Personal Trainer To The Stars Reveals His Fitness Secrets
July 17, 2003
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As one of Hollywood’s most sought after fitness experts, Michael George has transformed some of Tinseltown’s most dynamic bodies, including those of actors Meg Ryan, Julianne Moore, Tobey McGuire, Reese Witherspoon, Dennis Quaid, Christian Slater, Sela Ward and James Spader, to name a few. With more than a decade of personal training experience and extensive education, Michael has developed his own unique mind, body and soul fitness regime integrating a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet for optimal energy and weight loss.
Recently, George revealed his fabulous four fitness secrets to help people everywhere look like a star.
1. Maintain a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet.
An advocate of a diet high in protein and low in carbohydrates for more than 10 years, Michael’s program was developed to combat the typically unsatisfactory results of low-fat, high-carbohydrate diets. “Many recent studies have shown that low-fat diets often do not satisfy the appetites of dieters, prompting them to regain any lost weight,” Michael added.
Dieters who consume a diet high in protein and low in carbohydrates experience rapid weight loss results with a long-term effect since the body will utilize fat stores much more efficiently, burning more fat instead of just burning carbohydrates as an energy source. This leaves the dieter full and more satisfied for a longer period of time, while providing consistent energy levels.
2. Start the day off right.
Your mom told you so and it’s true—breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Beginning your day with a high-protein, low-carbohydrate meal will not only set the tone for a day’s worth of balanced eating, but it will regulate chemical levels in the body limiting the urge to overeat mid-morning.
3. Move it to lose it.
Eating well alone will not help to reduce body fat and create lean muscle mass. Cardiovascular exercise and strength training, the second components to a healthy lifestyle, must also be incorporated into your daily plan for better health. To boost the body’s metabolism, a combination of cardiovascular exercise and strength training, which helps the body create lean muscle mass for optimal fat burning, is necessary.
The average person trying to maintain a healthy weight should work out three times a week with strength training for 20 to 30 minutes, and should also incorporate a cardiovascular workout four to five times a week. For someone trying to lose weight, they should work out for 45 minutes five to six times a week combined with strength training. As muscles are developed, they’re able to burn calories more efficiently and effectively, meaning those with a body composition that is higher in lean muscle-mass will burn more calories throughout the day, simply by conducting their day-to-day activities like walking up stairs or carrying groceries to the car.
4. Snack (that’s right, snack) Right.
For weight management, follow a structured nutritional plan that provides for five small meals per day versus two or three big meals per day. Each meal should be eaten every two and a half to three hours, consisting of three small meals and two snacks. Make your body fuel efficient, just like your car, by planning your (tune-ups) meals ahead of time. By fueling your body every couple of hours, you will be providing the ultimate nutrients your body needs to function properly.
A hard-boiled egg with some coleslaw, a small bowl or handful of cereal, two ounces of sliced turkey and an apple, a lettuce wrap with turkey and cheese or a medium turkey burger patty with five to six broccoli florets all provide satisfying high-protein, low-carbohydrate meals or snacks in smaller portions, to fuel your body throughout the day.
When training his celebrity clients, Michael often tells them to, “Take your eye off obstacles and look at where you want to go.” Even for those who don’t have a superstar paycheck, a screen-worthy body is within reach regardless of your current health and fitness levels.
As someone who experienced his own dramatic transformation, Michael remembers he was a chubby kid with bad eating habits—health and fitness literally saved his life. Michael stresses that it’s never too late to start a health and fitness routine. By keeping in mind a few simple health and fitness tips, your body will be on its way to looking and feeling its best.
To get started, contact your local gym. Most have on-staff personal trainers who will provide advice on the best fitness regime for your body-type. For more information on high-protein, low-carbohydrate meal ideas including Michael’s favorite, cereal, visit www.organicmilling.com
or call 800-638-8686.
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