In the last decade, there have been two wildly successful media events that have changed the world’s perspective on fitness and weight loss. First, Bill Phillips popularized the 12-week Body-for-LIFE transformation with his training method, meal replacement shakes, real-life before and after photos, and huge prize money.
So … a lot of people have bought the best selling book, Body-for-LIFE, and tried to follow the self-training guidelines for muscles and metabolism. Many have succeeded; many more have not. Ideally, you need a coach or trainer for the first month. Many personal training clients go alone after the first month and then book a review each month thereafter to review the exercise regimen. This is important to avoid the proverbial “plateau” effect of physical adaptation. Still, the Body-for-LIFE method WORKS … for those who can stick with it.
If you are not conditioning your body with a focus on muscles and metabolism, then you simply will not be able to maintain the weight to maintain your ideal body weight. That’s because your metabolism slows with calorie deprivation and increases with exercise and muscle gain. You need to maintain muscles to lose weight properly. Therefore, even women should focus on maintaining muscle and burning fat when it comes to weight loss programs.
For those who don’t read magazines, don’t go to gyms, or don’t hang out much, television has brought you up to speed on the latest revolution in fitness and body makeovers. This reality show has become a household name.
Since the broadcast of The Biggest Loser TV show, most people recognize that quick weight loss results can be achieved with serious training. Being highly responsible and motivated with a high degree of positive pressure can lead to surprising results for people who were once considered undisciplined.
However, it is only accepted that some of the most obese weight loss clients are on the TV show. For the rest who need serious in-house training, more and more options are available. A new trend in the fitness industry is coming of age. Residential Weight Loss Programs and Live Fitness Camps!
It’s not rocket science either. By learning a few simple rules to follow, you can make a behavioral change in your lifestyle. However, before deciding on an exercise retreat to take your fitness vacation, be sure to compare the top Biggest Loser retreats directly across the board. Simply put, it should work for you. Once you’ve done your homework checking out fitness and weight loss sites, know that fit people really do live in fitness … and you can too!
As in previous articles on this fitness and weight loss retreat research topic, I make this editorial suggestion: Seek out a highly experienced professional trainer who is a wellness lifestyle coach and negotiate an in-house guest arrangement of a residential stay minimum of 3 weeks. It takes 3 weeks to change a habit and replace a behavior with a new pattern. There you go. Your own personal Biggest Loser retreat!
Written by Debra Stefan