Do you feel good about your figure? If the answer is yes, congratulations
If the answer is no, you may find the help you need in this article.
There are many people who do not feel comfortable with his figure, and there are also many who are willing to give advice on how to lose those extra pounds.
There is a wide range of supposedly effective methods available. All these “fast” systems have one thing in common: they take advantage of people’s impatience with losing weight. Some methods promise a loss of half a kilo a day and a perfect figure in record time. Although it is possible to achieve this weight loss in the short term, it must be taken into account that this is not only a loss of fat, but also water and musculature.
There are countless weight loss specialists and all are based on different principles. Some focus on nutrition, others on well-dosed exercise programmes, others give organisational suggestions, others consider overweight to be a psychological problem and offer help in this regard, etc.
To achieve long-term weight loss, a combination of all these principles is most advisable. Imagine each of these areas feeding, sport, organization and behavior as if they were the legs of a table. Each leg of the table contributes to its stability, but only one foot is not strong enough to stagger. Something similar happens with weight loss. This chapter is not intended to increase the number of existing slimming diets. It only presents the necessary components of a weight loss program and describes how they should be combined for lasting success.
It is up to you to take the initiative.
To understand why the body offers such tenacious resistance to targeted attacks on its reserves, it is necessary to know the functioning of the metabolism. Behind the concept of metabolism are hidden all biochemical reactions that occur in our body. The colloquial language speaks of the speed of metabolism:”it has a rapid metabolism”;”it has a slow metabolism”;”it slows down the metabolism”;”the drug has accelerated its metabolism”; and so on. Certainly, our body’s chemical processes can vary its speed, however, this possibility of influencing metabolism makes weight loss planning difficult.
In fact, it seems logical, if I give my body more energy than it needs, I will gain weight and if I give it less energy than it needs, I will lose weight. But our metabolism doesn’t work with such a simple scheme. To understand the functioning of weight gain or loss, we can give an example of a pile of water, the variations in metabolism can be compared with variations in the flow of water inlet and outlet. If the flow of water (energy input) is reduced, automatically, with a certain delay, the water output (energy consumption) is also reduced. The amount of reduction and the time it takes to occur are different for each person. Naturally, the inverse process works in the same way: if the energy input is increased, after some time, the energy consumption will also increase.
Activation of metabolism
Once we know how our metabolism works, if we want to favourably influence our weight, we must avoid behavioural forms that slow down the speed of metabolism or enhance those that accelerate it. There are several ways to stimulate the metabolism in a natural way, one of them is to develop the musculature.
An athlete who practises fitness to improve his or her physical condition will never think about harmful or even illegal things, such as reducing the hours of sleep, getting cold, consuming coffee or nicotine, taking drugs that stimulate metabolism, doping, etc. Then, different methods to activate the metabolism are explained and that are totally respectful with the health.
Muscle tissue, because it is irrigated by blood, has a much higher metabolism capacity than, for example, fatty tissue. In other words, a little more musculature slightly increases the engine’s idle metabolism, which results in higher fuel consumption.
Today, in fitness centres, the goal of “developing muscles” is already somewhat outdated. But if weight training is not intended to increase the musculature, what exactly is its objective? The reason why many people have false expectations about fitness training is mostly due to certain prejudices about weight training, for example:
- With the training of the “problem areas”, fat can be removed, tissue tightened and muscles developed.
- In women, weight training develops manly muscles.
- Training with light weights and many repetitions stretches the muscles and produces thinning.
What is really true about all these statements?
If it is possible, for example, to remove fat from a certain area of the body by increasing its activity, the reverse should also be true, i. e. that fat can accumulate in a certain part of the body while keeping it inactive.
The sequence of fat storage is determined by hereditary information encoded in our cells. Men are predisposed to develop the “apple shape”, i. e. excess fat is mostly stored in the abdomen area. Instead, women tend to develop the “pear-shaped”type, i. e. excess fat accumulates under the abdomen, hips, buttocks, and thighs. If the fat is reduced, it is produced in the reverse order of fat accumulation.