Nowadays everyone seems to want to get trimmer not only to look better but also for health reasons, which makes sense, New Year’s resolution or sometimes pressure from magazines and fashion.
This is not an easy task and although some succeed, indeed very few achieve it in a healthy and permanent way.
The whole endeavour can easily become a nightmare with so much conflicting information on the internet, the new celebrity’s fitness video, with no theoretical or formal education in the field, or even worse: the media biased and manipulated information.
So when people attempt to lose weight they usually take one of the following approaches: they start a diet consisting of what they believe is healthy, some of them go into a fad diet and some others go further: joining a gym and taking exercise according to their best knowledge or instructed by the gym’s consultant. I might break some hearts now but let me tell you one thing: dieting along will not do the trick, YOU HAVE TO EXERCISE. With that said I assume that you understand that this article is aimed at people who not only want to lose weight permanently but also look their best: Fit, Lean and Strong in the shortest possible time.
While an overweight person can lose a substantial amount of body weight it does not mean that the person will look great, although his or her health may improve a little bit.
In case you are wondering, LOSING TOTAL BODY WEIGHT IS NOT EQUAL TO LOOKING GREAT. You can roughly lose total body weight in four different ways: fat, muscle, water or glycogen but only one is healthy. Anyone? The correct answer is fat.
So if a slightly overweight or obese person loses let’s say the desired amount of body weight but half of that lost weight was muscle I can assure that the person may fit into his o her dream clothes but will be nowhere near being fit. Rather like a balloon that gets deflated.
Needless to say, for that person will be virtually impossible to keep his or her lost weight off permanently. That is why many people who lose weight sometimes look great – dressed! NOT so much naked, or on the beach. So for you gym warriors, males and females, here is the secret: The fastest way to lose weight AND reshape your body is to INCREASE the amount of muscle tissue while reducing the amount of fat. You know, it is muscles that reshape your body not the fat.
So the dilemma for the fit-to-be people is: how to do it? Answer: through proper personalised nutrition and weight training!! YES, even females and NO, women will not get huge or turn to the female version of the incredible hulk.
Muscle tissue is responsible for burning 75% of the calories a person consumes per day just to maintain the basic biological functions like breathing, body temperature, heart beating etc… The rest of the calories from the diet are burned through physical activities such as working, studying, making love etc. Now, I am not an expert on cars and mechanics but imagine the performance and fuel requirements of a Formula 1 car engine and an ordinary FIAT car engine – or about the nutritional requirements of a rugby player compared to that of an office employee. Can you see the picture? Therefore, if we increase the size of our body’s engine (muscle tissue) while reducing the amount of fat, we will not only achieve a fit and sculpted physique but also keep the excess fat off for ever. This is because your caloric need will increase to maintain the newly gained muscle or in other words you will be able to eat more without getting fat. Don’t you hate being hungry? I do!
I hope this article lights your road to your success.