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Your Biggest Challenge

If you ask almost anyone what is the biggest health challenge they face, the vast majority would reply "My Weight"! It applies to both men and women but, in particular, to women. We have all tried various diets and schemes to lose weight, only to find with the years our weight continues to increase.

The term "weight loss" has turned into a huge industry with thousands of diets being sold and huge organizations emerging such as Jenny Graig and Weight Watchers, not to mention the hoards of gyms and sports clubs. However, as science has progressed and we have learned more about how our bodies work at the microcellular level, we have come to understand these conventional weight loss concepts are no longer the complete story.

To keep it simple, we now look at bodyweight as two different components: fat and muscle. Most experts now agree muscle is good and fat is bad. In fact, fat is not only bad it can be highly dangerous to our health and in many cases is the cause of serious diseases later in life. This is why our program focuses on melting off the fat and toning up the muscle.

We propose scientifically validated programs to lose weight by targeting fat. For most of us, we can stand in front of the mirror and see if we are "fat" or not. Unfortunately, that is not the scientific way of measuring the fat content of our body. There is fat you can see but there is much more fat you cannot see and which is much more dangerous. It is called "visceral fat" and is the fat that accumulates around our internal organs, creating all sorts of problems.

It’s located near several vital organs, including the liver, stomach, and intestines. It can also build up in the arteries. Visceral fat is sometimes referred to as “active fat” because it can actively increase the risk of serious health problems. If you have some belly fat, that’s not necessarily visceral fat. Belly fat can also be subcutaneous fat, stored just under the skin. Subcutaneous fat, the type of fat also found in the arms and legs, is easier to see. Visceral fat is actually inside the abdominal cavity and isn’t easily seen.

Some people might not appear to have an excess of belly fat but still have a somewhat protruding stomach which is a sure sign of the existence of visceral fat inside. Getting rid of it should be everyone's main goal in life!

In the vast majority of dieting programs, we are educated to measure our success by weighing ourselves and monitoring the number of pounds and/or kilos we lose. This causes us to jump on the bathroom scales every day to follow our "success". This is not only misleading, it is also discouraging. Many are joyous of the pounds they lose in the first week, not aware of the fact this weightloss is mainly just water. Then the "weightloss" stalls in the second week and we give up because "it doesn't work"!

The only scientific way of measuring the success of a weight loss program (or as we call it, a fat loss program) is to measure the belly circumference in inches (or centimeters). As the inches disappear, you are actually burning fat. We recommend just taking a pair of pants or a dress and putting them on at the end of each week. If it gets looser - congratulations, you are burning fat!

One of the most effective ways of burning off visceral fat is to start an intermittent fasting program. This simple, effective way has been proven by many experts to be the ultimate weight loss and health building method which costs absolutely nothing. For more information visit our sister website The SpeedFasting Plan.