Like many who are reading this, I’m assuming you share the goal of wanting a lean, strong, and healthy body.
Before we get to the secrets on how to achieve this in such a short amount of time, it is important, no vital, that you first understand how unique your own body really is.
By doing so, you’ll have better focus and a clearer picture of what you can become when moving forward with these methods, and avoid the pitfalls of false hopes so common in the fitness industry.
All of us are different, and yet all of us are the same. No I haven’t gone mad, let me explain. Our bodies are very similar in that they respond to exercise, nutrition, rest, stress, trauma, etc.
For example, everyone who exercises needs to rest for a certain period afterward; it is a fact of human biology.
The fact that we all respond similarly to exercise and nutrition provides a knowledge base for us to work off of when developing a plan to get in our best possible shape.
For the vast majority of the population, assuming they are free of disease and/or chronic illness, what generally works for one individual will generally work for another.
That may come as a surprise to many of you, as you may have heard just the opposite.
People like to say what works for them might not work for you and vice versa. What they are really saying is that what they think is working for them is something they enjoy doing, and you may not enjoy doing it.
For example, the guy who loves rollerblading swears by it as the best way to get in shape, while his buddy cannot stand rollerblading and doesn’t see any benefit from it.
After all, if you don’t enjoy your exercise or nutrition program, it probably won’t work for you, because you won’t do it!
But, as I stated before, there are certain processes that occur in your body in response to proper exercise and nutrition that are universal and will work for most everyone.
This is great news, by the way, because we can help so many people so much faster this way.
What is different about us is our genetic makeup. Our genetic makeup is largely responsible for how close you can get to the body you want.
Again, this statement may be shocking to some people, and a lot of fitness experts won’t tell you this, because they want to promise you the moon…and the stars to go with it! They want to make you believe that you can look like your hero or favorite athlete or celebrity if you’d only follow his or her routine.
While it is certainly OK to use a hero as inspiration, you must also remain somewhat realistic with your own individual situation and physical potential.
In fact, this can be one of the big reasons people give up in their pursuit of getting lean and healthy. They get so caught up in comparing themselves to this ideal that it becomes too much to live up to.
You see, we are all born with certain genetic traits that are unchangeable. They are predetermined by your heritage.
Take a good look at your family, your parents, brothers and sisters, etc. You’ll start to see some patterns. Shorter, taller, longer or shorter limbs, small or large wrists and ankles, wider or narrower hips, more or less muscle, more or less fat, more or less lower body fat, more or less belly fat, etc.
While all of these characteristics won’t be identical to your family members, some of these traits will show up in you.
It’s like when someone in your family has a new baby…everyone gathers around the baby and says, oh he has your nose, and stuff like that. While it always seemed silly to me that you could tell if a new baby had a grown person’s nose, this type of thinking is based in the reality of genetics. Want to find out what you’re made of? Read on.
THE SKINNY ON YOUR BODY
Your genetic background gives you an idea of your bone structure, potential for muscle and strength, and how and where you carry your body fat.
Since it’s something most people want less of, let’s take a look at body fat first. We are all born with a certain number of fat cells, placed in certain areas.
For example, men typically carry most of their fat around their stomach (the classic beer gut), while women tend to carry more of their fat in the hips, thighs, and buttock areas.
Women also have more body fat than men do, for reasons related to childbirth from years and years of evolution, the idea being that a mother can feed her child off the extra body fat energy should a food shortage occur.
Some men, though, don’t carry much of their fat in their belly area, and some women have unusually lean hips, thighs, and buttocks.
Like all genetic traits, it is an accident of birth, a lottery of sorts. It’s also important to understand that we can’t eliminate these born with fat cells…we are stuck with them, or rather they are stuck to us. (Technically they can be removed through surgery, but I hoped you wouldn’t go there!).
What we can do, however, is shrink those fat cells, which most people refer to as burning fat. And your fat burns off your body uniformly, meaning, all at once and not just in one area.
It is because of fat distribution variances that so many people become so frustrated with certain areas of their bodies. There are hundreds of thousands of men, for instance, that don’t think of themselves as “fat” or “overweight”, but would like to lose their belly fat only, but have no idea how to do this.
The reality is the only way to rid ourselves of localized fat in our belly, thighs, or anywhere else is by lowering our overall body fat percentage. That’s it!
Unfortunately you’ll notice it last where you’d most like to lose it, because you are carrying more fat there. You’ll notice it first in your face, hands, feet, lower legs, forearms, before your major fat deposition areas.
Don’t fall into the trap of spot reducing, it doesn’t exist and can’t happen without surgery, no matter how hard you try. Hours and hours of sit ups will do almost nothing in the way of shedding belly fat.
Just as you carry a certain number of fat cells in different parts of your body, you also have a propensity to carry more or less muscle overall and in certain areas of your body. The combination of body fat, muscle, and your skeletal formation makeup what is known as your somatotype or body type.
While there are too many variations of body types in existence to detail one by one, we can narrow them down to three major categories. Understanding what body type you have is important in setting realistic goals on what your body will look like at its leanest or fittest.
For example, if you’re a man and your goals include having a 3o inch waist, you may not be able to achieve it. Let’s say your bone structure is such that, even at very low body fat levels, the smallest your waist will be is 34 inches.
Being rather tall at 6 ‘6″, my waist measures around 32-33 inches at io% body fat.
For example, if you’re a man and your goals include having a 3o inch waist, you may not be able to achieve it. Let’s say your bone structure is such that, even at very low body fat levels, the smallest your waist will be is 34 inches. Being rather tall at 6 ‘6″, my waist measures around 32-33 inches at io% body fat.
If your waist defined and lean at 34 inches, then who cares about a 3o inch waist! You’ve just achieved a lean and sexy waistline! Now, on to the 3 body types:
Characterized by round body shapes. Round torso, thick neck, and typically shorter in stature. They also have shorter and fatter legs and arms. A good example of an endomorph would be movie star Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
Mesomorph: Characterized by a naturally muscular and relatively lean body. They have more angular body shapes, broad shoulders and barrel chests, with muscular legs and arms. A good example of a mesomorph would be movie star Vin Diesel.
Characterized by a tendency toward leanness and slimness. They are usually taller and somewhat thin in the arms and legs. They usually carry little muscle and little body fat. A good example of an ectomorph would be movie and television star Ashton Kutcher.
Many people share characteristics with 2 or more of the three body types, and create infinite possibilities in body type. But, if you give yourself an honest assessment, you’ll find that you lean toward one of these areas, naturally.
The good news is that everyone can make great strides in their physical appearance and health by igniting their own fat burning furnace with the secrets in this book, and in doing so should be extremely proud of their accomplishments.
I’ve seen many endomorphs make such great progress in fat loss and ectomorphs with muscle gain that they would make you think they were naturally mesomorphs!