Many of us are constantly looking for an easy way to lose weight. The big problem- Why do we go on diets? You may have been working hard at losing weight but still haven’t seen the kind of results you want. For some reason, you may have started a weight loss course or fitness program with lots of enthusiasm yet a month later, your “get up and go” got up and went.
You may have paid through the nose for a diet or fitness program and failed miserably after a lot of hard work. You may have been burned by snake oil sales pitches for pills and creams that did nothing but make your pocketbook or wallet thinner.
If you’ve found that getting going on your diet again is leaving you feeling a little less enthusiastic and a little weary the second, third or even the 10th time, then it’s time to think things out a little differently. I’m going to expose my entire program to you in the next four videos. You won’t have to buy your way in to find out the information that shook my health and fitness knowledge to the core several years ago.
Unlike a lot of websites that want to sell you a great product and hide their secret solutions until you spend money on their system, I’m going to expose the secret to getting fit, firm and strong for life right here and now. Stick with me for the next series of videos to find out what shook my foundation a few years ago.
The Five Key Factors To Permanent Fitness and Fat Loss
There are a lot of strategies for losing weight, but what no one seems to tell you is that there are really just FIVE steps to successfully lose fat and keeping it off. There are lot’s of “Diet Secrets” that come and go, but these five essential factors have stood the test of time. Forget the fads and focus on these five steps:
1. Forget about “weight loss”; instead, focus on a system of fat burning and fitness.
2. Set your goals and your strategy for a specified time period with milestones.
3. Plan your eating and exercise schedule.
4. Plan your rest and recovery schedule.
5. Put your mental strategies into effect for lasting success.
Why is it so crucial that these five factors to be considered? Because they are the foundation for taking consistent action toward your goals. They set you on the right course for changing your life permanently. If you came into a million dollars tomorrow and have never been rich, chances are you won’t be rich for long.
The reasons for lottery winners crashing and losing it all after a big win is almost the same for dieters. They were not physically, mentally and emotionally prepared for their success. There is no contingency plan for staying rich once the money drops in your lap.
Think of the five factors as your preparation for winning the lottery and keeping the money flowing for life. You’re going to make a substantial physical, emotional and psychological investment in being in the best physical shape of your life; that is worth the effort of planning and preparation.
1 – Choose a Fat Burning Regimen That Feeds Your Body And Challenges It Daily
When people talk about losing weight, they don’t mean shrinking their bones or their internal organs. They aren’t talking about losing muscle mass, they mean getting their fat cells to shrink. That is the real process that people are focused on. People tend to use the term weight instead because the marketing experts know that it hits a nerve. It’s also fairly non committal and vague.
Success tip – If you want to get fit, burn fat and keep your muscle then strength training, high-intensity interval training (HIIT), and anaerobic-based circuit training are much better options than long-distance running or plodding away on a treadmill for an hour. You will be able to easily shrink your fat cells while consuming your daily calorie requirement without dieting.
You need to eat well and eat often to burn fat. Ask any body builder or fitness model what they do to look like that. It sounds counterintuitive, but here is the issue; your body is made up of a collection of processes that you do not control on a conscious level. For example, your endocrine system is a massive undertaking that is designed to keep you alive. It sometimes works against your best interests, but it knows how to do what it does with or without your consent.
The Endocrine System – Your Body’s Second Brain
• Pituitary Gland
• Thyroid Gland
• Parathyroid Glands
• Adrenal Glands
• Pineal Body
• Reproductive Glands
You are what you think, but you are also what your endocrine system dictates. That’s right, old Rene Decarte got it only half right when he uttered the phrase “I think therefore I am”. The brain may be responsible for the way we think, but consider that hormones are responsible for the following:
• Our Growth Rate
• Sex Drive
• Fat Level
• Brain Function
• Blood Pressure
• Heart Rate
• Muscle Tone
• Stress Levels
• Immune Function
• Sleep Cycle
• Menstrual Flow
• Blood Sugar Levels
• And A Lot More!
Why do I bring this up? Because whenever some diet guru comes out with a new whiz-bang system for weight loss based on treating one particular hormone or internal organ function, consider the fact that everyone is different and each person has to contend with their specific body type and genetic makeup, environment, physical condition, mental abilities and emotional disposition.
There are over 50 hormones working in the human body to maintain our various systems every day! Messing around with fad diets can seriously compromise the clockwork mechanism of hormone production. This is especially true for women who are nearing maturity or menopause.
