Fitness, Treadmill, RunningForget the saying: “No Pain – No Gains.”  Slow, frequent exercise burns off more fat than intense exercise.  By adding exercise to your Healthier Lifestyle eating and balanced nutritional supplements, you’ll become leaner while replacing fat with muscle tissue.  Your body will be more sleek and well toned, but keep in mind that you may not necessarily be lighter, as muscle weights more than fat.

You will, however, lose inches and probably be able to trade in your current wardrobe for one in a smaller size!  In addition to burning calories, exercise give you an “alter burn”.  It boost your metabolism so that you use up more calories for 45 to 90 minutes after you finish your workout.

A common misconception is that overweight people eat more than thin people.  It’s simply not true!  In fact, some studies have shown that lean people as a group, tend to eat more than fat people.  They stay slim because of a more efficient metabolism – that is, they’re more active.

Excess Fat is a Symptom of the Problem.  The problem is metabolism – the rate at which your body converts its food intake into energy.  The rate, or setpoint, changes to adjust to the body’s needs.  Decreasing your food intake by dieting causes the setpoint to slow down and harvest all excess calories.  When the body requires more energy for exercise, the setpoint will raise temporarily to burn more calories.  The great news is that regular exercise can reset the setpont.

Changing Your Metabolism:   Although dieting or surgery may decrease your fat for a while, you haven’t changed your metabolism – or the reasons why you run to food.  When you lose weight with dieting, you also lose muscle mass.  And muscle is what the body uses to burn up fat.  That’s why dieting is so devastating to the body’s metabolism, and why future fat gain is inevitable.

The Muscle/Fat Connection:  Research shows that for every 10 pounds you lose on a calorie-reduced diet, approximately four pounds is muscle loss, another four is water loss, and ONLY two pounds is fat loss.  As muscle mass is lost, the body’s ability to store fat increases.  In fact, empty muscle tissue is where the fat cells expand.  Beware of programs that suggest only 500 to 900 calories a day.   Healthy caloric intake is best determined by your age and level of activity.