The Myth of Fast Weight Loss

Written by Arina Nikitina


Copyright 2005 Arina Nikitina

You will be surprised to find out how many people are actually looking for a fast weight loss program. Why fast? Well, first of all, most of us are impatient. We live hectic lives. We want results now, we want to noticerepparttar change right away, and we don't want to work hard to achieve those results.

Most people eat what they want all year round, prefer TV over exercising and dream about how next week (or month/year) they are going to start a healthy lifestyle. Suddenly one day they realize that it is just 2 weeks left before they have to go to a Christmas party or that summer is coming up and they want to look good inrepparttar 147923 new bikini. Usually around this time I get hundreds of emails - all of them pretty muchrepparttar 147924 same "I have this event coming up in two weeks. I need to lose about 10-15 pounds. What isrepparttar 147925 fastest way to do it?"

Of course TV and Internet is full of commercials that promise you to lose 20 pounds in two weeks. They even show you tons of pictures of fit, smiling people with perfect bodies. Just pop a magic pill 3 times a day and you will turn into a supermodel right away. Sounds good, right?

I hate to disappoint you but this is just another scam created to get your money. There is no such thing as fast weight loss. I'm sure I'll get some infuriated replies like "That can't be true! My friend Maggie lost 16 pounds in two weeks doing Low carb diet!" Well you are in for another disappointment. Your friend didn't lose any fat. She lost water and muscle.

Human body is a well coordinated working mechanism. It has no idea that you've decided to fit in a size 8 dress and doing some new fad diet. It thinks you are starving. Itís too concerned about survival to allow us losing weight fast. Instead your metabolism slows down to conserverepparttar 147926 energy. As soon as you'll start eating normal food you'll gain all of your weight back and some extra pounds in addition to that.

How to Gain Weight and Build More Muscle!

Written by Anthony Ellis


For many thin guys aroundrepparttar world, gaining weight without using illegal steroids has been a challenge. For thousands of lean young men,repparttar 147871 dream is to gain weight, but no matter how much they eat they remain thin. Some people are naturally thin; that means their genetic makeup is in such a way thatrepparttar 147872 body burns more calories than others. The very basic method of weight gain is to eat more calories than your body burns off. By providingrepparttar 147873 body with more calories, this balance can be altered and body mass can be increased. Weight training is of great importance in this context, which enablesrepparttar 147874 body to absorb more nutrients fromrepparttar 147875 food by increasingrepparttar 147876 level of certain hormones and increasingrepparttar 147877 muscle mass.

There are many incorrect beliefs and theories bout building muscle. The type of food to be eaten is an important factor which decidesrepparttar 147878 type of weight gained, whether it is muscle mass or mere accumulation of fat. Some types of calories are not equal to others for gaining muscle; because most processed junk food contains empty, totally nutritionless calories. These foods promote accelerated fat storage, and do not providerepparttar 147879 body withrepparttar 147880 correct nutrients essential for gaining muscle. High quality protein, whichrepparttar 147881 body breaks down into amino acids, should berepparttar 147882 centerpiece of all your meals. Intense exercise increases demand for amino acids, which support muscle repair and growth.

Another factor isrepparttar 147883 selection ofrepparttar 147884 right type of weight training. Resistance exercises will help with muscle growth. Whereas aerobic exercises can result inrepparttar 147885 reduction of weight. For maximum muscle gain,repparttar 147886 focus of your workouts should consist of free weight exercises, rather than machines or bodyweight exercises. To get a very effective workout, you must stimulate as many muscle fibers as possible, and machines do not do this. The main reason for this is a lack of stabilizer and synergist muscle development. Stabilizer and synergist muscles are supporting muscles that assistrepparttar 147887 main muscle in performing a complex lift.

The results of weight training can vary from person to person, and will usually depend on your consistency and commitment to your program. You should haverepparttar 147888 patience and motivation for building a powerful body with a consistent diet and exercise schedule.

Exercise Guidelines for building muscle:

Weight training involvesrepparttar 147889 use of equipment that enables variable resistance. This resistance can come inrepparttar 147890 form of free weights like barbells and dumbbells, machines that use cables or pulleys to help you liftrepparttar 147891 weight, and bodyweight exercises like pull-ups or dips. The more stabilizers and synergists you work,repparttar 147892 more muscle fibers stimulated. The exercises that workrepparttar 147893 large muscle groups are called compound (or multi-joint) movements that involverepparttar 147894 simultaneous stimulation of many muscle groups. These compound exercises should berepparttar 147895 foundation of any weight training program because they stimulaterepparttar 147896 most amount of muscle inrepparttar 147897 least amount of time. Multi-jointed free weight exercises likerepparttar 147898 bench press require many stabilizer and synergistic muscle assistance to completerepparttar 147899 lift.

Free weight exercises likerepparttar 147900 dumbbell press or squat put a very large amount of stress on supporting muscle groups. You will get fatigued faster and not be able to lift as much weight as you did onrepparttar 147901 machine. But you will gain more muscle, become stronger very quickly and have a true gauge of your strength.

If you use machines in your program, they should be used to work isolated areas and only after all multi-jointed exercises have been completed. Beginners should begin with a limited combination of machine exercises, bodyweight exercises and multi-jointed free weight exercises. Before increasingrepparttar 147902 weight levels, they should work on becoming familiar withrepparttar 147903 proper form and execution of each.

The following are some proven basic exercises to encourage muscle and strength gain unlike any other exercises.

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