The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just came out with the obesity rankings for every state and the results are not good. Kentucky ranks as the 4th fattest state in the Union and the 2nd most stressed. Additionally Kentucky is ranked number 3 among states that need more sleep meaning that the fight against obesity in our state is critical.
Exercise Physiologist Carlos Rivas joined us in studio to show us how to "eradicate obesity."
· Obesity is serious and costly. Being overweight and obese increases your risk of heart disease. Excessive amount of body fat increases your levels of triglycerides and LDL (bad cholesterol) and lowers your HDL (good cholesterol).
· Being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing hypertension (high blood pressure). High blood pressure increases your risk of heart disease and stroke.
· More than 80 percent of people with Type II diabetes are obese or overweight.
· Obesity increases your risk of developing certain cancers
Carlos Rivas, MS, CSCS, ACSM-CPT, an Exercise Physiologist and Personal Trainer, owner of FitCorp and Fitness Matters has made it simple to implement his 5 of 5-lifestyle management system to eradicate obesity. Lifestyle change is the most effective treatment, but the hardest to implement. Carlos's lifestyle management system has been shown to:
· Reduce LDL levels
· Reduce triglyceride levels
· Increase HDL
· Increase your energy levels
· Reduce stress levels
Carlos's 5 of 5 lifestyle management system includes:
1. Eating more frequently: Eating approximately every 3 hours will allow you to have more energy throughout the day. Every person has a different metabolic rate so we will test and give you guidance on your specific caloric needs.
2. Drinking lots of water: Dehydration is the number one cause of headaches and fatigue. Staying hydrated will increase your energy levels. Again we will provide you with a custom program for managing your water intake.
3. Cardio: If you have been sedentary for a long time, you will want to start by walking 10 minutes a day, working your way up to 30 minutes per day. This is one of the best ways to increase your endorphin, serotonin, and dopamine levels, which all help you to feel good, stay calm, and get motivated.
4. Resistance training: Resistance exercises will build and maintain muscle mass, which helps you have a higher metabolism. Do 15-30 minutes of resistance exercises 3 times per week on non-consecutive days. Our custom plan will increase your muscle mass by changing the frequency, intensity, time and type of exercise.
5. Sleep: Your body is designed to get between 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Sleep deprivation will cause your satisfactory hormone (leptin) to decrease and your hunger-stimulating hormone (ghrelin) to increase. A recipe for disaster.
Carlos is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of FitCorp, a highly individualized worksite wellness company, Director of Fitness and High Performance Coaching for FitCorp. He holds bachelor's degrees in exercise science and sports medicine, and a master's degree in exercise physiology.
He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, National Strength and Conditioning Certified Personal Trainer, American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer, former director of one of the nation's top 10 personal training programs, conditioning instructor for the University of Louisville Exercise Science Program, and has more than 15,000 hours of personal training experience.
Carlos can be reached by e-mail: email@example.com or 502-741-9428 to schedule your highly individualized training session.