Fitness Facts

FAT LOSS*:  There are three ways to attack fat:

1) Dieting

2) Cardio exercise to burn fat

3) Restoring lost muscle so your body burns fat 24 hours per day

You cannot diet your way to fitness, and most people dont have the time to do enough cardio to keep their fat down since it takes almost 3 hours per day for a 40 year old.  In any case, these methods only work while you are doing them, and the fat returns when you stop.  Would you like to diet the rest of your life? Do you have time to do cardio 3 hours per day seven days per week?

Dieting and cardio address fat, which is a symptom of a problem. Progressive weight lifting solves the problem by restoring lost muscle mass and boosting your metabolism to burn 800 to 1500  more calories per day whether you workout or not.

FACT*:  The average 20 year old woman’s body burns around 2,000 calories per day.  They lose up to a pound of muscle per year from age 20 to age 40, up to 12 lbs, resulting in their body burning around 1200 calories at age 40.

FACT*: The average 40 year old woman consumes 2,000 calories per day, and their body burns around 1,200 calories per day so they are consuming 800 more calories than they are burning, which leads to them to be 50 lbs heavier than they were at age 20.  This means in order to restore their body to it’s intended state, they must restore 12 lbs of muscle, which will restore their metabolism back to burning 2,000 calories per day.

FACT*:  The average 20 year old man’s body burns around 3,000 calories per day.  They lose up to a pound of muscle per year from age 20 to age 40, up  to around 20 lbs resulting in their body burning around 1500 calories at age 40.

FACT*: The average 40 year old man consumes 3,000 calories per day, and their body burns around 1,500 calories per day so they are consuming 1500 more calories than they are burning, which leads to them to be 50 lbs heavier than they were at age 20.  This means in order to restore their body to it’s intended state, they must restore 20 lbs of muscle, which will restore their metabolism back to burning 3,000 calories per day.

YOUR CHOICE*:  Cardio workouts: To reduce fat by doing just cardio or body weight exercises requires almost 2 hours per day seven days per week for a 130 lb woman  according to Web MD.com  (http://www.webmd.com/diet/healthtool-fitness-calorie-counter).  It is crucial that a person doing cardio consume a normal amount of protein each day plus around 40 grams more each day in order to maintain the metabolism they now have.  Any less protein and the cardio will cause them to lose even more muscle and make the problem worse.  If that was done, the result would be a person who weighed 12 lbs less than they did at age 20, (because the problem of lost muscle was still not solved) which is not the desired result by most people.  Since cardio only treats the symptom, and does not restore muscle, the fat will return when the customer stops doing the exercises.

To reduce fat by dieting*: diet centers try to get their customers to workout since a person can only lose up to 6 lbs of fat per month by dieting alone. Since most diet center customers do not work out, many diet centers provide them a diet with too little protein to sustain the existing muscle mass, so the body produces a hormone called cortizol, which dissolves muscle and turns it back into protein.  The result is a LOSS of muscle and a lowering of the metabolism. Studies show that the average diet center customer loses 20lbs… 10 lbs of fat and 10 lbs of muscle.  Eventually the diet will stall at a point around a 20 lb weight loss.  The person will return to their normal eating pattern and regain the 20 lbs of fat plus another 10lbs of fat because their body no longer burns as many calories as it did before the diet.

To restore your metabolism:  You can restore your metabolism by doing progressive weight lifting, provided you consume your daily protein requirement, plus around 40 grams more on workout days.  A 40 year old woman needs to restores around 12 lbs of muscle, 20 lbs for a 40 year old man.

BULKING: Women are often concerned about bulking up when doing weight training.  Their concern is not to end up looking like a female body builder. We understand that and assure you that when you restore the muscle you used to have, that will get you back to “normal,” not above normal.  The physiology of women is such that they do not tend to bulk up past a “normal” size unless they take certain supplements or steroid. Our U. S. Olympic team has a female member who weighs 105 pounds and can put 227 lbs over her head. She is strong but not bulky.

Men have a hormone called testosterone that has a strong relationship to muscle size. For those men wishing to bulk up, we have specific programs designed to accomplish that goal.

STRENGTH GAIN: Most people come to a fitness center to gain strength. Whether the purpose is to re-gain lost strength due to age, add new strength for younger people, or just feel better, more strength can make a large change in your life.

MUSCLE-GAIN CENTER Unlike weight LOSS centers like Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, or LA Diet Center, all fitness centers are actually MUSCLE-GAIN centers. The object of a fitness center is to increase your strength, which in turn “tones” the muscles and increases muscle mass. If you add 20 lbs of muscle to a thin person, they gain 20 lbs of total weight. If you add 20 lbs of muscle to a person who is not overweight, but is high in body fat, they will lose 20 lbs of fat, and become “toned.” If you add 20 lbs of muscle to an overweight person, they will lose 20+ lbs of fat, with a result of losing total weight.

If your goal is to: Tone up          You must: Gain strength

If your goal is to: Lose weight    You must: Gain strength

If your goal is to: Bulk up            You must: Gain strength

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*information obtained from the Cooper Institute of Dallas, Texas http://www.cooperinstitute.org/key-publications