My name is Ann Rosenstein. I am a fitness professional, a mother of 2, 52 years old and married. I am 5’5”, weigh 123# and have 16% body fat. I have been a fitness instructor and personal trainer for 22 years and am certified by ACE, AFAA & AEA. I am also an author of 4 water fitness books.
As a fitness instructor it has become evident to me that most people are thoroughly confused about exercise and nutrition. I get a lot of questions from participants in my classes. I have researched the science of nutrition and exercise the whole time I have been an instructor and have found that if a person understands some basic concepts of nutrition and fitness, it can be fun, easy and enjoyable to eat well and exercise. I want to use this blog to help demystify the vast amount of misinformation that is out there in print and in the media.
Obviously, there are numerous diet programs and books available, yet we have an obesity problem that just keeps on growing-no pun intended. There is no shortage of fad diets and quick weight loss schemes. The bottom line with both diet and exercise is; if it sounds or looks too good to be true, it is. The ONLY way to maintain a healthy weight and body is to eat a clean wholesome diet of foods that are not overly processed or chemically generated and to change our sedentary lifestyle.
If we do not change our lifestyle habits soon and drastically, by the year 2048, 100% of all adults in the US will be overweight or obese. Right now diseases that were once thought to affect only adults are now occurring in children. These diseases are diabetes, gall stones, fatty liver disease and high blood pressure. Some of the nutritional myths that I have encountered through out my teaching career are:
- Fat is bad for you
- Fruit juice is just as good as fruit
- Calories don’t matter
- Meat is bad
- You shouldn’t eat after 8 p.m.
Some of the exercise myths I have encountered are:
- Women will bulk up if they lift weights or lift a lot of weight
- You can spot reduce
- You need to eat a lot of protein to build muscles
- Fat can be turned into muscle
- Sit-ups can get rid of a beer belly
In this blog I am going to debunk all these myths and many more, and also address any questions people have about diets and fitness.
*Thanks to Sue Lund Photography for taking my web page photo. Sue is wonderful to work with and reasonable too!! Check out her work at www.suelundphoto.com