Doing sit-ups all the time will make me have abs. Doing push-ups regularly will make my arms smaller.
This is probably one of the biggest fitness myths. In most cases, fat will decrease throughout the entire body and not in any singular area. Genetics and hormones play the biggest role in which places fat will come off of first.
The best way to lose fat throughout your body is to do exercises that work the biggest muscles. Working muscle burns calories. Working larger muscles burns more calories. Working many large muscles burns the most calories. Exercises such as pushups, burpies, and body weight rows will burn the most calories and get you the best results for your time.
There is no part of the human body that desires “breakfast foods” for breakfast. The body reacts to foods based on metabolism, time of day, and other factors. That said, instead of changing what you eat to match some diet program that you will most likely give up on, choose to eat smart instead. Eat most of your days starches in the morning (when your body can effectively use them), less in the afternoon, and none in the evening. Starches digest slowly and will store as fat if eaten too late at night. Eat protein and vegetables with every meal. It’s better to eat pastas, potatoes, and other starchy foods in the morning or afternoon opposed to the evening, even though they are not considered “breakfast foods”. The North American way of eating is pretty much backwards. In several cases eating your meals backwards would be much healthier.
Eating foods that have high doses of ingredients that raise hormone levels, decrease testosterone, and other negative effects will outweigh any level of exercise you perform after the fact. Exercise is necessary when looking to lose weight, but it will not make the difference on its own. Sleep, stress, drinking water and choosing nutrient dense foods are also big factors when it comes to losing weight. Exercise shouldn’t be the only thing you are focusing on because you wont get the results you desire.
Treadmills, ellipticals, and other cardio equipment are a great way to burn some extra calories, but make sure that that is not the only exercise you are getting. While you burn fat using cardio equipment, you also burn muscle. As your muscle decreases, so does your metabolism, making it harder to lose fat. You may see the numbers on the scale go down, but it won’t be the numbers you want. If you want a nice lean and toned body, some weight training is required. Cardio machines aside, weight training is also a great way to lose weight. When you get a good weight-training workout in, your metabolism will become heightened for approximately 36 hours. This means that after you are done at the gym, your body will continue to burn excess fat. This will also help prevent muscle loss via cardio-only exercises. Get a good weight training day in on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to raise your metabolism, then blast fat with cardio intensive exercises on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
This is mentioned by almost all of my female clients so I thought I’d make this clear. Lifting weights will not make you gain muscles like a man! Women only produce 5 to 10 percent of the testosterone that men do. Testosterone is the key component to producing new muscle, increased bone density, and body hair production. As you may have noticed, women do not have body hair the same as men do. This is the same for developing new muscle. When women lift weights, their already existing muscles will become toned, defined, and firm. Lifting weights also helps to give you a metabolism boost and tighten up your tummy. There are many great reasons to do resistance training, so incorporate some resistance training in your workout regimen.
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