EVERYONE walking the face of this earth has an abundance of
fat cells throughout their bodies. In fact, if you’re a healthy
adult with normal body composition, you have approximately
30 billion fat cells. This is an astronomical number when you
think about it. Did you ever wonder why you have so many?
Have you ever wondered what those fat cells are for?
Fat Cells Are Genetically Programmed
The answer is, fat cells are part of our genetic code and they
enable us to use stored energy when food is scarce. This survival
mechanism works very much the same today as it did 10,000
years ago. However, there is an abundance of food in modern
society today, and we no longer need to store so much fat to
When you consume too many calories, your body goes into
storage mode for the “lean times,” so to speak, but the lean
time never comes. So your body simply stores those extra
calories as fat. When you eat fewer calories than your body
demands, your cells release stored fat for energy. Pretty simple
equation; however, not all fat is the same.
Placement of Fat Deposits in Your Body
The placement of fat deposits on our bodies varies depending
on each person’s genetic influences, lifestyle choices, and
nutritional intake. Men tend to store their body fat around their
bellies and chest. Women tend to store it around their hips,
buttocks, thighs, and the backs of their arms. A complete
discussion of hormones and fat storage is beyond the scope of
this article, but let it suffice to say that certain hormonal
processes do determine body fat distribution.
So many people struggle with their weight. Whether its just a few pounds they need to lose or much more, it seems that weight loss is on the minds of more than half of the population at any given time. There are countless ads everywhere you look on how to effectively lose weight. No matter if it’s on television, the internet or billboards on the highway, you will see products and gyms that are so quick to promise you the results you’ve been waiting for, if you just try what they have to offer.
Truthfully, it isn’t as complicated as some would have you belief. It is by no means easy but it is completely doable with the implementation of two key things: water and walking. Both of these things used together will definitely have you seeing significant changes in your weight. You don’t need to shell out tons of money for diet products, special foods or gym memberships. Water and walking will quickly have you on your way to losing body fat and reducing your weight. Continue reading The Benefits Of Walking And Drinking Water
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Here’s a some great articles about Vince and his training.
Vince Gironda Legend and Myth by Alan Palmieri is the most complete and comprehensive writing on Vince Gironda…Ever!
This is a must read for anyone interested in Vince Gironda.The “Iron Guru” was perhaps at his pinnacle of fame in the “Golden Years” of bodybuilding, the 1960’s. During that time, Vince dominated the scene and Vince’s Gym, was known as the Mecca of bodybuilding. Continue reading 10 RENEGADE Beliefs of Vince Gironda
I’m often asked to pick my favorite “to do’s” when it comes to slimming the waistline. So here they are:
1. Cut Calories
Cutting calories is the key to maintaining a trim midsection. The only way to see a solid set of abs is in the absence of body fat. To achieve this goal a person must reduce calories. However, what I find is people go whole hog and drop caloric intake too much and too fast. When reducing calories make sure it is not too drastic. This slows your metabolism and allows you to store more stubborn fat. When you reduce calories and increase energy output the body will be forced to burn fat all over, not just in one area. I’m not saying to starve, simply drop the junk food and reduce calories by 10 to 15percent. That may mean cutting out the donuts.
2. Eat at Least Five to Six Small Meals Per Day
Small meals eaten frequently help to keep your metabolism high, allowing you to burn fat, even while you sleep. This approach is in vogue with many fitness authorities. The main reason is stoking the furnace within your body. The more you practice eating small meals more often, the more you will find body fat leaving your body. For more information on this check out “Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle” mentioned at the end of this manual.
3. Reduce Carbohydrate Intake at Night
Since the majority of carbs consumed are complex (slow release), tapering them off toward the end of the day will minimize the possibility of carb-to-fat turnover. This is a proven fact eat, carbs at night and you will gain body fat. Think about it, if you eat late are you ever hungry in the morning? No! Blood sugar levels are still above average. So what happens? You do not eat a good breakfast …and poof you eat like a hog at lunch so you’re not hungry again until late at night….and the cycle continues over and over.
4. Eat a Healthy Serving of Fiber with Meals
Fiber helps with the digestion of protein, carbs and fat. It is the key to burning the sugar from carbs making muscles leaner. Adding fiber to your diet is one of the best things you can do. Also, anything containing fiber is usually going to be low in calories (i.e. vegetables). Get as much of this stuff as you possibly can. Fiber is necessary for a balanced nutritional plan. Continue reading Nutrition Secrets for a flat, fat- free tummy
I’ll be honest… the average person doesn’t possess
the patience required to develop a great set of abs or
the work ethic to maintain it.
They lack the discipline and determination needed to
achieve their goal. Many people go on “quick fix” fad
diets to reduce their midsection. Others buy every
ab training gizmo and gadget advertised on TV only
to end up folding them up and sliding them under the
bed or using them as “expensive clothes hangers.”
Based on the amount of email I get on the subject, I know
how fixated most men and women are about finding the “Holy
Grail” of abdominal development in some type of machine
advertised on TV.
Read on to see my answer to Are Ab Machines Needed? Continue reading Are Abs Machines Necessary?
By David Grisaffi
Corrective Exercise Kinesiologist
Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach
Here is a question some one sent me…
Question: I understand that diet is the most important aspect
of AB development. I also know would like to know your
opinion of AB machines in general we get from the TV Ads.
I would like to hear your opinion. I know these products are
all grossly overpriced. I have had some problems with my
back, which has caused me to give up squatting and make
some ab exercises uncomfortable. Do you think any of these
machines will help some merit for someone in my
Answer: To answer your question, the answer is yes and no;
but I’m definitely leaning more toward the no. Here’s why any
of these products including the Ab-doer, AB DOMINATOR,
Ab Swing, AB ROLLER PLUS, Toros Track, Toros Tiger, Smart
Abs and I could go on and on..
Typically, any machine that involves gripping handles out to
the side, in front for support aren’t good because once you
begin to get tired, your body will naturally have a tendency to
use the arms to force the abdominal motion, taking the abs
out of the picture almost completely and asking your
back to do more work setting you up for injury.
I’ve tested similar gym equipment, which use handles in
almost the same position as these machines. It shouldn’t
differ that much. Even though you’re sitting upright as with
the AB-DOer or lying prone as with the torso track.
Each tend to focus on a specific area to the detriment of full
range of motion. Continue reading Ab Machines Necessary?