Diet and ExerciseTom Venuto - author of
Burn The Fat, Feed The
Lose Weight With Just Dieting?
There's only ONE WAY to lose
fat - and that is to create a calorie deficit. However, there are two ways to
create a calorie deficit - one is to decrease your food intake so you are
eating less than you burn, the other is to increase your exercise and activity
so you are burning more than you eat.
Of the two ways to create a
calorie deficit, burning the fat is far superior to starving it. You see,
cutting calories too much causes weight loss at first, but it also causes
muscle loss and it eventually leads to a decrease in metabolism, so the weight
loss stops. This is very common on conventional diets, right? You lose weight
in the beginning, but then you hit a plateau that you just can't break through.
Cutting calories even more at this point only digs you even into a deeper
Eating more of the right
foods (up to a certain point) actually increases your metabolic "heat" like
putting wood on a fire. Food is energy; food is fuel, and it produces
Exercise burns calories and
creates a calorie deficit, but the real advantage of exercise over diet is that
exercise increases your metabolism, dieting slows it down. Exercise also has
major health benefits, while starvation can only create health problems.
So if you eat more (healthy
foods) and exercise more, you get a double increase in metabolism. If you eat
less and exercise less you get a double decrease in metabolism. That makes
complete sense doesn't it?
So, if you're "not big on
exercise," you can certainly lose body fat with diet alone, as long as you have
a calorie deficit, but you're stacking the odds against you because ultimately,
restrictive low calorie diets always cause metabolic damage. No matter how hard
you try, you'll almost always hit a plateau before you reach your long term
goal and you're likely to gain all the weight back (not fun!)
I'd suggest you re-examine
your definition of "exercise." Fitness means different things to different
people. Sitting on a bicycle in a health club might not be your idea of fun and
you might not be big on that, but if you think hard enough, I'm sure that you
can come up with some type of physical activity that burns calories which you
The IDEAL exercise program
for fat loss has a combination of cardiovascular (aerobic) training and
strength training. But ultimately, you're not likely to stick with exercise
long term unless you choose activities you enjoy - so pick something you enjoy,
even if it doesn't follow the guidelines of "traditional" fat loss programs.
It's better to do something than nothing, and all exercise counts.
Some people may have
orthopedic problems which limit the type of exercise they can do. But nearly
everyone can walk. So if you can walk, then walk. And almost everyone can do
some type of strength training. Instead of focusing on what you can't do or
what you don't like to do, direct your attention to what you CAN do and what
you would like to do.
Maybe you don't like being
couped up inside all the time. Maybe you'd prefer hiking or jogging outside. Or
maybe boxing or martial arts sounds cool to you. Maybe you like basketball or
tennis. Maybe you'd enjoy classes, or yoga or pilates. Your options are nearly
unlimited, but you have to do something or your body will begin to deteriorate.
The human body does not stay
the same or "maintain" when you don't use it, the body falls apart from disuse.
Anti aging researchers today are even admitting that genetics is only
responsible for 30% of the effects of aging and that aging would be better
described as the "disuse syndrome." Use it or lose it. The biggest factor that
causes people to go downhill as they get older is the loss of muscle that
occurs over time from inactivity, a process called "sarcopenia." However, that
muscle loss is 100% preventable with strength training.
Strength training is
extremely important and you can get results from as little as two or three
workouts per week, with each session lasting 30-60 minutes. Most people don't
think of weight training as a fat burning exercise, and technically, it's not.
Strength training is anaerobic and your primary fuel source while lifting
weights is carbohydrates. However, strength training workouts increase your
metabolism for a short period of time after the workout. This is know as
"excess post exercise oxygen consumption" (EPOC) and it means that you continue
burning calories from body fat even after the workout is over.
As you increase your lean
muscle mass, you'll also get a permanent increase in your resting metabolic
rate. Muscle is what drives your metabolism, keeps you young and makes you look
more physically attractive. Others will notice how good you look, and you'll
feel better about yourself too. Yes, you may lose weight from diet alone, but
you're likely to end up a "skinny fat person" with a slow metabolism and very
little lean body mass (not to mention, you'll probably gain back all the
Last, but not least, be
careful what you say to yourself over and over because that tends to program
your subconscious mind and create your self image. If you've been repeating to
yourself for years, "I'm not big on exercise" or "I'm not an exercise person",
that eventually becomes a part of your identity. You always tend to behave in
alignment with your identity in order to stay "true to yourself."
If you've never exercised
consistently before, then HOW DO YOU KNOW you're not an exercise person? Did
you "try" once briefly and quit? How can you be sure you won't start to like
it? It's often hard in the beginning and sometimes doesn't feel so good -
especially if you haven't worked out in years or you've let yourself slip
physically. But it gets easier and starts feeling better the more you do it.
Maybe when you look in the
mirror after just a few weeks and see your body start to change you'll begin to
like enjoy exercise a LOT. It can get addictive, you know. The endorphins that
are released when you exercise are like opiates. Ever hear of "runners HIGH?"
Ever hear of an "exercise addict?" What would YOU rather be hooked on? Forget
about popping pills, Your body is the most exquisite pharmacy on the planet.
Exercise is a better fat burner, health creator, energy producer and
anti-depressant than any man-made drug will EVER be. Exercise can be fun and
FEEL GOOD too.
Human beings were meant to
move. Bodies don't lose their function by being used too much and "wearing
out", they lose their function by not being used enough and "rusting out." So
if the positive benefits of exercise don't motivate you enough, then just
picture yourself 10, 20 years from now and imagine what will happen to you if
you DON'T start exercising today. Just before you're about to "blow off" a
workout, run a movie in your mind of what your life will be like when you're
sick, wheelchair-bound, in pain and unable to enjoy your grandchildren... if
you ever even get to meet them. Now... blank out that screen and imagine how
amazing your life could be when you have all the energy, strength and vitality
you ever dreamed of because you set aside a few minutes every day to take care
of yourself first.
The Fat, Feed The Muscle has a TON of nutrition information, but it's not a
"diet," it's a new lifestyle centered on exercise and nutrition together. As
Jack Lalanne likes to say, "Exercise is King, nutrition is queen. Put them
together and you have a Kingdom." The BURN THE FAT e-book lays it all out for
you and will help you get started, even if you're completely clueless about
nutrition and exercise. The cardio and strength training recommendations are
explained in detail in chapters 16 and 17, including sample workouts. But even
if you don't use the exercise programs listed in the book and you decide to use
your own workouts, you'll find immense value in the e-book anyway, because
Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle is also the most detailed,
"one-stop" guide to fat burning nutrition you'll ever find.
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Tom Venuto is the Fat Loss Expert
Tom Venuto is a bodybuilder, gym
owner, freelance writer, success coach and author of "Burn the Fat, Feed The
Muscle" (BFFM): Fat Burning Secrets of the World's Best Bodybuilders and
Fitness Models. Tom has written over 150 articles and has been featured in
IRONMAN magazine, Natural Bodybuilding, Muscular Development, Muscle-Zine,
Exercise for Men and Mens Exercise. Tom's inspiring and informative
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