Monthly Archives: April 2014

The naked truth about fat

When people come to us and say, “I want to lose some weight,” we say we can help — with one caveat. We believe you need to lose fat not weight.

If you are working out properly and building muscle — which weighs more than fat — you could end up trimming fat without losing an ounce.

We tell people that the goal is to look good and fit when you are fully clothed. Since you usually aren’t around other people when you’re naked and standing on a scale, no one will know what you weigh unless you tell them. So don’t tell them.


Fat is up to 10 percent hydrated. Muscle is up to 80 percent hydrated. That means that if you don’t have enough water in your body, it will make more fat than muscle.

Fat hinders metabolism, it doesn’t burn calories just being there. Muscles help metabolism; they burn calories even at rest.

Blood does not move as well through fat as it does through muscles and organs. More blood pressure is required to move blood through fat. That’s why people with high blood pressure are encouraged by doctors to “lose weight.”

When fat is in the midsection it can push on major organs, causing problems from incontinence to diabetes.

1. Drink water: Staying well-hydrated will allow you to build muscle and will discourage your body from creating fat.

2. Eat foods that boost metabolism: These include fruits, vegetables, proteins and complex carbohydrates.

3. Get up and move: If you move, especially if you move correctly, your body will drop the baggage.

4. Allow time for rest: When you overload your muscles, you need equal time for them to rest and heal.

5. Develop a positive attitude: Keep looking for that silver lining, it makes a huge difference.

Consistency is the key to losing fat and keeping it off. Forget the scale, get out the tape measure and let your reflection guide you.

Fitness is more than just being thin or looking good

Many people approach fitness full-bore while having unhealthy expectations. Phrases like “no pain, no gain” are misconceptions about fitness that are counterproductive.

I am a personal trainer who sees things differently.

Fitness is not a destination. It’s a journey. To be successful, you must take ownership of your body. You need to understand where you are to know if your goals are realistic. There are no quick fixes. Radical changes are not always possible and what’s more, they can even be unhealthy.

At Advanced Training Techniques, we define fitness as the body’s ability to return to a normal state after abnormal stress is applied. Fitness applies to all aspects of the body, and it isn’t achieved just by being thin or looking good.

I invite you to join us as we dispel the myths of fitness and define what it really takes to reach your body’s potential. If you want to come along for the ride, we will be happy to show you how.