Do you exercise at least three times a week and try your best to eat right, only to see little to no results? You ask yourself the question many times What is wrong? and many times you have planned to quit. You have tried many diets but none of them really works.
As a Personal Trainer and a Naturopathic Specialist/Herbalist I have encountered this challenge with a number of my clients until I found a great solution.
In the process of weight loss there are a number of things to take into consideration but for now I will discuss two of them; muscle and its effects on metabolism, and using body fat as fuel.
One of the number one things to take into consideration when trying to lose weight is to know that muscle = metabolism because there is no escape from this. Show me someone with great muscle and I will show you someone with an excellent metabolism. In university my teacher was amazed that my body fat was 0% percent but it was also amazing that as soon as I eat I would have a bowel movement in a short period of time. In addition to this my resting metabolic rate was about 4000 calories at rest and I weighed only one hundred and fifty lbs at five feet six.
Now that you have a glimpse into the importance of muscle in the weight loss process let me help you to develop your muscles. In the process of developing toned muscle, protein is essential because it is the building block of the body and especially our muscles, but in order for us to build muscles with protein we have to synthesize the protein. This is a big problem for many people and so they don't develop the toned muscles that are necessary for fat burning. Another way in which we have problems developing muscles is by eating or drinking sugar products before we go to sleep. No matter how hard you exercise, muscle building and weight loss truly take place when we are sleeping. Ingesting sugar and sugar products before bed will prevent the body from releasing human growth hormones (HGH)which the body uses to repair, rebuild and regenerate itself. When you are sore after a hard day of exercise your body uses a lot of fat as its energy source to regenerate itself and carbohydrate to stay alive. Therefore if HGH is blocked, muscle building is blocked and fat burning is blocked.
My second topic is using fat as fuel, before, during and after exercise. During exercise the body will use carbohydrate as its first source for energy. After our carbohydrate level gets low and conservation must take place to have enough for organ function the body will switch over to your fat store house and use fat as its primary source for energy. This process is called second wind and at this point you feel like you can conquer an army. Some people's system will do this easily and efficiently while some people's body is unable to do this and as soon as their carbohydrate level is low their exercise session is over because their system is out of balance and unable to switch over.
The process of using fat for fuel is fascinating and many companies that make weight loss products don't really get it and so they make a lot of products to rev up your system and hope it will help weight loss which is always temporal.
In the process of fat burning the fat must first be broken down/taken from the fat storehouse. There is an oil called conjugated lanoic acid which the body uses efficiently to do this. The fat now needs to be liquefied in order to travel easily into the blood stream and cool cayenne is a good product to heat up your blood and body. Because of the extra heat in your blood the fat is liquefied by it. The next process is transportation and the body uses an amino acid called L-cartinine to capture the fat and take it to mitochondria/energy production center to be burnt up and regenerate the adenosine triphosphate (ATP)system. The amount of muscle we have will determine the amount of fat burnt up. The four step process is critical for fat loss. Breakdown, liquefy, transport and burn up. Without all four processes being done, weight loss will not be true weight loss but muscle loss or water loss. Our body is always working to bring our system to a state of homeostasis and the majority of weight loss products out there are just reving up your system and even though you may seem to lose some weight at first the body is just figuring out how to combat it and as soon as it does, the weight loss stops and most of the time will reverse.
The weight we gain was as a result of something in our system falling out of balance and therefore our major task is to bring back our system into balance and then the weight loss process will be natural and long lasting because if you give the body what it needs the body will freely do its job.