Carter Fitness Lab March 2019

MARCH 2019

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KETO SUCKS SAYING GOODBYE TO THE DANGERS OF AMERICA’S FAVORITE PASSING FAD No fad in recent memory has taken our area by storm quite like the keto diet. It seems like everyone from your cousin to your economics teacher is singing the praises of the new “revolution in dieting.” However, at Carter Fitness Labs, we have been dealing with the aftermath of this revolution, and it’s not very pretty. While you may see satisfying results in the short term, the weight loss won’t be sticking around come summertime if you’re not careful. It all comes down to the peaks and valleys of changing your body’s physiology. If you’re not clinging to these changes for the rest of your life, then the impact of this high-fat diet can be alarming. The basis of the ketogenic diet, popularly known as the keto diet, revolves around an exclusively high- fat and low-carb intake — similar to the Atkins diet that gained popularity a decade or so ago. The basic pillars of keto have to do with dramatically reducing your carbohydrate intake and consuming high levels of fatty foods in its place. By cutting out carbs at this extreme level, your body enters into a metabolic condition called ketosis. Once you’re in full ketosis, your body begins to burn fat more

efficiently — for now. Unfortunately, the weight loss party won’t last.

Patrons of the diet get so used to eating a lot of fat that their bodies begin to crave it after ketosis is over. For example, let’s say you lose 10 pounds in a month — not a bad start, right? But because of your high fat habits, you’re liable to be back to your original weight after a week of indulgences. This is no way to live, and it’s definitely no way to diet. Here at Carter Fitness Labs, we don’t promote the keto diet, as you can probably tell already. Instead, we aim to get people on a regular diet where you can eat the regular foods you know and love. Whether it’s Captain Crunch in the morning or the occasional burger at night, it’s a diet that enables you to eat the food you want — all in moderation. It doesn’t matter if your food of choice has carbs or fat; as long as you feel full, it’s sustainable. We’re not food dictators. We aim to work with you and for you as we find the best plan to fit your desired long- and short-term results.

While it all sounds great and scientific and earthshaking, the problems begin to arise with the basic fundamentals of the diet itself, as well as with the profound aftershock your body goes through when you quit the diet. Time and time again, we see clients and friends alike come into Carter Fitness Labs after their inevitable post-keto weight gain, and I always tell them the same thing: Fitness is all about good habits and cutting calories, and keto doesn’t promote either. You have to be in a caloric deficit to lose weight no matter what you do, and one of the most important things people don't understand is the way your body processes fats. In order to process the fat you consume on keto and turn it into ketones, it has to first be stored in your body. In layman’s terms, this stored fat makes your body used to having stored fat long before it can be burned away during ketosis. Due to your unusually high fat count, your body begins to respond no differently than that of an overweight person, which causes a self-perpetuating cycle of bad habits.

–Saul Carter

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HAS YOUR EXERCISE ROUTINE REACHED A PLATEAU? TRY THESE 3 SUPPLEMENTS Diet, exercise, and sleep are all essential to

endurance throughout your time at the gym. These often contain caffeine, so anyone with sensitivity should take a delicate approach when using this supplement. While there are regulatory entities in this industry, many products are not subjected to their oversight. The FDA does not control pre- workout supplements, so users should be aware of potentially dangerous side effects, such as vomiting, jitters, cramps, headaches, and tingling extremities. MULTIVITAMINS Vitamins aren’t just for kids and the elderly. Many of our diets lack the nutrients necessary for muscle development and good health. A well-rounded multivitamin will add these nutrients into your body, giving you benefits at the gym and beyond. Supplementation isn’t just for gym rats. It can help anyone get closer to their goals and live a healthier life, and these three products are just the tip of the iceberg. While doing your own research is a great place to start, it’s also important to consult a fitness professional when looking for the right balance of supplements. There are many options available, and deciding the best regimen can be daunting, but once you have the proper routine, you can expect results.

achieving your fitness goals, but you’re inevitably going to reach a plateau. Maybe it starts with noticing you’re not getting the gains you wanted, or you’re feeling sluggish on a daily basis. This is common when going through an exercise program, and one factor hindering your progress could be a lack of nutrients. The following supplements may be able to help you reach peak physical fitness. PROTEIN Getting enough protein is vital for muscle-building and overall health. But when you consider all the options, choosing the right protein can be overwhelming. Soy? Whey? Plant-based? A fast-release protein, like whey or soy, is best to consume directly after your workouts, and a slow- release protein, like casein, works well if taken before bed. The fast release helps with muscle growth, and the slow release prevents muscle deterioration and speeds up recovery. PRE-WORKOUT Sometimes you just need that extra push of focus and energy. An excellent pre-workout product delivers vital nutrients to your muscles and increases


As the weather warms up, the urge to get out of the house becomes stronger. However, any plans you might have can be abruptly canceled due to rain. If you find yourself stuck inside for the day, here are a few activities to keep you occupied. READ A BOOK If you have a bookshelf full of novels you’ve not cracked open, a rainy day is the perfect time to jump in. Settle down on the sofa with a cuddly blanket and enjoy some uninterrupted reading. The rain smattering against your windows creates the perfect background noise to delve into the pages of a new adventure.


make the puzzle a team activity. With the whole day ahead of you, you’ll have several hours to devote to one of your favorite hobbies. Don’t let the rain keep you down! Instead, take advantage of the weather and enjoy a cozy day at home.

