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Tony DiQuollo

December 14, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

“Lost 35 lbs, Body Fat 25% to 9 %, Pant Size 36 to 30”

I would guess that a lot of people who start to gain weight have that one moment, be it an honest look in the mirror or an unflattering photograph, where they realize the train is running off the rails and have to make a choice about their future.  That choice for me was simple really: continue doing I’d been doing and end up being somewhere in between the Blob and Rosie O’Donnell by the time I hit 30, or take control of my life and get the help I needed to be fit.  When I found Rob at RobZFitness about a year ago, I knew two things: he and his team were the guys I had been looking for, and it wasn’t going to be an easy fix.

A little backstory: When I first started at RobZFitness, I wouldn’t have described myself as fat.  I was only 22 at the time after all.  Then I got a little dose of reality when I had my body fat checked for the first time and it came out at around 25%. Twenty. Five. Percent. That means a quarter of my body weight (around 200 lbs at the time) was pure, gooey, gelatinous flab.  That probably sounds as sexy to anyone reading this as it did to me at the time, and it was all the motivation I needed to keep me on track.

Aside from shining a light on how out of shape I really was, the first thing Rob did when I started was outline an eating plan. Much to my chagrin, Doritos, cheesecake, and Peanut M&Ms weren’t in it. But let me tell you what Rob told me, and what I’m pretty sure everyone already knows anyway: A SUPPORTIVE EATING PLAN IS OVER HALF THE BATTLE. It took a few weeks to get into the groove, but after I did, eating healthy food became pretty easy.

I ended up staying at RobZFitness for about half a year, and my experience there was pretty amazing.  Both Rob and my trainer, Taylor, were fun guys and easy to talk to about anything during the workouts (for me this was mostly baseball). Not only that, but they were encouraging and interested in making sure I was doing everything the proper way to help me get the best results possible.  That kind of moral support is really critical to anyone trying to lose weight, and I was certainly no exception.

I’ve been on my own since August, but I still follow Rob’s plan because IT WORKS. I’ve had to replace my pants twice, moving from a size 36 to a size 30, and my shirts have gone from a squeezing into a medium to fitting comfortably in a small. I also enjoy having my neck back, being able to play sports for as long as I want without sucking wind, and just being stronger in general. And in about a year’s time, that ugly 25% has turned into a much-easier-on-the-eyes 9%. It wasn’t easy, and I’ve had to sacrifice a lot of things that I enjoyed once upon a time. But it’s like Rob says: Nothing tastes better than looking good feels.

Jake Scanlon

December 13, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

“Lost 55 lbs, Body Fat 32% to 11%, Pant  Size 40 – 32”

I have been in weight training with Taylor at RobZFitness for a little over a year now, and I can’t begin to express the difference it has made in my life.  Although I went to RobZFitness for about 3 months prior to this time, I just wasn’t ready to make the commitment and so I quit.  But as time passed by and my waist size continued to grow to a size 38 and getting tighter, I realized how much my weight gain was affecting my self-esteem and my attitude.  I had little motivation or confidence and I was losing direction for my life.  I then realized that if I didn’t make a change, I was going to make life very hard for myself.

At 250 lbs, I decided to give Taylor at RobZFitness another try, and myself another chance.  I was welcomed back with compassion and encouragement from Rob and Taylor.  They helped to educate my on a very supportive eating and exercise plan.  I received plenty of assurance and encouragement that soon I began to see plenty of results that motivated me ever more.  It started with a few pounds the first week, more the second.  Then I started dropping clothing sizes.

I couldn’t believe how drastic my body fat percentage had dropped when it was time to do my measurements.  I was amazed!!  The results were happening and I was being transformed.

Overall I have lost 55 pounds of scale weight (increased 13 lbs of lean weight, lost 68 lbs of actual body fat), body fat% dropped from 32% to 11%, and Rob tells me now I am in better body fat shape than 73% of men at my age (up from 3%).  My pant size has dropped from 40 to 33 inches.  I feel great about myself and I feel more confident.

After seeing the results and the impact it has had on my life, I have decided to begin personal training school so that I can, in turn, do for somebody else that Rob and Taylor have helped me achieve in myself.

Jake Scanlon

Seven Ways to Cut 250 Calories

December 11, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

How would you like to be 50 pounds lighter 12 months from now?

50 pounds comes out to about 3 pants sizes.

Can you image how you would look 3 sizes smaller? You’d look like a whole new, younger person.

It’s actually much easier than you think.

I’m not talking about invasive, costly surgery, dangerous pills or potions, or grueling routines.

All it takes is losing one pound each week. One measly pound.

Hang with me for a minute and I will break it down mathematically. A pound is 3,500 calories-spread that over 7 days and you need a 500 calorie deficit each day to lose 1 pound in a week.

Your 500 calorie deficit can be done by a combination of increased calorie exertion (exercise) as well as a decrease in calories consumed (eating less).

