Are you trying to get in shape and lose weight, but keep running into roadblocks? Bob helps you get fit by answering some caller's common questions that could help you shed unwanted pounds.
Will a glass of wine before bed keep me from losing weight? Bob says wine is one of the worst things you can put into your system late at night. "It slows everything down and it is just pretty much pure calories—it is more calories than just about any food rather than pure fat," he says. A nightcap can hinder your weight loss regime the same way a late-night snack can do. "You want about two to three hours of no food or anything for that matter in your system [before you go to bed]," he says. "If you are able to do it, it yields great, great results."
I don't sweat when I workout, is that okay?
Whether you are male or female, Bob says you should sweat when you workout. "I've never met anyone who does not sweat," he says. "I have met folks whose sweating mechanism isn't trained and they're not in shape and they are not challenging their body and that is the reason they are not sweating. They're never allowing their body temperature to go up," he says. If you aren't sweating Bob says you should up the intensity of your workout and check in on your breathing rate often. "If you can still talk—but you don't want to talk for very long—then you are in that zone and that is a very good sign," he says.
Is there a secret to losing weight?
While diet trends change, Bob says eating fruits, vegetables and whole grains and exercising 30 to 40 minutes a day is part of the weight loss "secret." So is a good night's sleep, he says. "If you are not getting sleep, your hormones just go nuts and those hormones throw you into a thing called metabolic syndrome—when fat starts creeping on, your blood sugars are thrown off, your blood lipids are thrown off," he says. "[So,] get your sleep."
Printed from Oprah.com on Tuesday, December 10, 2013