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The diet and fitness industry has been lying to you for years.

They've told you need to cut your calorie intake or watch those calories to lose weight, and emphasized that you need to work out for 90 minutes to get in great shape.

Popular fitness programs bank on you believing this nonsense, as do many of the leading diet programs.

The truth is that simple physiology facts don't back up what they promote.

You know this instinctively to be true.

You've probably experienced it many times in your own life. You may have started a diet and/or fitness program with good intentions, but you soon found out that you couldn't stick to the food you were eating each day, and got tired of working out.

There are very good reasons for this, and it's not your fault. It's the way your body is made.

Your body wants food.

It wants to get in shape.

But not the way you've been led to believe.

On the food side, the worst thing you can do is cut calories. Your body needs calories for energy and for building muscle. The truth is you should probably eat small meals about every 3 hours during the day. But it's the type of food you eat that determines success with building muscle and getting tone. The truth is that you could actually GAIN weight but lose inches where you want and be more fit and healthy than you actually ever imagined. This is because muscle weighs more than fat. And muscle burns more calories like a metabolic machine, and works whether you are active or at rest.

So what kind of foods should you eat?

Concentrate on low carbs and high protein. Minimize the amount of simple carbohydrates in your diet and eat more complex carbs. Then eat a lot of lean meats like chicken and fish. Make sure you eat at least one salad a day and watch those salad dressings. Find a low carb salad dressing like Italian to use.

The reason salads are so good is because fiber is your friend. Most raw vegetables are not digestable and act as a way to cleanse your body and help with insulin levels and blood sugar. I would also recommend adding additional fiber to your diet. A product like Konsyl, which you can find readily available at Wal-Mart, or order online, is a good source of fiber.

Now let's talk about exercise.

There is a reason you might start an exercise program with good intentions and then find yourself losing interest quickly.

When you exercise for long periods of time, day after day, this decreases certain hormones in your body which actually cause you a certain level of fatigue, and "depression". Over time you actually have no desire to continue exercise because you "hate" it.

The key to effective muscle growth is to work your muscles hard for a short period of time. And then rest. It's the resting that actually allows this to work.

There are two types of muscle fiber in the body, fast twitch and slow twitch.

Slow twitch is what most long distance runners use when they run marathons. If you ever look at a long distance runner you can't help but notice that they look gaunt, skinny, and not muscular at all. That's because they basically burn all their muscle away. They usually have to load up on carbs before they run just to get the necessary energy they need to compete.

If you look at a sprinter though, you will notice that they are very well built and very muscular. That is because they use their fast twitch muscle fiber which explodes for a short period of time.

If you want to build a tone and muscular body then you want to concentrate on utilizing those fast twitch muscle fibers.

But to do so you do not have to spend 90 minutes in a gym! In fact, that is the wrong approach.

The secret to building muscle is to work your body to the point of momentary muscular failure.

In other words you perfrom an exercise for a short period of time where you cannot do any more.

For instance, you get on the floor to do as many pushups as you can. You do not stop until you have exhausted every last one you can do. You perform several such exercises to concentrate on certain areas of the body. You might work your chest, biceps, and triceps one day. Then you rest a day. Then you might work your stomach and back another day. Then rest. Then work your quads and calf muscles.

Again, the key is to work these muscle groups with short, hard exercises until exhaustion. Then you rest a day. When you exercise this way the muscle is actually broken down. The day of rest between exercises allows the muscle to grow and heal.

So you can actually get in the best shape of your life by eating right and working out 7 minutes a day, 3 days a week. You may even gain weight as stated before. But you will notice that you are losing inches in all the right places.

And this plan works for anyone. It doesn't matter if you are a man or woman, young or old, or even have a disability. You control what parts of your body you wish to sculpt and mold.

So get with it! Develop a menu and an exercise plan that works for you and start it today! You will be happy with the results.

Street Talk

Really good article Gary! Agree whit you on what you say about cutting calories, and building muscle to burn more calories... I myself wrote couple of similar articles..maybe you want to check what i wrote...

  about 1 decade ago
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