Why Changing YourIs The Key To A Lean, Defined & Healthy Body!
Before anything else, the first and most important lesson I’m going to be explaining is why the notions of “weight loss” and “losing weight” are false and misleading… and why changing your
is the only true path to the lean and fit body you’re after.
In fact, let’s go and remove the term “weight loss” from our fitness vocabulary altogether.
It’s because “losing weight” is NOT what you should be concerned with!
If you’re reading this lesson right now, then chances are that you’re looking to achieve at least one of the following goals…
1 Improve your appearance to feel more confident, attractive and sexy.
2 Enhance your overall health to increase longevity and quality of living.
3 Boost your energy levels and mood to feel better about yourself on a daily basis.
Surely there are other reasons as well… but for the majority of you out there, these are probably your primary concerns.
Am I right?
If so, it is absolutely critical that you understand the following…
Losing body weight on its own will NOT allow you to achieve these goals.
Instead, all of your focus must be placed on changing your
The reason for this is simple…
Your body is made up of various different “types” of weight, all of which contribute differently to your overall appearance and health.
There are very “heavy” individuals who are in excellent health with lean and impressive bodies… and there are very “light” individuals who are in poor health with soft, flabby and out-of-shape bodies.
Your overall body weight is made up of various different components, such as body fat, muscle tissue, water and glycogen. The haphazard approach of simply aiming to “lose weight” is incredibly misguided as it does not take these specific types of body weight into account.
In order to achieve your goal of a lean, energetic and healthy body, your goal is to get rid of the excessive amounts of “bad” body weight while maintaining as much “good” body weight as you can.
If you simply aim to “lose weight”, ANY weight as long as the “scales go down”, you might make yourself look like this….
… not very desirable right? That almost started happening to me!
To put it simply, your main goal in this quest should be…
To burn, reduce body fat while maintaining lean muscle mass.
This is truly the only way to get into the shape you desire and to set yourself up for permanent, positive long-term results.
This isn’t about attaining a proper “body mass index” or “ideal weight”, as these readings really are irrelevant in terms of your underlying goals.
Even though someone might be 210-pound individual with 7% body fat, he would obviously be in better health and have a more in-shape, athletic appearance than a 145-pound individual with 20% body fat.
Stop obsessing about the number on the scale!
Instead, start worrying about gradually dropping your body fat percentage while holding on to your lean muscle mass.
In focusing only on losing body fat while striving to maintain as much muscle tissue as possible, your raw body weight will inevitably change at a slower pace.
However, despite the fact that the number on the scale may only change by 1-2 pounds per week, you’ll be approaching your “dream body” at light-speed compared to an individual whose only concern is losing overall body weight.
There are three primary reasons for this…
First of all…
one very important factor that determines your body’s basal metabolic rate (the number of calories you burn at rest) is the amount of lean muscle tissue you have on your body.
The more muscle you have, the faster your fat burning metabolism operates.
Muscle is “metabolically active” tissue, and actually forces your body to burn more calories around the clock. By failing to place significance on maintaining muscle mass while you lose fat, you directly inhibit your body’s ability to burn fat at maximum rates.
maintaining a reasonable level of muscular development will allow you to achieve the shapely and athletic appearance that the majority of you are probably striving for.
A low body fat percentage may be the ultimate goal, but without a decent amount of muscle mass your body will simply take on a small, frail form without the lean “cuts” and “curves” that are the marks of a fit and healthy body. (See above pic).
Now of course, not everybody’s genetics allow them to be ‘cut and curved’ like them supermodels, but I think you get my point. You don’t want to lose weight and look unhealthy and sick is the point.
those who simply place themselves on “crash diets” and attempt to drop large amounts of body weight over short periods of time are inevitably doomed to fail. Such an approach places the body into a starved state and actually programs you to store more fat over the long run.
The take-home message of our very first lesson…?
Stop worrying about the number on the scale, and instead start placing ALL of your focus on improving your body composition by gradually burning off body fat while maintaining lean muscle mass.
Adopting this mindset will immediately place you far ahead of the majority of the uninformed “weight loss crowd” and will get you on the proper path to the impressive, head-turning body you deserve.
The first step to start improving body composition?
In the next lesson, I’ll tell you the reasons why so many diets and programs you tried… failed.