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Do You Need to Lose Weight, Fat or Both?

Hello.  This is Carolyn Small.

Have you ever loss weight, say 5, 10, 15 pounds or more and still not look good in that new outfit you bought?  I know I have.  What I’ve learned is that there is a difference between weight loss and fat loss.  Some people think like I once did that if they lose weight they will also lose the fat that they want.  That’s not necessarily the case.  Depending on your particular situation, you may need to lose weight, or fat, or both to reach your fitness goals.  By now you may be asking yourself, “What’s the difference” and “Which one do I need to lose?”  Well, I’m here to help.  Read on.

Measuring weight loss is essential in determining if the weight you’re losing is really coming from fat.  High levels of body fat are belly-fatclosely tied to many of the diseases affecting people today. And, size is not always the best measure. It’s possible to drop weight without affecting fat stores very much.  The result is sagging skin, no muscle tone, and a level of body fat that leads to a number of health risks.  What the body looks like on the outside can be very misleading when looking at muscle to fat ratios.  And keep in mind that when you step on your bathroom scale every morning, what you will be reading is weight loss not fat loss.

Let’s begin by defining weight loss & fat loss so you know what I mean.

  • Weight Loss. You want to lower your body-weight, the sum weight of your bones, muscles, organs, body fat, etc.
  • Fat Loss. You want to lower your body fat, the amount of fat your body carries.  For healthy goals see table below.

Problems with Weight Loss. If you want to lose weight, it’s most likely because you carry too much fat.  There are people who must lose weight, like athletes before a competition, but most want really want to lose fat.  So stop weighing yourself.

  • Unreliable. Your body-weight can fluctuate daily since it’s influenced by your stomach/bowel/bladder content, water loss/retention, muscle loss/gain, fat loss/gain, ….
  • Irrelevant. 2 people with similar height can weigh the same, but look completely different because one has lower body fat than the the other.

So just what is considered a healthy percent body fat?  The table below reflects the recommendations of the World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health:

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Make Sure You Lose Fat, Not Muscle? 5 lbs muscle takes less space than 5 lbs fat.  That means you’ll look slimmer at the same body-weight by building muscle.  Keys to losing fat, not muscle:

  • Get Stronger. Strength training builds muscle & prevents muscle loss.  It also helps sticking to your diet.
  • Eat Healthy. The best way to take off excess fat and still be healthy is by adopting a well-balanced diet.  Eat whole unprocessed foods 90% of the time, eat less starchy carbs, significantly reduce your fat intake and exercise daily.

You can do cardio to speed up fat loss.  But without strength training, cardio will cause muscle loss and you’ll end up skinny, but still have excess body fat…something you will want to avoid.

Remember fat is also a necessary, vital part of our physical make-up.  It is excess body fat that is the big problem. Having excess body fat, being fat, increases your risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes, hypertension and many other serious diseases.  And perhaps most serious of all, if you can get more serious than a heart attack or a stroke, is that excess body fat is being linked to many more types of cancers than previously known.  Excess fat is bad, bad,very bad!

Hopefully the above will help as you design your Healthy Lifestyle Plan.  After putting your Plan into action and sticking with it, check yourself in a couple of weeks.  You may find that you don’t really need to lose weight after all.

I wish you the very best on your quest for losing your excess fat and for achieving a healthy lifestyle.

Feel Good!  Look Good!  And Be Good!

V/r,

Carolyn

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Common Questions and Answers Regarding Fitness

Author: Grace Soongfitness5

Numerous misconceptions and general questions revolve around fitness and training. Below are a five of the most common questions my clients ask of me and the answers I give them:

1. Can I spot train certain parts of my body?  If you are talking about spot training to get rid of the fat (reducing the size of that body part), that will never happen.  No exercise can do that.  When you spot train, you are working the muscle underneath the fat.  To  reduce fat  in certain areas of the body, you must do two things: first, reduce overall body fat through a change in your diet, and second, increase muscle tone through strength training.  Without a doubt, you can spot train to INCREASE the size of a certain area…but never the other way around.