When you threaten your body’s metabolic process by starving it or depriving it of proper nutrition, sleep, activity or water, it will make adjustments to do whatever it needs to do for your survival. Your fat storage system goes into overdrive to keep you safe. You also go into hibernation mode to conserve resources. You realize of course that your body’s endocrine system does not see the world as you do. It senses the outside world by the same process that it did back in the Mesozoic Age.
Positive Adaptation for Fat Burning and Fitness
Your body needs challenges to make positive adaptation possible. If you challenge your body, it knows that it must adapt to the stress to keep your muscles, sinews and bones in shape for the next challenge that you face. That’s what exercise is to your body. Challenge your body with daily activities that utilizes your fat stores not just your carbohydrates. Eat a variety of nutritious foods that fill you up and eat often enough to avoid feeling deprived.
Success Tip – Never Consume Less Than 1800 Calories A Day.
Believe it or not, a lot of people who are fat actually don’t eat very much. Does that sound confusing? Fat storage is a lot more complex than simply over eating. Fat storage has to do with the body compensating to keep it safe from starvation. Researchers have consistently demonstrated that consuming less than 1800 calories a day (for an adult) can seriously impact your production of essential hormones.
Many women who are weight conscious because they have excess fat, eat less than their daily caloric requirements. That is the surest way to screw up your leptin levels. The hormone cortisol manages fat storage and stress. Lipotorpin handles fat storage and distribution. The hormone leptin manages cravings and hunger and metabolism. Triiodothyronine is also responsible for controlling metabolism.
A leptin/cortisol/triiodothyronine imbalance causes you to gain weight regardless of your low calorie diet! That means your metabolism will slow to a point that it doesn’t matter if you don’t eat that pizza, your body will gain weight as if you have! So you get all the disadvantages without the pleasure of the pepperoni and extra cheese.
That’s right, you should never go on a traditional diet program that cuts your calories far below your metabolic needs. When you lose weight by depriving your body of needed calories, you force your body to slow itself down. Your body is great at adaptive change in order to protect itself from death. You will gain all the weight back once you start eating at your normal level and more if you continue to eat less than your body considers vital for its optimum metabolic state.
This program is called the 1800 Calorie Fat Burning Workout Program because the lowest amount of calories you should consume in any given day is 1,800. Pay close attention to your actual caloric requirement and don’t go less than 500 calories below your daily quota.
Know Your Body Type And Tweak Your Workouts Accordingly
Body type is a very important factor in sports, media, fashion and even the military. Take a look at the average basketball pro and you’ll see someone who has wide shoulders, thin waist; who is tall and lanky. And of course, the male basketball players are that way too. This is no coincidence because over the years, this particular body type continued to prove itself as the best profile overall for winning teams.
Take a look at high school and college wrestlers; they tend to be stocky, well muscled with even proportions and a low center of gravity. Their football counterparts are usually running backs or quarterbacks. This body profile makes the ideal male model; not too tall, with square shoulders narrow hips and well-defined features.
Take a look at the defensive line of any pro football team and you’ll find heavily muscled, barrel chested men with thick neck’s, large thighs, covered with a heavy padding of fat. They’re able to lift massive amounts of weights and push past scores of opposing players. You’ll also find this profile among power lifters, sumo wrestlers, bouncers, cooks, construction workers and chefs.
It is crucial to be aware of your body type in order to take advantage of your body’s strengths and use them efficiently. The selection of your body type will make a difference in fat loss or weight gain. Start by measuring your calf, your thigh, your hips, your waist, your chest, across your shoulders and your neck.
Look at your feet, hands and face. If you are middle-aged, take a few pictures from your earlier days (high school) and examine a few of them closely. The simple definition of the body types are: the line, the circle and the square. Which one are you?
Ectomorph (line) = small bones, lean, lengthy body, low muscle mass, long fingers and toes (key words: slim bones, the line).
Endomorph (circle) = big bones, excess body fat, moderate to heavy muscle mass, thick neck, fat stored around the face (key words: big bones, fat, the circle).
Mesomorph (square) = Heavy muscle mass, low to moderate body fat, medium bones (key words: muscle, the square). Many people fall somewhere between the classic somatypes. They might be muscular but hold excess fat in the face and stomach. These genetic factors can be subtle or obvious.
Of course, many people are a mixture of body types; for example:
• Meso-endo (square overall shape, muscular, but not very lean)
• Meso-ecto (tall and angular but muscular with small joints and lengthy bones)
Being aware of your particular body type also helps you to appreciate and accept your body image. It makes no sense to be 5 foot 11 with narrow hips and square shoulders and obsess over looking like Selma Hayek or Reese Witherspoon. You can still be the best example of your body unique shape and size.