Monday, May 7, 2012

Urban Active Fitness Presents: "The Weight Loss Truth"

by Josh Bowen of Urban Active Fitness

Instead of concentrating on a specific myth I would like to tackle the Weight Loss Myth. I’ll take the time and share some knowledge with those people looking for that perfect weight loss book or that magic cure to get rid of love handles. Have you ever wondered why obesity and the sale of diet books are both at an all time high? Well because diets don’t work; plain and simple. The media and popular fitness magazines make the concept of weight management under control of some mythological creature. I have trained hundreds of different people from all walks of life and I am still amazed at how nutrition and weight loss is portrayed in their heads.
Well now you’re asking how I lose weight. How do I keep the weight off? As a personal trainer that has trained hundreds of people from all walks of life, I have realized one important thing: keep it simple. Nutrition and weight loss are very simple. Just follow my instructions.

1. Don’t eat more calories than you burn. If you take in more calories than you burn you will gain weight. In turn if you eat less calories than you burn you will lose weight. Calorie in calorie out, keep it simple.
2. Carbs are not bad they are your #1 energy, use them as such. Stay away from foods with a lot of sugar, choose oatmeal over donuts. Keep it simple.
3. Eat smaller portions. Learn when to say no to seconds and thirds. Your body does not have to eat that entire pizza, save the rest for the dog, I am sure he gets hungry too. Keep it simple.
4. Dessert is a habit, not a physiological need for survival. Habits can be broken. Just say no to the banana split. Keep it simple
5. When eating fast food, say no to Whoppers, Big Macs, and Thick burgers. Say yes to Grilled Chicken. When asked, “If you want fries with that,” Say my trainer said no. Keep it simple.
6. Eat smaller more frequent meals. Humans are periodic eaters and continual metabolizers. In order to increase that metabolism we have to eat more frequently. For example in order for the fire to burn it needs wood, same thing applies to your metabolism. Keep it simple.

This is by no means an all-inclusive list but you get the point.  Weight loss is not that difficult nor is it that complicated; it just requires a little knowledge and a lot of gumption. At the end of the day it comes down to lifestyle, what you are willing to give up. If you want to continue to eat whatever you want you have two options:
1. Move a lot (a lot!)
2. Or keep gaining weight year after year after year. Then one day you might realize that trainer guy was right. Keep it simple!

Yours in fitness,

Josh Bowen will be joining Style & Wisdom every Monday for the next few weeks for a series of blog posts about obtaining maximum fitness results.  Josh Bowen has been the Quality Control Director of Personal Training at Urban Active Fitness since 2007 and has trained and directed 400 trainers in 7 states.  Josh has certified trainers, proctored hundreds of seminars and conference calls, and contributed to ten published articles about fitness.  His mission is to spread the word of fitness to as many people as he can through personal training with a motto of "train, motivate, and inspire!" For more useful tips from Josh Bowen, you can find daily posts from him on Urban Active's blog.    

Image Credit: Everyday Health

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