Think of ab fat like the deep end of the swimming pool. No matter how much you protest, there is no way you can drain the deep end before the shallow end. However, don’t let this discourage you. Lower ab fat WILL come off, it will simply be the last place to come off. First place on - Last place off.
This helps to explain why abdominal exercises have little impact on body fat loss. It’s a huge mistake to think that hundreds or thousands of reps of ab exercises will remove lower abdominal fat, except to the degree that it burns calories and contributes to the calorie deficit. What removes the fat - all over your body - is a calorie deficit and that comes from decreasing food intake, increasing activity, or a combination of both.
- 6th September
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- 29th July
Scale weight is not the only measurement of fitness yet it seems to define whether one is succeeding. We can lose weight and still have a higher percentage of fat if we don’t work to build muscle and cardiovascular strength. Developing self-control, strength and stamina are better goals to strive for in terms of overall health and wellness.reclaimingfitness.tumblr.com
- 26th July
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Weight loss is not the same as fat loss. People can be of normal weight and yet be too fat for health. What counts is the ratio of muscle to fat. Is your body weight, for example, 30% fat or 15% fat? There’s a big difference in body composition between the two.
Muscle tissue is denser than fatty tissue. This is why trim athletes with a relatively low percentage of body fat can look smaller and yet weigh more than fatty non-athletes. A pound of muscle takes up less volume than a pound of fat.
Here’s a critical point: muscle is about three dozen times more active metabolically than fat. In other words, a pound of muscle uses a lot more calories than a pound of fat. Lean muscle is a METABOLIC FURNACE.
This explains why dieting (without weight loss exercises) is so insidious. Suppose you go on a semi-starvation diet, lose twenty pounds, get sick of the dietary restrictions, and regain the twenty pounds. You’ll not only be discouraged, which is one way you’ll be worse than when you started, you’ll be fatter, too.
- 30th June
Every woman MUST add some resistance training to their fitness regime in order to lose body fat. You objective is to add muscle to your body. Muscle is the active, calorie burning tissue that helps keep your metabolism going strong. The loss of lean muscle mass due to a more inactive lifestyle is one of the main reasons why many women in their 40’s gain weight even though they are eating the same quantity of food they always have. It’s a misleading notion that as we age, our metabolism will slow down, thus leading to that inevitable ‘middle age spread’ as we gain fat. By adding exercises that build muscle 3-4 times a week, you can maintain the same muscle as you had in your twenties and thirties. By working hard, you can even add a little extra muscle. And this can be done without joining a gym or spending loads of money on exercise equipment. It also doesn’t mean you are going to look bulky or masculine, which is another common misunderstanding. The female body simply isn’t capable of that unless you train very specifically with that goal in mind. You can achieve a beautiful feminine physique simply using your body weight as resistance.
By adding weight training to your fitness regime you will gain these benefits:
- burn more fat than by only doing cardio
- change the shape your body
- boost your metabolism by maintaining or building more muscle
- increase strength, becoming more functional
- combat osteoporosis by building strong bones
- improve joint stability and reduce the risk of injury
- 30th June
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New Pants Same Weight?
Yes! It does happen! When my clients are consistent with their strength and cardio training they often notice their clothes fitting better or even dropping a size while the scale doesn’t budge much. Then they measure themselves and see the proof on the tape. When you do resistance and/or strength training you build fat-free muscle mass. The more lean muscle you have on your body, the faster your metabolism, so you’ll torch more calories and look slimmer and toned. Muscle are hungry and metabolically active. They require three times more energy than fat for tissue maintenance and rebuilding. So while their busy burning calories for you, fat is sitting around barely burning calories the entire day. Have you ever looked at one pound of muscle vs one pound of fat? Use Google to search images and you’ll see that muscle is more dense than fat and takes up less space in the body, thus a smaller size! So,girls, don’t be afraid to pump some iron too!
(Lisa Marie Metzler)
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