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Got Muscle? The Trainer’s Secret on How to Lose Weight… and Keep it Off. E R IC JOHNSON It seems as though we are confronted with the issue at every turn. We are bluntly reminded almost daily how fat we have all become and how our children face serious health challenges due to obesity. And the problem, like our waistlines, is growing worse every day. Today, better than two-thirds (69%) of all Americans are either obese or overweight with a whopping one third (35%) considered clinically obese! One good thing about all of the media attention to the “obesity epidemic” is, it is at least prompting a response. People are thinking about it more and are becoming more focused on wanting to become fit. The negative side of all of this attention is that it has opened the door for snake oil salesmen and hucksters. The airways are flooded with infomercials touting advice from fitness gurus as they peddle all manner of “fast and easy” programs, gadgets and gizmos. If we’ll just buy their new “Spring-Cam-lock / Slant-Pulley- Rocker” device, along with the ten-part CD and accompanying workbook, we’ll get six pack abs and “buns of steel.” Of course, there is always the small print included explaining that “results shown are not typical,” and weight loss is guaranteed,” so long as you use the equipment in combination with a reduced calorie diet,” etc. Sadly the truth is, many of us are obese and many children now face unprecedented life threatening conditions that they should not be facing. Conditions that were once rare in children are becoming common. Diabetes, gallbladder disease and obesity-related sleep apnea are all on the rise in children. More than sixty percent of children today have at least one serious risk factor for cardiovascular disease, such as high blood pressure, elevated insulin levels, or high blood lipids. A L I V E E A S 18 T B A Y a p r i l 2 0 1 6 As a retired fitness professional, I have mixed feelings about the promotional pitches that I see for so many commercial fitness products and programs. I’m happy that there is more concern about our lack of fitness, but I am disturbed by all of the hype and misinformation. Most of the things marketed are really quite ridiculous, and the people and companies that pitch them—if they really do know anything at all about physiology, nutrition, or fitness—should be ashamed. A variety of methods for losing weight, for example, are constantly being promoted. Unfortunately, most of these methods are ineffective and short-lived at best, and some, at worst, are downright dangerous. The fact is, weight loss is not the most important issue here, and it should not be the goal. For most Americans, the loss of fat is what is and should be important. When it comes to the popular methods for becoming fit (and this includes nearly all of the gadgets that you see on television and most of the better-known weight loss programs and diets), they completely miss the mark. What these programs and gadgets usually end up accomplishing is a pattern of failure for the user because the methods used are not based upon sound physiological principles and correctly applied fitness training methods. What usually ends up happening is that the person participating, while maybe ending up with a net loss in overall weight, actually loses the wrong kind of weight. This is because nearly all of these popular programs focus on aerobic exercise alone, along with calorie reduction. For most Americans, this is a formula for eventual failure. How can this be? Haven’t we all been told by the


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