In one corner we have @DavidBartonGym in the other, we have @PritikinCenter
What exactly is BMR is and why should I know what mine is?
David Barton Gym: Basal metabolic rate is how many calories your body consumes at rest, knowing this helps when making exercise & diet adjustments.
How do I calculate my BMR?
David Barton Gym: To calculate a baseline BMR multiply your body weight times 11 if sedentary, 12 for moderate activity, or 13 if highly active.
On a similar note, how should I calculate how many calories I should eat a day to achieve my fitness goals?
Pritikin: Don»t calculate calories! Pay attention to your hunger signals – they are more reliable!
What should I eat before going to the gym? Is it different if strength training or doing cardio?
Pritikin: This varies by person – some people know that if they don’t eat, they won’t feel well during their workout. Other people feel worse if they eat before.
Are there certain dietary guidelines athletes should follow vs. sedentary people?
Pritikin: They should eat the same healthy food but their exercise habits will make them hungrier so they will need more fuel.
I’m concerned about Osteoporosis what’s the best way to improve my bone density?
David Barton Gym: Weight bearing activity is the number 1 way to build strong bones along with a diet rich in calcium, vitamin D, & clean proteins
So can I bulk up by just lifting weights?
David Barton Gym: No. Packing on muscle requires hard work in the gym & in the kitchen. Diet & exercise go hand in hand no matter what your goal is.
After a hard workout all I want is junk food! What is a better alternative that will help me beat the cravings?
Pritikin: The craving comes from not eating well all day, going too long w/out eating, or not eating enough fruit & then craving sweets
How important are the numbers- calories, weight, etc?
Pritikin: So NOT IMPORTANT! Judge your success on how you feel & how you look
What exercise moves can help me get killer abs for the summer?
David Barton Gym: Lift no more than your body weight; concentrate on varying angles. 4 sets of 20 reps 3 times per week is typically enough. Stay away from side bends with weights, choose a side plank instead for tightening up those love handles.
Pritikin: From a nutritional perspective, killer abs come from being lean, so watch the fats and the salt!
David Barton Gym: We hope you’ve enjoyed learning how & why exercise & diet go together like floating like a butterfly & stinging like a bee.
Pritikin: Thanks for tuning in!