Laura's Corner - October 2013

Shaking Things Up

Laura Greenfeild
Laura Greenfield

JCCSF Fitness &
Community Wellness Manager
People often ask me about new alternatives to losing a few pounds. Some of the latest weight-loss research talks about "calorie staggering" and "juicing." Of course, it is important to achieve a healthy balance of nutrition, exercise and well-being, so consult with your physician before starting any new diet, especially if you have any health conditions.

Calorie Staggering
Think of this new weight-loss method as interval training, but with food. The premise is simple: restrict your diet two days a week to a quarter of what you normally eat (approximately 500 calories a day for women, 600 for men) for about 10 weeks to yield a 10-pound weight loss. The method keeps your body guessing without putting it into "starvation mode," which would trigger your body to hold on to fat. To learn more, check out Dr. Michael Mosley’s The Fast Diet.

Juicing
Another great way to stagger your calorie intake is by juicing, which provides you with ample nutrients and fluids without the extra calories. If you own a juice extractor, you can create your own tasty combos of fruits and veggies including: apple, celery and ginger; carrot, beets, kale and parsley; apple, cucumber, spinach and lemon – the options are limitless. Or you can simply purchase your favorite fresh juices.

Tips for Success
If you’re going to try calorie staggering, it’s important to be mindful of how and when you do it. Avoid overeating on your full calorie days. Choose to calorie stagger on days when you don’t have social engagements and won’t be tempted to cheat. Save your hard workouts for full calorie days. And always drink plenty of fluids.
Have questions about fitness or training? Email Laura Greenfield.