Balancing Exercise and Nutrition
Over the past several decades, thousands of new fitness facilities have opened their doors across the country. During this time the popularity of fitness has grown tremendously, and continues to escalate. According to statistics, the number one reason why most individuals sign up at a gym, is to lose weight, particularly body fat. Unfortunately there is a 90% failure rate at reaching the goal of becoming lean, mainly do to the fact that 75% of the effort is put into exercise and only 25% into meal planning. If this ratio is reversed, visible progress would take place week-by-week.
The most common misconception in the fitness industry is that people truly believe that there is a magic ab workout that will develop a lean stomach. The truth is that spot training a particular muscle group will not dramatically change it, thus creating a chiseled lean muscle. That would be like getting a summer job at an ice cream shop and scooping ice cream 8 hours a day and 3 months later, your shirts don't fit good anymore, because one arm is ripped from scooping ice cream.
The only way to see measurable fat loss progress every month, is from making improvements with the nutrition going into your body. There are many key nutrients required by your body for optimal performance, growth, and recovery, much like your car requires a specific fuel for optimal performance and fuel economy. When the proper balance of macro and micronutrients are adjusted to your specific needs, significant improvements will be achieved with body composition. By having your meal plan on-track, it is not uncommon to see body fat levels drop 50% in just 8-12 weeks!
Risks of High Body Fat
According to the Mayo Clinic, having body fat levels above 30% can dramatically increase your risk of:
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