Thursday, November 15, 2012

You are not the biggest loser

This a blog for anyone discouraged about weight loss. Although I find the show “The Biggest Loser” very entertaining, it also makes me very mad. I have helped hundreds of  clients lose thousands of pounds. This show makes normal weight loss seem like underachieving.

The solution is to weight loss is very simple on one hand but following through is another story. The first thing to consider is basic math. Your metabolism begins to slow after age 30 and you need to burn more than you consume. So basically just move more and eat less. The trouble comes because we live in a microwave society and we all want it yesterday.

To lose one pound a week, we need to burn off 3500 calories or eat 3500 calories less. This is not a quick process. People need to think of a pound or two a week as a major success and look at the big picture. You didn’t get it over night and it you won’t lose it overnight either. If you lose a pound a week for a year you’re down 50.

One thing to feel good about: your success rate doubles if you take the weight off slowly. Rapid weight loss increases in abundance a hormone called lipolipophase. This is the body’s defense mechanism to return fat stores anticipating times of famine. The “yoyo syndrome” is caused by more than a lack of willpower. Be patient and you’ll have better long term success.

The final point that most people miss is, you need to continually challenge yourself with regard to muscle fitness. You can lift small weight and still get the benefits. The most important thing is to change it up. If you’ve been doing the same thing for more than a month, you’re not maximizing your efforts. If your muscles never get sore, chances are you need to change what you’re doing.

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