who wants to lose weight or get toned? 20,000 ways?
From my long career as a fitness trainer I can tell you that lots of people have a wrong opinion about the differences between weight loss and toning up.
wrong conception about weight loss and toning
Many people think that in order to lose weight they should simply stop eating.
They also think that toning up is something you get from doing lots of repetitions of a specific exercise for a specific body part.
Like crunches to get a firm flat belly or dumbbell Kickback to remove the loose fat tissue on the back of the arm.
It is wrong!
It's not the fat that burns
They also think that the burning sensation during the workout, is a sign of burning fat in this area.
The burning sensation is simply the way our body response to the accumulation of hydrogen ions (a byproduct of lactic acid) in the worked muscle.
It is not related to burning fat.
what is right?
The road to losing weight or toning up should be the same.
In both cases, you should reduce fat tissue in your body and retain muscle tissue as much as possible.
This is the way to upgrade your body to a better and healthier version of yourself.
How should I lose weight or tone up?
To reduce fat, you should create a calorie deficit.
Meaning, your energy consumption should be less than your energy expenditure.
To retain muscle, you should exercise.
The best exercise to retain muscle is strength training.
20,000 ways to lose weight
In reality, it's not that simple to create a calorie deficit.
There are so many different weight loss diets.
If you search amazon for weight loss book, you will get about 20,000 results.
Which is the best diet of all?
- How come loosing weight is so complicated, that there are so many books to show us the "right way"?
- how can one pick the "right diet" from this overwhelming number of 20K diets to lose weight?
That will be the topic of my next post.
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