 

Follow these steps:

 

  • First, record your normal weekly exercise – look at everything from walking to participating in sports to exercising in the gym. This is your starting point. From here you’ll need to burn an additional 3500 calories on top of your normal weekly exercise.If you don’t currently exercise, then any new activity will count towards your 3500 calorie weekly goal.
  • Second, record your normal weekly food intake – this may be an eye-opener when you see how many calories you eat in a day. Record everything honestly, since you are only cheating yourself by not recording everything. Calculate the total number of calories that you eat in an average day.
  • Now divide the 3500 calories between your activity list and your food list. You could choose to eliminate 1000 calories each week and burn off an additional 2500. Or you may decide to burn 3000 calories and eat 500 fewer calories.

Here are 7 simple ways to cut 250 calories:

  1. Drink plain coffee instead of a sweetened holiday coffee drink. Flavored coffee drinks are delicious but filled with way too much sugar. Drop 250 calories (or more) when you stick with plain coffee or tea instead of sugar-filled holiday coffee drinks.
  2. Just say NO! to the holiday treats. A single slice of fruitcake may seem innocent enough, besides everyone is eating them at the office meeting, why shouldn’t you? You know that all those holiday treats are packed with fat and calories. For each tempting treat that you refuse to eat, imagine the 250 calories falling off of your waistline, and smile to yourself.
  3. Jog for 30 minutes. Want in on a little secret? The hardest part about a simple 30 minute jog is the act of getting your shoes on and walking out the door. It’s true.
  4. Exchange 20 oz of regular soda for water. You know that soda is filled with tons of sugar, so why are you still drinking it? Every time you crave an ice cold cola picture swallowing spoonfuls of white sugar. That’s probably the easiest way to weight gain. Stick with water and kiss those extra calories goodbye.
  5. Swim laps for 30 minutes. If your response to my jogging suggestion was ‘I have bad joints’, then you are in luck. Swimming is one of the best aerobic activities you can do, and it is impact-free. When you swim you recruit your entire body, a process which requires lots of energy-AKA calories.
  6. Eat an apple instead of a cookie. Do you always go for something sweet after dinner? While your first instinct may be to reach for a cookie or a bowl of ice cream, why not consider what nature has to offer? Fruit is sweet, natural and lower in calories than traditional desserts.
  7. Come give my fitness routine a try. I have the whole calorie-burning equation down to a science, and I’d love nothing more than to help you achieve your fitness goal. My workouts have been known to burn up to 500 calories at a time, so what are you waiting for?

Losing 50 pounds in 12 months is very possible. Simply use the tips above to create your daily 500 calorie deficit and you’ll be shedding the weight in no time.

And if you’d rather have me do most of the work for you, then call or email to set up your no obligation consultation.

When you work with me, there’s a good chance that those 50 pounds will come falling off in less than 12 months. That wouldn’t be so bad, would it?

Give a Blow to Unwanted Pounds!

December 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

5 Tips to Kick Your UnWanted Pounds Away!

Pounds, pounds, go away, come again another day! If only losing weight were as easy as singing this simple rhyme over and over. Though shedding unwanted pounds is a good deal harder than that, you can do it. Do the following four action items and you’ll get rid of those unwanted and unsightly pounds faster than you can say fad diet.

1.  Don’t Binge

You’ve had a rough day and the only thing that could possibly help you feel better is a tub of ice cream. Or so you think. In actuality, gorging yourself on super double chocolate chip ice cream isn’t going to do you any good right now or in the future. If you want to get rid of weight, you’re going to have to learn self-control. When you’re by yourself and feel hungry for something unhealthy, find something else to do. Pick up a good book, call a friend, or drink a glass of water. If you’re especially intent on losing weight (which you must be if you’re reading this article), follow the next tip.

2.  Be Exercise Minded

In the comfort of your own home, it’s easy to eat whatever you want whenever you want. Learn to identify what causes you to want to eat unhealthy foods or unhealthy amounts of food. Then, begin to modify your behavior when you come face to face with the trigger. If coming home from work is usually followed by an hour on the couch, bonbons in hand, redesign your post-work routine around exercise. When you first get home, don’t hit the couch. Hit the closet for a change of clothes, and then get to the gym or go for a walk around the neighborhood. Changing your mindset takes time and dedication, but putting exercise first on your to-do list is vital to taking off excess pounds.

3.  Deny the Treats

Many dieters feel they’re obliged to a cake or cookie now and then to celebrate their small victories. Unfortunately, this good idea can often become a trap, as the treats become more and more common. Just remember that every time you’re offered a special treat, you have the option of accepting or denying the offer. Force yourself to say “No” 10 times more often than you say “Yes,” and the special treat will actually be a special treat instead of an everyday necessity. By doing this, you’ll also watch your weight slowly and steadily decrease.

4.  Sweat It Off

For the best chance at losing weight, you’re going to have to sweat. While a quick set of push-ups during lunch break will help your body a little bit, you’re not going to get the results you seek without making yourself sweat. No matter if you choose to walk or run for miles on end, participate in a local spin class, join a kickboxing class, or work out with free weights or elliptical machines, you need to sweat. If your workout leaves you dry, you’re not pushing yourself hard enough to lose weight. Increase your workout intensity and prepare to become the thinner, healthier you that you’ve always wanted to be.

