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The Link Between Weight Loss & Strength Training

Strength Training

by Kathleen Parker

by Kathleen Parker

Happy mid-week!

I just finished reading an article on strength training and weight loss. Why are they so linked?

We all know that restricting your calorie intake drastically will lead to weight loss, but it will also lead to a great slow-down of your metabolism.

Unfortunately, many dietitians and nutritionists do not link the benefits of resistance training to weight loss. “If you have a calorie deficit, you are going to lose weight; if you consume extra calories, you will gain body fat” — While that is true, it is only PART of the picture. Sure you need a calorie deficit to lose weight, but how does your body actually use calories? It is your LEAN BODY MASS–your muscle mass–that burns calories 24/7, allowing you to eat more calories without gaining weight–therefore NOT slowing down your METABOLISM. Strength training will greatly increase the speed of your weight loss effort–in fact, it will DOUBLE the effectiveness of any weight loss program you are on!

Of course, you need to combine that with a good cardiovascular component at the same time–high intensity cardio is best.
Remember, it is the LEAN BODY MASS that is burning calories day in and day out, even when you are doing NOTHING. If you REDUCE that muscle mass by allowing it to go away (by not challenging your muscles), then your metabolism is going to slow. Many people end up at a place where they have lost the body fat and they are lighter on the scale, but it is suddenly so much easier to PUT ON THE BODY FAT. They don’t have the muscle mass they once did, they are not automatically burning calories, and if they overeat just a little bit, they will start packing on the body fat again.

Enjoy the abundance that we have in the way of healthy foods and enjoy life without having to restrict yummy things!!

Get your strength/cardio on!
Keep Moving and Keep the MUSCLE!!

Source:

Mike  Adams, NaturalNews.com

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FEED ME!

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily. — Zig Ziglar

Action: Make small changes to feed yourself regularly and abundantly with healthy food and exercise for your body and with positivity and inspiration for your spirit.

by Neissa Springmann

by Neissa Springmann

I don’t know about you, but finding time to eat has NEVER been a problem of mine. I go to bed thinking about breakfast and wake up eager to eat. In fact, as soon as I finish one meal, I’ve already planned the next one. Then there’s my husband, Russell, who often comes home after work and tells me that he hasn’t eaten since breakfast because he FORGOT! SERIOUSLY?!?!? Forgot to eat!?…I’D NEVER!!! This must be one of those “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” examples.

Ironically, when we eat regularly throughout the day, we actually find ourselves hungrier than when we skip meals. This happens because our metabolism, our internal furnace, is constantly getting fed, staying on and wanting more. But, believe it or not, when eating fresh, clean and healthy foods more regularly, our metabolism stays elevated throughout the day and we actually have better energy and burn even more calories than if we had skipped meals.

The body is our temple and it will allow us to live safely, efficiently and enthusiastically. We can become a calorie-burning machine and have optimal energy to last throughout the day if we simply:

  1. Stay hydrated.
  2. Eat regularly (every three to four hours). Consume complex carbohydrates, lean protein, and lots and lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. (See Journey XI, week 2, 3 and 4 for more information.)
  3. Exercise regularly (ideally 3-5 days per week)

In addition to keeping our bodies in optimal condition with a strong appetite for healthy food, having a well-fed mind and spirit is of equal importance too. We must have a consistently hearty appetite for goodness and positive information to keep both mind and spirit open and alive! You’ve heard the expression “You are what you eat.” It’s true for our minds and spirits too: “You are what you think.”

Friends, family, community and the company we keep play an enormous role in our ability to remain mentally and spiritually motivated, invigorated and charged. The more we practice and receive inspiration, the greater our appetite for it becomes. The result is a generously expanded life that we GET to live and share with others.

You can find inspiration in movies too. This week’s video is an inspiring moment from the movie The Pursuit of Happiness.