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5 Common Pitfalls to Successful Weight Loss - Part 2

Posted: 13 April 2012

Tip 4: Eliminate Stress!

If you want to lose weight you need to reduce your stress levels. Stress causes the body to produce more cortisol. Cortisol makes you insensitive to insulin and will make it very hard for you to lose weight. It is well established that very high cortisol levels results in fat gain, especially around the mid-section. Start exercising as this will help the body to release stress and will aid you in shedding that unwanted fat. Strength training is the best form of exercise as this will have your body producing more testosterone and growth hormone, both of which will counteract the catabolic (muscle breakdown) properties of cortisol. This brings us to Tip 5.

Tip 5: Start Strength Training

Many people that try to lose weight overdo the cardio. Seriously, the only weight loss you will get from doing cardio is from your muscle tissue wasting away! Say goodbye to your best friend. Muscle tissue is metabolically active, which means it will elevate your metabolism and chew away at calories all day long (yes even while you sleep!).  Our goal should be to build muscle tissue to maximize this effect and in the process get some nice strengthening and toning done. Start strength training as this will help you build muscle tissue. 

In addition to this, a proper strength training session will release testosterone (even woman have some testosterone) and growth hormone. These hormones are lipolytic which means they are fat burning! You might have heard that cardio burns more calories than strength training, while this is true (although they are very close) for the duration of the workout, if you take the following 48 hours into account you will find that strength training burns far more calories in total than cardio. This is due to the excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC) experienced after strength training. 

One reason men tend to lose more weight than woman is because when they hit the gym, they hit the weights, and women tend to flock to the cardio equipment instead. Everyone should strength train as the benefits reach beyond just weight loss. However there is more skill and technique involved and you should therefore employ a good personal trainer to help you with your strength training for weight loss. If you are serious about losing that weight then contact me now to see how I can help you.

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By Bastiaan Gresnigt

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