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Well, if you haven’t heard about this yet you can read about it here.  Essentially, it’s about brides-to-be who choose to lose weight by having 800 calories a day dripped into their stomach through a feeding tube that has been pushed down their nose.  I still can’t believe that the sentence I just wrote is fact. Continue reading

I chose the title because I’ve heard people called “skinny fat” before.  When someone is called “skinny fat”, it means they don’t have any muscle tone even though they weigh less than most people on the scale.  Frankly, I’ve thought that the concept was pretty abrasive, and I haven’t used it to describe anyone.  But at the same time, it fairly accurately describes a lot of people who don’t weigh very much but still don’t look very healthy.

The cause of being “skinny fat” is focusing on total weight loss.  Because of this, people will restrict their food as much as they can to lose total weight.  The problem is that when they do this, they lose both muscle and fat.  This doesn’t sound horrible until you think more about it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three main factors:

1.  A pound of muscle burns 35 to 50 calories per day (even at rest).

2.  Weight loss from restricting calories without exercising can result in up to half of that weight loss being muscle loss.

3.  Once you stop restricting your calories, your body is extremely likely to go back to its original weight.

What does that look like in real life?  Let’s take an example of a statistically average American woman who decides to lose weight by cutting a lot of calories without exercising. Continue reading

Get Abs By Not Working Abs?

Marianne Kane from http://www.myomytv.com/

It seems like each time I walk into the gym, I see people doing ab exercises.  Situps, crunches, hanging leg raises, etc.  Obviously, a good set of abdominal muscles is extremely important to our self-image since that’s what all of the fitness magazine models have.  We all seem to want to look like Marianne Kane or Greg Plitt, but how do we do that?  And why don’t our ten sets of crunches seem to be working?  It makes sense that if you want a more defined arm, you work out arms.  So, if you want a six pack, you should do a lot of ab exercises, right?

Well, the interesting thing is that working out abs directly without making the rest of the body a greater focus is counter-productive to actually getting abs.  The idea that working out a specific body part results in losing fat on that specific body part is physiologically impossible.  The body loses and gains fat as an entire body system.  Fat is simply energy storage, and your body has evenly distributed out its energy storage reserves.  You can do thousands of sit ups, but you won’t lose any more fat there than on your hips, thighs, and buttocks. Continue reading

Metabolic Slowdown

As we eat less, our bodies slow down our metabolic rates.  Oftentimes, this happens to such an extent that it’s almost impossible to lose further weight.

This article is about fixing that problem and getting your metabolism back on track.

http://leanbodiesconsulting.com/blog/metabolic-slowdown-part-i/

The Sin of Yo-Yo Dieting

One of the cardinal sins of health and fitness is yo-yo dieting.  It destroys your health.

Yo-yo dieting is a repeated cycle of weight loss followed by weight gain.  At first, this doesn’t appear all that bad.  So, somebody went from 200lbs to 150lbs and back to 200lbs.  Who cares?  Yeah, they’re back where they started, but at least they’re not worse off now!

Unfortunately, they are worse off now.  The body can be a difficult machine to master.  Since your body is entirely concerned with survival and not very concerned about your figure, it doesn’t get along with the yo-yo dieting concept.  Consider the following example:

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Muscle Gain for Fat Loss

Each pound of muscle mass burns 50 calories a day.

Sadly, that’s probably new information for a lot of people, and it’s likely why most exercisers still have trouble controlling their weight.

A lot of dieters see exercise and nutrition as different issues.  However, they’re simply different sides of the same coin.  Your exercise and nutrition are both vital issues when it comes to your health.  So, when you go on a lower calorie diet without exercise, havoc ensues within your body.

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I know losing weight is one of the goals many people possess and most of the time, people like to measure their success by how many pounds they are losing on the scales.  While this may be the easiest and most convenient way to measure success, it may not be the most accurate.  We also live in a “I want this now” kind of generation and so anything we want to achieve, we want to achieve it as fast as possible.  As far as losing fat, this is neither safe or possible.

Let’s look at an example: Jenny who is 170 pounds and her body fat is 40%, goes through a quick weight loss program with a low calorie diet.  By the end of the 6 week program, Jenny is 140 pounds at 30% body fat.  This means before Jenny started the diet, she was 170 pounds with 68 pounds of that being fat.  After she went through the weight loss program she had lost a total of 30 pounds and now weighs 140 pounds with 42 pounds of that being fat.  Overall, she lost a total of 30 pounds and since she started with 68 pounds of fat and now has 42 pounds of fat she lost a total of 26 pounds of fat.  That means the rest of the weight lost was from muscle.  Jenny lost 4 pounds of muscle which also means she is burning about 200 calories less than when she went in since each pound of muscle burns about 50 calories a day just to maintain itself.  At first glance, the program Jenny did might seem good because on the scale it looks like she lost 30 pounds, which she did, but 26 of those pounds were fat and 4 of them were muscle, which slows your metabolism and makes it easier to put on weight. Continue reading