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The Things You've Been Led To Believe When Losing Weight
By: Ismael D. Tabije

So many techniques to lose weight have bombarded the market today. People's quest for a healthier, sexier and fitter body has unveiled more than a couple of ideas how to realize that quest. There are even explanations as to why a specific "technique" works. Many also claim that their techniques have no "bad effects" in a person's health. Let's check out some of the statements we were led to believe to achieve success in losing weight.

•You need supplements to lose fat.
•The only way to get really lean is to "starve" your self.
•You can believe everything you read in the magazines.
•Meal replacement products, powders and diet shakes help you "burn" fat.
•Thermogenic "fat burners" that containing ephedrine and caffeine are highly effective for permanent fat loss.
•Losing fat can be accomplished without hard work.
•Some people will never be able to lose weight and they should just give up and accept their genetics for what they are.
•Zero carbohydrate or very low carbohydrate diets are the best way to lose body fat permanently
•If you eat the right foods, you can lose fat permanently without exercise.
•You can lose 30 pounds of fat in 30 days
•"If all else fails, then steroids, growth hormone, weight loss drugs or surgery will help me lose this stubborn fat for good and regain my youthful look"
•You Can Lose weight in just minutes each day (or week!)

Guess what? These techniques do not really guarantee the fast and satisfying results they promise. Do you really think you would lose weight by not doing anything, or by just taking those supplements, and starving yourself? According to Tom Venuto, author of the Big Fat Lies and Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle (, the twelve statements above are not the surefire ways to lose weight, keep a healthy and sexy body and still stay fit. In fact, some of them can cause more harm than good to your health.

Take for example dieting. It should not necessarily come to the point that you have to starve yourself to make sure you do not gain weight. Tom stated that all you need is exercise, nutrition, and proper mental attitude to lose and eventually maintain your ideal weight.

The body needs all the nutrients it can get for its everyday functions. You must remember that losing weight is not the only task the body has. You go to work, go to school, you attend to your family, attend to other people even before you attend to yourself. Other than those, you have more extra activities. It is only proper that you give your body the nourishment it needs to gather all the strength needed to do all those activities. If you are not eating properly, what do you think will happen to yourself after doing all those things?
Most of the time, food supplements do not necessarily provide the nutrients your body needs. Did you know that it is necessary to have a medium to above-average intake of calories? Because calories are then turned to energy that provides strength to accomplish all the tasks you need to do. In that way, you will be able to have the strength to spend for work, and all the other activities in your routine including exercising.

You do need to work out to shake of excess fat. Convert them into muscles instead. Remember the saying "every hard work pays off". You do not have to resort to steroids, ephedra and other growth hormone or weight loss drugs as they may cause side effects not only to your physical health but to your mental health as well if not taken properly.

Losing weight is a gradual process so, do not believe the "over-night" guarantee some weight-loss tips promise you. And, again, you do need to work it off and not wait because it won't shake off by itself.

Magazines are a form of advertising. You must have noticed that the figures shown seem too good to be true. Well, there may be proof of their reality, but again, they couldn't have happened overnight and without hard work. Yes, the figures in the magazines are great inspiration to follow. But it would only frustrate you if you wouldn't be able achieve the figures in the prints. The tricks in pursuing your quest for a healthy and sexy body are patience in training, endurance in hard work, and of course, the contentment and confidence in yourself.

About the Author

The writer, Ismael D. Tabije, runs the website, which caters to the different health and fitness needs of different people. It has a wide collection of health and fitness e-books written by world renowned fitness experts and authors. The website also features regularly updated health news, articles and other highly recommended fitness and health related links.

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The Power of Stretching    - Dave Snape


Your muscles ache from a good stretch. This is quite
normal and is part of the process. Stretching has
seemingly been with us and particularly with athletes
since the beginning of time.

A very key point to good stretching is to hold the
stretch for at least seventeen seconds. This is a
pearl of wisdom gleaned from a ballet teacher a few
years back. She said that any stretch under 17
seconds was just not effective.

The 17 second rule is exceeded in the high intensity
Bikram's yoga where stretches are held for about 30
seconds. Don't forget the high level of heat that is
used in Bikram's to extract that last little bit of
stretch out of your muscles. An interesting twist that
is not necessary to gain benefits from stretching. But,
it can't hurt, right?

So what kind of benefits can you expect from
stretching? That's an easy one. Have you ever seen the
movie, Blood Sport? Did you know that Frank Dux could
truly stretch his body to the extreme. The actor that
played him was quite elastic as well.

Great elasticity is also something you might see in
well trained Spetsnaz (Russian) agents. They often work
out with Russian kettlebells too. They are for superior
strength gains and the ability to withstand ballistic

Why are stretching and flexibility considered important
to these people? Stretching gives one the ability to
have explosive power available at one's fingertips
without the need to warm up. Of course most of us are
not martial artists or agents. But, you'll be happy to
know there are plenty of other benefits.

Let me give you an example. After learning to sit in
the full lotus position for long periods of time, my
ankles became very flexible. One day I was walking
along and my left foot fell into a pothole. This mishap
pushed my ankle sideways to about 90 degrees from it's
normal position.

Amazingly, this didn't even hurt, not one bit. If my
ankle hadn't been so flexible, I may have suffered a
sprained ankle. At the very least, it would have hurt
for days.

Key point: stretching helps you to avoid injuries.
Not only that but if you do have a muscle, tendon or
ligament injury it should heal faster, theoretically

Stretching actually grows the ligaments, tendons and
muscles being stretched. They really grow longer over

Check with your physician before undertaking any type
of exercise, including stretching.

Here is some good instructional material on stretching:

Dave Snape

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