I feel that weight training and bodybuilding are among the most important things that one can do to improve their body, health and mind. Bodybuilding works wonders on the body and mind!
What You Should Know About Obesity.
Obesity is a major health problem in the country today and there doesn't seem to be any slowdown in sight. All that one has to do is to look around in any public place and you can see that it is a real problem. Obesity can be linked to many other health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes that can lead to liver, kidney and heart disease.
More than 60% of the people living in the US are suffering from obesity, and 30% are morbidly obese. Startling numbers indeed! In response to those statistics, many people trying to lose weight by diets, pills, you name it and someone is probably on it. Atkins Diet, South Beach, Low Carb, No Carb, High Protein, No Protein, the list goes on.
Do these diets work? I myself do not know... I've never tried them as my first line of defense is and always has been Bodybuilding.
In fact, I would suggest to anyone that is trying to lose weight by whatever means to at least incorporate some type of weight training/bodybuilding program.
Any bodybuilder will tell you that the key to building muscle and trimming the fat is in the diet and nutrition. Most bodybuilders make it a point to learn about nutrition and diet, and how their bodies react to proteins, carbs and fats. In short, they treat food as it is meant to be: fuel for the body.
Work the body hard, feed it the right foods and keep the proteins and carbs up and you build muscle. Very simple and effective. There is no starvation, no fasting and depravation. You eat to grow. And to me that is one of the great benefits of bodybuilding. You are never "hungry", as you are constantly feeding the body, and the body is reacting in a positive way because of the bodybuilding and the lifting of iron!
A few of my friends that are on diets and trying to lose a few pounds are always telling me about how hungry they feel, how they have no energy, and always ask me for advice on "how can I lose my stomach bulge and put on some muscle like you?"
My advice usually boils down to these important points:
- Leave the fad diets alone. If they do work, it is not unusual to gain the weight that you lose back, and in some cases you gain back more!
- Gain knowledge about your body. Read books about weight training and bodybuilding. Do not just surf the web, but go to the library and read books on weight training and bodybuilding as well as exercise, diet and nutrition.
- Get into the gym. Don't think about what everyone else is doing and be patient... you did not get in the shape you are in overnight so don't expect to get back into shape overnight either.
- Train consistently, get plenty of rest, eat good quality food, and definitely get those supplements in! Regular diets of quality foods are a must, but the body needs the extra supplements to grow quality muscle and lost the fat.
- Don't think of bodybuilding and weight training as a "step". Treat bodybuilding as a lifestyle and make it a regular part of your life. When you do that, the progress and gains will come and you will be on the "outside looking in" at all of those "fad dieters" still fighting the "Battle of the Bulge".
Remember, it is as easy or as difficult as you make it. And to lose the weight and to achieve that body that you've always dreamed of or have envied on someone, you've got to want to bad enough and you'll need to work, and work hard. And in my opinion, bodybuilding will definitely get you there. Good luck and keep pumpin!
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