Principles of Effective Weight Loss

If you keep on gaining weight after dieting, stop! Don't even
think about trying another diet, because it will most likely
produce the same results you have already seen.

Stop wasting your time, money and effort for nothing. Please
have a look at the facts presented in this article and make your
own decision.

Let's have a look at a few weight loss principles.

1. Increasing Your Metabolism

In order to produce Sustained, Permanent and Long-Term Weight
Loss, it's imperative that you boost your metabolism. And the
most effective way to raise your metabolism is to have a
greater proportion of functional muscle on your body.

The only way to build this lean muscle so you can raise your
metabolism is through "Strength Training". There's no other
method that works wonders on the Metabolism like Strength
Training.

By performing Strength Training, you'll effectively increase
the amount of functional lean muscle on your body so that your
metabolism will elevate.

After a Strength Training session your body will undergo a
significant increase or "Spike" in Metabolism, which will allow
you to burn much more fat then you were able to before.

2. It's All About Lean Muscle

"The amount of fat the body can burn is directly related to the
more lean muscle your body can hold."

If your muscle system can sustain more energy and use this
energy significantly when performing strength training, then it
will be able to burn off the calories you eat and the excess
fat on your body.

In other words, if your muscles become stronger and can hold
more energy then you should be able to release this energy more
efficiently to increase your metabolism, and to burn off excess
calories that you have eaten.

Once we can build more lean muscle through our own strength,
then our bodies will become more efficient at burning fat.

It's also the amount of lean muscle on your body that makes you
LOOK GOOD. Once you burn off the excess fat from your body, the
lean muscle underneath your skin will be exposed making you
look healthy, energetic, and well toned.

3. Fast Walking Burns Fat

All you need to do now is incorporate "Fast Walking" into your
weight loss program to hasten the burning of excess fat.

Not only is fast walking better much easier on the hips, but it
also produces a greater percentage of fat loss as opposed to
jogging or running.

Here are some of the benefits of Fast Walking.

·Easy to Perform
·Most Conventional
·All Natural Body Movement
·Doesn't Cause Injuries
·Can Be Done Anywhere
·The Best Minimal Effort Exercise for Fat Loss

"I can't stress enough how Fast Walking is necessary in every
weight loss program."

Programming Strategies

If you want any weight loss program to work you have to perform
"Strength Training". It's absolutely imperative during the
course of a lifetime not only for weight loss goals but also
for general health and well being.

For years we have been told to diet the excess fat from our
bodies and throw in some fast walking to hasten the process.
The trouble with this is that the low calorie restricted diet
would throw the body into starvation mode, with the body
holding onto the fat and using precious lean muscle tissue for
energy.

This would "Lower Your Metabolism" causing greater muscle loss
and once the diet was broken the original fat returned, and
you would have greater chance of gaining even more fat.


"A Vicious Cycle"

Eventually, your body would become used to the diet and then
you will reach a point where nothing was happening.

So what do you do now?

Try weight loss supplements, creams, massage, toning tables,
drugs. You should know by now that these don't work.

There is a better way, it's simply...


"Strength Training"

Many studies are showing that Strength Training is a superior
method for weight loss.

(Ladies, you won't bulk up by using weights, you don't have the
testosterone to get big and muscular, so don't worry).

If you don't incorporate Strength Training into your weight loss
program then look forward to "disappointing results".

The days of strength training three to five days a weeks in the gym,
an hour at a time are long gone. That just doesn't work.
One short strength-training workout a week done at home or in the gym
will melt away more fat than you would have ever thought possible.

Fats, Figures and Cardio Work

We've already found out that by increasing the functional muscle
on your body, you increase your resting metabolic rate. Due to
the HIGHER metabolic rate you can now eat MORE calories, which
means that you won't need to starve anymore to lose weight.

In a sense, fewer calories have to be cut back from our daily
intake of food and successful dieting (provided that you eat
the right foods) will become more likely.

As far as Fats are concerned, they're burned from the body when
cells oxidize to release energy in the form of exercise. When
exercise is done slowly to moderately for 20 to 30 minutes,
then the majority of energy is TAKEN from the fat stores.

It's important to understand that the loss of fat comes from
fat cells ALL OVER the body, NOT just from one or more specific
areas. Therefore, fat reduction of a certain area is not
generally possible.

Mix up your cardio activities in the gym. Use the treadmill,
bike, climber or any other training gear available to you.

The best exercise for the purpose of fat loss is fast walking
either indoors on the treadmill or outdoors. Walk until you are
mildly puffing and hold that rate for the allotted time.

If your cardio activities leave you panting or breathless ~
You are going too hard. Your energy will be then coming from your
carbohydrate reserves and not from your fat stores.

Weight loss is not the big complicated mystery that some people
or magazines and books will have you believe. It's really very
simple and it can be all done in as little as ten weeks by
following easy to follow, non-disruptive principles.

Nutrition For Weight Loss

The way to lose body fat and maintain muscle is to have a food
program for life. Quality food and more energy output are the
basics you'll need to go for. Bulk foods that fill you up and
don't fill you out, foods that are low in fat and sugar which
aren't refined should be the ideal.

Small frequent meals should be consumed during the day each
containing a little protein to maintain muscle and energy
levels. Foods with vital vitamin and mineral supplements should
also be taken on a daily basis.

How can you determine how many calories you require?

A quick and easy method to find out how many calories you
require per day for weight loss and maintenance is to calculate
a calorie value with a multiplier as set out below.

Weight loss = Multiply your bodyweight in pounds with 12
calories (12 x lb).

Maintenance = Multiply your bodyweight in pounds with 15
calories (15 x lb).

By decreasing the amount of calories you eat per day to the
weight loss amount, you should start losing weight. Don't go
any lower and check the mirror regularly to judge your progress.

If you don't have an accurate idea of how many calories your
consuming a day, how will you know whether you’re overeating or not?

Another word about diets... They'll send the body into
starvation mode; a survival mechanism from long ago when humans
faced periods of famine. Cutting back on your calories too low
will cause the body to lower its metabolic rate, which reduces
its ability to burn fat.

At the same time, hunger signals increase and we quickly start
to crave high-energy foods loaded with fats and sugar. The same
foods we are trying to do without.

Here are some great eating tips for you to consider:

·Reduce both obvious and hidden fats.

·Record food intake to identify problem areas.

·Be aware of times when you over eat.

·Avoid severe food restriction.

·Monitor body fat levels, not weight.

·Aim for moderate fat loss (one pound per week)

About the Author

Gary is the author of several ebooks, including "Maximum Weight Loss in Ten Weeks" - the complete ebook and time-saving solution for burning away unwanted fat, and "Maximum Weight Gain in Ten Weeks" - easy-to-use and follow techniques that serve as a guide to muscle growth without having to "live in the gym".

Visit Gary’s website at http://www.maximumfitness.com/