Lifting and metabolism myth and fact.

I have to say that I slept really well last night. I think it has to do with my own warm bed. I got into bed and I swear that if I could hug and kiss my mattress, I would have. :mrgreen:

I actually woke up later than normal as well. I biked to the gym, although it was pretty close to my limit for cold biking in the upper 30s. Brrrr…. I was ready to move around in the gym!

Exercise Set/rep/weight Muscle worked
Barbell Deadlift 3 sets of 10 at 85# Lower body
Dumbbell Pullover 3 sets of 10 with 25# DB Back
Incline Pushups 3 sets of 10 Chest
Cable Squat to Row 3 sets of 12 at 50# Lower body
Reverse Crunches 3 sets of 12 Core
Triceps Pull down 3 sets of 15 at 30# Triceps
Seated Calf Raise 3 sets of 10 at 110# Calves
Face Pulls 3 sets of 15 at 30# Shoulders

I felt mildly groggy during this workout.  A man came over and asked me if I was going to do another “crazy cardio workout.” He saw me doing my brick at the gym the other day and was amazed that I did cardio so long. I just basically said I was training for endurance. I know some people think a lot of cardio is unnecessary, but you need longer workouts when you have longer events to do (duh). It’s not like I do that every day, anyway.

I really wanted something warm and comforting when I got home. Riding in the cold didn’t help get rid of that chilly feeling I had from sleeping pretty much out of doors all weekend! Enter the cream of wheat.

I made up nut butter using mixed nuts, and it came out really liquidy. I did not add any oil to this nut butter. I think it has to be the Brazil nuts that make it this way. Good, though.

Back to work today. It was nice having 2 days off in a row, although I think I could use another day 😀

What to have when you are chilled for lunch?  That’s right – something with hot sauce!

Simple is always good.

I was reading an article today on metabolism fact versus fiction.  What will or won’t boost your metabolism:

  1. Don’t eat close to bedtime. False. Calories count whether you eat them in the morning or at night. The problem with nighttime eaters is that they are usually eating far more calories than they think, and the calories are denser. My thoughts? I don’t eat too close to bedtime because I don’t want heartburn or to go to bed full.
  2. Drinking water speeds metabolism. False. Drinking plenty of water is healthful for a number of reasons, but it doesn’t make your body burn calories faster.  My thoughts? Agreed.  Water doesn’t flush fat, either.
  3. Eat at the same time or at certain times every day to burn calories. False. Following a set schedule may help you stick to a diet plan, but doesn’t help you burn more calories.  My thoughts?  I eat every few hours not for metabolism reasons, but to keep my blood sugar from dropping, which will lead to overeating (for me).
  4. Eating breakfast boosts metabolism. True.  Breakfast is partly a metabolism-booster and it is partly to make sure you stay on track for the rest of the day. People who eat breakfast are less likely to binge later in the day, which of course promotes weight loss.  My thoughts? Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day – nuff said.
  5. Build muscle. True! The reality is that there is only one way to enhance metabolism: Build more lean muscle mass. My thoughts? Seriously, do I need to even say anything?  Okay – I will.  Go lift weights!! Go now!

I was going to do my weekly no-added sugar day today, but forgot and put nut butter on my cream of wheat.  Oh well.  That meant I could have a drizzle of pumpkin syrup on top of my latte with a Luna bar.

That’s a nice silver lining, don’t you think?  I need to do the no-added sugar day soon.  I OD’ed on mini twix bars yesterday.  Long car ride with bags of candy certainly is not setting myself up or anything, is it?

Dinner included leftover stew from the other night.  Still tasted pretty good.  And I certainly missed my broccoli this weekend!

I really do like having control over my food.  It is hard when someone else does the cooking.  While I really appreciate the hard work the cooks did at the camp (and I thanked them), I missed my oats 😀

Think there will be a granola snack tonight while watching the game and doing more working.

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24 thoughts on “Lifting and metabolism myth and fact.

  1. Lisa

    Thanks for the info. I recently started lifting 3 times a week. I am REALLY excited to weigh in next week and see if there’s progress. I *think* I should see a difference after 6 weeks of weight lifting….right?
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Is It Working Yet =-.

    1. Lori Post author

      You definitely could see some difference. Actually – whether or not it shows, you did make a difference. 😀

  2. Marea Davis

    Thank you for posting “The Fact and Fiction”. There is so much convoluted information out there so it is nice to have it all in one place. Oh and that latte looks fantastic. I need an espresso machine asap! And some Pumpkin Syrup yum!