5.  Something Extra Needed

If you’ve been working to stay fit and eat healthily but you just can’t seem to get rid of extra pounds, it may be time to stop going at it alone. Instead, contact your physician, dietitian, and personal trainer to find out what specific steps you can take to begin dropping unwanted extra pounds from your body.

In the event you’ve never interacted with a personal trainer, be ready for the shock of your exercising lifetime! It is your personal trainer’s job to make sure you work harder than you’ve ever worked in the gym. Follow your personal trainer’s rigorous recommendations to the letter, and you’ll be utterly exhausted. Of course, you’ll also be on your way to losing the extra pounds you’ve picked up over the years, and shedding pounds is well worth a little sweat and soreness – right?

Give a Blow to Unwanted Pounds

December 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Pounds, pounds, go away, come again another day! If only losing weight were as easy as singing this simple rhyme over and over. Though shedding unwanted pounds is a good deal harder than that, you can do it. Do the following four action items and you’ll get rid of those unwanted and unsightly pounds faster than you can say fad diet.

Don’t Binge

You’ve had a rough day and the only thing that could possibly help you feel better is a tub of ice cream. Or so you think. In actuality, gorging yourself on super double chocolate chip ice cream isn’t going to do you any good right now or in the future. If you want to get rid of weight, you’re going to have to learn self-control. When you’re by yourself and feel hungry for something unhealthy, find something else to do. Pick up a good book, call a friend, or drink a glass of water. If you’re especially intent on losing weight (which you must be if you’re reading this article), follow the next tip.

Be Exercise Minded

In the comfort of your own home, it’s easy to eat whatever you want whenever you want. Learn to identify what causes you to want to eat unhealthy foods or unhealthy amounts of food. Then, begin to modify your behavior when you come face to face with the trigger. If coming home from work is usually followed by an hour on the couch, bonbons in hand, redesign your post-work routine around exercise. When you first get home, don’t hit the couch. Hit the closet for a change of clothes, and then get to the gym or go for a walk around the neighborhood. Changing your mindset takes time and dedication, but putting exercise first on your to-do list is vital to taking off excess pounds.

Deny the Treats

Many dieters feel they’re obliged to a cake or cookie now and then to celebrate their small victories. Unfortunately, this good idea can often become a trap, as the treats become more and more common. Just remember that every time you’re offered a special treat, you have the option of accepting or denying the offer. Force yourself to say “No” 10 times more often than you say “Yes,” and the special treat will actually be a special treat instead of an everyday necessity. By doing this, you’ll also watch your weight slowly and steadily decrease.

Sweat It Off

For the best chance at losing weight, you’re going to have to sweat. While a quick set of push-ups during lunch break will help your body a little bit, you’re not going to get the results you seek without making yourself sweat. No matter if you choose to walk or run for miles on end, participate in a local spin class, join a kickboxing class, or work out with free weights or elliptical machines, you need to sweat. If your workout leaves you dry, you’re not pushing yourself hard enough to lose weight. Increase your workout intensity and prepare to become the thinner, healthier you that you’ve always wanted to be.

Something Extra Needed

If you’ve been working to stay fit and eat healthily but you just can’t seem to get rid of extra pounds, it may be time to stop going at it alone. Instead, contact your physician, dietitian, and personal trainer to find out what specific steps you can take to begin dropping unwanted extra pounds from your body.

In the event you’ve never interacted with a personal trainer, be ready for the shock of your exercising lifetime! It is your personal trainer’s job to make sure you work harder than you’ve ever worked in the gym. Follow your personal trainer’s rigorous recommendations to the letter, and you’ll be utterly exhausted. Of course, you’ll also be on your way to losing the extra pounds you’ve picked up over the years, and shedding pounds is well worth a little sweat and soreness – right?

Egg White and Spinach Wraps

December 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

This wrap is delicious for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It’s ready in a flash, tastes amazing, and is filled with lean protein, veggies and whole sprouted grains. Try it today, but don’t be surprised if you get hooked!
Servings: 2

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3/4 cup tomato, finely chopped
  • 2 cups spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup egg whites
  • dash of salt and pepper
  • 2 sprouted grain tortillas
  • 2 Tablespoons pesto (purchase it pre-made, or combine 1/2 cup walnuts, 2 cups basil leaves, 2 cloves garlic, 1/4 cup olive oil, and 1 Tablespoon lemon juice in a food processor and blend until it becomes a paste.)
  1. Spread a tablespoon of pesto over each tortilla and set aside.
  2. In medium sized skillet warm the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté until golden. Add the tomato and cook for another 3 minutes. Add the spinach and cook until it is soft and wilted. Remove the veggies from skillet, set aside in a bowl.
  3. Pour the egg whites into the skillet, season with salt and pepper. Cook until the egg is no longer runny.
  4. Arrange half of the egg whites in a line down the center of each tortilla. Top with half of the veggies and then fold the ends up and wrap like a burrito.

Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 288 calories, 10g fat, 28g carbohydrate, 6g fiber, and 21g protein.

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