RPE Fitness Blog

Health and fitness rantings...................

Bet you can't eat just one!

It’s no mistake that food companies sell to us the consumer products that we can’t resist. Food products that are engineered to be hyper-palatable with just the right amounts of sugar, salt, fat, and mouth feel to keep us coming back for more, to the point that it is almost an addiction for some.

Teams of food scientists at the laboratories of the large food manufacturers spend millions of dollars inventing, developing and testing ingredient combinations that will keep the consumer a) coming back for more and b) consuming way more than we need to, and combining this with marketing slogans like “I bet you can't eat just one” and they have us literally eating out of their hands

Food addiction is such a huge part of the obesity crisis that a scale was developed to measure foods hyper palatability, The Yale Food Addiction Scale (YFAS) is a 25-point questionnaire that was developed at Yale University's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity and it asks the participant about criteria with foods and their addictive qualities, this all done on an individual basis with the participants own perception being used, but from a sample group the scores were correlated these were the top 10 most addictive foods

2017-04-06 13:27:10

The diet industries dirty little secret

The diet industry is a multi-billion dollar business that from the outside appears to want help people to lose weight and improve health, but in reality, that’s the last thing they want. If people successfully lose weight and keep it off they don't become repeat customers and the companies lose money, so in reality, they just need people to fail and keep coming back.  These companies prey on people’s desperation with promises of quick-fix weight loss products that will effortlessly let you achieve a leaner body, so you too hand over your hard earned cash for products that they know do not help long term and they play on the fact that people have busy life’s, what with having a full-time job, kids sports activities, a home, Facebook, Netflix, and the season finale of The Bachelorette to juggle, when is their time to prep food, cook, and exercise?

Why won’t they work?

The weight loss shakes, body wraps, celebrity diets, funky abdominal machines are all supposed to shed the pounds that poor diet and lifestyle choices put there in the first place, so by somehow using these products for a few months they will miraculously fix all the issues that lead people to become overweight in the first place! Drinking shakes and eating like a bird may have some short term effects, but long term not so much! They tout the science behind the diet products and how they’re specially formulated to have all the necessary macro and micronutrients that we need, but humans have been synergistically evolving along with the plants and animals for thousands of years and our digestive systems have become finely tuned in and work optimally with whole unprocessed foods.

2017-03-25 12:56:16

Boost Metabolism

When speaking with people, most believe that metabolism is just the rate at which you digest your food, well, this is incorrect, the dictionary definition of Metabolism is “the sum of the chemical reactions that take place within each cell of a living organism and that provide energy for vital processes and for synthesizing new organic material.”

There are many, many things that can affect our metabolic rate and efficiency, from hormones, exercise and muscle mass, age, weight, gender, etc, etc. You may have seen the term Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR), well this refers to the approximate amount of calories needed to keep a person alive and functioning without them actually doing any physical activity at all, so basically just laying around all day and not moving. This number can be quite staggering to people because it always seems so high compared to a number of calories they are actually consuming on a daily basis. The rule of thumb for calculating RMR is your body weight multiplied by 10, so for example, if you weigh 170 lbs then your resting metabolic rate would be 1700 kcals/day. Don’t forget this it the BASE metabolic rate, this doesn’t factor in activity or exercise which all add to the bottom line. Calculate your RMR here 

“Wow, I don’t eat anywhere near that much!!” 

2017-02-11 01:20:49

Are you stuck in the new you loop?

It’s about this time of year when all the New Years Resolution lose weight – get fit plans start to surface, promising a new slimmer, happier you after you follow this diet and that exercise regimen or slather yourself in oil and wrap yourself in saran wrap for 30 minutes or drink a magic shake twice a day and eat a salad.

They tout it as a “New You”, and of course, January 1st is a few days away so it’s all very achievable and it all seems easy right now, we just need to get Christmas out of the way first, oh and the New Years Party and were off to the races as 2017 is going be THE year! (but weren’t 2010,11,12,13…… going to be the breakthrough years too!)

If all this all sounds like you then you are probably caught in the new you loop as the constant battle to lose weight and tone up seems to mysteriously elude you every year.

2016-12-24 22:52:30