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    How To Calculate Your Sweat Rate

    How To Calculate Your Sweat Rate

    It’s pretty common knowledge that proper hydration is important for your general health. Most of your body is made of the stuff, and we simply need to drink enough every day. The Mayo Clinic recommends 15.5 cups of fluid a day for men, and 11.5 cups for women (that includes all fluids, 20% of which come from food).

     

    When you’re exercising though...things get a little more complicated. Sweat’s our way of regulating body temperature, and the more you sweat the quicker you become dehydrated. Knowing how much you sweat makes adequate rehydration much easier.

     

    ICON Meals Sweat Rate

    Learn Your Sweat Rate

    Sweat rate measures how much water leaves your body while you’re exercising. Next time you exercise, do these steps to calculate it:

     

     

    1. Head to the bathroom and empty your bladder.
    2. Find your initial weight — weigh yourself in as little clothing as possible.
    3. Write down the ambient temperature.
    4. Go through a 1-hour exercise routine, recording any fluid intake.
    5. After your routine, towel off any sweat and weigh yourself again in the same clothing as before. This is your final weight.
    6. Convert weight loss to fluid ounces or milliliters. (1 lb = 16 oz = 454 ml)
    7. Add fluid lost to fluid consumed during exercise to find your hourly sweat rate at that temperature.

     

    Average people sweat 27 – 47 oz/hr during exercise, but sweat rates as high as 125 oz/hr have been recorded (that was Alberto Salazar while training for the 1984 Summer Olympics). It’s important to remember that climate affects sweat rate. Temperature, humidity, and airflow are all important variables to consider.


    Once you know your sweat rate, you’ll know exactly how much water to replenish during your exercise!


    Besides water, post-workout you’ll want protein to help your body repair and regrow your muscles. Snacks like our Wag Bars are the optimal choice.

    Five Steps To Stop Emotional Eating

    Five Steps To Stop Emotional Eating

    Let’s be real for a minute and talk about a problem that many face on a day to day basis: emotional eatingIt’s an issue I’ve personally dealt with on and off for almost as long as I can remember, and according to a national survey is a struggle for an estimated 2.8 million people. [1,2]

    The Mayo Clinic says emotional eating is a coping mechanism to deal with negative emotions. Major life events and daily hassles can trigger these emotions. We experience many such triggers every day — relationship conflicts, stress at work, money worries, and rejection to name a few.

    The foods we search out when emotionally eating tend to be high in carbs, sugar, and fat. They give us an immediate serotonin boost (the “happy hormone”), but the response is short-lived. Sugar is highly addictive and your body begins to crave that sugar high, creating a vicious spiral that is difficult to break.

    Why is this a problem for so many?  Most do so out of habit. Years of associating food with feelings — a mindset that isn’t going to get better overnight. To break the emotional eating cycle it will take practice, willpower, and determination plus a healthy dose of trial and error.  

    Let me share with you five steps that have helped me break this terrible cycle. Give them a try before throwing in the towel!

    1. Recognize Your Triggers

    What sets off your emotional eating frenzy?  Work? Relationships? Money? Make a list of everything causing you to eat and keep it in a visible place. When these triggers appear, you can make a conscious mental note that they’re setting you off towards the fridge.

    Triggers are not completely avoidable, but you do have some control over how often they show up in your life. One of my favorite quotes is, “Starve the distractions, feed the focus.”  Saying no to possible stressors can be freeing, opening up the door to positive changes.

     

    1. Consume Healthy Fuel

    Nutrient-dense foods provide your body with the fuel it needs to run properly and can help curb cravings. Sugary foods and drinks cripple your weight loss efforts and often create a binge eating snowball effect. Guess which types of food we gravitate towards when we’re stressed? 

    Keeping your water intake up also helps keep cravings at bay. Hunger, dehydration and stress are a recipe for disaster when it comes to emotional eating.  

     

    1. Find Healthier Ways to Cope

    When I’m stressed, hitting the weights is my number one coping mechanism. I always feel better after leaving the gym. Your healthy coping mechanism may be yoga, reading a good book, listening to music, or hanging out with people you love.  

    Whatever puts you in your happy place, do that instead of reaching for a carton of ice cream next time you feel the urge to emotionally eat.

     

    1. Make Your Kitchen A No-Junk Zone

    If junk food doesn’t exist in your fridge and pantry, you won’t eat it. Instead, keep your kitchen stocked with nutrient-dense foods, like:

    • Fruits
    • Vegetables
    • Lean proteins like chicken
    • Cottage cheese
    • Greek yogurt
    • Whole grains
    • Sweet potatoes
    • Nutes

    I also keep some of my favorite protein bars on hand for when I’m craving something sweet.  

     

    1. Phone A Friend

    Friends make any struggle easier to overcome, and they may even have similar problems. Confide in those close to you. Ask them to keep you accountable, share your goals, and reach out when you’re feeling tempted to emotionally eat.

    Support is a huge factor in successfully overcoming any personal demon. Lack of support itself can be a serious trigger for many people.

    Most importantly, recognizing that emotional eating is a real, difficult problem many face  can make it easier to deal with. Knowing you are not alone can be helpful in overcoming this obstacle. 

    You Can Do It

    It took time and patience, but I learned to minimize emotional eating through practice, goal setting and tenacity. You can overcome this challenge, and getting past self-doubt is often the first step to success. Wake up each day reminding yourself: Be strong and courageous, and keep Livin’ Fit. 

