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When talking about weight loss, one of the most common questions I get asked is “How come I am training now but I haven’t lost any weight”. I have heard this from a few ladies lately who were all on Weight Watchers or Slimming World and they were losing ‘weight’ but since starting exercising the scales have not moved and this has left them upset. They have broken down in tears at the Weight Watchers meeting after getting on the scales in front of people.
Now where I do like Slimming World and Weight Watchers because they get you to eat food, I do not like the weekly group weigh in. This puts too much emphasis on the scales which can leave you feeling deflated. If you are following your diet plan then you should be losing weight slowly but this does not mean that your body is getting fit or that it is working properly.
Once you start exercising your body starts to change. You start to build lean muscle and at the same time you will be burning fat. You will have heard the statement that “muscle weighs more then fat” of course this is not true… 1lb of muscle weighs the same as 1lb of fat but the density is much different. 1lb of muscle takes up a lot less space than 1lb of fat. It is the extra fat in your body that makes you look ‘fat’ or bulky. Once you start building muscle your metabolism speeds up… your body starts working how it should be. Think about it… if you are dieting but not being active then your body is still not working. Your body is designed to move. It needs to be kept active for it to work properly.
Now some ladies get put off when you start talking about building lean ‘muscle’. When I have mentioned this to some their initial reaction is. “I don’t want to be big and muscly”. If you are referring to body builders then they have been trying to get big and muscular for many, many years and they take lots of supplements to feed their bodies to get bigger. A simple exercise plan which includes weight training or body weight exercises will not get you big and bulky. For your body to look lean and toned you need a good percentage of muscle mass and a small percentage of body fat. Building lean muscle is what actually gives you that toned and sexy look. The only case when you can become bulkier than you were before is if you don’t change your poor diet! If you gain muscle AND fat at the same time, of course you will look bigger and bulkier. But with a proper diet and exercise you can actually lose fat WHILE building lean muscle mass.
Weight Loss vs. Fat Loss
Most people only rely on the scale to measure their progress. Yet this is definitely not the best tool! If your weight remains the same you might think that you haven’t made any progress. But if you followed the diet and the training program carefully, you probably lost a few pounds of fat and gained a few pounds of muscle instead. So your weight is the same but your body composition is totally different (and you definitely look better now). And isn’t this what you really wanted? Don’t you want to burn the fat and to get that “toned” look?
So stop using the weight as the only method of measuring progress and use fat calipers or body fat scales as well. Measure yourself, see how different your clothes feel, how different you feel. But do not do this everyday… not even every week. Maybe just once a month or couple of months. Be careful what you are telling yourself too. Do not get upset if the ‘scales’ have not moved… remember you are listening to yourself. If you are saying to yourself “this is shit… I give up” then you are already telling yourself that you can’t do it. Stick with it… you didn’t put weight on overnight and you won’t lose it overnight. Stay positive and enjoy your journey.
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Many studies show that people who exercise regularly benefit with a positive boost in mood and lower rates of depression.
What Are the Psychological Benefits of Exercise With Depression?
Improved self-esteem is a key psychological benefit of regular physical activity. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain.
Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine. For example, the feeling that follows a run or workout is often described as “euphoric.” That feeling can be accompanied by a positive and energising outlook on life.
Endorphins act as analgesics, which means they diminish the perception of pain. They also act as sedatives. They are manufactured in your brain, spinal cord, and many other parts of your body and are released in response to brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. The neuron receptors endorphins bind to are the same ones that bind some pain medicines. However, unlike with morphine, the activation of these receptors by the body’s endorphins does not lead to addiction or dependence.
Regular exercise has been proven to:
• Reduce stress
• Ward off anxiety and feelings of depression
• Boost self-esteem
• Improve sleep
• Boost your energy levels.
Exercise also has these added health benefits:
• It strengthens your heart
• It increases energy levels
• It lowers blood pressure
• It improves muscle tone and strength
• It strengthens and builds bones
• It helps reduce body fat
• It makes you look fit and healthy.
Trailblazer Fitness Bootcamps can be a great way to get some exercise, meet friends and feeling good about yourself. Get in touch and come and join us.