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THIS WEEK’S “ASK GILAD” BLOG

Question: Will running be a good addition to my fitness program?

Answer: If you are past the beginning exerciser stage I recommend you start a mixed program of running and walking. Find a fairly flat path to follow. Hill running will come later.
Walk slowly to warm up, starting slowly and then increasing your pace after about 5 minutes. Then, when you feel warm and ready, jog a few blocks. When you start to feel winded, slow your pace to a brisk walk again. Keep this run/walk pattern going for 20 minutes and then slow to a walk for a cool-down for the last 5 minutes.
A routine like this added to your existing workout, will be a welcome change of pace...and will get you out into the fresh air.

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Question: I have a sweet tooth and a hard time resisting the dessert tray. What should I do?

Answer: If you are craving something sweet try a piece of fresh fruit and see if that curbs your appetite. Fruit is just like a dessert but with all those extra vitamins and minerals along for the ride.
With a little practice and voluntary mind-control fruit can become your go-to sweet. You will be glad you made the switch.

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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:

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.
 
Gilad

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Question: What is the difference between my aerobic and anaerobic Systems?

Answer: One of the main goals of my fitness programs is to improve the efficiency of the aerobic and anaerobic systems. The aerobic system can provide a steady supply of energy with minimal fatigue for an extended period of time such as in long distance running.  In this case the goal is to increase the rate at which oxygen can be supplied to the muscles through what we call aerobic/cardio workouts.

Here is how it works.  Carbohydrates are stored in the liver and muscles in the form of glycogen which can provide energy (more rapidly than fat).  When glycogen and fat are converted into energy in conjunction with oxygen that we breathe, the body is using what is known as the aerobic energy system.  One of the main factors limiting the efficiency of the aerobic system is the rate at which oxygen can be supplied to the muscles.  One of the main aims of any training program is to enhance the efficiency of the aerobic system by increasing the rate at which oxygen can be "digested" and supplied to the muscles.
 
In sprints and other explosive type activities where a lot of energy is spent quickly the aerobic system is not fast enough to meet the body's energy needs and the anaerobic system is tapped into.  Carbohydrates still play a major role as the main source of energy but here it happens without the continuous supply of oxygen forcing the body to tap into  the anaerobic system which simply means without oxygen.
The anaerobic system can provide energy very rapidly for short bursts of energy.  The drawback of this system is that it creates a by-product called lactic acid which causes the muscles to fatigue quickly. The Anaerobic capability can be vastly improved through exercise.
It is the interaction between these two systems that dictate how good shape you are in.  When planning your fitness program, you should do exercises that address both systems.The Lord of the Abs DVD series, the Quick Fit System DVD series and the Ultimate Body Sculpt series were both made with these principles in mind.
 
Gilad

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Question: I'm 62 years old and I want to build more muscle and lose fat. How much protein do I need? 

Answer:

The short answer is between 50-60 grams a day. 
 
Here is a chart that takes into account your activity levels. 
Sedentary: Weight in pounds X .4 grams
Active: Weight in pounds. X .6 grams
Competitive athlete: Weight in pounds X .75 grams
Light body-builder: Weight in pounds X .85 grams
 
It's important to include complete proteins, which contain all nine of the essential amino acids. Sources of complete protein include meat, fish, eggs, most dairy products, and soybeans. Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are often missing certain amino acids, but they can be combined to make a complete protein meal. 

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Question: Tell me about FAT in my diet.  Should I be trying to eliminate all of it?

Answer: Just hearing the word 'FAT' probably makes you shudder because fat has gotten a lot of bad press lately. We have all heard the warnings by now. Excess fat in our diets is blamed for arteriosclerosis, chronic heart disease, cancer, etc. But don't forget the fact that fat is also an important nutrient source for the body. Fat keeps you warm, lubricates your cells and helps your body absorb important vitamins and minerals.
Fat comes in saturated forms such as in butter and lard, and unsaturated forms such as plant oils. The saturated fats are the ones to watch especially carefully because they contain large amounts of cholesterol. Unsaturated fats have just as many calories as other fats but they do not contain cholesterol and they do provide us with an essential fatty acid, linoleic acid.
I suggest you do some more research about the specific fats you are consuming before eliminating all of them.

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