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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.

A. Answering the Question

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?

Follow these three rules ...

  1. First, you need to be consistent with your workouts. Plan for 6 days a week.
  2. Second, you need to incorporate sound nutritional practices along with your exercise routines. This means switching to the natural, whole foods way. Nutrition and exercise go hand-in-hand. One by itself will only take you so far. You need them both!
  3. Third, always remember that body composition rules and not body weight. This means if you are currently overweight, you need to reduce your weight slowly over time. The rule of thumb is 1/2-to-1 pound per week. So, if you are now 50 pounds overweight you may be looking at 6-to-12 months to normalize your weight and begin sculpting a lean, muscular body.

Why so slow?

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 for good.

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.

What do you mean?

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.

Ok, how do I get in shape?

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 ...

B. Identifying the Solutions

Now that we have answered the question, we can move on and discuss the solutions you can use to get in shape.

First, Get Informed about Exercise

Read the articles that are posted in the Exercise Room on this site.

Second, Get Knowledgeable about Nutrition

Read the articles that are posted in the Nutritionists' Kitchen on this site.

Third, Sign-up for the Right Program!

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.

C. Applying the Solutions

Option #1: You can sign-up for a Four Pillar Program

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!

Option #2:  Or, you can opt for an Exercise-only Program

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

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An excellent quote from Jack Lalanne about being consistent when you are trying to get in shape.An excellent quote from Jack Lalanne about being consistent when you are trying to get in shape. This textual graphic was created by Jim Safianuk.

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