So in this post, I'll go over these topics so that you get a better understanding of why or how the 7 Minute Workout works:
- Boosting Your Metabolism
- Building Muscle Mass
- Carb Intake
Boosting Your Metabolism
For the majority of people, I think that you would agree that by boosting your metabolism that you can loose weight. I've heard about some people that have genetic issues regarding metabolism or some issues with their thyroid. I'm not going to go over specific health ailments...just a typical person.
There are a lot of factors that contribute to your metabolic rate. Age, exercise, your body, and how you eat are some of them. While we can change our birth date, we do have the ability to change our metabolism through exercise, and as a result, you physique, and what you eat and how you eat.
So looking at all of these alone, I'm sure that you would agree that the majority of people out there aren't doing their best when it comes to these metabolic factors.
Building Muscular Mass
If you're not trying to build huge muscles like the incredible hulk, don't worry - I'm not either. While Joel Therien is a pretty buff dude, you have the choice of building a little to a bunch of muscular mass...that all depends on you.
Okay, so how does muscular mass impact you and why does Joel and Chris focus on it when most other weight loss programs go over cardio and going on diets (or even takings weight loss pills...yikes!)?
The reason is simple. Our metabolism is reduced when our muscle mass is reduced. Do you know what happens if you do a bunch of cardio without any strength training? If you're working out for many hours in the gym, then it's quite possible that you're actually losing muscle mass or not building much of it.
The same thing goes with hardcore, calorie restrictive dieting. I went through the Master Cleanse detox diet several years ago and lost a lot of weight. I thought that was great...until I realized that most of it was water and muscle. Not cool!
The 7 Minute Workout program provides guidance on how to build muscle...and it does not require hours in the gym like a lot of magazines and media expect you to believe. If you want proof, talk to some gymnasts. You might have seen some male gymnasts that have really nice, lean and muscular physiques. They can build muscular strength and size just by holding a static position for an extra 10-60 seconds.
If you need more proof, you can try this: do some pull ups. For most people that haven't done them for decades, like most people find, they are hard to do at first. However, just by spending several minutes doing them, you can build muscular strength and size (and it doesn't take hours in the gym to do them...most people can't even do them for that long).
This is mostly from my personal experience: based on what I eat and what I've seen my friends eat, we eat more carbs that we should. Some diet gurus say "hey, try the Atkins diet, or try the low-carb diet". I don't agree with them either. Those diets aren't healthy, don't provide enough variety of the vitamins and minerals for long term health - especially at less than 25 grams of carbs a day.
So based on my thoughts, a lot of people would lose weight if they ate a balanced, healthy, diet. I didn't say low-carb or high-protien. Simply, don't eat more carbs than you should.
Even though I've been a health nut for decades, I didn't really understand how much carbs, protein and fat I should be eating a day. In school, I've heard some of those videos say eat this many servings of fruit, fish, veggies...etc. a day. However, hearing that isn't enough. When you start tracking your foods (not just by calories), then you're able to eat well and optimize your metabolism.
I've covered a lot of things about losing weight through the 7 Minute Workout. What they offer is a simplified system for losing weight. Everyone has heard the advice of "eat right" and "exercise". However, that's not enough for a lot of people including myself. Having goals, and a simple step-by-step system that you can actually apply and feel good about is what I've gotten from the 7 Minute Workout.
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