Learn How to Build Muscle

8 Ways To Make Your Body Burn More Fat: Turn Off Causes of Weight Gain

We would all like to be trim and fit, but want to and being there are two different things. In order to be fit, we must train our bodies to condition and learn how to build muscle mass.

In order to be thin, we have to understand what makes us fat and then reverse that process.

There are a number of "myths" about gaining and losing weight, according to Mark Hyman, M.D. in his book, "Ultra Metabolism."

* The Starvation Myth - Common sense would tend to indicate that if we eat less and exercise more, we will lose weight. This isn't really true because you will not develop muscle tissue if you are not eating enough protein.

Muscle tissue contributes to weight loss because muscle burns seventy times more calories than fat tissue.

* The Calorie Myth - It is not so much how many calories you eat as it is what the calories come from. Calorie reduction by itself is not a long term approach to weight loss. Changing your diet so that your calorie intake is properly balanced between protein, carbohydrates and fats, with plenty of fiber, is the long term answer.

* The Fat Myth - "Diets high in fat do not appear to be the primary cause of the high prevalence of excess body fat in our society, and reductions in fat (intake) will not be a solution." Walter Willett, M.D., PhD. Professor, Harvard School of Public Health.

o "Mainstream nutritional science has demonized dietary fat, yet 50 years and hundreds of millions of dollars in research have failed to prove that eating a low-fat diet will help you live longer." Gary Taubes.

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o Some fats are good for you and actually promote weight loss. Good fats turn on the genes in your DNA that increase your metabolism. Bad fats make it difficult to burn off weight. Really Bad fats are man-made and interrupt the natural operation of your cells.

* The Carbohydrate Myth - Foods that we eat contain three energy producing substances; fat, protein and carbohydrates. Protein supplies the building blocks of our bodies. Fat provides energy and also helps our cells metabolize the protein.

The sources of proteins and fats are meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, fish, beans, seeds and nuts. Everything else is carbohydrates.

In ninety percent of the world, seventy to eighty percent of the calories consumed are carbohydrates.

In the USA we only eat about fifty percent carbohydrates and many of those are from refined (bad) carbohydrates; processed flours, starches and sugars.

Our diets are deficient in fresh fruits and vegetables, the "good" carbohydrates. We are also deficient in fiber that helps our bodies to process foods and eliminate waste.

* The Sumo Wrestler Myth - Sumo wrestlers awaken early, skip breakfast and engage in strenuous exercise for five hours. The then eat a prodigious meal of protein-rich stew (chanko-nabe) and a few beers. They nap for several hours, eat a huge dinner and retire for the evening.

This is their daily routine; skipping breakfast, strenuous exercise, huge meal, sleep, huge meal and sleep.

The meal skipping in the morning and the strenuous exercise make their bodies think they are starving, so they store a large amount of what the wrestler eats as fat to stave off starvation.

* The French Paradox Myth - The French eat a diet high in fat and consume copious amounts of wine and have far less problems than Americans in remaining trim. It isn't the red wine as some proponents claim. They eat real food, they eat less food, they eat more slowly and they walk a lot.

What all this information points out is that in order to lose and control our weight we have to eat right.

* Our diets should consist of 20% protein (25% for an athlete or bodybuilder), 20% good fats (0% bad fats) and 60% unprocessed carbohydrates and fiber.

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* We should not skip meals, but should start the day with a good breakfast, eat a moderate lunch and small dinner.

* We should exercise, both strenuously and aerobically.

* We should avoid hydrogenated or trans-fats entirely. These fats slow your metabolism.

* Avoid processed foods. I know they save time, but they are not healthy.

* Forget about low-fat diets, just make sure the fats you eat are the good ones from olive oil, seeds, nuts, fish and lean meats and poultry.

* Eat foods that may boost your fat loss hormones.

* Supplement your diet with natural protein, amino acids, omega-3 oil, wheat germ oil and vitamins.

* Minimize alcohol and caffeine intake.

If you're interested in getting leaner, there is a great new ebook that you must check out, by Tom Venuto.

Tom is one of the most respected names in the bodybuilding game because of the amazing physique he has built WITHOUT the use of steroids or other drugs.

Here is a guy who has competed in bodybuilding 28 times at between 3.7% and 4.5% bodyfat, which is a phenomenal achievement when you realize that it's been done naturally.

Therefore when Tom decides to write down his fat loss secrets then you just have to take a look.

Tom's program is based on using the right type, frequency and intensity of exercise (BURN), which allows you to actually eat more (FEED) and still easily shed your unwanted body fat. There is NO starvation dieting involved.

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