I need to lose weight, but I don’t want to exercise!
Everybody who wants to lose weight wants to lose weight right this minute with as little effort as possible. We all know how unhealthy it is to have excess body fat, but we don’t want to compromise taste, time, or temperament to lose it. In the world of “I want it all, and I want it now” attitudes, whether spoken or unspoken, we realize that there are a lot of things at our fingertips if we know how to ask for them. With the advent and surge in popularity of the Internet, there is nothing you can’t learn if you dig deeply enough. The ability to lose weight without killing yourself at the gym is no exception. It is, indeed, possible to lose weight quickly without exercise. In fact, the short book I co-wrote in 2014, Quick Weight Loss Without Killing Yourself: No Gym Required, outlines exactly how to do that. I personally lost 37 pounds in 4 months using the exact protocol in the book. Quick weight loss without exercise is possible. I did it, many of my patients have done it, and many people are still doing it today. But is that all there is to it? How do I keep it off forever?
Losing weight is easy. Yes, I said it. It really is easy. That’s not the problem most people have. Keeping it off is the problem. Yo-yo dieting is one of the worst health issues people have today. Most fad diets result in substantial muscle loss along with the fat you lose, but when you go back to your old way of eating without making permanent lifestyle changes, the weight you gain back is never muscle mass. It is all of the fat you lost plus more to lose the next time you try the latest fad diet. It is a horrible, health-robbing cycle. If you follow the protocol outlined in my book, losing 2-5 pounds per week is no problem at all, and making the permanent lifestyle changes is automatic.
What if I hate to exercise?
I have always been active, but detested the idea of lining up in the gym with all of the Barbie-types and doing aerobics classes. If that is what it takes to keep it off forever, I’ll never keep it off. What I learned was that I don’t really have to exercise to keep the weight off, but if I want a lean-looking, toned appearance I have to move my body. I know that for cardiovascular health and healthy lung function as I age, I have to exercise to make that happen. I don’t want to spend my life in a gym. I live in a rural area where there are no gyms anyway, and the closest one to my office is half an hour from my house. It just doesn’t work for me. So I started to do some homework. What I came across changed my life and the way I approach exercise forever. Knowing that I need to exercise for general health purposes, I wanted to find a way to do it without costing so much of my time, since I would much rather spend my time doing other things.
Everything I knew about exercise was that it took a lot of effort over long periods of time, but what I discovered in my search for a better avenue was that the science in cardiovascular health has changed a bit recently. People in the know are raving about High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT. The upshot is that you go all out for about 20 seconds, to the point of not being able to speak while you are exercising, then rest completely for 40-60 seconds. Then you change to another exercise and do it for the same time frame. The high intensity exercise turns out to be an effective fat burner and metabolism booster – perfect for the person who doesn’t have the time to spend working away in a gym. The biggest problem with it, though, is that the average, unconditioned person cannot do such high intensity activity. HIIT is not a great starting point if you are not already in decent physical shape.Having the best of both worlds…
I wanted to get the benefits of HIIT, but at 50+ I am very conscious about injury. I did not want to do anything that might set me back in the long run. Having been less active than I once was, I was excited to run across the Holy Grail in exercise for me! I came across an exercise protocol that was advertised to do what I wanted – strengthen my muscles, tone and lean my body, increase my lung capacity, and increase my heart health in only 12 minutes a day. I was skeptical. How was it possible that something that I ran across on the Internet was going to give me exactly what I wanted? The only thing I could do was try it and see. P.A.C.E. (Progressively Accelerating Cardiopulmonary Exertion) was developed by anti-aging specialist Al Sears, M.D., and was the answer to my prayers! I ordered the program and put it to the test. Everything it promised is true. There are 3 levels of exercise that anyone who can walk can do, beginning easily with low-impact options and moving up to more advanced moves for those who are conditioned. The workouts are made up of about 12 minutes of exertion interspersed with 8 minutes of resting periods, for about 20 total minutes of time. I feel more healthy overall, have much more stamina, and am gaining muscle tone like never before. P.A.C.E. is the best complement to my Quick Weight Loss Without Killing Yourself – No Gym Required for a lifetime of lean, healthy living!
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