    <3 Marea

  3. Desert Agave

    My dietitian has me drinking 4-5 liters of water a day. I would like to suggest that this does increase my metabolism, as it means I get extra exercise. Getting up and heading to the restroom every hour burns calories!
    .-= Desert Agave´s last blog ..Rock Star =-.

  4. Cindy

    my husband is constanly bugging my teen about eating at night ( like he doesn’t) but he lectures about it being a weight gainer later in life.

    all that food just sits in your system and turns to fat ….


    thanks for the myth busting!

    and my Teen is 5’11 and 120 lbs (last I heard)
    let him eat!!!!

    says the MOM
    .-= Cindy´s last blog ..THE FRESH ONE =-.

  5. Cammy@TippyToeDiet

    When I drink ice water or iced tea, I shiver more, which makes me think I’m burning more calories. Possibly as many as 10 or 15 a day!! 🙂 I actually did read that drinking iced water boosts metabolism, but I have no idea if it’s true.

    I’m surprised, especially given the weather, that the cooks didn’t have some oats or cream of wheat (or grits, here in the south) for breakfast. That’s the perfect camp food!
    .-= Cammy@TippyToeDiet´s last blog ..Road Notes- The Big Deal =-.

    1. Lori Post author

      My sister said one year they did have oatmeal, but I imagine it is whatever they were able to acquire for the weekend – and there were definitely a *lot* of eggs on hand!

  6. Pubsgal

    I think the biggest thing I’ve noticed, metabolism myth/fact-wise, is the effect of exercise. For me, exercise has a bigger impact on my health numbers than it does on my scale numbers. Not to say it isn’t effective for the scale – I believe it’s helping me maintain rather than gain, or at least any gains I see are a little easier to nip in the bud. But as an example, a 20 minute brisk walk or moderate stationary bike ride burns pitifully few calories, but either one can quickly correct my blood glucose levels.
    .-= Pubsgal´s last blog ..Weekly Update- 9-29-10 =-.

  7. debby

    I agree with all the myth busters. Well, basically I agree with you. I guess if I didn’t lift weights, I would be even bigger than I am? I never heard that drinking water, iced or regular, would boost metabolism.

    But wait, I am stuck on the fact that nut butter counts as ‘added sugar?’ Isn’t it just ground up nuts?
    .-= debby´s last blog ..Eating Reasonably =-.

    1. Lori Post author

      I make my nut butters with honey or maple syrup, so there is added sugar. I have on occasion done unsweetened nut butters, but John likes them a little sweet (as do I).

  8. Dawn

    Great post Lori. I do believe that water surely flushes out the sodium. I’m with the other folks too that said it burns more calories because of the trips to the bathroom *smile*.

  9. Jody - Fit at 52

    Lori, I am so with you on all those metabolism facts! As for ice water, I have heard both sides of this.. experts saying it does & others no to the burning extra calories. I think it MAY burn a few.. but I would say minimal in the overall picture… don’t look to iced water to be the end all for weight loss 😉

    Did Pixie miss you???
    .-= Jody – Fit at 52´s last blog ..Save the Children &amp Their Future! =-.

  10. Helen

    One of my favorite myths is that celery burns calories just by eating it. There’s another food too – they’re called “negative” calorie foods. Don’t we all wish that was true?!!
    .-= Helen´s last blog ..Oh- My Aching Back! =-.

  11. Joanne

    I’m with you on the breakfast meal: my favorite of the day.
    I also believe that eating smaller meals several times a day helps boost metabolism because your body has to use energy to digest the food. BUT.. note the SMALL AND within your designated caloric range. You’ll still gain weight and not necessarily nice muscle mass if you don’t do something to exercise your muscles and help your metabolism along.
    You burn more with more muscle. Never forget the weights. I’m also with ya on the weight lifting front, Lori.
    Great fit facts 🙂
    .-= Joanne´s last blog ..My First Marathon- The Wine Glass =-.

  12. Fran

    Funny that all those things about metabolism you wrote down I already new. And I do things the way you do them, seems I’m doing something right 🙂

  13. Leah

    Just had to have a talk with a friend about getting breakfast in. I know it makes a difference in how the rest of the day goes. 🙂

    Thanks for the info! Pink items=neat idea!
    .-= Leah´s last blog ..End Results =-.

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