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Need A Hormonal Weight Loss Strategy? Try Strength Training
Metabolism Articles. Copyright 2009
Author: Carolyn Hansen
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An effective weight loss strategy eludes millions of people around the globe who spend a great deal of their time trying one thing after another in an attempt to shed excess body fat. Fortunately the solution is one that is easily within reach to all, regardless of age or socio-economic status.
The problem of overweight and obesity is an epidemic that is greatest in the developed world, where food is found in abundance, but it is spreading across the globe as the Western diet catches up with nations everywhere. Maintaining a proper healthy weight can be a challenge for people of all ages. But as we get older, it can be increasingly difficult to lose excess body fat, and therefore we are more exposed to the three big killer diseases: heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
Approximately one third of the world's population belongs to the baby boomer age group (born between the years 1945 - 1964). The boomers are now encountering a number of serious health issues. A slowing metabolism (the body's fuel burning engine) as one gets older can mean that keeping one's body weight stable can become a major problem.
It is time to bring the science of weight loss out of the dark ages and apply a new understanding of the impact that proper exercise has on hormones and metabolism. The link between the two is one that cannot be ignored any longer because if the hormones are not balanced you will gain weight.
The hormone having the most influence on our metabolism is the master hormone Human Growth Hormone (HGH). It is plentiful in our body before the age of about 21 then we begin to produce less of it. By the time we are 40 nearly everyone is deficient in HGH and at age 80 our production has all but stopped.
This protein hormone affects the growth and repair of cells, bones, muscles and organs in all areas of the body. When deficient in HGH we experience accelerated aging and the symptoms include loss of muscle tissue and strength, weakening bones, decreased energy, an increase in body fat, a greater risk of disease, and a lower life expectancy.
In other words, the symptoms we recognize as aging.
If you are attempting to lose weight and slow the rate of aging the most important thing you can do is to start a proper exercise program that contains at least 60 percent strength training exercise. Your ultimate goal is to increase your metabolism, which will increase the rate that your body burns fuel 24 hours a day even when you are at rest.
This special type of exercise if performed at the correct level of intensity will stimulate the release of the "fitness hormone" HGH which is the magic substance that will chew into your body's fat stores.
With an increased metabolism you will not only coax your body to burn more fat you will in turn create more energy since the burning of calories creates energy. This extra energy will be what fuels your workouts and will increase as you build up your strength.
What is most interesting is that a person does not have to bear hunger pangs and starve themselves half to death to lose weight with this method.
Most doctors are primarily taught to treat disease rather than focus on health consciousness. So, people need to become well-informed and eager to understand how they can participate in their own health care, including knowledge of basic weight control, and more importantly, how to reduce disease risk
Using exercise to balance hormones is the most effective and permanent fat loss method available. Even if you have hit your 40's or 50's and the excesses of your younger days are starting to catch up with you - your properly structured exercise program will revitalize and bring about a healthier, young and more vital you..
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