Saturday, March 11, 2006

Sit-ups not working like they should?

Worried about how you'll look on the beach this season? Are you in the gym working out day after day, but still can't see your muscles or even worse, haven't lost any weight? Exercise alone does not cut it (pun intended). Diet controls about 75 % of weightloss. Someone who does three hundred sit-ups a day, may have strong ab muscles, but if there is a layer of fat over them, the abs will never be seen. The same is true for the hips, thighs, arms, chest and every other body part. Exercise is an important part of fat burning, the toner the muscles, the greater your metabolism burns calories at rest. But, working out by itself is not enough. The fastest results come from an exercise program combined with a sensible diet tailored to your individual weight loss goals. Small frequent meals are better than big ones. For example, if a meal is eaten that contains 800-1000 calories, it would take 8-10 hours of normal activity to burn those calories. That means a person would have to wait 8-10 hours between meals and stay up and active in the evening for 8-10 hours after their last meal. A small meal consisting of healthy food containing 400 calories would require only 4 hours to burn the consumed calories from the food that was eaten and then it would be time to eat again. Eating small frequent meals ensures that there is not any extra calories around for fat storage. And fat storage is what we are trying to avoid in our swim suits.

Thought for the Week: "Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases."--- Hippocrates, 460-377 BC


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