At our Farmingdale Boot Camp, we combine resistance training (from a variety of forms), cardio training, and core training.
We also believe in adhering to a balanced diet which includes lean proteins, healthy fats, and carbohydrates from both starchy and fibrous sources. I wish I could say that there was a magic pill that could create an immediate transformation but the truth is anything worthwhile takes hard work and time. Anything promising immediate and dramatic results is a scam.
True Story from Farmingdale Boot Camp
A woman signed up at our Farmingdale Boot Camp named Jennifer and trained for several months. She went down several sizes, looked great, and had tons more energy. Other areas of her life started improving as well. A funny thing happened when I asked her how ecstatic she was about her transformation. She said, “I’m happy but I thought I would lose more weight.” This type of thing is frustrating for me but motivates me with a purpose to educate more effectively. As we coach our Farmingdale fitness clients, they spread the word to other folks.
Different reasons for weight loss
Generally, when weight loss occurs, one of 3 things happens….
1) Water loss – By cutting back on fluid intake and sweating more (i.e. aerobic exercise, sauna, etc.) you will lose weight on the scale (temporarily) but it is meaningless as far as long term fitness is concerned.
2) Muscle loss – Over-exercising and extreme “dieting” (especially when combined with other stress) can and will lead to muscle loss.
This is bad. The result is a slowed metabolism and a body that is more efficient at storing fat.
3) Fat loss – This is truly what we’re after. We say weight loss but we really want fat loss. Our Farmingdale Boot Camp clients lose fat because they challenge their muscles through resistance training, eat in a manner that supports their metabolism, and they are special people with a “Can-Do” attitude. Just like the Little Engine That Could, they “think they can.”
Does muscle weigh more than Fat?
This is a common misconception. 5 pounds of muscle weighs exactly the same as 5 pounds of fat…5 pounds!:) However, muscle is denser than fat and therefore occupies less space. As the video below will further illustrate, it is very possible to lose inches without losing weight on the scale.
There is nothing wrong with periodic weigh-ins to see where you’re at but if “scale weight” is your only concern, you are dealing with a flawed approach. Focus on healthy habits and if weight loss is truly needed, good things will happen. After all, if I told you that you weren’t gonna weigh any less but you would look like your ideal self, would you really care about the weight? My guess is you wouldn’t care too much. We all want the same things for the most part. To look good which makes us feel good about ourselves. And to see a positive change.
Work hard, enjoy the process, and stay the course. Most people simply aren’t willing to work at it consistently. That’s why we don’t all look like fitness models. There seems to be an inverse correlation between quick fixes and fitness. The more “quick fixes” and “magic pills” there are, the less fit and fatter we are.
*The name of the cient and details of the story above were changed so if you think it was about you, don’t be so vain.:)
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