Do Carbs Make You Fat?

I help one of our members who runs a preschool with the wellness program for her employees. I received a question from one of them that, I think, is a common source of confusion for many people. Here it is, along with my answer.

If you’re trying to lose weight as an older woman should you eat carbs at dinner or only have protein and vegetables? Also, is whole wheat making us fat? Should we avoid it to be slim?

This is a very common question and one that creates a lot of confusion for many people.

First I want to go over some basic facts.

  1. Weight loss is determined by calories. In other words, to lose weight you must eat fewer calories than you burn.
  2. Many studies have shown that the macronutrient (carbs, proteins and fats) makeup of someone’s diet doesn’t really matter for weight loss.
  3. It really doesn’t matter when you eat  for weight loss. The only thing that matters is calorie intake. In other words having carbs at breakfast or dinner makes no difference.

In other words eating carbs at dinner is perfectly fine as long as the overall amount of calories you are taking in is less than what you are burning.

Having said that, cutting down on carbs can be a perfectly legitimate and simple way to achieve the caloric deficit necessary for weight loss. The main issue with this, however, is that a low carb approach can be difficult to sustain for people. In fact, many studies have shown that people who resort to low carb diets don’t stay on them for very long, even if they have success with the diet!

My opinion is always that the most important thing to consider when dieting is sustainability. Simply put, you should not go on any diet that you can’t see yourself on for a long time. That is the only way to truly achieve and sustain weight loss.

Lastly, whole wheat is not making us fat unless it’s eaten at a caloric surplus. Really, any food eaten at a surplus will make us gain weight.

Mitch Rothbardt, PN Level 2 Lean Eating Coach
Castro Valley Fitness
2861 Grove Way in Castro Valley
510-755-9191

September Member of the Month – Frank Robertson

Frank Robertson

It is our pleasure to recognize Frank Robertson as our Client of the Month.  He is celebrating his first year with CVF this month!  We can always count on Frank to keep the group laughing.

Frank has found that his mental attitude, strength and mobility have improved in the last year.  He has seen this in little things like the ability to walk over a beam at work easier and a stronger golf swing (which isn’t always a good thing!)

He has more self-confidence outside the gym because of what he has accomplished inside the gym.  He has found that CVF helps him overcome obstacles easier and it has “woke up the athlete within.”

He finds CVF a safe and warm place to work toward your goals.  The personal programs really help you reach your goals.  He recommends that clients have faith in the process and to stay positive.  Don’t become complacent and continue to push to improve.

The three words that best describe his experience at CVF are “challenging, safe and confident”.

2 Things You Might Not Realize About Weight Loss

Hello! I hope you’re having a great day. I’m going to make this one pretty short today so let ‘s get started.

When it comes to losing weight I’ve found that there are a few things that typically get people’s way. Let’s talk about two of them.

1 – It’s not about the food. I can feel your eyes glazing over right now. “What do you mean?” you’re asking. “Aren’t you the one who’s always saying that losing weight is all about the nutrition?” Well yes, but let me explain. You don’t need me to tell you to eat your vegetables, right? You don’t need me to tell you that an apple is healthier than a candy bar, right? At least 5 times a week I hear some version of “I know what to do but I just can’t do it.” We all know what we need to know about nutrition. It’s really very simple. The issue is what is getting in our way of doing it.

Creating Healthy Lives

You don’t need me to tell you to eat this

2 – The most important skill for weight loss is emotional regulation. The truth is that the real reason most people can’t do what they know they should do has to do with emotions. When we’re emotional that’s when we have trouble making the decisions we know, deep down, that we should make.

I hope this helps clear some things up for you. I know this is tough. If it does help, I want to let you know about a program we are starting up. It’s a nutrition program that we’ve put together that we believe covers what REALLY MATTERS about weight loss. (remember it’s not about the food!) Its starts up on the 24th and you can get all the information right here:

Creating Healthy Nutrition 

Please let me know if you have any questions. Have a great day!

Mitch Rothbardt

 

 

Why Do I Have Back/Shoulder Pain?

So many people have back and shoulder pain. The problem is that many of those people don’t really understand what is causing it.

Hint: It’s probably not your discs and rotator cuff irregularities.

In this video I talk about some easy steps you can take to discover what may be really causing your pain and how to get started in fixing it.

This video is not meant to diagnose your specific issue but I do cover the most common things I see on a daily basis and the causes.

Take a look and let me know what you think.

I Know What To Do But I Just Can’t Do It

I heard it again today. “I know what to do but I just can’t do it.”

If I’ve heard this once I’ve heard it a thousand (million) times.

I know what to do but I just can’t do it.

At Castro Valley Fitness we believe that, for the most part, people know just about everything they need to know about nutrition. You don’t need me to tell you that an apple is healthier than a candy bar and that you should eat your vegetables, right?