Having a movie or TV series marathon is another great way to pass the time. You can watch some of the classics, like “Forrest Gump” or “Singing in the Rain,” fill the day with “The Lord of the Rings” series, or start a new Netflix show. If you want to involve your kids in the binge-watching, you can let them pick out one of their favorite movies too. PIECE TOGETHER A PUZZLE A rainy day is a great opportunity to pull out a puzzle. You can also grab your friends or family members and


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When it comes to relieving pain, everyone has an opinion. Your mom might suggest taking pills and a nap, while your neighbor swears it’s best to walk it off. Meanwhile, yearly advancements offer more options — and opinions — for patients seeking relief. Among the plethora of available treatments, two remain constant — heat and ice. However, many people don’t know which to use, and unfortunately, the wrong decision can make your pain or injury worse. If you are unsure which method is best for you, here’s the answer to your heating or icing dilemma. HEAT: These treatments can come in several forms, such as creams, pads, and wraps. Many medical professionals

suggest using heat treatment for 30 minutes to four hours, depending on what is needed to fully relax the muscle. Heat often works best for chronic pain because it supports blood flow and loosens your muscles. Heat treatments can also be used to relieve stress and tension, but you should never use heat on an open wound or fresh injury. ICE: Cooling treatments can also be found in cream or wrap form, but a bag of peas or ice from your freezer will work just as well. Ice should be used for short periods throughout the day. Icing treatments are best for bruised wounds and minor injuries because the cold can reduce the swelling in your blood vessels — the cause of bruising — and expedite your healing process. However, icing your

chronic pain can be detrimental due to the stiffening reaction that decreases swelling. This is the opposite of the muscle relaxation you need for chronic pain relief. Eventually, heating treatments can be worked into a healing plan, but ice is a quick solution to a small problem. As with most treatments, what works for one person may not work for another. If icing an injury feels best for you and you see improvement, continue icing away your pain. Additionally, some patients find relief while rotating between cooling and heating. Regardless of your preferred method, it’s best to seek professional guidance in order to find a viable long- term solution.



Inspired by Bon Appétit magazine


• 1 6-ounce beet (about the size of an adult fist), scrubbed • 1 15 1/2-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

4. Once beet is cool enough to handle, use a paper towel to remove beet skin. Trim root end and cut into small pieces. Add to blender or food processor, and blend until entire mixture is smooth. Add additional salt if desired. 5. Transfer to a shallow bowl, top with garnishes, and serve. • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander • Mint leaves, poppy seeds, and olive oil, for garnish • 1 garlic clove, grated • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or more to taste

• 1/3 cup tahini, well-mixed • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese


1. Heat oven to 425 F. 2. Wrap beet tightly in foil. On a foil- lined baking sheet, roast wrapped beet until fork tender, about 60–70 minutes. 3. While beet is roasting, blend chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, ricotta, garlic, salt, pepper, and coriander until smooth.

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If you’re lucky enough to have been aboard a ship under full sail, chances are you know the thrill and serenity sailing can give you. If you’ve never been but have always wanted to know what it’s like to get out on the wind and waves, there are many great options available for beginners. Here are some ideas to inspire your next waterside vacation. START SMALL you the ropes. The great thing about sailing is that whether you’re in a 12-foot

For those who dream of becoming a skipper one day, a great way to start is by sailing dinghies. These one-sail, beach-launch boats fit 1–2 people and can be rented at most water sports shops. If you want to make it a family experience, shops usually have 16-foot catamarans for rent as well. Catamarans have two hulls rather than one, making for a smoother, more spacious ride. If you’ve never sailed before, inquire about lessons. Most rental operations have instructors on hand who can show

dinghy or a 60-foot sloop, the same basic principles, rules, and skills apply. TAKE A DAY SAIL Many day-sail charters exist for those who want to go out a little farther than a dinghy would permit. If you’ve captained a boat and are familiar with the waters, you can apply for a bareboat charter. However, if you are inexperienced or simply don’t want a local guide at the helm, signing up for a day trip with a skipper and crew is a great option.

DO A FULL CHARTER Short of owning your own vessel, chartering a boat for multiple nights is the closest you can get to living out your nautical dreams. Some of the most beautiful destinations on earth — from the Caribbean Sea to the Mediterranean — are best experienced from the deck of a sailboat. Letting the sea guide you to amazing snorkeling destinations, remote cays, and bustling harbors is the stuff of real adventure.


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