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Should You Care What Your Employees Eat and If They Workout?

Should you Care What Your Employees Eat and If They Workout?

You offer health insurance, life insurance, and maybe quality disability insurance for your employees, but you should you care what your employees eat or if they workout?

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Research from the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO), Brigham Young University and the Center for Health Research at Healthways shows “presenteeism”, or being at work but not performing at optimal levels, damages workplace efficiency. These inefficiencies are created by employees not eating healthy or working out regularly. The inefficiency of presenteeism and absenteeism causes lost production that costs businesses billions in operations costs annually.

The study found some of the following statistics:

  • Absenteeism was 27% lower for workers who ate healthy and regularly exercised vs those who didn’t.
  • Performance of workers who ate healthy and regularly exercised was 11% higher than those were are obese.
  • 66% of employees with an unhealthy diet were more likely to report lost productivity vs those with a healthy diet
  • Healthy snacks actually increase productivity, 93% of those who claim to not eat healthy snacks lose productivity.
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This seems difficult, but it isn’t. Helping your employees live healthy lives in and outside the workplace will make your business more efficient.

Other Factors (from numerous studies):

  • A Duke University study shows that obese workers file twice as many workers’ compensation claims, cost seven times as much, and miss 13 times more days of work.
  • Obese men take almost 6 more sick days than their healthier counterparts, obese women take an additional 9 more sick days.

Solutions:

  • Hire a Sports Nutritionist/Fitness Coach (Like me!) to give 30 minute class during lunch on healthy eating and healthy lifestyle changes. Having these sessions once a month can help educate employees on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.
  • Healthy snack options. My wife and I teach our clients that snacks can make or break a diet. Most dieters think they need to stay away from snacks, but we find that snacks are a necessity and will prevent you from binge eating. Having almonds, cashews, fruits, and vegetables available in your break-room/kitchen will give your staff the opportunity to refuel for dollars a day. A bunch of bananas can feed 6-8 people and only cost you less than $2.00.
  • Gym memberships are great benefits for your employees. Many gyms will give you a nice discount if you enroll your office all at once.
  • Weight loss contests are great incentives for people to get healthier around the office. Prizes such as Apple Watches or Fitbits will encourage employees to continue tracking their health.

Summary:

To become  fully efficient in today’s business, companies must take care of employees. The paradigm must be broken and businesses must attempt to change or at least show that they care about the well being of the employees by teaching sound nutrition advice. The studies show that healthier employees are more productive and have less absences. Businesses will have more productive employees who will live fuller and longer lives with nutrition and lifestyle enrichment programs that may not cost the employer much compared to the net benefit of utilization.

To debate more about this topic, or to contact me directly, email me: nutritiontrain@yahoo.com.

About the author: 

Dustin Holston is a personal trainer and sports nutritionist from West Virginia. During the day he is a Legal Administrator running a regional law firm in Charleston. Dustin completed his MBA from Marshall University and has 15 years experience managing insurance agencies, banks, and law firms. Dustin and his wife have a love of fitness and nutrition and spend much of their time volunteering and making workout plans and diet plans for those trying to lose weight (for free).

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Sources:

Diet may affect workplace productivity, Mother Nature Network, http://www.mnn.com/money/green-workplace/blogs/diet-may-affect-workplace-productivity. Accessed 31 Jan. 2017.

Duke Study Says Obese Workers File More Worker Compensation Claims, Fowler Insurance, fowlerinsure.com/2017/01/16/duke-study-says-obese-workers-file-more-worker-compensation-claims/. Accessed 31 Jan. 2017.

Eric A. Finkelstein, Marco daCosta DiBonaventura, Somali M. Burgess and Brent C. Hale. “The Costs of Obesity in the Workplace.” Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 52(10):971-976, October 2010.

You Are What You Eat…. Even At Work, Business News Daily, http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/3699-healthy-eating-worker-productivity.html. Accessed 31 Jan. 2017.

How to Snack While Dieting

How to Snack While Dieting

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Question: I love chips, are healthy variety of chips good alternatives for mid-morning and afternoon snacks?