2. Will I bulk-up if I workout?  A lot depends on the type of workout that you do and the principles behind your workout. Genetics, gender, age, diet and the quantity of testosterone your body naturally produces will determine if you’ll have a propensity to bulk up.  Generally, if you are female over 30 years old, it would be difficult to bulk up without the aid of testosterone supplements no matter how heavy you lift.

3. How often and for how long should I workout?  Suggestions by fitness organizations such ACSM, AHA and ACE keep changing as new studies and research are provided. The general agreement, however, is 3-5 days a week for about 20-60 minutes each session. A lot also depends on your goal:  lose weight , maintain your current level of fitness, gain weight or train for a competition or sport. Check with your  personal trainer  for his/her recommendation before you start because too little or too much could hinder your development.

4. What causes muscle soreness after exercise?  Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness is caused by a larger than normal burden on a muscle. Originally, it was believed that a build up of lactic acid caused the soreness.  However, research confirms that the soreness is caused by micro tears in the muscle. A release of enzymes from the muscle fibers and the muscle’s response to the larger than normal burden (placed on it) causes the irritation. As the muscles adjust to the weights, the soreness will diminish.

5. What are the best equipment to use?  In general, machines are better for the beginner. They provide more stability than free weights (dumbbells and barbells). They help you maintain form until you can master the moves.  However, machines are two-dimensional exercises (movements are limited to forward and back, or up and down) whereas your muscles are multi-dimensional (they move forward, back, diagonally and sideways). With free-weights and cable pulley machines you activate several muscle fibers at once.  However, they require more skill and control on your part.

The Best Way to Get Rid of Cellulite

Author: Aaron Landrycellulite

Cellulite is a growing problem in America and across the world.  Nearly 90% of all women suffer from a degree of cellulite.  That’s why so many women are searching for a way to reduce cellulite without having to spend an arm and a leg on cellulite creams and other gimmicks.  You can  reduce cellulite naturally  without wasting your money on scammy products. Keep reading to find out how.  

The term ‘cellulite’ is a word that was made up to describe the cottage cheese appearance many women  have on their hips and thighs.  It’s not a special type of fat or toxins or any other junk.  It’s just like any other fat.  The reason it shows a dimpled appearance is because of the connective tissue under the skin.  In women, most fat gets stored in the thighs and butt. Since fat is very soft, it doesn’t hold the skin taught like muscle does.  This causes it to push through gaps in the tissue and bulge out.   The skin in these problem areas is often thinner than other parts of the body.  This is often due to hormonal issues that increase fat storage in the area and break apart collagen fibers.  These factors cause the fat to bulge out and the skin to become thinner, making it even more apparanet.   To  reduce cellulite , you can perform some specific cellulite targeting exercises, and alter your diet to control problem hormones.  This combination can help to tighten the skin and tone the muscle in these problem areas.  It also can put you back in a cellulite fighting state and increase collagen production.  You can reduce cellulite naturally, you don’t need any expensive gimmicks.   Ask any doctor and they’ll tell you, there is no cream or other product that can get reduce cellulite.  It’s not a practical solution.  But don’t give up, you can reduce cellulite naturally if you really want to.

Men’s Weight Loss Quiz

Author: Deidra Garciafruit_veggie_image

1. Beverages can cause you to gain weight.

•    True

•    False

TRUE: Many men don’t realize that beverages are often loaded with empty calories. Even fortified waters can contain as many calories as a can of soda. In fact, a recent study found that most men don’t accommodate for these extra calories with their meals.  A better bet is to stick to drinking plenty of water, as it keeps your system well-hydrated, helps food break down easier and doesn’t pack on the pounds.

2. Fasting is a good way to drop a few pounds.

•    True

•    False

FALSE: By skipping meals and then playing catch-up, you could end up promoting more fat storage and lowering your metabolism due to fluctuating insulin and blood sugar levels.  You also lose more than fat when you don’t eat…you lose muscle and tissue mass. A better bet is to follow a moderate diet and continue to exercise regularly.