    For more helpful training tips, workout ideas, macro-friendly recipes and more, follow me on Instagram @aprilimholte

     

    April M. Imholte, RN

    NASM Certified Personal Trainer

    Certified Sports Nutritionist

    Nationally Qualified Figure Competitor

    LivinFitWithApril@Gmail.com

    Facebook.com/LivinFitCamp 

     

    [1] Hudson JI, Hiripi E, Pope HG Jr, Kessler RC. [Published correction appears inBiol Psychiatry. 2012;72(2):164.] Biol Psychiatry. 2007;61(3):348-358.

    [2] Howden LM, Meyer JA. US Census Bureau Age and Sex Composition: 2010. US Census Bureau. May 2011

    Growing Muscle Faster by Optimizing Protein Synthesis

    Growing Muscle Faster by Optimizing Protein Synthesis

    Building vs Breaking Down

     

    Throughout the day your body switches between synthesizing and breaking down protein. To build muscle you want your muscle protein synthesis (MPS) to exceed protein breakdown rate (PBR).

     

    When you are fasting your PBR rises, and if PBR is higher than MPS the result is muscle loss — negative protein balance. When you eat protein MPS goes up, and when MPS exceeds PBR the result is muscle gain.

     

    The Basic Formula

     

    PBR > MPS = muscle loss

    MPS > PBR = muscle gain

     

    How To Do It

     

    The most important part of growth/retention is consuming enough protein, and you can optimize synthesis rates with numerous high-quality protein feedings during the day. These also ensure you retain muscle while you’re in a deficit.

     

    For example (and I’m generalizing): whey protein elevates synthesis rates for 4 hours while casein does so for 6. The idea is to re-spike MPS rates when they begin to fall so MPR doesn’t exceed them. That’s one good reason whey is preferred during the day, while casein is better for sleeping/longer periods between feedings.

     

    It’s About Speed

     

    This isn’t to say if you decide to fast most of the day muscle starts “falling off” your frame. The body stubbornly holds onto muscle and fat. But, if you want faster progress in strength, size, and energy, numerous quality feedings is the way to go.

     

    I don’t find myself hungry during the day and prefer to bank calories until my last meal. However, ensuring I consume protein several times a day makes a huge impact on my progress, especially when I’m trying to build muscle and strength.

     

    Get them feedings in!

     

    Michael Mastrucci (Follow on Instagram)

    The Macro Diabetic, Host of Diabetically Speaking

    Staying in Shape When Life Feels Too Busy by Travis Just

    Staying in Shape When Life Feels Too Busy by Travis Just

    How does bodybuilder and entrepreneur Travis Just stay in shape when he’s running a business, traveling, and raising twins? That’s the #1 question he gets — and here’s his answer:

     

    Make Health A Priority

     

    Great health is a major priority for Travis, and he devotes time to it! Without good health, everything else in life suffers. Who cares how much money you make if you can’t enjoy the benefits of your hard work — vacations, quality time with family, doing hobbies you love, etc…

     

    Travis Just (TravelingWithTrav) Working Out - ICON Meals

     

    It Gets Better

     

    The problem is most people quit working on their health before they feel and see life-changing results. At the beginning of a get-healthier journey it sucks. It’s super hard and everything hurts and you’re sacrificing “good food” while everyone around you eats whatever guilty pleasures they want.

     

    Here’s the thing though:

     

    When you push through the suck and get to the place I’m talking about, everything changes. Your desire for unhealthy food is viewed differently. Your taste buds change. You actually look forward to “treat meals” weekly and savor every single bite.

     

    Travis Just Healthy Eating - ICON Meals

     

    Planning Makes Perfect

     

    Plan, plan, plan. It’s all about having your food ready to go! When we’re scrounging for food at the last minute, we almost always make worse choices than if we had something prepped and ready to eat. ICON Meals has turned our world upside down when it comes to planning and being prepared for our crazy busy lifestyle.

     

    No Excuses

     

    Get rid of the excuses! I used to yoyo diet every few months — I’d eat super clean, work out like crazy and feel great, and let myself roll back down the hill to start over again. Ugh. It’s easy to get caught in this trap. Why do we care what out-of-shape people think, as if they have what we want anyhow? 

     

    I finally decided years ago to live how I want. I realized most people gave me a hard time about how I eat because they were uncomfortable eating poorly around me.

     

    We get one body and one life. Live it the way you choose.

     

     


     

    Follow Travis Just and his family on IG at @thehomeless_millionaires and @travelingwithtrav

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    Basement Beast Transformation — FREE 20-Minute Home Workout Video

     

    Fabian Petrina’s 12-Week Basement Beast Transformation program was designed to help regular guys melt away their stubborn belly fat and get in incredible shape. 

     

    This isn’t some boring aerobics class or a bunch of burpees. It’s hard. And you know what? It works. The results speak for themselves.

     

    Watch the first 20-minute workout FREE in the video above to see if Basement Beast is for you. All you need is a few feet of open floorspace.

     

    Science, baby

     

    The Basement Beast program is based on triggering the hormone Irisin, which Harvard scientists believe is key to making your metabolism burn intense amounts of fat. It’s what Fabian calls a “Density Stacking” workout — a specific form of targeted resistance training (it’s brutal in a good way).

     


     

    Like what you see? Check out the full Basement Beast Transformation Program.

     

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