When it comes to losing weight or gaining muscle, there are no shortages or routes we can take to obtain the goals we set for ourselves.
Instead of rambling off the different types of work outs we can do to reach our goal, there is some basic important information we all should know before partaking in any fitness or weight loss endeavor.
If you have ever stayed up late (or woken up early) to watch television and a fitness infomercial comes on, many times they claim to “the answer” or the easy work out routine to do that will give you maximum results.
You may even stumble upon a video advertising a “miracle pill” that will allow you to eat what you want and still lose weight.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but many of these “miracle workouts” and “miracle pills” don’t work. Many have a disclaimer or such fine print that it escapes the eye.
The cold hard truth is there is no substitute for what has worked throughout history. If we want to be, feel and look healthy, there is no substitute for two of the most basic principles for weight loss/muscle gain. The two must even be combine and accompanied with a lifestyle change.
Think of any workout routine. Have you tried it? Did it work?
Chances are if it did work, it didn’t work because you did the workout and nothing else.
Many workout videos or even weight loss pills come with a book. This book is the “bible” so to speak.
Within this book is outlined how to have proper eating habits and a proper diet. Without implementing those, any and all workouts are doomed. They are doomed in the sense that we won’t get the results we want.
Sure, we may lose a few pounds and/or add a bit of muscle, but the truth is that it is not sustainable.
Weight loss pills – look at the ingredients for any weight loss product. Now look at the reasons for results. In many cases, success is based on the placebo factor; a factor that tells the brain the “magic pills” are working. In essence, if we believe it’s working, it works. The brain transfers the belief that we are losing weight. We become dependent upon the “magic pill” and as soon as we stop taking it, the weight comes back on.
So why does the weight come back on? It is partly because we have convinced ourselves that the pills were working. Once we stop, our brains stop sending the signals to the rest of the body, thus our brains revert back to square one: weight gain and our original form.
Many workout and exercise routines operate in a slightly different factor. When we exercise, we burn calories. When we build muscle, we speed up our metabolism and are able to continue burning calories after our workouts are over.
Now here’s the kicker. On our way home from working out we feel good. We feel as if we deserve a treat. Perhaps we stop and get fast food or we order take out food that actually has double the calories that we just burned off.
We completed a rigorous workout, yet we negated it by the food we ate.
So what are the myths. The myths are that there is no “magic pill” or “magic workout” routine alone that can get us the results we want alone.
The truth is that it requires a lifestyle change.
Various workout routines can work wonders if we are willing to implement a proper diet and fuel our bodies with food that is conducive for the results we seek.
If we want to lose weight, we must eat multiple small healthy meals each day. Starving ourselves does not work. When we starve ourselves, our body begins to store the fat cells and burn muscle first. So what we are left with is fat, not muscle.
That is why it is so important that we are conscious about what goes on to our bodies. Workouts alone can only get us half way to our goals. Proper diet and the food we fuel out body with is the other half, and arguably, the most important aspect in weight loss and muscle gain.
If we truly desire a healthy lifestyle and to shed unwanted pounds, we must be willing and determined to make serious lifestyle changes. We must get rid of the thoughts of “magic pills” and workouts alone to achieve results.
We must be willing to cut out sugar. We must be willing to eat smaller portions. We must be willing to eat more! These are all lifestyle changes we must be willing to submit to.
Eating more also helps speed up the metabolism. However, eating more is eating less. Eat more times a day, but eat smaller portions. Think of food as fuel for the body. Once you have accepted that mentality, then the various workout routines we do have a greater success rate.
The specialized workouts, either with a trainer, in a group or even by ourselves work much more efficiently if we are able to accompany it with a healthy diet. Working out on a regular basis will speed up the results. The lifestyle changes will help keep the weight off for good.
There is no substitute for hard work. There is no substitute for healthy eating. When the two are combined, that is when we will begin to see those sustainable results. We will feel better, be healthy and look the way we want to look.
It can’t be one or the other. It must be both. The great myth is that we can’t lose weight or build muscle if we do just one or the other. We simply can’t sustain it. It’s a difficult task to implement both and it is a process. However give it time. If we truly dedicate ourselves we will finally get the results we want and live a long time looking and feeling healthy.
Author: Adam Wilkinson