Why do we put so much emphasis on your nutrition?
Nutrition is the key to losing weight and shaping your body. Approximately 70% of your success will be based on correct nutrition with exercise responsible for about 30%. It is not the actual weight training which burns fat or builds muscle. The training is only the stimulus you give your body. Proper nutrition gives your body the fuel it needs to perform at its highest level. Even if you aren’t athletic or into sports, your average day to day life will be much improved.
- Your body will produce less toxins and be able to eliminate wastes more efficiently.
- Your body will be more efficient at dealing with distress as well as the positive stress associated with exercise.
- Your calcium intake in your balanced nutrition program will keep your bones, and nails strong and healthy.
- You will be able to sleep properly because your digestive system will be in harmony with your other bodily systems.
It has long since been believed that the key to losing more weight is to just exercise more, but exercise alone will not work. You actually already have the defined muscles you see photo-shopped onto the covers of all the magazines you read. Right now those muscles are just cushioned behind fat.
Changing your nutrition is the most important element to burning fat and revealing those defined muscles hiding under the cushions.
Changing your nutrition habits is hard work for your body, but you can do it! You will begin to notice that you’re less tired after eating and may not be craving as many sweets because your insulin levels aren’t spiking. The process of losing weight is never consistent. It often slows down or levels out for a period of time. This is totally normal. If you think about how many months or even years it took to accumulate those extra pounds, every single pound lost each week is a huge success. Remember, even if the scale is not budging, you might be losing inches. By reducing fat and building muscle, you improve the composition and the appearance of your body.
1) Optimal Calorie Intake
- It’s important to identify the optimal calorie intake you need by quantifying and qualifying variables in your body such as height, weight, gender, body-fat level, muscle tissue, activity level and genetic traits.
- Oxygen is imperative in order to optimally burn fat. Therefore, cardiovascular activity is essential. In addition, exercise sends a message to your body that muscle is more valuable than fat. Exercise can be a brisk walk or as intense as aerobics and/or weight training. Exercise depends on your personal goals and current physical condition. Through exercise, you teach your body to keep muscle. Therefore, it must burn fat for energy.
- In the final alalysis, weight-management is up to you. You can continue on the failure cycle or, make a long term commitment to better health. If you choose the latter, there is only one way – proper nutrition and exercise.
The importance of a good workout:
Were your muscles a little sore after working out last week? This type of muscle stiffness or achiness is normal, doesn’t last long, and is actually a sign of your improving fitness. Sore muscles after physical activity is known as delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and is common when beginning a new exercise program, changing your exercise routine, or increasing the duration or intensity of your regular workout.
When muscles are required to work harder than they’re used to, or in a different way, it is believed to cause microscopic damage to the muscle fibers, resulting in muscle soreness or stiffness. The good news is that the pain will decrease as your muscles get used to the new physical demands being placed upon them. The soreness is part of an adaptation process that leads to greater stamina and strength as the muscles recover and build. Unless you push yourself hard, you’re unlikely to develop delayed onset muscle soreness after your next exercise session. This sort of muscle pain should not be confused with any kind of pain you might experience during exercise, such as the acute, sudden and sharp pain of an injury, such as muscle strains or sprains.
There is no one simple way to treat delayed onset muscle soreness. Nothing is proven to be 100% effective. Treatments such as ice packs, tender-point acupressure, anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, rest and topical pain relievers may help ease some of the symptoms.
Exercise your way to a healthier happier you.
Each workout is a challenge for your body and each new type of training will bring you closer to achieving your goals. That’s how you build muscle, burn fat and improve your stamina.
Workouts and movement in general don’t just make you more fit; they also improve your mood by stimulating the happiness hormone, serotonin. Serotonin helps you keep your inner balance. Serotonin’s counterpart, the “stress hormone” cortisol, is decreased through exercise and helps you leave your everyday stresses behind.
Exercise boosts the happy hormone dopamine and your metabolism. Muscles not only burn fat, they also strengthen the immune system and help lower high blood pressure and have a positive effect on energy levels.
Collagen production, a substance that stabilizes bones, joints, muscles, skin, and blood vessels, also acts as a fountain of youth.