Body building is really beneficial for the body. It helps us make our muscles bigger which in turn makes us stronger and good looking. As my doctor mentioned, it also helps metabolism and can contribute in losing weight. But then, I had a really interesting experience when it comes to body building. I bloated instead of looking more muscular and lean.
It was 2003 when I started to undergo weight training to lose weight. I was at an all time high 259 lbs. and with my height of 5′ 7″ I need to lose weight to become healthy. I made up my own weight training program with the help of a trainer I had when I visited a gym. I did that everyday and surprisingly, after a month, I lost only a few pounds and I looked bigger.
I was quite disappointed since I’ve been training hard for a month just to find out that I only lost around 5 to 10 pounds and my body is still big. Well, the reason is that it was the only thing I did. I did weights but I continued everything else such as eating needlessly and I never got into aerobic exercises.
I continued to eat the foods that I like such as fast food, chips, chocolate, soda, ice cream and I ate mostly fried stuff. I did lose a couple of pounds but it’s not ideal. I wasn’t healthy and my frame looked even bigger. I felt really disappointed and stopped working out.
I came back to the gym and to my doctor and both of them told me the same thing. I wasn’t doing it right at all. Lifting weights isn’t enough to lose weight and the other activities that I do are conflicting with my weightlifting. That was the time when I realized that I had to do something else and I had to do it right. So I planned a new weight loss program.
I stayed away from junk foods and started to eat more vegetables and fruits. I almost completely removed carbohydrates from my diet and started to eat less. I began doing cardio work such as running and aerobics. Then, the results came much quicker than I expected and I lost 12 pounds in just a week. I started to feel more motivated so I continued on until I became 165 pounds.
Body building can really help you endure more stressful workouts. But of course, it usually doesn’t work alone and you have to have a healthy lifestyle as well. Aerobic exercises can also help since it can boost calorie burning and can definitely contribute to more weight loss. Don’t hesitate to ask a professional trainer or a doctor on what you can do if you want to lose weight. I really suggest that you do.