Fat Burning Secrets of Bodybuilders

The health benefits of lowering body fat

While many people are motivated to lose fat strictly for aesthetic reasons (the six-pack abs), there are numerous health benefits to be gained as well. According to the American Journal of Medicine, atherosclerotic coronary heart disease due to obesity is the most common cause of mortality among men and women. And those with abdominal obesity are at a higher risk of developing coronary heart disease.

Lower your overall body fat

Lowering overall body fat will also lower your risk factor for coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and dyslipidemia (high blood cholesterol and triglycerides). According to this article in WebMD, when Temple University researchers studied fat taken from obese and lean people, they found major differences in the way fat cells from the two groups behaved. The fat cells from the obese people showed significant stress at a part of the cell responsible for the synthesis of proteins. This stress appears to lead to the production of specific proteins associated with insulin resistance, which plays a major role in obesity-related diabetes.

In fact, those who had an immediate reduction in caloric intake saw dramatic improvement in insulin resistance. It seems that the body can sense caloric excess and translates the excess into metabolic stress.

Eat a healthy diet

Though it yielded dramatic results in tests, it’s not recommended that you reduce your caloric intake too drastically in the beginning. Start slow, and start with a healthy diet (it wouldn’t make sense to replace a meal with a candy bar). Start by identifying the unhealthy foods in your everyday diet and gradually replace them with something healthier. Perhaps you can start by replacing that can of Pepsi with a glass of water or tea. Most people look for the quick fix fad diet to reduce their weight as fast as possible. These fads may work in the beginning, but aren’t necessarily good for you.

Stay tuned. I’ll be posting healthy recipes and lists of natural food that will help your body burn fat and build muscle.

Get your body moving

This is the part that most people find the most painful… exercise. The reason your body has fat in the first place is to store energy. Reducing your caloric intake is a good start. But if you really want to get fast results, you should also incorporate an exercise routine. The benefits of exercise is too numerous to list in one entry, but I’ll highlight different exercise routines and their benefits.

Source: American Journal of Medicine


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