The Pillars of Excellence:
Exercise Melts Body Fat
If you want to reduce your body fat, focus on increasing the amount of exercise you get rather than decreasing your food intake. Of course a balanced approach always works best, but a national study was recently conducted using two groups of sedentary men, one group in their 20's and the other over age 65. A great deal was learned from this accumulated data, and it is interesting to note that there was a significant relationship between lack of physical activity and fat. Not surprisingly, the most sedentary men had the most body fat.
Studies such as this have also indicated that the government’s current recommended daily allowance for calories does not correlate with the body's actual energy needs. For example, although an intake of 2400 calories has been calculated for older men, studies showed that they actually burned an average of 2800 calories daily.
The leading experts now recommend that people who want to lose weight do so by increasing their physical activity. Just being more active in general (such as climbing the stairs instead of taking the elevator, moving around instead of sitting still, sitting up instead of lying down, and even showing some excitement and enthusiasm instead of boredom) effectively burns calories and reduces body fat. Everyone seems to have lost sight of the value of being active. Consider this: a half-hour aerobic workout accounts for far less energy expenditure than our minute-to-minute movement in the office or at home.
Millions of Americans and people around the world are trying to lose weight, spending approximately $30 billion a year in America on diet programs and products, and often they do lose some weight. But, if you check with those same people five years later, you will find that nearly all have regained whatever weight they lost. A national panel recently sought data to determine if any commercial diet program could prove long-term success. Not a single program could do so.
Being seriously overweight or obese predisposes individuals to a number of diseases and serious health problems such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and hypertension, and osteoarthritis. It is now a known fact that when caloric intake is excessive, some of the excess frequently is saturated fat. However, people who diet without exercising often accumulate fat with time. Although your weight may initially drop while dieting, such weight loss consists mostly of water and muscle. When the weight returns, it comes back as fat. To avoid getting fatter over time, increase your metabolism by exercising regularly.
Walking is one of the best exercises for strengthening bones, controlling weight, toning the leg muscles, maintaining good posture, and improving a positive self-concept. To lose weight, it is more important to walk for time than speed. Walking at a moderate pace yields longer workouts with less soreness—leading to more miles and more fat worked off on a regular basis. High intensity walks on alternate days help condition one's system. In a walking, weight-loss program, you are not required to walk an hour every day as some people would have you believe.
Ultimately, when it comes to good health and weight loss, exercise and diet are inter-related. Exercising without maintaining a balanced diet is no more beneficial than dieting while remaining inactive.
Dr. John P. DeMann, ISSA Certified Trainer and Certified Personal and Executive Coach, can be reached at the Pillars of Excellence in Mason Ohio where he conducts one on one personal training and group fitness camps. Dr. DeMann uses a unique training approach that not only uses the typical physical regime, but also uses a special behavioral approach that has been shown to be 476% more effective than the traditional approach. Most weight loss and health issues arise from behavioral problems along with the lack of proper exercise programs and inappropriate diet programs. Because Dr. DeMann believes in a holistic approach he has his clients also work on life goals not only in fitness and health, but also in general and professional life issues.
Testimonial: Dr. DeMann has changed my life forever! I cannot tell you how many times I tried to change my weight and get into shape and in the end finding out that the program I was using either was unhealthy or only causing water and muscle weight loss, not fat loss. With Dr. DeMann I have been able to take off 39% Body Fat, lower my blood pressure from 186/98 to 110/65 and maintain this health for over 5 years now. My life has changed dramatically and every time I think of this I start to cry because I now know that I am a person who is worth something.
Dr. DeMann uses an approach that is holistic in nature. He does not just focus on the health and fitness part, he also uses a program that uses a behavioral approach where he has a Ph.D. and is Certified as a coach in personal and professional development!
Here is the great part, due to my weight problems I also had a lot of self confidence issues, so I never really gave my life the meaning it really deserved. When I started the program I never really cared about my personal or professional life, but today I have a personal life that I never thought I could ever have had and something even more unbelievable, I now have a Masters Degree in Management and going on to attain a Ph.D. where I too can help people who were in the same situation I was in. Dr. DeMann has given me more than just a new lifestyle, he has given me my life back!!!!
Dr. DeMann was so generous with his time as well. Anytime I needed help he was always there and he never complained. He did not even bill me on unscheduled calls. In fact, I am not certain he even billed me on all my calls. I think he would bill me only when I was not following through and when I did well he let the bill go I think to reward me for my accomplishments! I will admit I still paid him, but that really touched my heart.
During the program I had a situation where my son got very ill and it got to a point where I could not afford to pay him due to the medical expenses. I told him I would have to stop coming due to the situation, he said if I did not show up he would come over and drag me out of the house to do the work scheduled! He told me that if he stopped treating me and helping me due to lack of funds it would be very unprofessional on his part.
There are so many people out there saying they want to help others with their problems and believe me I ran into my share of them. All I can say is this: never did Dr. DeMann indicate that he was only in it for the money. He was always honest, even though it hurt at times, which I think was one of the main reasons his program worked so well. But I must say again, Dr. DeMann has created a program that works the whole you, not just the physical part. I always thought dieting and exercise were the only aspects to getting into shape, but boy was I wrong!
To get into shape requires an approach that works on your physical, spiritual and mental aspects of the person. It also requires a great deal of love and understanding and let me say this, Dr. DeMann provided me all of these aspects! Sorry for the long testimonial, but Dr. DeMann deserves it. If you are looking to change your personal, professional or any part of your life, invest in Dr. DeMann, you will not regret it!
Love and Regards to all, but to you, Dr. DeMann, thank you for making my life the life I have always dreamed of!