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A: As always, check with your doctor first for clearance. But lifting weights will not only help you lose weight, but maintain the loss. Here's why:
- Muscle keeps your metabolism revved up, burning calories, fat, and etc.
- Muscle helps you with aerobic exercise. The stronger you are, the better you will be at any aerobic activity.
- Weight training improves your body's muscle-to-fat ratio (you end up with less body fat and more muscle), which improves both your health and your fitness level.
- Gaining muscle will help you look better as you define and tone your physique.
Q: How much water should I drink during the day? Karen D.
A: It is recommended you drink 8, 8ounce glasses of water/fluid a day. With regards to exercise, follow these guidelines for water/fluid consumption:
- One to two hours before your workout, drink 15 to 20 ounces of water.
- 15 minutes before you begin, drink between 6 and 10 ounces of water.
- During your workout, drink another 4 ounces every 15 minutes
- Post workout, drink until satisfied!
Q: What foods do you recommend eating before
and/or after an evening workout? Patty M.
A: In addition to eating well-balanced/portioned meals, it is key to begin understanding how your body processes food. Provided you aren't on a *restrictive diet, generally foods lower on the Glycemic Index will contribute to longer, sustained energy for your workouts. Good examples are apples, carrots, nuts, all legumes, etc. Likewise, eating key foods AFTER a workout is just as important. Your body will need the nutrients. Foods to consume post workout include baked potatoes, fruit, raisins, cereal, etc.
Additionally, it is useful to know what your personal caloric intake and output is each day. Knowing these numbers will be key to losing, maintaining or gaining weight.
*A licensed nutritionist/dietician can assist with specific concerns regarding personal nutritional needs.