Weight Loss and Exercise – The Myths Promoted by Gyms and Slimming Clubs
OK, this maybe the most controversial piece of information you have ever read, though, deep down you know it to be the most truthful. This is because like so many people you are exercising how ‘they’ tell you and eating how ‘they’ suggest you should (probably paying money for a subscription to a club or paying money for supplements) and you are either not gaining the results you want, or, you’re actually having negative results.
How can this be? Surely gyms and slimming clubs are there to help you lose weight, slim down, and help you achieve your goals efficiently and as quickly as possible. Well, no. Without meaning to sound like too much of a conspiracy theorist. That is not the case at all. Slimming clubs and gymnasiums are businesses. Sure, they may have intentions to base their missions statement at the centre of their business that they support your weight loss, slimming and physique desires, BUT, in reality they’re a business. They’re more interested in maximising profits, reducing overheads and maintaining customer loyalty and lifespan.
Having worked in the health and fitness, and supplement marketing industry for over 12 years, I have a good grasp of the world of personal training, health club sales, nutritional supplement marketing, manufacture, retail and both online and offline marketing of such ‘products’. I also have worked with hundreds of clients in the real world to maximise their results from their exercise and nutrition programs, whilst debunking so many of the popular myths and nonsense promoted by slimming clubs, gymnasiums and nutritional supplement marketers.
So, let’s instantly get this straight. I am now not talking about ‘sports specific’ or ‘skills’ training. Nor am I talking about the multiple levels of fitness that people can attain by spending tens of hours practising ball dribbling, or back flips. If your goal is sport specific or skills based, this is not what I am writing about in this piece. This information is written for the many tens of thousands of frustrated people who are wanting to lose some fat, gain muscle tone, and of course be slimmer and happier with their figure, energy levels and life.
Hands up how many people believe you have to become a slave to exercise in order to lose weight. Well, in reality, that is the worlds biggest myth ever promoted by personal trainers and gymnasiums who make their money by you committing hours to their services or facilities. Exercise does NOT help you lose weight or change your physique. If your goal is slimming and weight loss (or more specifically fat loss for the proper logic) then you need to know that in reality exercise will deliver no more than 10% of the results towards your goal. Remember this weight loss is 90% nutrition and 10% exercise.
Exercise is for a couple of factors. The first is the health benefits. Your cardiovascular health and the health of your joints and ligaments. Muscle tone (yes it exists) is the state of permanent muscular contraction to a small degree, giving your body better shape and be visually more appealing to the eye, showing your muscle is strong, and functional. Exercise can help you build and/or maintain your lean skeletal muscle tissue which is metabolic active (i.e. alive). Muscle burns calories by the very nature of being in existence. Your goal through exercise should be no more than the minimum effort required to deliver the amount of visual muscle tone (and size) you desire, and improve your cardiovascular health for a long energetic life.
Any exercise above and beyond your goals of your required muscle tone and health benefits are not only a waste of your time (unless you just love the social side of exercise which many do), but a waste on your central nervous system and recoverability from that exercise. If you put your nervous system under undue pressure then you blunt your immune system and immune response, and actually make it harder and harder to build metabolically active muscle. You may even lose muscle from over training and seriously slow down your metabolism making it harder to slim and lose weight.
Most people can achieve the optimal results from an exercise plan in around 2 hours of work per week. Again, this is not a point to be argued by sports specific athletes training for some other goal. If you want to look good in your underwear and have maximum energy, if you believe more than 2 hours of exercise is going to make much difference then I’d have to see some serious scientific evidence to back that up. I’ll cover shortly how to exercise specifically for maximum health benefits, muscle tone, and metabolic optimisation.
So, shortly, you will know precisely how to maximise your training to stoke your metabolic furnace, create quality muscle tone, and get on with your life without being a slave to cardiovascular exercise. You are free from the crazy notion that hitting a treadmill or cycle machine for an hour, burning maybe 300 calories at best, is actually going to do anything for your slimming or weight loss goals when in reality, it is doing nothing more than draining your glycogen stores and most likely making you hungry and tired. If you love exercising, and being social with exercise, go right ahead and carry on, just don’t think it’s going to make you leaner or slimmer. It is not.
Now, this is what you have to grasp about the human body. It is not magical. It is not mysterious. It is not weird. Think of your body as a precision built, chemical based, fine piece of engineering. Every single reaction in your body is a chemical reaction based on stimulus. Stimulus creates an effect – a result. Good or bad. You provide the stimulus. Your body responds. And that is as complicated as you need to get.
When I say weight loss and slimming is 90% nutrition and 10% exercise this is because the amount of ‘chemical’ (in our case thermal/endocrine reaction) you can elicit by training is minimal for your goals. You food provides immediate chemical (hormonal) reactions that will cause you to gain or lose weight. So your biggest fight against fat is your nutrition and diet, not your exercise program. Many people know this, yet they are unsure of which foods to eat to elicit the proper chemical (hormonal reactions) and so the area of nutrition is so badly complicated and skewed by companies (in most part that make a profit form your confusion) that you are left confused on what is the best food to eat to elicit maximum fat loss.
Start to think of your body as this machine. Everything you eat, or do not eat, is causing a cascade of hormonal reactions within the system. As soon as you eat certain food you can kiss weight loss goodbye plain and simple. This is all down to the primary storage hormone – insulin. And when you understand insulin, you can understand weight loss and slimming. Everything becomes clear and the whole process is very simple. Learning about insulin can get complicated if you go very in-depth, so why bother. Learn the basic principles and start achieving results immediately. You don’t have to be a total expert at something to benefit from the principles. I’m sure most people benefit from using a mobile phone without having to know all the scientific details about how and why it works etc. So forget confusing yourself and just follow the principles and start benefiting immediately.