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Ten FAQ at our Athletic Center Rochester NY

1)  What is the quickest way to lose weight?

Losing weight isn’t a mysterious process. It’s burning more calories than you eat. However, if it were really that simple, none of us would have a weight problem. The real secret to weight loss is this: make small changes every day and you’ll slowly lose those unwanted pounds. Forget about quick results.

Never starve yourself through crash diets. Cut out refined carbohydrates, eat lean proteins and limit fat intake.  Exercise about 3-4 times a week for approximately 45-60 minutes.  Vary your workouts with a balanced cardiovascular, strength training and stretching routine.

2)  Is exercise more important than diet?
Diet is more important than exercise.  Diet contributes about 75% towards your weight loss or fitness goal.  Not enough fuel and nutrition will result in little or no progress. On the other hand, too much food or an unbalance diet will neutralize any results from your exercise program.

3)  How do I reduce the size of my gut?
Diet along with your genetics play important parts in determining where the body stores fat.  Spot reduction never works despite what infomercials show you. Unfortunately, we can’t pick and choose which parts go first.  Follow my recommendation above for losing weight.

4)  Do you recommend that I exercise every day?
No.  I rarely endorse training more than five days a week. Rest and recuperation is just as important and should be part of a well-planned exercise program.

5)  When would be the best time to exercise?
Exercise when it is most convenient for you. There are both pros and cons to working out during the morning as well as afternoon or evenings. If you are better off exercising after work then do it. That’s better than not getting up to workout in the morning.

6)  Will my muscles convert to fat when I stop exercising?
No. Your muscle will never turn to fat. Muscle needs fuel to function.  When your food intake is less than your body’s and muscles’ need to function, your body uses up its fuel reserves, which is your body fat. When you stop exercising, you decrease your muscles’ need for fuel.  Therefore, if you do not proportionately decrease your food intake as well, you will store the extra fuel in the form of fat.

7)  Is walking as good as jogging?
The kind of exercise that you perform for cardiovascular endurance, is not as important as the intensity and duration of  your workout. Cardiovascular exercises burn fat, aid in lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, release serotonin (a feel-good hormone) and improve stamina. Don’t make the mistake of working too hard and get injured or burned-out, or not working out hard enough to not see any results.

8)  Am I too old to exercise?
No. If, however, you have medical problems get your doctor’s clearance first. Otherwise, there’s no age limit on starting an exercise program.  The improvements you see will include improved balance and coordination, increased strength and flexibility, and weight management. The risks associated with not exercising are greater than a safe strength-training program.

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