Today Aaron and I are talking about the importance of measuring body composition instead of weight. Thank you Aaron Bueno for joining us today.
Are you willing to gain 5 pounds of muscle in order to lose 10 pounds of fat? Your answer should be YES!
If you gain muscle and lose fat you'll be changing your body composition. And by adding more muscle, you're improving your metabolism, thereby allowing your body to burn more calories.
Why is this important?
You can weigh 200 pounds and be fat, or weigh 200 pounds and be muscular. They are not the same! The weight doesn't matter.
How to do it
Start drinking the green drink everyday. This is the first step toward lowering your body composition. This is what I did to get down to 5% body fat.
Core Balance Podcast Episode 33.
What do you think your body would look and feel like if you continue to move like you did when you were a kid, before fitness became about treadmills and calories. There is a better way and now you've found it. Welcome to the Core Balance Podcast with your host Chris Janke-Bueno.
Thank you for joining us. Today I have a special guest Aaron Bueno. He’s our lead trainer here at My Core Balance. He was here a couple of episodes ago if you guys caught it. Today though we are going to be talking about body composition and the fact that the scale is not going to tell you anything about how healthy you are so are you willing to gain 5 pounds of muscle in order to lose 10 pounds of fat. The answer should be yes because then you are getting more muscular and you are decreasing your body fat. So today we are talking to Aaron a little bit because he’s out on the training floor every day and he sees clients and he talks to them about their goals, their concerns and they you know some people walk in the door and they think that the scale is going to tell them everything that they need to know about how healthy or unhealthy they are but in reality there's a lot more to it. So Aaron you want to talk a little bit about that?
Aaron Bueno: Yeah thank you Chris. You always hear people say oh I want to lose 5 pounds or you all hear athletes say oh how much do you weigh and all of that really doesn't matter because you could have somebody who weighs 200 pounds, who is fat and you could have somebody who weighs 200 pounds who is ripped and shredded, very muscular. So does weight really matter or is it all about body composition and the body fat percentage, that's what really matters, not the number that you see on the scale.
Chris Janke-Bueno: Absolutely. So and let's talk a little bit about body composition and how we lower our body composition so definitely I say this a lot, even though I am a trainer and you know fitness is my game I am a huge proponent of proper fitness excuse me proper nutrition – proper fitness and proper nutrition. So if you – actually here's a good example. So when I stop exercising, I stop working out, and I'm eating really cleanly, I actually lose weight and when I tell people that they go oh man yeah easy for you to say, you are a guy or you are young; and well, I'm 34 years old, I know I'm not quite middle age yet but when I was in my 20s, when I was a late teen I was fat, I was eating all the wrong things and I was exercising a lot. Now I still exercise a lot but I can go a month without exercising and actually lose weight because of the clean eating. So again it's not the exercise alone, it's also the combination with the food. So Aaron what would you say about that, about food, about nutrition, maybe you want to tell your six-pack story to the listeners.
Aaron Bueno: Yeah, so I was like Chris you know I didn't eat the greatest and I worked out a lot I would say 2 hours a day minimum every single day and that was a lot of running and a little bit of weights and I can never seem to get that six-pack that everyone always wants you know the flat stomach and all the muscles popping out. So you know I just stopped aiming for that goal and I realized that I just want to feel a little better and eat a little better. So I changed up my nutrition, Chris introduced me to something we liked (inaudible) (00:04:15) the green drink. It's kind of a cleansing drink and the ingredients are on our website, on our resources page but it consists of avocados, celery, cucumber, a little bit of lemon and spinach and that's it. And you put all that in water, blend it up and you are pretty much drinking a salad and I literally did drink my salads after a while because I just did not want to chew them. But yeah so I did a green drink about twice a day. We recommend at least once a day but you can do twice a day too and what happened after literally only two weeks not even changing my training at all I lost that last few inches of fat around my gut and instantly got the six pack without doing any crunches or any vigorous training to get that six pack that I wanted. So definitely was all due to nutrition.
Chris Janke-Bueno: Definitely and yeah that's a key to know is that everyone has those muscles there. If you can't see them it's just because something’s up with the nutrition. It doesn't necessarily mean that those muscles need to get stronger. I had a similar experience, a couple of weeks, actually about a month ago I was getting a little burnt out with my workout program, I was doing a lot of heavy lifting and a lot of heavy eating and trying to bulk up a little bit and it was working, I was gaining some muscle mass and then I just was feeling tired and so what I did was I actually stopped exercising and for about a month I stopped exercising completely and started eating really cleanly and that's as I was saying I lost a little bit of weight. But I felt a lot better and then I jumped back into the weightlifting with a new sense of just energy. So that was really good. So again I want to encourage you guys to stop thinking about weight on the scale and start looking at body composition as being more important and then along with that of course is how you feel, so how balanced are you, how are your muscles working together.
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