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Quick Weight Loss E-zine, Issue #005 -- May 2009
May 11, 2009

Ab Machines: Do They Really Work?

Many people wonder if they should purchase one of the abdominal machines that are advertised on TV and that promise to give you a toned, flat stomach in a matter of weeks.

The answer is ‘No’ but the reasons why may actually surprise you. The various abdominal machines do exercise your abdominal muscles so why is it that you should not invest in one?

Before you spend your hard-earned money on any weight-loss system or approach, there are a few questions that need to be asked. We will use the ab machines as an example.

• Is the weight-loss system something you can follow for the rest of your life?

• Does the weight-loss system use a ‘Multi-directional Approach’?

• Does the weight-loss system (or product) have a low cost-to-benefit ratio?

• Does the system make logical sense?

Let’s address each of these questions individually.

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Lose Weight Without Dieting

The most common way people try to lose weight is by dieting. This may involve skipping meals, following one of the popular ‘Fad Diets’ or by simply restricting existing meal sizes. No matter which one of these approaches people choose to use, they are inherently destined to fail.

Firstly, any restriction of food intake invokes the body’s Anti-Starvation Response, which results in reduced thyroid output (this slows metabolism), increased cortisol output (this breaks down lean tissue which leads to further metabolism reductions), increased production of fat-storing enzymes (which means when food is eaten it is likely to be stored as body fat), and increased appetite (which results in more food being eaten and more fat being stored).

Another major downfall of these approaches is their sustainability. It is impossible to stick to any diet long term because of its restrictive nature as well as because the foods eaten are generally vastly different to what the person normally eats. This ultimately means that the results achieved by following the diet will also be short term, leading to eventual weight gain.

It is actually possible to lose weight without dieting. This means no more starvation, no more calorie counting, and no more eating foods you don’t enjoy. It is possible because this approach uses fundamental physiological principles/ laws that once you understand and apply them, the results immediately follow.

Here are the Top 7 Nutritional Principles to help you lose weight without dieting:

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Benefits of Exercise

Exercise increases blood vessel production
Any stress placed on the body forced it to adapt and respond. When aerobic exercise is performed the body adapts to it by increasing the number of blood vessels around the heart and skeletal muscles, improving circulation and lowering blood pressure.

Increases alertness
Whenever exercise is performed catecholamines (epinepherine and norepinepherine) are produced. Not only do these hormones assist fat burning but they also stimulate the nervous system making you more alert. That is one reason why morning exercise is a great way to start your day.

Exercise may reduce back pain
By strengthening the abdominal muscles and the lower back muscles, greater support of the lumbar (lower back) vertebrae is provided. This may help to alleviate lower back pain.

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