Afternoon: Simple Answer… No.

When you diet, there are a few things that you want to do. You want to eat frequent meals to keep your metabolism up, and keep yourself from feeling “starving”. You also want to meal prep to keep nutritious food within arms reach to keep from eating fast food and other horrible food.

When dieting, the dieter needs to watch out for carbs. Carbs need to be consumed upon waking up and around post workout. The rest of the day should be low carb. Why? Carbs, especially simple carbs, spike insulin. When you are sitting at your desk, and insulin is spiked, it leads to fat storage. Carbs also hold 3 grams of water per gram of carbohydrate. 6 ounces of chips can make you gain over a pound total, and although most will be water weight, some of this will be stored as fat.

What should you eat instead?

  • Nuts: Nuts are full of healthy fats, protein, and fiber. All of which are great for dieting, heart health, keeping you full, and lean muscle.
  • Greek Yogurt: I like Oikos Triple Zero Greek Yogurt because it has 15 grams of protein, 0 fat, and 14 carbs (6 fiber).
  • 1st Phorm Level-1 Protein Shake- My breakfast everyday. Less than 140 calories, 24 grams of protein, and keeps me full for hours. It is muscle in a bottle. Order here with free shipping: https://1stphorm.com/a/products/protein-powder/meal-replacement-proteins/level-1a_aid=nutritiontrain

Summary:

Stay away from carbs when snacking. Eat protein, fiber, and healthy fats.

 

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Good luck!

 

Dustin Holston

Personal Trainer/Sports Nutritionist

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How to Diet- A Comprehensive Guide

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How to Diet- A Comprehensive Guide

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Dieting isn’t as hard, or as expensive as people make it out to be.

The Weight Loss Formula

As mentioned in the linked article the weight loss formula is simple.

(BMR) > (Calories Consumed)-(Calories Burned)

Or quite simply: Eat less calories than  your body needs. 

Step #1. Figure out how many calories your body needs to maintain current weight (BMR).

Before you can start dieting, you really should figure out how many calories your body needs to maintain your current weight . I like to use this calculator to calculate my BMR. Currently my BMR is approximately 1900 calories (I’m 5’8, 192, 32 years old). BMR is the calculation of how many calories your body needs to maintain current weight if you were just sitting and breathing all day. This doesn’t include what your body needs if you workout, work, etc.

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Step #2. How many pounds of fat do I want to burn each week?

Of the thousands of people who will read this article, I’m sure 95% of you will say “as much as possible”. Although this sounds like a good idea, it is not. Losing weight too fast can be detrimental to your health. You should want to lose weight safely and effectively while leaving as much muscle as possible.  The old adage is that cutting calories by 500 a day will help you burn 1 pound of fat a week. Although there are multiple studies confirming and denying the 500 calorie figure, I like to use it in my cheat sheet.

There are three ways to “cut calories”. The first way is to eat fewer calories. The second way is to burn those calories. The most effective way to diet is to do both. Burning calories through weight training and cardio will help you grow muscle and burn fat. Changing your diet will further help your weight loss journey. The third way to burn calories is through supplements such as The Bliss Go Pack or Commander Go Pack from 1st Phorm. These help speed up your metabolism to help you shred fat faster.

How many pounds should I shoot for losing each week? In most cases I don’t suggest trying to lose more than 1-3 pounds per week. This is equates to 4-12 pounds per month. Keep in mind that we are talking about “Fat” and not clearly just pounds. If you were normally eating a high sodium diet, you will lose a ton of water weight the first few weeks on top of the fat.

Equation:

To Lose 1 pound per week- Cut/burn 500 additional calories than your body needs each day.

To Lose 2 pounds per week- Cut/burn 1000 additional calories than your body needs each day.

To lose 3 pounds per week- Cut/burn 1500 additional calories than your body needs each day.

Step #3. How am I going to burn these calories?

Part A. Plan a Diet

I suggest starting out to try to eat your BMR. The BMR is the amount of calories your body needs at rest to maintain current body weight. Since you will be active and in the gym, your body is going to be burning much more calories than normal, so eating your BMR should be 500-1000 calories less than your body will actually need to maintain current body weight.

