Paula Owen's new book "Fat Loss Revolution."

Paula Owen’s new book “Fat Loss Revolution.”

Let’s face it, it’s pretty confusing out there… weight loss, fat loss, good carbs, bad carbs? Whom can you trust? Nutritionist Paula Owens sets things straight for you in her latest book, “Fat Loss Revolution.” Paula has graciously agreed to answer some key questions to give us a taste of what her book has in store. It’s the perfect complement to “Nancercize: 101 Things to Do on a Park Bench,” too!

1. Paula, how is your book, “Fat Loss Revolution,” different from all the other books out there?
“Fat Loss Revolution” contains practical knowledge that most of America is not receiving about fat loss. “Fat Loss Revolution” is not a quick-fix diet or the next best weight loss gimmick. The information in “Fat Loss Revolution” will work for everyone—yesterday, today and tomorrow because it’s based on who we are as a whole and all of our systems working together.

2. What’s the difference between fat loss and weight loss?
I go into great detail on this question. ;-). With weight loss, people are focused on counting calories, dieting and a number on the scale. The scale doesn’t reveal if you’ve lost muscle, water weight or body fat. Fat loss is about losing body fat, preserving lean muscle tissue, balancing hormones, and making healthier food choices and finding out what works for you specifically to achieve a lean, fit and healthy body.

My advice is to throw the scale away!

3. Do you recommend a different kind of cardio for health from what you recommend for fat burning?
No, I do not. If an individual has extra time and wishes to add aerobic, steady-state, cardio-style exercise to their workout regime, I see no problem with that. However, the majority of individuals do not have an excess amount of time for exercise. For the purpose of optimal health, hormonal balance, anti-aging and fat loss and with the shortest amount of time spent per exercise session, high-intensity interval training and strength training are your best bets.

As a matter of fact, a study by the Montreal Heart Institute showed that high-intensity interval training makes middle-aged people not only healthier, but smarter. All of the participants in the study had one or more cardiovascular risk factor. In just four months, those who followed a program of two days of strength training and two days of high-intensity intervals reduced their mid-section fat significantly, and VO2max and insulin sensitivity increased dramatically in conjunction with an increase in cognitive function.

4. Why is it important to go beyond cardio and include strengthening and stretching in a fitness program?
Strength training with free weights that are heavy enough to provide a training stimulus produces fat loss results faster, increases lean muscle tissue, boosts fat burning post exercise due to the increased metabolic rate that occurs with strength training, and is one of the best forms of exercise to alter your physique. Strength training is especially important as we age due to sarcopenia, which is the degenerative loss of muscle mass that occurs inevitably with age.

Stretching and relaxation activities are equally important to create balance from the more intense activities by calming down the nervous system and the mind, lengthening muscles and connective tissue, and to allow physiological and psychological recuperation. Some of my favorite types of relaxation exercises include yin yoga, restorative yoga, meditation, Qi Gong and Tai Chi.

5. How can people overcome their obstacles to exercise?
Find something they enjoy doing or find an exercise partner. Search for and hire a qualified coach.

6. What’s the most important advice you have about healthy eating?
Stay away from processed foods that are full of chemicals, genetically modified ingredients, artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, soda, processed vegetable oils, corn, wheat, and soy. Eat real food.

Paula Owens, M.S., is a nutritionist, a fitness and fat loss expert and natural health practitioner. She is the author of “The Power of 4” and “Fat Loss Revolution.” Paula holds a Master’s degree in Holistic Nutrition, a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, and numerous professional health and fitness certifications. Paula has a private practice in the Phoenix area and consults with clients all over the world. She is also the creator of “21 Days to a Leaner, Healthier You,” an online Exercise and Fat Loss Program. Paula consults with clients locally in the Phoenix area and around the world via telephone or Skype. More at

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