Body Contouring – Key Element To Healthy Weight
By Dr Dave Robinson
Most people desire a fit, trim body. Most people are also willing to try any “magic” drug, rub, lotion or potion that is pitched to them to get that body. The proof is the billions that are spent each year by consumers to achieve accelerated weight loss.
The only thing consumers usual get is duped, along with a good dose of frustration. This is the “fail-n-bail” syndrome.
Just because there is an endorsement from some “biggest and the best”, or “world renowned” person or personality, does not mean the promise of accelerated weight loss from whatever is being marketed, is real or healthy or good for you. Understand the “proclaimed guru” is PAID for the endorsement, and usually handsomely.
The brutally honest truth about weight loss is there are no “revolutionary, new” methods, gadgets, etc., that will produce “instant results”. That kind of expectation results in the fail-n-bail syndrome. Real results come in the form of becoming educated about the fact that body contouring is the key term to understand. This means shedding body fat while gaining or maintaining lean muscle. This means understanding that it takes the tried-n-true, old school method: effort, time and patience, or, hard work.
There is just no way around it, body contouring, involves several key components: proper exercise, good nutrition/supplementation and proper sleep, and engaging in regular meditation/mindfulness as well as some down time or R-n-R. Each aspect enhances the other for optimal results and benefits.
As far as exercise is concerned, it’s important to keep changing it, add variety to your routine so the body does not adapt or get used to your routine. Changing up the exercise routine keeps your muscles from becoming “lazy”, so to speak.
There are several factors to keep in mind – other than the primary one that there is really no such thing as accelerated weight loss – when it comes to body contouring, i.e., losing body fat while gaining or maintaining muscle:
- Eat properly according to the New Food Pyramid and try to “fuel” your body every 3-4 hours. Stay away from weight loss diets, calorie restricted and nutritionally limited diets.
- Use a proper nutritional “complete vitamin/mineral” and clinically proven supplement. Adding a whole food supplement and a complete amino acid supplement will help to boost your metabolism.
- Keep your cardio exercise/fitness routine in the “sweat zone” (your “target heart range”) for at least 30 minute (after you have worked up to that point).
- Don’t forget strength training exercises to gain or maintain lean muscle.
- For maximum benefits do your cardio after your strength training or on alternate days. This helps to burn more body fat more efficiently.
- Allow your body 2-3 days of rest depending on how intense your exercise/fitness routine is and don’t push beyond 4 days in a row of exercise/fitness.
The most important factor to remember is that once your goal is reached you MUST maintain the above 6 elements or your hard-won results will wane and you’ll be back to the old fail-n-bail frustration. Being fit-n-trim is a lifelong endeavor. It has to become part of your lifestyle. Think of it as shedding bad habits while shedding body fat and contouring good habits while contouring your body.