Whenever you start a new exercise and/or diet program, it is advisable to first visit your GP – there are good reasons why. For instance, you may be suffering from a thyroid problem and not know, so simply trusting that you’re fat because you eat too much and a calorie-restricting eating plan will work for you could be disastrous. Or, you may have a sports injury that you think is insignificant simply because it has healed ages ago. These things could be detrimental to your chosen exercise program.
There are other things that you need to take into consideration before starting a new weight loss program as well, and it does not all have anything to do with pre-existing injuries or conditions.
It is very easy to hurt yourself by accident while working out. You’re particularly vulnerable to this if you’re training alone and don’t have a training buddy. You could be doing a certain routine completely wrong and not be aware of it, and this can lead to muscle tearing or even joint dislocation. So the moral of the story is to always try and have someone you know and trust train with you. You could hire a personal trainer, or even just ask the guys at the gym to help you (IT’S WHAT YOU’RE PAYING FOR – THEY’RE THERE FOR YOU!). Any gym worth its salt has well trained people on staff for just this purpose.
On the other hand, having a medical condition is different. Your doctor will (should) inform you of any dangers and should tell you what your limitations are and how to work around them safely. Having a medical condition is no reason to avoid the gym – I’m not saying you should use this as an excuse. There are lots of conditions that still allow you to go to gym regularly; just be mindful and be aware. If you need assistance, ask. That’s what those people wandering around the gym in uniform are there for.
Something else to look into is to know your blood type. Your blood type can determine how you lose weight and how you react to exercise and the recovery process. There are four blood groups: A, B, AB and O. Each has its own list of foods that is best for that type, and foods to avoid.
Type A does well on a vegetarian diet with soy and tofu substitutes to meat, which can have a toxic effect on type A’s sensitive system.
Type B – some of the biggest weight gain triggers for type-B’ers are wheat, lentils, tomatoes, peanuts and many more, among them even chicken. On the other hand, lamb, goat venison, rabbit, mutton and veggies are all good choices.
Type AB should avoid alcohol and caffeine, especially when they are stressed. Also avoid all smoked and cured meats, as these can cause cancer in people with low stomach acid levels, which this group tends to suffer from. Seafood like red snapper, tuna, salmon and mahi-mahi are good foods for this blood type. Dairy is also good, especially yoghurt.
Type O should avoid grains like wheat, beans, legumes and dairy, while they do well on a diet containing meat, fish, some fruit and veggies, but limiting their starch intake, like pasta and baked goods.
Keep checking back if you are interested in learning more on the different blood groups and the associated diets in later posts. In the mean time, be safe and have fun losing weight!