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Have you been doing cardio exercise and dieting and wondering why you are not losing weight?

I’ve been there and done that. I wrote about that in my book, Diet Industry Lies That Make You Gain Weight (Kindle, available on Amazon). Sure, it will work for a little while. You work your ass off (literally) and then get hungrier. Then you starve yourself, checking the scale every day to see how much you lost. It’s very slow going, and then it stops. And then the weight starts coming back on that very low calorie diet, and very extreme cardio program you are still struggling with!

It’s a losing battle, literally. The problem is, your body is VERY smart, and will do anything it to keep you from starving to death. When you cut your calories and over-exercise, your body is put into a stressful condition, and responds by slowing your metabolism. Hence, all your dieting and exercise will eventually end up sabotaging your ability to lose weight – and that’s what happens to 95{5b8e831512cf0c284f7edae7fc403e9a09e5b1736c5b1d60e4451a29dc064ebe} of people who diet. They regain the weight – no fault of their own – because that’s how nature works.

So is it possible to lose weight and maintain that weight loss? The jury is out on this. But there is one possibility that looks promising. It’s increasing your muscle mass- which burns calories even while you sleep, vs. fat which does not.

I’m not a youngster- I’m going to admit to being 63 years old. Despite being very active most of my life (competitive tennis, hiker, walker, biking, yoga), I’ve noticed that I have definitely gotten weaker over the years. And that’s what the research shows – as you age, your bones and muscles thin out. And by the way, cortisol, the stress hormone does that as well.

I’m still doing all those fun activities, but I definitely don’t feel as strong. So I made a commitment to myself to start lifting weight to get stronger this year. I coincidentally found out about a kind of weight lifting program that is very different from everything I’ve learned in the past. It super slow- and heavy weight. But you only lift for a maximum of 3 minutes on a few different areas. The total workout should NOT be longer than 20-30 minutes, and only done two times a week! It almost sounds too good to be true.

I read tons of testimonials about people losing and maintaining weight loss. However, I am NOT starting this program expecting weight loss. I am working towards getting stronger, and tightening up my muscles.

I also want to tell you that I will be happy IF I lose weight, and I will be happy if I DON’T lose weight. My goal is to increase my strength. I have given up battling my body and trying to make it into something else. This is probably the most important part of this practice in my opinion.

Another very positive aspect of this weight program is that it is a MINDFUL practice. You must keep your mind focused on your very slow movement, and on the particular muscle groups you are working. So it’s a meditation for your mind/brain as well as a workout for your body! That mindful practice also lowers your cortisol levels. It’s a MINDSET adjustment that’s necessary to have this work.

I’ll be checking in weekly to let you know how it’s going. Now that I made a public pronouncement, you’ll have to hold me to my declaration! Write to me if you’re interested in finding out more.

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