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Re: exercise & nutrition--The best way to go!

Re: exercise & nutrition--The best way to go!

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Posted by Jennie on November 27, 2000 at 17:23:35:

In Reply to: exercise & nutrition posted by Erica on November 22, 2000 at 19:17:59:

: I recently got myself a fitness trainer and have been working with her for 2 weeks. I have been working out 4 times a week for months before that but only lost a few pounds. I just want to share with you that the info and the knowledge that I gained from this experience is incredible. She planned my meal, according to what my usual or my favorite meals are. She gave me other choices as well, as long as I was up to 1500 calories a day. My training is 5 times a week on cardio exercises - treadmill (running a mile and walking on incline for another 1 mile - with heart rate up to 140 beats per minute for the full 20 minutes), then I do leg exercises with weights alternating with arm exercises with weights every other day. She also wanted me to do my abs every day and to do another 15 minutes on the treadmill (not as intense as the first one) after the end of my workouts. I was motivated and I was determined to finish the 6 week training period. It cost me $300.00. But I have to tell you that this is only my 2nd week and I am seeing results. My body fat started with 30 percent (normal should be 20-25 and that's lean!). Now, after 2 weeks, my body fat went down to 26, I lost 5lbs. but gained more muscle. I have 4 more weeks to go and I am excited! I lost an inch on my arms, legs, chest, stomach and hips and I am only doing this for 2 weeks! I have to say that this was the best decision for me. I am 25 lbs. overweight and now I work out with my husband and my 12 year old son. We make it a routine, we've changed our whole attitude about food and about fitness in general. I hope that the people that read this message will get inspired and hopefully start some kind of an exercise program. If you have no time to do it, do it early in the morning before everyone gets up, or you can do it late at night when the kids are in bed. Just make time for yourself. You are important and special. Losing weight and getting fit will make everyone feel good about themselves, and they are adding years to their lives. Good luck everyone and have a happy thanksgiving.

Hi Erica

I hope people take your advice and start some type of physical activity. I totally agree that going to a personal trainer to learn the basic fundamentals of muscle anatomy, physiology, proper form, personalized eating program, not to mention, motivation and encouragement, is a great step toward a healthier lifestyle. Personally, I used to be 80 pounds overweight and have been on just about every diet out there. I've probably lost about 1000 lbs in my lifetime but everytime I'd start eating normally again, I'd gain it right back plus more. It's a vicious cycle, why do you think the diet industry makes billions, maybe trillions,of dollars a year. It's a HUGE market. Anyway, I went to a personal trainer about 4 years ago, after I saw how good and in shape Demi Moore got in for Striptease. Just like you, it totally changed my life for the best! I had previously worked out, without a trainer, and learned that my form was WAY off, I wasn't using heavy enough weights, my workouts weren't long enough, EVERYTHING I had done was wrong. Therefore, my results or lack of results kept me from losing any weight. Now I train with moderately heavy weights 4 times a week, I love ab work and do them every other day, intense cardio 6 times a week, eat a ton of good healthy foods and lots of lean protein. I've lost a total of 72 pounds, not the 80 that I first planned, but gainded muscle tone and lost mainly fat. When I lost 80 pounds before with fad dieting, I didn't look half as great as I do now because I lost a lot of my lean muscle and still carried a lot of fat. The difference in muscle/fat loss, makes a huge difference! The more muscle you have, I'm not talking body builder muscle, but tone and shape, the more you calories you burn at rest. So you are allowed to eat more. I still like my chocolate and cookies, I just don't eat them as much but I also don't deprive myself either. Going to a trainer helped give me the knowledge, encouragement, and discliple that I needed to get me started on a living a more happy fufilled lifesyle.





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