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  • Take it off and leave it off - Muscle Burns Fat!

    10 posts, 6 voices, 537 views, started Nov 15, 2008

    Posted on Saturday, November 15, 2008 by Michelle Rowe

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      I found a great article written by Michelle Berger that I wanted to share with you.

      Our society loves beauty. The most beautiful bodies are lean, symmetrical and firm, or in one word - buff. So why do we see so many women starving themselves trying to be skinny? Lack of knowledge is the epidemic.  

      The problem is too much focus has been placed on dieting and doing cardio, and not enough importance placed on weight training. Most women don’t understand that weight training is how they can shape their bodies, into the buff bodies they want.  

      All the experiences that I’ve gone through in my quest to be buff have culminated into a revelation: Muscle burns fat! I’ve known this scientific fact for years, but for some reason I didn’t realize what it meant. It means the more muscle you have on your body the more fat your body burns.  

      So if you want to get rid of the fat on your body, lift weights and build strong active muscles that will eat the fat off your gut and butt! Remember, muscle burns fat!  

      Muscle Facts:

      After puberty your essential muscle growth is over and your muscle starts to deteriorate.
      As you age you lose muscle. “If you don’t use it, you lose it.”
      The act of pregnancy further accelerates your muscle loss. The amount of protein your baby needs to develop requires the baby to steal protein (muscle) from you!
      Dieting and aerobic exercise without strength training causes muscle loss.
      Weight training re-builds your lost muscle.
      Women who weight train won’t increase their muscle size much, just their muscle’s density and strength. So forget the fear of “bulking up.”
      MUSCLE BURNS FAT!!!!



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          Dee Dee Shaw wrote Nov 15, 2008
        • Great article, thanks for sharing.
          One of the reasons I poo-poo “dieting” is because you lose just as much lean muscle as you do fat. To target fat loss, you need to follow the low glycemic plan. (Read the post as it explains it in detail.) I augmented that with Osolean and watched the fat melt away. Now I need to tone up. I joke with my kids that it would be much easier to donate the extra skin for burn victims. Snip and Zip - but I say that in jest. I really am frustrated with the flabby skin, and know that the only way to get rid of it other than cosmetic surgery (which isn’t an option) is to exercise. UGH! If only I could go down to Karen’s Fitness Studio and do Pilates and Body Sculpting 3 days a week. I am committed - I will have an accountability partner - and I will succeed!
          This is another reason not to focus on the scales but measure inches. When you tone up you might not see the scales move much because muscle weighs more than fat. Who cares what you weigh - people see how your clothes fit, not the scale weight.



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          Michelle Rowe wrote Nov 15, 2008
        • I drink my ViSalus protein shake before and after my workouts and it has really helped me lean out. Another great advantage of exercise while losing weight is to avoid the extra skin you refer to. To avoid this from happening - bulk up with extra protein. Not just any protein though. Make sure it is high quality. ViSalus Sciences offers a patented fat burning/muscle retention blend of proteins you won’t elsewhere. And, it’s yummy too!



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Nov 16, 2008
        • Amen! Another thing about strength training, weight bearing exercise is essential for us during menopause to prevent bone loss.

          As I say these words I look at my own squishiness and realize I need to follow my own advice.

          I used to be a gym rat. I worked out at Powerhouse Gym in Huntington Beach during my 30’s. My husband’s education is in exercise physiology and he ran a human performance lab while he was doing his graduate work.

          Time to dust off the plates and do some curls and tricep extensions!

          Thanks for the reminder, vigirl!



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          Dee Dee Shaw wrote Nov 16, 2008
        • Thanks Vigirl,
          I use Osolean which is a patented formula that is research proven. It is whey protein, but they segregate out the peptides that burn fat. In the intial study they found that the placebo group lost fifty percent fat and fifty percent lean muscle mass. The Osolean group lost one hundred percent fat. Both groups had the same caloric intake, both groups lost approximately the same amount of weight.
          As I said in my other post, exercise is my downfall. Even without the exercise, I have lost the fat and maintained my lean muscle mass. I know there is not another option to get rid of the flab except to exercise. I just have to employ the Nike slogan and “just do it!”



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          Mary Clark wrote Nov 16, 2008
        • Okay...I’m going to the Family Y tomorrow......



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          Suzcaplooz wrote Nov 16, 2008
        • I do currently exercise, and I am trying to incorporate some weight training. Can anyone give me some good pointers for while at the gym doing strength training? Thanks in advance, and thanks for all the great info :)



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          Michelle Rowe wrote Nov 16, 2008
        • suzcaplooz-definitely ease into weight training. I would set up a few sessions with a trainer at your gym-just to get the basics. Then once you learn some exercises-you can build on that foundation.

          Maryclark-good for you. I’m glad this motivated you!

          chocolatier-I definitely agree with you about weight bearing exercises helping with bone loss as we age. Good point!

          happymomma-Good point about research based products. ViSalus Sciences is called such based on all of the science behind their products. 25 years of federal funding from the National Institute of Health. I would want nothing less to go into my body.



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          Dee Dee Shaw wrote Nov 16, 2008
        • Good for you Mary!

          Suz,
          We have Bill Phillips “Body For Life” book that has a good starter routine. When I was doing weight training, we still had our Bowflex, and it came with a book.
          I also found this:
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          that you could choose what looks right for you and print out.  

          For those who are really into weight training, Mannatech has some great fitness products designed for athletes.
          [Link Removed] all these athletes use the products and endorse them (without reimbursement.) There are 23 Olympians that will attest to their increased performance. Em-pact is designed to supply more oxygen to the cells so you can work harder, longer. Sport breaks down lactic acid and prevents soreness. I have a friend who started long distance running professionally. She runs 50 and 100 mile races, and has done several back to back. She says she could never do it without Sport*. I personally use *Sport to prevent the aches and pains that are associated with the chronic health challenge I have.


          Happymomma, Your links have been removed, please consider upgrading to premium membership.



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          Suzcaplooz wrote Nov 16, 2008
        • *giggles*...hmmmm...the post I just made on another thread prolly should have gone here. Thanks for the links...checking them out!



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