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Common Misconceptions about Weight Loss and Dieting

By: ZarioManning - April 21, 2008
When starting any weight loss and dieting regimen, people make assumptions based on common fitness myths, believing incorrectly that any plan will work for them. The reason that so many diets fail is that people refuse to understand that they are settling for a generic personal fitness program - and, more commonly, one that is not suited for their body type, shape, or weight. The many factors that need to be considered, simply put, are not.

A regimen that affects your body should involve time and thought, and be prepared only after sufficient research. Many factors come into play - how exercises affect your muscles and why this should be taken into account, the necessity of tailoring goals suitable to your needs, and ensuring that your diet matches your personal fitness program. Once you take the time to highlight the importance of understanding your body, your weight loss and dieting regimen is sure to get results!

Determining How Fast Twitch/Slow Twitch Affect Your Personal Fitness Program

Your muscle type plays a large role in how you exercise and how your body systematically interprets that physical training. Many people consider running to be one of the best calorie burning workouts, but the fact of the matter is that such intense sprinting can be unproductive for your own personal fitness program. Running uses the slow twitch fibers of your body (thinner muscle geared towards endurance), which utilize more carbohydrates primarily as fuel. Generally speaking, most novice runners do not realize that their diet is important before a quick jog or run, and after such an intense workout, are eager to consume large meals with fat, more carbohydrates, but inadequate proteins.

Fast twitch fiber exercises (thicker muscle geared for strength) include lifting heavier weights with low repetition workouts, and since they fall into the anaerobic category, are suitable for short, quick bursts of movement. Slow twitch exercises are aerobic, and generate their own fuel readily available to the muscles, are meant for activities that require more endurance like running.

Why Your Muscle Type Should Be Taken into Account

The differences between fast twitch and slow twitch muscle fibers might initially seem meaningless. However, you need to consider your personal goals. If you want to train your muscles for strength, then, yes, a fast twitch exercise would be more appropriate, although you would need to adjust your diet accordingly for your individualized personal fitness program. Any fast twitch activity would require foods higher in carbohydrates and other body replenishing nutrients.

If your goal is effective weight loss instead of training for strength, a combination of fast twitch exercises would be necessary as fatty acids are metabolized, thereby breaking down and using what your body is storing. Any type of workout requiring endurance falls under the carbohydrate consuming category - just make sure you drink plenty of water and stay focused on your program course. Taking into account your individual goals is vital to understanding which muscle type you need to use to enhance your own personal fitness. A program that is well thought out will succeed, but just remember to keep your eye on your personal goals!

Goals Tailored to Your Needs

If you have a busy lifestyle, make sure to keep that in consideration when first planning your personal fitness program. If you have little to no time and are always on the go, chances are a ready made weight loss and dieting plan will fail you. You have to work around the needs of your lifestyle, routines, and responsibilities. Neglecting these considerations will ultimately doom your efforts.

Sit down and set a weight loss, dieting, and personal fitness program that matches your needs. If you choose weight loss, begin a low-calorie, healthy diet that tapers off the bad sources of carbohydrates, proteins and fats, and slowly introduces the good ones. If you want to build more muscles for mass, put those fast twitch exercises into motion and begin your routine. Once you find a suitable balance of matching your needs with your goals, your weight loss, dieting to match your schedule, your personal fitness program yield great results.

Ensuring Your Diet Matches Your Regimen

Other rampant misconceptions about weight loss and dieting on a personal fitness program are the ideas of eating terrible food or starving yourself to get thin. With all the advice on television, the radio, or in stores, why are people still reluctant to believe that eating healthy can be fun? Usually, the reason is due to the prevalence of unhealthy options that are more readily accessible.

Once again, motivation plays a key factor. Consider writing out a weekly list of which foods you will eat on a daily basis, and make sure to stick to those guidelines. Remember, however, that sweets and fats are fine, but only in moderation. Consult weight loss and dieting nutrition books to ensure that you are making healthy choices that are appropriate for your personal fitness program. If you are concentrating on fast twitch exercises, you will need to replenish your body with high carbohydrate food or energy drinks for recovery while less demanding slow twitch exercises will require much lighter fare like fresh vegetables and plenty of water.

Plan Your Regimen and Get Going!

Even in our society of overzealous marketers touting various workouts, weight loss, and dieting schemes, the average person is still unaware of how to find the right personal fitness program that fits within his or her lifestyle. While temptation abounds, why do some people fall prey and some do not? Is it because they have the right weight loss and dieting regimen to suit their needs? Perhaps, but everything depends on being dedicated to tackling your plan and succeeding.

Now that you have learned the necessities of planning your workout regimen and own personal fitness program, you realize that not everyone can be effectively placed into the same box. Not only is it a bad idea, but it cannot and does not work. Everyone is different and needs a customized workout, weight loss, and dieting plan. If you think it is impossible to lose weight or get in shape, you are wrong. Take the time to sit down and plan out your course of action, creating a personal fitness program that is tailored to your caloric needs. Choosing the appropriate exercises will help you understand your body's needs. Are you ready to get out of that box?

About the Author

Zario Manning, co-founder of Fitness By metaMorphixx Consulting Firm (www.metamorphixx.com), brings more than 20 years experience of innovative strength and fitness training techniques to highlight the benefits of fitness at a time when stress and obesity are common. He gathered feedback from people about the things they loved and hated regarding fitness and has created new trends based on that information. He has developed a zero tolerance policy for fitness pros looking to fatten their pockets rather than empower their clients. His approach proves time and time again that fitness is about professionals supporting people, not people supporting professionals.

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ZarioManning

Zario Manning, co-founder of Fitness By metaMorphixx Consulting Firm (www.metamorphixx.com), brings more than 20 years experience of innovative strength and fitness training techniques to highlight the benefits of fitness at a time when stress and obesity are common. He gathered feedback from people about the things they loved and hated regarding fitness and has created new trends based on that information. He has developed a zero tolerance policy for fitness pros looking to fatten their pockets rather than empower their clients. His approach proves time and time again that fitness is about professionals supporting people, not people supporting professionals.



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