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How Not To Get Fat: By Listening To A Groundhog And Sumo Wrestler

Jul 15, 2008
In all my college years of writing papers, taking exams and giving lectures, nobody has been more insightful in the field of fitness than good old reliable Mr. Groundhog. This little critter teaches us what not to do when trying to get more physically fit. He uses the tool of hibernation to keep him alive during the winter months.

Hibernation can be defined as a state of inactivity and metabolic depression. He accomplishes this by limiting his physical movement, lowering his breathing patterns and not eating. The lowered metabolism allows fat stores to be burned more slowly (the opposite of what we want). This allows him to survive months and months without food. Good for the ground hog, bad for someone trying to lose-weight. A good solid eating and exercise program negates the starvation mode and turns your body into a calorie burning inferno. I love working out especially with weights, that's my thing. I realize everybody is different, some people hate to lift weights and that's fine. The message here is any type of physical activity that pushes your body and forces you to breathe more deeply will help you burn more calories.

We as a society are surely lacking in the physical activity department. Just look at these stats: Only 26 percent of U.S. adults engage in vigorous leisure-time physical activity three or more times per week (defined as periods of vigorous physical activity lasting 10 minutes or more). About 59 percent of adults do no vigorous physical activity at all in their leisure time.( Lethbridge-«ejku M, Vickerie J. Summary health statistics for U.S. adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2003. National Center for Health Statistics. Vital Health Stat 10,225. 2005). Folks! That's only ten minutes each day, 3x week. I used to do that everyday just running to catch the A-Train each morning!!!!

The young adult population is no different about 25 percent of young people (age 12 to 21) participate in light-to-moderate activity (e.g., walking, bicycling) almost every day. About 50 percent regularly engage in vigorous physical activity (as defined above). Approximately 25 percent report no vigorous physical activity, and 14 percent report no recent vigorous or light-to-moderate physical activity ( U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Physical Activity and Health: A Report of the Surgeon General. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 1996). 25% report no vigorous activity at all. I remember coming home from school, throwing my book bag on the front porch and running around my block like a wild gazelle, until it was dinner time. Boy times have changed. There are way too many video games out there. Back then there was nothing else to do but to be outside. Find activities that gets your cardiovascular system pumping. A complete guide to my heart pounding, fat burning workouts can found in my soon to released e-book At last! Weight Loss

Try eating 5-6 small meals daily. This final point can better understood if we bring in another seemly unexpected character the Sumo Wrestler. Sumo's typically eat three large meals a day which contain about 10,000-15,000 thousand total calories, most of which is stored as fat. After the second meal (lunch), they take a long nap. They believe sleeping within two hours of eating a big meal will result in weight gain (fat gain mostly). Guess what? They're right!! The take home message is unless you want to look like a sumo wrestler, don't eat big meals before going to bed and don't skip meals and try make up for it later.

Eating 5-6 small meals throughout the day prevents overeating. Think about it? Who doesn't get hungry (real hungry) after 5 hrs of not eating? A long period of semi starvation lowers your metabolism. Your body then tries to conserve its energy by holding on to fat cells. It doesn't burn additional calories because it doesn't know when its next meal will be. In addition to that the human body can only use a certain amount of calories in one sitting, the max being about 750, the rest? You guessed it! Will be stored as fat. Spacing out 5-6 smaller meals every 2-4 hrs, works best for me.
About the Author
Robert Saladino is a certified trainer, who has helped hundreds of his clients reach and keep their fitness goals. He is one of the top Personal Trainers in PA; visit his web site now for a free glance at selected chapters of his new e-book At Last! Weight Loss at http://www.mountainfitnessbyrobert.com If you are someone that is trying to lose weight, gain muscle or just want to get more fit. You owe it to yourself to visit this site! The information will blow your mind
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