Not all forms of exercise are equal when you are trying to shed excess body fat. In fact, most forms of common exercise are complete time wasters in this regard. Learn which types of exercise lead to round the clock fat burning.
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If you have decided to raise your metabolism in order to reshape your body and shed some excess body fat you have made a good decision. But how do you go about this for optimum weight loss results?
Well, you can forget the millions of diet books that focus on less food, less energy, and ultimately less you. If you have ever been on a diet you will know that dieting is like banging your head against a brick wall.
Dieting is about subjecting yourself to a period of deprivation. The intention is to control the amount and type of food you consume with the idea that your excess body fat is going to magically disappear if you can endure it. But really, dieting sucks, with its big list of "do not eat this or that" commandments that impose on your freedom, your strength, and your life.
A diet is defined as any eating plan that has you eating anything less than 1200 - 1500 calories per day. The trouble is, dieting usually produces the exact opposite effect of what you are trying to achieve. Diets are dangerous and debilitating - they slow the metabolism (the body's fuel burning engine), reduce energy levels, and punish the soul.
So, go ahead and toss out every diet book you have lying around the house. This will help free you from this negative activity and allow you to pursue the kind of body you will be happy with for the rest of your days. To make a change that lasts you need to reprogram your mindset and understand that there is a far better way to tackle the problem of excess body fat.
Start thinking more rather than less, more activity, more food, more energy, more strength, and a whole lot more out of life. As part of this mind reprogramming you need to see yourself participating in a proper exercise program. You need to picture yourself with increased strength and an improved fitness level. You need to "see" in your mind how the resulting loss of excess weight is central to creating a more enjoyable life for yourself.
The key factor to successfully reducing excess body fat is to keep your metabolism revved at the maximum level throughout your adult life. This gets more difficult to pull off as you get older because your body becomes less effective at burning fuel (calories). This is mostly because of a gradual decrease in your activity levels and the resulting loss of lean muscle tissue. Your metabolism can drop as much as 25 - 30 percent over your adult life if you do not take actions to reverse the process.
As a result, your body tends to store excess calories in the form of - you guessed it - body fat, and that extra weight only slows you down more, rendering you more and more inactive. The solution is so simple; strength training exercise can give you back that lost muscle tissue and boost your metabolic rate by as much as 10 percent in just twelve short weeks.
You can increase it even further with an eating plan that eliminates all processed food and focuses on whole foods and small meals every 2 - 3 hours throughout the day. You once again have to change your mindset, and think "I have to eat for fat loss" rather than "I have to eat less for fat loss".
Your strength training program will shift your body into high gear, burning 200 - 300 more calories per day, and that does not take into account the extra energy expending during your workouts. This will stimulate positive hormonal changes that will rev up your cellular engines to burn more fuel. This is what will take care of the excess body fat without the soul destroying act of depriving yourself of energy-producing food.
Allow yourself to get excited about the fact this is all so simple. Just get started on your exercise program with the help of a fitness professional to ensure your program is going to produce the intended results. Make sure that your results are monitored.
If you just wing it, thinking that you know all you need to know about proper exercise you may be wasting valuable time and effort when, with the correct information, you could be much further down the path to a new, stronger, fitter, slimmer you.
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