Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Use The 3 to 5 Rule to Lose Weight

Like hair dressers, most personal trainers think THEY have the best ideas about how to make you look better. We all have our methods and approaches that are for the most part all fundamentally sound. With all the differing fitness advice, one things seems to be universally agreed upon. To lose weight you need to burn 3500 calories. This will create a calorie deficit necessary to lose one pound.

99.9% of the fitness professionals and personal trainers also agree that you need to do something regarding fitness three to five times per week to facilitate this result. 20 years ago when I first began my fitness business, most of my clients came to my studio two or three times per week. In this new world economy, most of my clients work out with us once or twice a week. This created a need for us to help our clients when they were between sessions with us.

You can strength strain twice a week to maintain muscle mass. If you want to also lose weight you can add a day or two of walking or light weight lifting with dumb bells to get that third day in. Some people come to us one day a week and do two days on their own and make great progress.

What people need to understand is you need to do both cardio and strength training to change the shape of you body. If you walk every day you will make less progress that if you add some resistance to your weekly routine. The muscle that you inevitably build (even with small weights) is metabolically active. It burns calories even when we sleep.

In conclusion, if you want to lose weight and get healthier remember the 3 to 5 rule. Do something at least three times per week. It will not only speed up your metabolism but also help you make better eating choices. Walk for a 1/2 hour after dinner and you may wind up skipping the dessert you may of been thinking about.

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