Help to Reduce Belly Fat

Written by Kathryn Martyn, M.NLP

How Can I Reduce Belly Fat?

If you have excess weight only in specific parts of your body, you still must look at yourself as a whole. It's not possible to spot reduce; in other words, you can't dictate that you only want weight to come off one place or another. In most cases your so called "trouble spots" is whererepparttar fat will come off last, so be prepared to lose weight in your fingers (rings fall off) and your face (friends may ask if you're feeling all right).

If you work toward building muscle and reducing body fat you will eventually tackle those trouble spots though, and develop a better physique inrepparttar 131353 process. Muscle tissue is active meaning it requires calories to be maintained. If you were stranded without a food supply, eventually your body would turn to its own muscle tissue as a source of nutrition first (muscles are protein) while savingrepparttar 131354 fat stores for last. Simply put, fat is nature's way of ensuring survival during times of famine. That's whyrepparttar 131355 prevalence of heart failure kills someone who is severely malnourished. By building more muscle you become a more efficient energy burning machine which translates to mean you can eat more food! That to me is a good thing.

The More Active You Are, The More You Get to Eat!

That explains why some people can eat so much more than others yet not gain weight; your efficient energy burning friend simply has a greater proportion of muscle to fat than you. Muscle is more dense than fat. It's often said that a pound of muscle is heavier than a pound of fat, butrepparttar 131356 truth is a pound is a pound. What they mean is a one pound volume of muscle is a smaller package than a one pound volume of fat, or put another way, fat is billowy and fluffy while muscle is sleek and compact. Lady No. 1 weighs 120 pounds with 30% body fat so she has 84 pounds of lean tissue and 36 pounds of fat, while Lady No. 2 also weighing 120 pounds but at 18% body fat is carrying roughly 98 pounds of muscle and 22 pounds of fat. Would you rather be Lady No. 1 or Lady No. 2? Which do you think takes up more space, 22 or 36 pounds of fat? I'd say 36 pounds of fat would be a lot bigger package than 22 pounds.

That is why body weight as a number by itself is meaningless, but your ratio of fat to muscle is very important and worth working to change. Strive to decrease your body fat and increase your muscle mass and you'll look better, you'll feel stronger and more energetic and you'll simply be healthier.

When Losing Weight Should You Weigh Every Day?

Written by Kathryn Martyn, M.NLP

How to Breakrepparttar Weighing Habit

Face it, if you weigh yourself more than once a day, you are a serious scale addict, and if you letrepparttar 131350 number onrepparttar 131351 scale affect how you feel, you are probably a bit too involved with that appliance. Danger, danger! Step away fromrepparttar 131352 scale!

The scale simply cannot tellrepparttar 131353 difference between muscle and fat, and while fat is bulky and lumpy, muscle is sleek and shapely. Muscle also gives you strength, agility and power. Muscle can be used as fuel, but it is notrepparttar 131354 primary fuel source. Fat onrepparttar 131355 other hand is a storage fuel for times of famine. It also shields our body's organs and provides a protective layer fromrepparttar 131356 outside world. Without some body fat we cannot survive, and without some muscle you'd not haverepparttar 131357 strength to get out of bed. But while fat is necessary, many of us have a bit more saved up than is necessary. Most of us never consider our body's ratio of fat to muscle. We instead rely onrepparttar 131358 bathroom scale. We've been told we need to weigh a certain amount, or be within a certain range torepparttar 131359 point that many who start eating well and exercising consistently abandon their plan when they don't quickly see a difference onrepparttar 131360 scale. Even when their body is visibly changing, they still are disappointed ifrepparttar 131361 scale won't budge.

Consider for a moment, those first hints that something is changing: Your waistband may be getting looser, your rings may be slipping off, your face may start to look a little slimmer, and your shoes, yes your shoes will start to become too big for your feet. Many will start losing inrepparttar 131362 hands and feet first. That's just dandy, I know. We all strive for skinny fingers and toes, but I didn't designrepparttar 131363 body, I just own and operate one.

You may own and operate a car? Do you take care of itrepparttar 131364 same way you take care of yourself? Do you store gasoline inrepparttar 131365 trunk, in case you can't find a gas station? Probably not. Do you stockpile extra oil and batteries? No, probably not. Then why do you worry about dinner when you haven't finished eating lunch? Have you ever gone ahead and eaten something because you might get hungry later? Why do we worry so much about food when there is no scarcity that I've noticed? Where I live there is food at every corner, 24-hours a day, atrepparttar 131366 bank,repparttar 131367 gas station and evenrepparttar 131368 neighbor's garage sale.

Interestingly, I've found that whenrepparttar 131369 scale suddenly showed a loss, greater than expected, it seemed to induce in me a desire to remedy that situation. I'd overeat that day andrepparttar 131370 next, somehow unraveling any good I'd done previously. Even with allrepparttar 131371 knowledge and sense inrepparttar 131372 world, we still become unsensible inrepparttar 131373 face of that judge,repparttar 131374 bathroom scale!

I thinkrepparttar 131375 problem isn't that we are unhappy byrepparttar 131376 numbers so much as we expect certain numbers. If you are dieting, then you are wanting to see a lower number, but what happens when you do? Do you reward yourself for a job well done? Do you decide you've done so well, you might as well have a treat? The scale habit can adopting other ways to measure your progress, and starting a daily journal which gives you a way to chart what you are doing. You're not stopping one thing so much as you are starting another. Ending one habit always involves beginning another.

Get a small notebook or journal to write in. If you want a fancy, leather bound book, fine, but don't stall on starting this exercise withrepparttar 131377 excuse you don't haverepparttar 131378 supplies. Use a scrap of paper you found onrepparttar 131379 ground if you have to, but starting today, you are going to track your hunger levels all day long.

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