There may be almost as many weight loss programs as there are people struggling to lose weight. Each makes its own special claim for dropping pounds and keeping them off. If all of those popular, different programs worked, why are so many people overweight? Indeed, perhaps only the waistband industry is in good shape because it appears to have plenty of business.
Amazing weight loss claims are one thing, and scientific principles are another.
Scientifically, any time and certainly before your “sincerely-made lose-weight, get-fit New Year’s resolutions” fade away, you can test for your body fat and, painlessly, begin a consistent lifestyle that produces weight loss and improved overall fitness, without wasting time.
No longer will you debate with yourself, time and again, whether to make a mid-morning snack of a 550-calorie muffin, packed with sugar that your body definitely will store as fat, or chomp on a 90-calorie apple, delivering carbohydrates that your body definitely will burn.
And no longer will you wonder, when you step on the scales, why your sweat-drenched, high-pulse-rate exercises have failed you.
Wouldn’t it be a pleasure to look forward to your workout, or to begin a workout program, knowing that the end of each session will leave you relaxed, refreshed, certainly not exhausted, and with little or no soreness? With careful guidance, you can do this and watch the scale dial show good news.
One scientific reason that huffing and puffing your way through a workout denies your body of weight loss is simply that fat needs oxygen to burn. When you are out of breath, which is called your anaerobic threshold, you are actually working against your weight loss goal. When you perform aerobic exercise at your proper heart rate zone, you maximize your workout and burn fat
Indirect calorimetry is the technical term for the gold standard in determining your metabolic rate, or how many calories your body consumes in a day. This sets the stage for you to manage your energy balance, that is, the number of calories you take in and the number of calories your body burns. Calculating your metabolic rate is quickly and professionally done scientifically with an instrument known as the CARDIOCOACH.
You may be interested to know that scientists point to an evolutionary reason why it’s a lot easier to put on weight than lose it. Long, long ago, when roaming bands of early humans could never know when they would catch an animal to eat or find edible plants, their bodies, specifically their livers, held onto the sugar and other substances needed for energy. That organ would only grudgingly allow the stored fat to burn when the body took in less and less food, as in a famine. Today, your liver “remembers” what life was like back then.
Data from these instruments lead to the calculation of your customized target calorie weight loss zone or aerobic zone. One-of-a-kind meal plans and workouts are then put together according to the data and your goals. Exercising in your zone, combined with the regular practice of eating to your metabolism, enables you to safely lose weight, keep the pounds off and enjoy improved overall health. You tone up. Your clothes fit better (maybe for the first time since Thanksgiving!), and you look and feel healthier, because you are.
Anyone—children, youth, adults and seniors of all fitness levels, even including elite athletes—benefits from this sensible, scientific approach. Of course, you are advised to consult your physician before putting science to work for you.