FAQ #7: To get in shape, you need to get informed about exercise, then get knowledgeable about nutrition, and finally sign-up for the right program.
Note: This question is very similar to FAQ #6, so I am going to repeat some of the same information because it applies equally to both 6 and 7.
f you are unhappy with how your current physical shape, you might be interested to know that any change in your physique does not happen overnight. It can take many months or perhaps 1 to 2 years to get the figure and/or muscular definition you want. It's just the way our bodies work at the cellular level. You have to be patient.
Ok, I gotcha. Now, how do I get in shape?
This is where body composition comes into play. When you begin to lose
fat mass slowly over time, you also begin to add lean, muscle mass at
the same time. In this way, you change your shape and keep it that way
If you try and lose body weight too quickly, for each pound of weight you lose, you typically will shed 1/2 pound of fat and lose 1/2 pound of muscle at the same time. This is undesirable and is one of the reasons fad diets fail so often.
Muscle mass burns up to 70% of all the kilocalories you consume on a
daily basis. So, as you are losing body fat, you want to maintain your
muscle mass and then increase the amount of muscle mass over time
with a well-designed fitness program.
In this way, your body becomes a big metaboliser of food and you get to keep that trim, toned shape that you worked so hard to sculpt.
I have been unhappy with the shape of my body and the way it looks for a number of years. What should I do?
Keep reading to find out ...
Now that we have answered the question, we can move on and discuss the solutions you can use to get in shape.
Read the articles that are posted in the Exercise Room on this site.
Read the articles that are posted in the Nutritionists' Kitchen on this site.
Finally exercise and nutrition are together as a team and weaved throughout each Four Pillar Program. This is as it should be. Consider registering for one of the following four-pillar programs.
a. If you are between the ages of 25 and 65 and currently overweight:
Permanent Weight Loss Program
b. If you are between the ages of 25 and 65 and currently not overweight,
Disease Prevention Program Stream 2
With the above programs you will not only get in shape, but will change your body for good! In fact, you will like the new you so much, you will never want to go back to the old you. We guarantee it!
For beginners who are non-foundational and new to exercise, as well as for those people who are de-conditioned and returning to physical activity after a long lay off, we now have two programs that are just right for you.
Check out the following program pages on our site for all the details:
Foundational Skills Program
Kick Start Program
Visit the Nutritionist's Kitchen
Go to the Exercise Room
Head over to the Stress Reduction Place
Check out the Detox Centre
Click one of the thumbnails below to view a series of photos taken on the Bruce Trail and Georgian Bay.
Go to: Free Workshops
On The Preventative Way page we reveal a number of scientific facts related to how we function at the cellular level to keep our bodies healthy. Visit this page often as new facts, quotes, videos, tips, and traps will be added from time to time.
Go to: The Preventative Way
American Council on Exercise offers four certifications for aspiring fitness professionals including their Certified Personal Trainer (ACE-CPT) designation. Click on the ACE logo to find out all about their programs and certifications..