The Facts on Weight Loss

By |2018-06-16T12:34:29+00:00February 21st, 2014|

Nothing pains me more as a personal trainer than seeing a personal struggle with weight loss.  It isn’t easy and it doesn’t come quick.  The important thing to do is realize how weight loss works and what you can do to put yourself in the best position for success.

We often get discouraged by the all-powerful scale.  However, the scale can be affected by many different factors.  Instead of depending so much on the scale, try going by body measurements and the mirror. Don’t get discouraged if you’re losing weight everywhere except your problematic areas.  With patience and consistency your goals will be reached.

I hear many clients say that they only stick to the “fat burning zone.”  If you aren’t familiar with this concept it claims that if you stick to a lower intensity cardio workout, then you will burn more fat.  In theory this is correct, you will burn a higher percentage of your calories from fat than carbohydrates.  However, you are better off doing a higher intensity workout because you will burn more calories and thus more fat in the long run.

The one thing everyone asks me about is their abdominal muscles.  Some claim that doing a bunch of sit-ups will help achieve a slim mid-section. This is called “spot reduction.”  If you’ve tried this method you should know by now it doesn’t work.  You might already have great abdominal muscles but they are more than likely surrounded by fat.  Overall weight loss should be your goal to see those hidden abdominal muscles.  With a healthy diet plan, exercise, and rest you can’t go wrong!

No matter what your reason is for making a change, work both hard and smart! Remember to always consult with a physician before beginning a weight loss regimen.

About the Author:

Kevin Phillips
I grew up in the Detroit area in Michigan and attended college in Springfield, MO. There I began to date Linda, to whom I’ve now been married for 36 years. We have two kids and 6 grandkids, whom I am told are the rewards parents get for not killing their kids. I have always been an athlete. If it has a ball, I have probably played it. Tennis and basketball are my main games, but I enjoy many others. Because I have always been active in sports, I never really went through that period where most people get where they allow themselves to get out of shape. It was a decision I made early on that I did not want to get old as I aged. So far that has worked out well. I compete with men half my age and can more than hold my own. It seemed a natural career move when I became a personal trainer 6 years ago. I had been working in a golf and fitness center as the Membership Director. It was my personal mission in that role to make all our members feel like they were part of a community, at least they would know one person when they walked in our doors. Customer service is still a high priority with me. The client and his or her needs is my highest priority. I was certified through NETA and have trained nearly 100 clients in 4 different gyms over the last 6 years.

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