Interesting links I’ve found on weight loss / weight control:
- Lose weight on junk food (why calories in versus out is important) – The reason I include this link is not to advocate a junk food diet, but rather to highlight the importance of tracking calories in versus calories burned. Of course the type of food you eat is important too, but if you are looking to lose weight… the most straight forward is to track calories in versus out using a product like FitBit.
- Why fad diets don’t work – Too often people want the easy way to lose weight. The reality is they tend to lose muscle or water weight on fad diets, and do not lose fat. Knowing that one pound of fat is equal to 3500 calories is critical to losing weight. If you run a deficit of 500 calories per day, you will lose one pound of fat per week. Being too agressive with deficits slows the metabolism, making weight loss more difficult.
- Weight loss basics / ideas – This article does a good job of setting expectations for weight loss. I like tracking and entering food consumption daily, as I think it helps you better understand portion control.
- Burning Fat – Understanding the basics of your metabolism, and why you can always out eat (more calories coming in) than burn via exercise.
- YMCA Body Fat Estimator (based on skin fold size)
Links I’ve found on exercise ideas:
- Treadmill settings to simulate running outdoors – How to set up your treadmill to simulate outdoor runs.
- No equipment home exercise routine – If you don’t have exercise equipment at home and want a good workout, here is an example.
- ERG file creation for CompuTrainer – If you have a CompuTrainer and want to create power profile workouts, this site makes it easy.
Other interesting links:
- Aging and athletics – The drop in performance in older athletes is not as great as once thought. The bigger issue… sedentary lifestyle.
- Ironman Race comparison / difficulty – A site showing the comparison of different IM events, based on DNF’s, times, etc.
- The funniest Race Report I’ve read, from IM Canada – This was a laugh out loud funny race report.
- Good reference for Tri equipment reviews – This guy seems to be on the inside of new product development review for Garmin. He also describes issues and resolution with Tri equipment as well.