This means I need to shoot for around 1900 calories per day.

Sample Meal Plan

Breakfast- Level-1 Shake + Banana= 230 calories

Snack #1- 1 servings of almonds= 160 calories

Lunch- Broccoli and Chicken Breast (6 oz)- 330 calories

Snack #2- 1 servings of almonds- 160 calories

Dinner-2 fillets of Tilapia, 2 servings of brown rice (200 grams), Cauliflower- 500 calories

Post-Workout Snack- 2 servings of Phormula-1 + 1 serving of Ignition= 360 calories

Before Bed Snack- Peanut butter with apples- 200 calories

Total Calories= 1940

Part B. Workout Plan

When I’m cutting, I want to be in the gym at least 5 days a week. I like to hit specific muscle groups on specific days. I will then finish the workout by doing cardio.

Monday- Biceps/Triceps + 20 minutes HIIT

Tuesday- Chest + 20 minutes of HIIT

Wednesday- Legs + 20 minute jog

Thursday- Back + 20 minute jog

Friday- Shoulders + Calves + 20 minute HIIT.

Weekends- I may go for a jog or play basketball. I try to give my muscles the weekend off.

Part C. Supplement Plan

Supplements help supplement your diet and exercise. If you are a gym rat, you will need to supplement your diet more because you lose many vitamins and minerals through sweat. We also miss out on a lot of vitamins and minerals because of our diet. Many American’s don’t eat enough fish.

Here is my supplement plan:

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Commander + Thyro-Drive with Breakfast– Commander is my favorite fat burner on the market. Commander gives me energy, reduces cravings, and burns fat.

Commander  with Lunch– Commander is my favorite fat burner on the market. Commander gives me energy, reduces cravings, and burns fat.

M-Factor Hero before bed– A great multivitamin that isn’t pixie dusted. It works by giving you essential vitamin and minerals your body needs in a capsule, much more proven way to inject vitamins.

Thyro-Drive before bed– Thyro-Drive helps maintain optimal thyroid performance to maxmize weight loss.

Opti-Core before bed– Stress makes you gain weight, lack of sleep helps prevent gains. Opti-Core helps reduce stress and increase sleep.

Full Mega before bed– We don’t eat enough fish. Fish Oil is great for your heart, is an anti-inflammatory, and studies have shown weight loss with fish oil.

Creatine Post Workout-  I mix creatine with Ignition and Phormula-1 Protein post workout to help with muscle growth and recovery.

 

Summary:

Losing weight isn’t difficult, but keep consistent with it can be. Plan everything from your workouts, to your diet, to you supplements to ensure that you maximize the weight loss. After each month I take a look back to see if I achieved the results I wanted. I then make tweaks.

 

If you need further advice on diet, training, or other goals, feel free to email me: nutritionandpersonaltraining@yahoo.com. Also feel free to click on any of the links through the page to receive the lowest price and free shipping on your 1st Phorm orders.

 

Thank you,

 

Dustin Holston

Certified Personal Trainer/Sports Nutritionist

1stphorm.com/nutritiontrain

 

Protein Pancakes!

Protein Pancakes!!!

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Here is what you need:

Directions:

  • Heat frying pan on medium/high
  • Smash 1 large banana until it looks gooey in bowl
  • Add 2 large eggs
  • Add 1/8 tsp of baking powder
  • Add 1 Scoop of 1st Phorm Level-1 Protein
  • Wisk until it is pancake batter consistency…
  • This batter should make 4 large pancakes
  • Pour Batter on frying pan
  • Cook for about 45 seconds on each side (until it isn’t gooey anymore)

Macros (per pancake):

103 calories, 3 grams of fat, 9 grams of carbs, 10 grams of protein

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Summary: For a few additional calories you can add some dark chocolate chips! This was amazing for a desert pancake. My wife and I enjoyed the protein pancakes and they were very simple to make. Share with your friends!
Eat healthy my friends,
Dustin Holston
Sports Nutritionist/Personal Trainer
http://www.teamnutritiontrain.com