You may be asking yourself, if people know all they need to know, then what’s the problem?

Well, that’s the million dollar question, isn’t it? If we answer that, we can pretty much solve everyone’s food issues, right? The problem is that this isn’t as easy as it sounds.

It requires work that really has very little to do with food itself.

It requires an approach that is both honest and unemotional. Both of these qualities tend to get lost when we think about how and why we eat.

Let me give you a few things that have worked for some of our members when they’ve been tying to figure some things out.

  • Slow down. Sometimes I’ll ask someone how fast they eat. Usually they just laugh. Slowing down allows your stomach to let your brain know it’s full. That can take 10-15 minutes. How much food can you eat in that time? It also gets you out of GO-GO-GO-GO mode which is when so many of us wind up eating whatever is easy and fast. That’s not usually conducive to making good decisions.
  • Keep a journal. Just reading that might have given you a chill.
    Holiday Season

    An actual person when asked to keep a food journal.

    If it did frighten you, you should ask yourself why. You just might figure out something that’s been holding you back. Journaling keeps us honest and accountable. It also can reveal things that we didn’t know. You might not have realized how much you actually snack in a given day, for instance.

  • Aim for progress not perfection. One of the biggest problems I see is all-or-nothing thinking. This is when people think that one slight slip counteracts all the good they’ve done or they feel like they the “perfect” plan to get started. The truth is that there is no such thing as perfect. No perfect diet or perfect workout. The closest thing we have to perfection is in this picture right here.

    The Closest Thing To Perfection

                      All we need to aim for is progress in whatever form it takes.

Listen, we all have crazy lives. Kids, work, family. We sit in traffic for hours each week. The more we can figure out the REAL issues behind our diet the better off we will be.

Let me know what you think. Have a great day!

Mitch Rothbardt, CPT, PN Level 2 Lean Eating Coach, FMS
Castro Valley Fitness
2861 Grove Way in Castro Valley
510-755-9191

Brushing Your Teeth and Back Pain: The Connection

One of the most important things we try to do as personal trainers is get people to understand the connection between what we teach as far as movement in the gym and the connection to movement outside of it. This is especially important for people who have some sort of pain. Back and shoulder pain especially.

We don’t teach people to deadlift so they can deadlift. We teach them so they can pick up groceries, laundry, kids etc, safely!

People don’t realize that it is their everyday movement performing menial tasks that really determines how their backs and shoulders feel.

In this video I explain why and show you some examples.

IF YOU HAVE PAIN PLEASE WATCH THIS!

Use Your Head For Healthy Shoulders

It seems like everyone has problem shoulders these days. We sit at our desks, in our cars, at home and that creates issues. So many of us just don’t realize how important your head is in making your shoulders feel and move well.

Let me show you why that is and I’ll also show you a drill you can do TODAY to start things feeling better.

Let me know if you need any help or have any questions.


Mitch Rothbardt
Castro Valley Fitness
2861 Grove Way
510-755-9191

4 Ways To Feel Good About Your Diet

We know that feeling good about what you’re doing can make a HUGE difference when it comes to doing it. We also know that consistency over time is the absolute key to making your diet work for you.

In todays video let’s talk about 4 ways you can actually feel good about what you’re doing with your diet instead of angry and resentful.


Mitch Rothbardt
Castro Valley Fitness
2861 Grove Way
510-755-9191
Mitch@CastroValleyFitness.com

Are You Hungry? Deciphering the Clues for Weight Loss.

Don’t let them lie to you. You will be hungry if you are trying to lose weight. The thing is that it might not be physical hunger you feel. How you deal with this the the ABSOLUTE KEY to your weight loss journey.

In this video I go over:
– The 4 different kinds of hunger
– How to figure out which one you are experiencing
– How to deal with it so that you can reach your goal

Let me know what you think!

Mitch Rothbardt
Castro Valley Fitness
Mitch@CastroValleyFitness.com

July Members of the Month – Dave & Carol Yamane

Castro Valley Fitness Members of the Month – July 2018

Dave and Carol Yamane

It is our pleasure to recognize Dave and Carol Yamane as our Clients of the Month. They have been members for 8+ years and have the honor of being Mitch’s longest standing clients!

Since joining CV Fitness they both find they have more stamina, strength and just feel healthier.  Dave, especially, is much more aware of his posture. They like that sessions are scheduled to help keep them honest.  Carol appreciated the partnership to help with her rehab after knee surgery.

Workouts are tailored to their needs instead of being regimented where everyone does the same thing.  The workouts are challenging and they have evolved over time.  They also like the added cardio part of their workouts.

They like the encouraging, positive, environment with a nice group of people.  CV Fitness isn’t a judgmental place and there aren’t any “drill sergeants”.  One of the best features is they can bring their dog!

The three words that best describe their experience at CVF are “fun, encouragement, and accomplishment.”