Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


February 28, 2013

Getting to the root of the weight-loss issue


Calorie counting will work for some. Many people enjoy tracking numbers and prefer this type of accountability. I do not recommend it. The calories don’t matter quite as much as the source of the calories.

If you are deriving your calories from protein, veggies and good fats, you will have success with weight management. By default, this addresses the “balanced food groups plan”, with one major exception. If you are looking to lose weight, you MUST avoid grains – even “whole wheat/grain” products. Many out there will disagree, but it simply works. “If you can’t pick off a tree, pull it from the ground or hunt it down, don’t eat it.” Breads do NOT meet any of these criteria.

ISSUE: RESISTANCE TRAINING: I keep hurting my shoulder when I lift weights but know the importance of strength and weight training. What should I do?

Expert: Cara Green

Member Advancement Director

Andover/ North Andover YMCA

Answer: If you are hurting yourself, something is not right. You are not giving a minor injury enough time to heal; doing something incorrectly or you have a more serious injury that requires a doctor’s care. Do not continue to work through the pain. Take the time and make the effort to fully recover so you can get back to strength training as quickly as possible instead of being sidelined for the long haul.

Expert: Tony Ferrao

Manager of Get in Shape for Women

Former director of Andover/North Andover Y

Answer: The first step is to seek the advice of a qualified fitness profesional who can access and coach form and technique to ensure the biomechanics of the shoulder are correct. After that, if the pain persists, an evaluation by a qualified orthopeadic medical professional is warranted to make sure the structure of the shoulder is intact and there is no tear or inflammation present.

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