Your Questions About Health And Fitness Magazine

Susan asks…

Where do you find the motivation to get and stay in shape?

I'm a straight male, ex aerobics instructor from the 80's. Back in the day, i was totally fit… fast forward 20 years and to the reality.

now, i'm a 38 year old dad of 2, with a beautiful wife that wears size 2 (even after giving birth to our kids) and she doesn't have to do anything to be thin. actually, she eats like a pig.

it's been good 3 years since i was in shape. i went from waist size 28 in the 80's to now 36. i smoke a pack of cigarettes per day, i work 70 hours per week.

i can squeeze in a workout between my two jobs if i really wanted to…

how do i get my interest back in fitness, and what do you do for motivation?

dknol answers:

Get a work out partner! Read health magazines, put pic on your fridgerator of really overweight people and really skinni people to keep you from unhealthy snacking, talk to a fitness and nutrition person to inform you on the newest and up to date diet and nutrition information. Buy a shirt/shorts etc you like, 1 size to small and make a goal to get into it!

Lizzie asks…

Will women always be pressured to be thin?

I agree that they should not be fat.

But the pressure for women in the magazines and television is taking thinnes too far.

I mean naturally, women are suppose to have some fat and have a soft texture. And there is nothing wrong with a woman with big hips.(never big waist though).

Why can't that be seen as the standard of beauty? Like in the medium ‘range'. Not the skinny range.

dknol answers:

Seriously, you think that our magazines and TV should feature average looking people?

It's your own fault and insecurity if you feel like you have to look like a movie star to be beautiful.

I don't look like George Clooney or Brad Pitt or any of the fitness models on the cover of Men's Health.

And my girl doesn't look anything like Jennifer Anniston or any of the women in the Sports Illustrated Swim Suit Issue.

But we don't feel like there's any pressure on us. We're total horn dogs for eachother and there's no doubt that we are meeting some standard of attractiveness.

I mean, what standard do I care about meeting? My goal isn't to be on TV or magazines. It's to be cherished and pleasured. Things are working out just fine by that standard.

Nancy asks…

do you lose your boobs when you train for a fitness/bodybuilding competition?

I just started training for a fitness competition, and ive noticed that a lot of the girls in these competitions have fake boobs. Am i gonna lose mine? :(

dknol answers:

It depends on the person and how intense/far you're planning on going for the fitness competition. I say it depends on the person because some people have more fat in that area and you could end up going down a size or two. That's dependent on the size you started w/and you body fat ratio, especially in the boobs. Some people experience no difference while others have to get refitted for their bras. However, you will not “lose” your boobs and suddenly become flat as a bored.

The only way that happens is if you're going pretty hardcore into the fitness comp. But this is on the level of professional bodybuilders where you see in magazines that showcase a male and female bodybuilder whom are both completely ripped. This is because their body fat ratio is so extremely low that their body fat percentage is probably in the single digits. Even then, it's not completely flat has all these women still have mammary glands and will still have a mound/bump.

Like I said, though, that's an entire lifestyle change, you can't easily become a pro bodybuilder and in no way should worry about this happening. You could go down a size or two if you weren't in great shape to begin w/and had enough fat in your boobs to end up losing from exercise. But if you've always been in moderate shape or are just beginning this new training more for stamina and muscle mass than weight loss and haven't seen a change in you size/body ratio, then you're not likely to see a boob size change.

It's possible all those chicks got boob jobs cause they just wanted to, or like the “perkiness” since they'll be on display during competitions. That's my honest guess as to why so many have them. If you're really interested, I'm sure you could ask them politely for their reason or how they like them and say you're contemplating getting them or worried if you need them also for comps. Personally, I say boob jobs are only good if they are done for yourself (not how you think others might feel but to make you feel better about yourself) or health issues (I've known many 5 foot tiny girls w/bras that fit on my head. The back pains they suffered before their breast reduction sucked). Plus, some of these boob jobs freak me out, always pointing out and mad hard…

Richard asks…

Does anybody know of any good black fitness & health magazines?

I already subcribe to Fitness Magazine however I am looking for something geared toward African American health & fitness.

dknol answers:

Ya here is the link to the magazine

James asks…

Is there a website for making a health planner?

I want to know if there is a webisite (if possible, a free one) that helps put in my data and can help me make a diet and excercise plan. First one to give a good answer gets the 10 points.

dknol answers:

Please see source links below.

The following healthy living recommendations will help you if you’re trying to lose weight, tone up your muscles, have aspirations of building lean muscle mass, are attempting to get a wash board stomach, or just want to feel better:

*1) Burn more calories then you're consuming everyday and measure your results using the following formula: Calories Consumed minus Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) minus Physical Activity minus the Thermic Effect of Food (TEF). A website that explains this formula in more detail and will help you determine how many calories you need to reach or maintain a certain weight is at

Get a diet and fitness calculator that you can put on your computer or cell phone. This will allow you to easily calculate the above formula, set goals, log your daily calorie consumption, and register your physical activities.

Set realistic goals for your ideal body weight. Here are two websites that will calculate a suggested body weight:

It is difficult and unhealthy to lose more than one or two pounds per week. There are 3,500 calories in a pound. If you eat 500 fewer calories per day for a week you will lose one pound. If you burn through exercise 500 more calories per day for a week you will lose one pound.

*2) Eat natural and organic foods found on earth versus something created by a corporation to make money. Eat meals in small portions throughout the day and take a good multi-vitamin supplement.

Avoid “High Glycemic Load Carbs” (sugar, pastries, desserts, refined starches such as breads, pasta, refined grains like white rice; high starch vegetables such as potatoes) and drink lots of water. Read this article for more information on high GL Carbs:

Do not try fad diets or diet pills. Here is an excellent food pyramid that anyone can follow:

*3) Exercise on most days by doing cardiovascular training and/or resistance training activities.

Read a book or find a certified trainer to make sure your doing all resistance training exercises correctly. A great book to buy that teaches you the resistance training basics is “Weight Training for Dummies”. A superb magazine to buy with resistance training routines that will not get you bored is “Muscle and Fitness”. Signup for the free newsletter. An excellent free online resource is at

A good book to buy that teaches you the cardiovascular training basics is “Fitness for Dummies”.

*4) Get plenty of sleep. Sleep experts say most adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night for optimum performance, health, and safety.

*5) Educate yourself continually on health issues and make a life long commitment to good health. A great free publication is “Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005”. A superb book to read is “You The Owner’s Manual”. An excellent periodic publication is the “Nutrition Action Health Letter”. A reputable test you can take to measure your biological age is at

Look at all areas where you can enhance your health. For example, make improvements in the quality of the air you breathe. Review outdoor air quality forecasts where you live and get an indoor air purifier. Send me an email or yahoo instant message to “gainbetterhealth” if you want an indoor air purifier recommendation and if you have any questions.

*Click on all the source links below to get the full benefit of the recommendations. The answers presented to your health questions are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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