Monday, August 22, 2011
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.