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Why Weight?

Amberleigh CarterComment

Ladies:
Unless you're a body builder and intentionally trying to build muscle like it's your job, you're NOT going to bulk up or spontaneously grow chest hair. 

So how do you lose fat without bulking up? 

Tip #1: Lifting weights and building lean muscle mass plays an ESSENTIAL part in trying to lose fat mass. Muscle tissue is the ONLY metabolic tissue designed to burn fat. So, the best way to lose fat is to gain muscle.

Tip #2: Proper nutrition is a vital catalyst in losing fat. If you deprive yourself of nutrient-dense foods, your body eats its own muscle tissue to get the energy that it needs to survive. Thus, less muscle tissue equals more fat tissue. 

Tip #3: Muscle tissue is broken down in the gym and built during rest. Sleep and relaxation are needed to properly build muscle to lose fat. 

Overall, fat doesn't stand a chance against adequate exercise, nutrition, and rest.  So why wait?  Lift.  Eat.  Rest.  Repeat. 
 

Photo credit: Heather Grimm

Eat Less, Move More....The Only Way To Lose Weight?!

Amberleigh CarterComment

Many Americans are under the assumption that the only way to lose weight is to eat less and move more.  NOT TRUE.  Let's debunk this thought through physiology.

Exercise is a stressor, and when the body is stressed, it needs to eat MORE in order to fuel the body and to recover what it loses during times of stress.  The body further becomes stressed when it does not have enough food because it experiences this as a famine. If you're moving more and eating less, you're essentially putting less gas in the car before driving across the country--this won't happen without stress, dysfunction, and eventual breakdown.

Furthermore, when the human body is stressed, say by moving more and not eating enough, this is what happens:

  • Cholesterol production increases
  • Cortisol and other stress hormones are released
  • Blood sugar can spike and drop, causing light-headedness and fainting spells
  • Headaches become more frequent
  • Hair can fall out
  • and the chaos continues....

Furthermore, the body will hold onto fat and eat its own muscle tissue if it does not have enough food to continue functioning, and muscle tissue is the ONLY metabolic tissue that burns fat. Connect the physiological dots....

So if the goal is to lose fat, one must build and keep muscle; and that will only happen if given the proper amount of recovery through food and rest. 

Eat well, hydrate well, sleep well, think well, move well, act well, be well...THIS is the way to create health: focusing on the whole body and the entire picture.

Oh, and if you're losing weight by eating less and moving more, you may just be losing precious muscle tissue, not fat.

Trimming The Fat

Amberleigh CarterComment

Let's trim the fat:

Losing weight can be vastly different from becoming healthier and thinner.  Most people use the scale as a direct measure of their weight loss and/or dieting "success".  There is a problem here. 

The best way to lose fat is to gain muscle, period.

Therefore, if you are depriving yourself of food and remain hungry or malnourished throughout the day, you may lose weight, but you are losing lean muscle tissue, not fat.

The truth is that if you have improper eating habits, your body will eat it's own muscles in order to provide energy to operate.  The body always sacrifices long-term health in the name of short-term survival. 

Thus, you must eat nutrient-dense foods, frequently, for your body to lay off of your muscles and go after those fat pounds.  Yes, the scale may go up (temporarily) from gaining dense, fat-burning muscle tissue, but you will certainly be healthier and look better naked.