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Can Bodybuilding Be Used For Weight Loss ?

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Bodybuilding should be the foundation of any weight loss program.  While the word bodybuilding still carries the stigma of large men and women posing on a bodybuilding stage, the reality is that bodybuilding is a lifestyle that combines weight training, cardiovascular exercise, good nutrition and rest in order to achieve any fitness goal you set for yourself; including weight loss.

So some of you will indeed want to step on a bodybuilding stage one day while others simply will want to lose fat and tone up a bit.  Some others may need to lose a lot of weight (fat weight of course) while building and toning the muscles underneath.  Regardless of what your physique goal is, bodybuilding is the most efficient way of accomplishing it!  There are a few reasons for this.

Bodybuilding is the only way in which you will end up with a toned and hard looking body.  Take it from someone who lost weight first and did not do any weight training.  While I lost over 60-lbs, I still did not have the body I wanted since i looked soft and flabby.  If I would have known 20 years ago what I know now, that would not have been the case.

In addition, bodybuilding is the most efficient (and safe) way to lose fat.  Exercising with weights 30-45 minutes, 3-4 times a week, not only increases your metabolic rate (ability to burn calories) for up to 48 hours (as the body will need to utilize more nutrients in order to re-build itself) but also builds muscle, which is what gives shape to the body and also increases the need for additional calories.  It's a win/win scenario that makes dieting easier.  Add to that aerobic exercise performed 3 days a week for 20-30 minutes and that will help to burn additional calories in addition to increasing cardiovascular capacity, fat burning ability and endurance.

Once a good exercise plan is followed then the next step is nutrition.  For ladies a balanced diet with multiple meals throughout the day spaced out every 2-3 hours works best as this strategy entices the body to keep the metabolic rate high while at the same time burning fat and gaining muscle.  The diet should consist of 1200-1500 calories (depending on activity levels and age) and have a macronutrient ratio of 40% complex low glycemic carbs, 40% proteins and 20% good fats.  This ratio works best for most people.  For men, the same ratios work but with a higher caloric intake of 2000-2500 calories.  Again, people with higher metabolisms and higher activity levels may need more calories (in the form of carbs) than this.  Good examples are construction workers and marathon runners.

So if weight loss is your goal, give bodybuilding a try and I guarantee you that you will not be disappointed at the results.


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