The desire to get in better shape physically and drop that extra weight you’ve been carrying around is commendable for sure…
However, before you dive in, it’s important that you first come to grips with what’s true and what isn’t in the fitness industry. The sad but true fact is, not everyone has your best interests at heart.
Let’s face it, fitness is an industry no different than any other. People make a living from others who are looking to get fit. Because of that you must do your homework beforehand and eliminate the fitness lies that are put in place to dupe you.
Too often, with all the excitement flowing through their veins, people will assume that everything they are being told about how to achieve their fitness goals is truth, when it simply is not.
It’s way too easy to become yet another victim to one or more of the major fitness lies they are being told if they have not done their due diligence ahead of time.
Predominant fitness lies you’ll need to be aware of.
One big reason that many people fail to see the progress they are after is because they are not giving their bodies the rest needed. Truth is, every time you hit the gym and train hard, you break the body down by creating tiny micro-tears that will need to be rebuild back up so they can withstand the same level of force once again.
This process takes time and energy. If you don’t provide this valuable time and energy, you’ll hit the gym in a weakened state. In this weakened state, you’ll create more tears that will then need repairing. If you do this too often, you’ll start losing muscle mass. A well planned protocol is key. You must give your body the needed rest days it requires in order to get stronger than before.
One day off a week is minimal but two days is best and some people may need more, especially beginners or those participating in intense training. Remember, as the intensity of your workouts increases, the test required to recover increases as well.
Women and heavy weights don’t mix:
The biggest concern here is that women who workout will grow large, unsightly muscles overnight if they use heavy weights. Therefore, they grab light weights and work in the high repetition range, usually 15-20 reps.
This is a big mistake. You need to realize, as a woman you won’t have the testosterone level that is required to develop significant muscle size. Woman have just a small fraction of testosterone (whose primary objective is to build muscle tissue) compared to men.
Even men who do have testosterone present in their body usually only build around 1-2 pounds of lean muscle mass per month, and, that’s by working hard at it. Moreover, to build muscle mass, you need to be eating a high calorie diet and, let’s face it, most women chronically restrict their diets for fear of getting bulky.
If you really want to see results, you need to challenge yourself and the best way to do this is through lifting heavier weights than your body is used to.
You can spot reduce:
Losing fat from one area of your body – it’s what everyone wants to do but no one ever achieves it.
Truth is, fat loss is a full body affair. You can’t pick and choose what areas you’ll lose it in. The systems in your body are not designed to take into account what amounts to a vanity request.
Unfortunately, the place you want to lose it most, is likely the place that it’s going to come off last. It’s just basic physiology. Wherever you tend to deposit fat first (most women tend to deposit in the hip, butt and thighs areas whereas for men it’s the abdominal area) is going to be your fat reserve. Your body wants to have fat in higher quantities here and will protect it to a large degree.
You can spot build your body by doing exercises that target a certain area. You can definitely cause it to become bigger, but you cannot spot reduce your body. Body fat is burned off from everywhere over time, so patience is the keyword.
It’s important to keep tabs on how you are progressing, to make sure the workout you are currently doing is better than the last. It’s all about making progress.
It’s time to throw away all the false statements you’ve accepted about dieting and exercise and learn what it really takes to take weight off and keep it off for good…
“Rebound Free Weight-Loss” can help you do just that…
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