Ripped Abs: Body Fat Percentage Is Key

Ripped, chiseled, dynamic, flat, rapid, sculpted, , are all adjectives to describe someone else’s abdominal muscles. Whether it be for vanity, or a health reason, and you are looking to “get ripped”, there are steps to consider before buying the newest, or best ab machine on television. The first step to the desired end, must be lowering your body fat percentage. If you do not work on reducing the size of your fat cells first, your hard work will be in vain.

Fat cells have a rather negative connotation, that is partially unfair. Fat is a very important part of our body, and is essential for us to survive. Fat cells are glycerol, acids, and water, and can be solid, or liquid. They are saturated, unsaturated, and mono-unsaturated, and help to control energy for your body. They aid in the absorption and digestion of vitamins, and also regulate your body temperature. Fat cells expand to store energy for your body. They are good for your hair, skin and eyes, and regulate your metabolism. However, as with all things in life, anything in excess, probably is not good for you. In order to achieve ripped abs, you need to concentrate of ridding yourself of the excess fat first. Continue reading Ripped Abs: Body Fat Percentage Is Key

Tom Venuto's Holiday Fitness Challenge To You For 2010

Tom Venuto’s Holiday Fitness Challenge To You For 2010

Every year as Thanksgiving gets closer, you’ve probably seen the depressing reports: “Most people gain between 5 and 10 pounds of body fat in the six weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas.” I’m not sure if this worries you or not, but a lot of people are terrified about getting fatter in the next two months. They anticipate the workouts falling by the wayside and the holiday food calling out to them irresistibly, defeating even the strongest willpower. There’s good news and bad news about this.

Good news: According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the average amount gained is much more modest – just over a pound.

Bad news: A study by the National Institutes of Health found that this seasonal weight gain – even just a pound – is the kind of weight gain that most people don’t lose when the holidays are over; it simply adds to the weight creep that sneaks up on you as you get older.

People often wonder how it’s possible to wake up one morning at age 40 or 45 and “suddenly” they’re 30 pounds fatter – or more – than they were in college. Mystery solved. Continue reading Tom Venuto's Holiday Fitness Challenge To You For 2010