Monday, September 19, 2011

How to master weight control

We don’t usually associate weight loss with mastery. Most of us think like this: I want to lose weight, so I’ll go on a diet. That’s it, we check out the latest diet fad and try and stick to it. Most of us know what happens next: we try— we fail— and we try again. For many it becomes a vicious circle…

…most never master the art of lasting weight control…here’s why:

Human beings in general tend to be motivated by the quick fix. We are not into delaying gratification. We want it now. Not tomorrow, or next week, but now. We’re too busy, too stressed and life’s just too short. That seems to be how it is for many, but there is a better way…

…the path to mastery (of anything) is not always easy. It takes commitment, patience, and it takes desire. But when we’re able to do this our life starts to change—for the better— and with it, our self-esteem too.

So how do we master the habit of weight control? First we have to find out what works and what doesn’t: For example, science tells us that the number 1 reason we gain weight is because we consume more calories than we need. We also know that the best form of exercise for burning fat is high intensity exercise.

To master control of our weight we need a plan that we can follow for the rest our lives—not some fad diet that we get bored with. When it comes to exercise, we have to be realistic about the routine we follow. We can’t expect to “suddenly” work out every day for 2 hours, 7 days a week. Or can we expect to “suddenly” live on 600 calories a day. It’s a lifestyle change we need.

So to summarise: Get the facts about what really works. Forget fad diets. Choose a way of eating that you can follow for the rest of your life. Find a mentor, or coach who can show you the way, then practice, practice, practice…that’s how you become good at anything, and that includes controlling your weight.

Until next time.


Monday, August 22, 2011

Valuable NEW insight into effective weight control

There’s an old saying that goes “There’s no such thing as mistakes in life, just lessons”.

Most of us have made the common mistake of looking for the quick diet fix. And many of us have launched ourselves into an excessively hard exercise programme only to become injured, or just plain bored, usually within weeks. Or, we’ve gone on some fad diet that’s almost impossible to stick too.
Yet we seem to repeat the same mistakes again and again, that is, until we finally learn our lesson:

“There are no shortcuts to lasting weight control”. But there is one thing you can do to ensure your weight loss success and” its back up by scientific research”.
Before I tell you about it let me share something with you: About eighteen months ago I had a bit of a health scare: One Saturday, halfway through a tough gym session I become very disorientated and confused. It was a pretty scary experience, but it turned out to be to a positive episode in my life: Here’s why…

…This event led to a series of health checks…heart scans, brain scans, you name it. But nothing, I’m pleased to report, showed up. Anyway, this motivated me to make major new changes regarding my health. I’ve always been a bit of a health nut anyway, but during recent years I’ve noticed my weight has slowly ballooned. So here’s what I did about it:

“I exercised once every 7 days for just 20 minutes!”

Yes, that’s right, 20 minutes once each week. What’s more I did no cardio. That’s no running, walking, swimming, or cycling. So what did I do?

I performed 5 exercises every 5- 7 days. These exercises were done in a gym using machines and dumbbells. All these exercises had one goal, and that was to make me stronger. But what does this have to do with weight loss you might ask, the answer is—everything!

Recent research has proven strength training to be a major part of the fat loss puzzle. This is particularly true as we grow older, because after the age of around 30 years we start to lose muscle. But what most people don’t’ realise is that the more muscle we have the more fat we burn. This is because— muscle is active tissue— it burns calories. That’s why the more muscle we lose the fatter we get.

So as we age we need as much muscle tissue on our body’s as possible. By doing this, we stay leaner, healthier, and of course, we look better. But remember, diet still plays an important role: we still have to reduce the number of calories we consume.

I believe building stronger muscles will be the future cure for obesity. My personal experience has convinced me of this: “25 pounds of fat gone— in just 3 months”— and I’m keeping it off!
Now here’s the exciting thing: Research shows that it’s safe to strength train with weights, even if you’re 85 years old…

So if you’re interested in using strength training to reduce your fat levels speak to a personal trainer at your local health club or gym. It just might be your solution to lasting weight control.

Until next time.