3. Eating more produce reduces the pounds.

•    True

•    False

TRUE: This seems like it should go without saying, but most men don’t get their allotted five servings a day. In addition to containing vitamins, fiber, antioxidants and protein, fruits and vegetables are a low-calorie option that can help you lose weight and improve health tremendously. A few ideas for consuming more are eating a vegetarian meal at least once a week, keeping fresh produce on hand for snacks (even canned vegetables and fruits are valuable as long as they don’t contain heavy syrup or preservatives), and adding more to salads, sandwiches and as side dishes..

4. Drinking a lot of water causes you to lose weight.

•    True

•    False

FALSE: Water is key to fending of dehydration and it helps the body processes. It even helps provide a “full” feeling. But drinking water does not burn off calories, and drinking an excessive amount of water can also add to temporary water weight and make you feel bloated.

5. You need to exercise as well as diet to lose weight.

•    True

•    False

TRUE: Many men think if they eat right they can skip exercising altogether. Or vice versa. Wrong. If you are actively looking to lose weight, you are going to have to regularly exercise as well as follow a nutritious diet. Exercising 3-4 times a week not only improves cardiovascular and overall health, it also helps you burn calories as you build muscle.

6. You can keep your weight down by skipping meals.

•    True

•    False

FALSE: Although experts are divided on how many meals you should eat (3 moderate meals, or several small ones throughout the day), mealtimes need to be kept at the same time every day so your body knows when to feel hungry. Skipping meals can cause you to overeat at the next meal as your body tries to make up for the meal that was missed.

7. Diets that focus on adding or removing only one type of food are the most effective.

•    True

•    False

FALSE: Many fad diets rely on eating a large quantity of or removing one substance or food from your diet (for example: low-carb diet, the cabbage diet, etc.). But the fact is that eating too much of one thing can cause you to miss out on valuable nutrients in other foods (how many fruits contain protein?). And your body needs many components to function well (carbs provide energy, etc.). Instead of drastically cutting or adding an ingredient, try reducing “bad” foods and eating moderate servings of more varied foods.

8. You can still snack and eat your favorite foods as you diet.

•    True

•    False

TRUE: The reason many men fail at weight management is because they try to deprive themselves of their favorite foods…which may not be the healthiest. Unfortunately, when deprived like this, many guys tend to overeat or binge at the slightest waver of willpower. There’s no need to give up desserts or less-than-healthy options…just eat them in small servings and restrict them to only once or twice a week. Even restaurant meals and fast food options can be conquered if you keep the portions small (take half home as leftovers) and you’re aware of what exactly you are consuming, nutrition-wise.

9. How you eat is just as important as what you eat.

•    True

•    False

TRUE: Ever wolf down a huge plate of food and then realize that you weren’t even that hungry to begin with? This happens more frequently than most men think. Men who overeat tend to eat very quickly. This does not allow your stomach time to process food and does not allow your brain time to realize you’ve had enough. A better option is to take your time as you eat: you’ll be able to recognize when you fill full (and then stop) and it will also help with digestion. Not to mention that you’ll be able to savor the flavors much better this way!

10. Nutritional supplements don’t help you lose weight.

•    True

•    False

FALSE: While you cannot rely on a nutritional supplement for all of your dietary needs, they can help you attain significant weigh loss results when coupled with a healthy diet and regular exercise. Just make sure they contain high concentrations of natural ingredients from a trusted source.

11. You always gain weight when you quit smoking.

•    True

•    False

FALSE: Although some men gain weight when they quit, the benefits of quitting smoking far outweigh the risk of putting on a few pounds. And you can avoid that altogether by avoiding snacking on fattening foods. Instead, keep healthier options available (such as veggies, fruit or even sugar-less gum) for when a craving occurs. Exercise can also work out anxiety.

ANSWER KEY:

9 – 11 correct: Fitness guru

6 – 8 correct:     A healthy mind set

3 – 5 correct:     Need some coaching

0 – 2 correct:     Get off the couch!