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 So you want to lose weight? How do you get started?

Here are the key components to get to your goal?

Keys to a weight loss program consist of a balance of: Nutrition, cardiovascular exercise
and strength training (yes ladies weight training).When you say you “you want to lose weight” what you are saying is “I need to lose body fat”.  Your body is made up three things: Fat,
Muscle Tissue and Bones and organs

  • Fat is stored fuel
  • Muscle tissue, burns fuel to create energy
  • Bones and organs is everything else

Body fat is how your body stores excess calories to use later for energy.  Weight control is a matter of calorie balance.  If you consume more calories than you need, you will gain weight.  If you consume fewer calories than you need, you will lose weight. Too much body fat will make it hard to move around freely and you feel tired and lethargic.  Your muscles are what move you around and give your body its shape.

Bones and organs make up the majority of the rest of your body.  All three components added together equal your total body weight.  So for the subject of weight loss the only two factors worth talking about are muscles and body fat.

Strength training increases your lean muscle mass and metabolic rate. (Muscle equals metabolism)
the more lean muscle tissue you have, the more calories you burn.  Cardio or aerobic exercise burns a
significant amount of calories for the time you spend exercising.  However, the most effective strategy to lose body fat is to eat fewer calories and exercise more.

Lets be clear, fewer calories do not mean 500 to 800 calories diet like the HCG diet.  Popular diets don’t work because they do not encourage permanent changes in your lifestyle.  A healthy meal plan teaches you how to eat healthier to help you lose weight and maintain it.


Written by All About Fitness Group

September 22, 2011 at 3:34 pm

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