How to Prevent Weight and Fat Gain when Exercise Decreases or Stops

Exercising consistently is critical for long-term health and fitness, but what happens when you stop exercising. This article explains how to minimize the weight and fat gain or muscle loss that typically accompanies decreases in activity.

     Exercising consistently is well known as one of the best ways to prevent unwanted weight gain, but what do you do if you have to take time off from exercise or your everyday level of activity decreases? When this happens, many people end up gaining weight, but there are some things you can do to prevent or minimize this unwanted weight gain. 

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Learning Proper Exercise Technique: The Problem with Familiar Movements

It takes effort to develop good exercise technique and one reason is because the human body likes to replicate familiar movements. This article discusses why this is a problem and gives advice on how to improve your form while exercising.

     Performing exercises with proper technique is difficult. Any qualified fitness professional can walk into virtually any gym in the country and point out significant form flaws in the vast majority of exercisers, regardless if they are beginners or have been working out for years. Surprisingly, the biggest roadblocks to proper technique often have to do with your body’s natural habits.

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The Best Aerobic Exercise for Calorie Burning and Fat Loss

Companies are constantly promoting aerobic exercise machines that are supposed to be more effective for calorie burning and fat loss than other equipment, but these claims are more marketing hype than science fact. This post looks at how different equipment affects your results and explains what is really important for calorie burning and fat loss.

     There constantly seem to be new commercials or infomercials selling aerobic exercise equipment to help you burn calories and lose fat. Many of these advertisements make a point of mentioning how their product gets you to burn calories at a faster rate than if you perform other types of exercise or use a different piece of equipment. With so many companies making statements about their equipment being the best for burning calories, it raises the questions, are these statements accurate and which form of aerobic exercise really is best for fat loss?

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Burning Extra Calories does not Always Translate into Fat Loss

Losing fat is one of the biggest struggles in health and fitness and people often try to make it sound easy by saying things like, “Just increase your activity by 500 calories a day and you will lose 1 pound per week.” Unfortunately, fat loss is not that simple and this post explains the factors you need to take into account in order to lose fat and keep it off.

     It can be a challenge to lose weight and especially fat, which is why so many people struggle to get rid of their unwanted pounds. So many people have problems with their weight that various media sources are constantly providing “helpful” suggestions. This is great, except much of this information is dumbed down or oversimplified to the point where the information becomes misleading or even incorrect. One issue that is frequently misrepresented is the relationship between calorie burning and fat loss. People are constantly saying that if you burn an additional X calories per day, then you will lose X amount of weight over the course of a week, month, or year. Unfortunately, things are not quite that simple.

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Muscular Efficiency, Calorie Burning, and Fat Loss

Many factors contribute to the success or failure of an exercise program and one of the commonly overlooked factors is muscular efficiency. This post discusses how muscular efficiency affects your results and explains how you should exercise to maximize your results.

     Efficiency is generally considered a good thing, but when it comes to fitness, it can actually be a problem. Specifically, the issue is with muscular efficiency, because increased muscular efficiency results in fewer calories being burned during workouts, which ultimately means less fat loss. Muscular efficiency can have a significant effect on the ability to lose fat, but many people are not familiar with this concept, so they don’t create their workouts to minimize the negative effects. Therefore, this post will briefly describe muscular efficiency and explain how it affects your results.

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A Healthier Way to Cheat with Sweets

This post explains a simple trick you can use to minimze the negative effects of eating moderate amounts of sweets.

     I originally planned a different post for today, but I thought this topic would be more appropriate since its Valentine’s Day and chances are you have some chocolate or other sweets around the house today.

     One of the biggest nutritional roadblocks for many people is trying to eliminate or cut down the amount of sugary foods they eat. Some people do better by avoiding all sweets, but a lot of people develop intense cravings and are more successful over the long run when they simply limit the amount of sugary food they consume. Eating a little sugar here and there is not too bad, but if your goal is to lose fat, then even moderate amounts of sugar can significantly impede your fat loss. Fortunately there is a simple trick to help you minimize the negative effects of eating reasonable amounts of sweets.

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Fact or Fiction: Doing lots of Abdominal Exercises is the Best Way to get Great Looking Abs

This post looks into the belief that doing a lot of abdominal exercises is the best way to develop great looking abs. It discusses why this belief is incorrect and explains a better approach to use for creating the well-defined abdominal muscles you desire.

     The abdominals are the muscles that people are concerned with more than any other part of the body. There are so many products developed, articles written, videos made, etc. about developing better looking abs that it could seem like everyone must be walking around with incredible abs. Of course, most people don’t have great abs and genetics does play a part, but another reason is because people assume that doing lots of abdominal exercises is the best way to get great looking abs. The reality is that this belief, while common, is complete fiction.

     Doing lots of abdominal exercises is definitely not the best way to get great looking abs and believe it or not, it is actually a very inefficient way to get the abs you desire. That said, it is still very important to incorporate abdominal exercises into your overall routine. Just keep in mind that abdominal exercises have more to do with the way your abs work (strength, endurance, etc.) and less to do with making significant changes in the way they look.

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Fact or Fiction: Lifting Weights will Decrease Your Flexibility

This post examines the issue of whether or not lifting weights decreases flexibility. It also looks at various causes of flexibility loss and provides suggestions to help maintain or improve your flexibility.

     Most people realize that flexibility is an important physical attribute and any good health and fitness program should help you improve or at least maintain your existing level of flexibility. Poor flexibility causes numerous problems including pain and injury, so it is important to avoid doing things that decrease your flexibility. Lifting weights is an activity that is acknowledged to have benefits for virtually everyone, yet some people avoid it, because they don’t want to lose flexibility. Continue reading “Fact or Fiction: Lifting Weights will Decrease Your Flexibility”

Tips to Improve the Effectiveness of Walking Routines

This post discusses the common problems people make when on a walking program and provides suggestions to help improve the effectiveness of walking workouts.

     Walking is one of the most popular forms of exercise today, especially for people just beginning to workout. Walking has many positive features, such as being inexpensive, easy to perform, able to be done almost anywhere, and the only equipment you really need is a decent pair of shoes. Of course walking also has health benefits, such as improving cardiovascular health, lower body muscular endurance, fat loss, and more. However, most people don’t get the maximum benefits from their walking routine, so I wanted to provide some tips to help you improve your results.

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Fact or Fiction: Muscle Turns to Fat when You Stop Exercising

This post discusses the issue of whether fat turns to muscle when you stop exercising and provides suggestions to help you minimize fitness losses or fat gains if you do have to take a break from your workout routine.

     The issue of whether or not muscle can turn to fat is one of those topics that has caused more than its fair share of confusion over the years. I am not sure how the confusion started or where all the misinformation came from, but my best guess is that it had something to do with people making incorrect assumptions about their personal experiences. Interestingly, the science behind this issue is fairly basic and straightforward, so any confusion you have will hopefully be cleared up by the end of this post.

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