less. Natural eaters are aware of what foods are good for them, but they are not obsessive about calorie counting or eating exact amounts or types of food.

If you read through my 'Eat Right Now' nutritional guide it will give you a good overall view of the types of foods you should be choosing to sustain and nourish your body and when you have this knowledge, you will never have to go on another 'diet' in your life.
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Question: I started an exercise program last week and I can't see any improvement.  How will I know when it is working? 

Answer: There are several things to look for to see if your fitness level is improving. Often when you are in the middle of something it is difficult to see the small changes that are occurring. That's why record-keeping can really help you. It gives you written proof of the improvements that are happening. Keep a notebook documenting your exercise sessions. Include facts like when you exercised, for how long, what you did, how far you went, how fast, how you felt, how much weight you lifted and how many times, what stretching exercises you did, etc.


Look for the following signs of improvement:
  1. Increase in endurance: The ability to train for a longer period of time without becoming exhausted.
  2. Increase in strength: The ability to lift more weight or perform more repetitions without becoming exhausted.
  3. Increase in flexibility: The ability to perform stretches with more range than before.
  4. Decrease in body fat: A leaner look. Previous areas of fat deposits such as love-handles, thighs and buttocks shrinking and muscles beginning to show through. 
  5. Improvement in appearance and health: You will feel it and know it. It is an unmistakable feeling.

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Question: OK, you have convinced me.  I am going to start training with weights.  What can I expect?

Answer: So now we can all lift weights!  What good will that do?  Well, for starters, your strength is not the only thing that will improve.  Your body is going to look different as well.  Your body fat will drop, and you will increase your lean muscle mass, so you will have a longer, leaner look.  Also your chest, back, abdominals, arms and legs will become stronger.  Your posture will improve, your bone mass will increase, your resting heart rate will probably drop and you will decrease your risk of injury to your joints and bones.  Not too bad for a little weight training two or three times a week, and you can do it in as little as 30 to 45 minutes per workout.

 


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Question: I am a big fan of aerobic exercise but shy away from free weights and toning exercises. How important is strength training to an overall workout?

Answer: People are starting to realize that aerobic exercise, while great for the heart and lungs and terrific for overall general health, is not an all-inclusive recipe for fitness. Possessing muscular strength is equally important and provides many of the same benefits as cardiovascular fitness, such as lower blood pressure, lower resting heart rate, improvement in cholesterol levels and lower body fat.


Muscular strength exercises are the fastest way to reshape, build, strengthen and tighten all the major muscle groups of the body helping you get that fit and lean look. These types of exercises are very effective in improving your overall appearance and posture and increasing bone mass which lowers your risk for osteoporosis. Muscular strength also increases the strength of your joints decreasing your chance for injury.

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Question:

Hi Gilad, how are you? I am a 60 years old woman who has kept in shape all her life with your exercise DVDs. I haven’t seen any new ones lately. Since I live in Canada and that 6 months out of the year, it’s snow,I just love your locations in Hawaii. My question is: Will you produce other exercise DVDs soon, I would hope so, age is just a number. If you do, I will surely buy them. Thank you. LOLA DERRICO

Answer: Dear Lola, at the moment we don't have any new videos planed. I wish we did. If and when we do you will know about it. In the mean time I hope you keep your body in motion! 


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Question: I have upped my free weights program recently and I have a feeling that I am not eating enough protein to sustain it. I am going to up my intake of protein. What is the best way?

Answer: Be careful when choosing the types of protein you eat. Despite our increased knowledge of nutrition, at least one out of five people are still eating a greasy bacon cheeseburger for lunch. Certainly it has protein, and plenty of it, but it also comes with an artery-clogging quantity of fat. That same person is probably having red meat at one or two more meals of the day, maybe bacon and eggs for breakfast or a big steak for dinner. That average diet is way too high in fat...and probably unnecessarily high in protein as well. While eating too much protein is not going to harm you the way eating too much fat is, it is still tough on the body.
Remember the alternate, non-animal sources of protein like rice, beans, seeds and nuts and bon appetit!


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Question: What types of exercise require a warm-up and can you explain what a warm-up consists of?

Answer: No matter what physical activity you are about to perform it is always important to start with a general warm-up. A general warm-up should start with some short easy aerobics to raise your heart rate and get your blood circulating. These aerobics should consist of 3 to 5 minutes of light aerobic activity like marching or jogging in place, fast walking, low impact knee lifts, side stepping or any easy aerobics.
Then move on to more specific stretching exercises targeting the muscles you will be using in the sport or workout you are about to engage in.
A general warm-up will help you prevent injury and allow you to get a better overall workout. So, before you do any exercise, warm up!

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Cholesterol: Good or Bad?

Question: What is cholesterol and why is it so bad for us?

Answer: Cholesterol is the waxy substance in body tissues that is associated with hardening of the arteries and heart disease. Cholesterol is also an essential substance in our systems though, one which we need to survive. It forms cell membranes, lines our nerves and makes up much of our brain tissue. Too much cholesterol is not good. More specifically, too much of the wrong type of cholesterol is not good.
The body has 2 different types of cholesterol. HDL - High Density Lipoprotein (or 'good cholesterol') and LDL - Low Density Lipoprotein (or 'bad cholesterol').
It is the balance between these two types of cholesterol that is so essential for good health.


HDLs actually remove potentially damaging cholesterol from the arteries and transport it to the liver for waste removal. LDLs are the cholesterol that line the walls of the arteries narrowing them and making it harder for blood to circulate.
 
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