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The 4 Tools We Need To Lose Weight

by Lynn VanDyke

Copyright 2005

Ask most people what their New Year's Resolutions were and

you'll likely find the answer- lose weight. With so many

of us wanting to shed the pounds, why is the obesity

pandemic reaching new heights?

Weight loss tends to conjure up images of near starvation

and tons of cardio. Most of us do not even start on our

New Year's Resolution simply because the thought of it

stops us dead in our tracks.

What if we had some tools for weight loss? 4 simple ideas

that are practically guaranteed to shed fat, drop the

weight, and slim us down? That would be a major first step

towards a weight loss program.

Tool 1- Strength Training

We have to recognize this as a viable fat-loss method.

Every pound of muscle burns 35-50 calories per day. Adding

lean muscle mass is the best way to jump start and sustain

fat reduction.

Tool 2- Cardio

Cardio is good, but it's not the only tool we should use.

Cardio should be done as a partner to the other ideas.

Anything that gets your heart pumping will do: walking,

jogging, running, dancing, swimming, biking, or house


Tool 3- Nutrition

Nutrition is often the hardest part of the weight loss

process. We simply forgot how to eat well in our culture.

We need to eat protein, carbs, and fat to sustain our way

of life. Cut one of the three out and imbalances will


Tool 4- Rest

Rest is not a luxury. It is a necessity. We should eat

well every day and we should workout 5-6 times per week.

The leftover 1-2 days are meant for rest. Our muscles need

time to rebuild and repair themselves.

Using strength training, cardio, nutrition and rest to our

advantage will result in fat loss. There is no magic

bullet. Just simple and effective tools to create the body

we want. Make a promise to yourself right now. Try using

the above tools consistently and to the best of your

ability for 4 weeks. You'll look great and feel amazing.

About the Author:

Lynn VanDyke is the proud owner of . She is a personal

fitness professional, yoga instructor and nutritionist.

Her site is quickly becoming the authority for all things

strength training.

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