Friday, September 11, 2009

Image is everything

“A society improves its welfare through investment.” Keyes

To start, this post has nothing to do with the above quote. I just came across the quote. Back to topic. I spent a great deal of my life being overweight. I mean in the neighborhood of 30 lbs overweight. This is something you just can’t hide. Regular people treat you poorly. Overweight people treat you poorly. You get paid less at work. You get passed over for jobs and promotions. The bottom line is that it effects your lifestyle and future in negative ways. The key is that you can do something about it.

You might be thinking this is just some weight loss post, it is not. There is a plethora of articles on calories-in < calories-out; EPOC, and interval cardio weight loss training. You can read how to restrict caloric intake and rev up you metabolism. What this process does in effect is change your metabolism from a fuel-efficient vehicle to a Hummer. You would then restrict your calorie intake, so the body needs to burn fat reserves. What I want to do is to take this the next level. This is increasing lean muscle mass.

When I first started losing weight, I remember reading a book on how to dress to look thinner. In this book there was a picture of a weight bench with a dumbbell placed on it. The book inferred that through colour, cut, and pattern you could look 15 lbs thinner, don’t expect miracles. Here is the bomb. To effect an image that will take you somewhere, to the next level; you have to gain lean muscle mass. Gaining lean muscle and definition is hard. It is almost harder than losing weight. The positive effects are enormous: more money, better lifestyle, and attracting better looking women. I am not talking professional bodybuilder physique here. I think taking things to that level maybe detrimental (I have no proof of that.) This is to the extent I see negative reactions to body builders. I am talking about an athletic body build. I am going to place a few posts over the next months on techniques I came across to help build lean muscle mass. Till then cheers.