Some Thoughts on Weight Loss and Muscle Gain

September 11, 2009

Lean, toned physiques

Lean, toned physiques

Are you about to embark on a weight loss journey?  Or, are you about to put on some manly muscle (for the guys) or sculpt a beautiful, toned physique (for the ladies)?  There’s so much that comes to mind when thinking about starting these types of endeavors.  Hmmm.  So much so, that we’ll just make a quick list.  Here are some common sense thoughts on fat loss and muscle gain.

  1. Weight loss (fat loss) and/or muscle gain will succeed or fail with what you eat, i.e. the calories you take in, and what those calories are comprised of.
  2. If you’re going for weight (fat) loss or muscle gain, focus on your body composition (the percentage of your mass that is made up of body fat).  Think about this: if you lose 5 pounds, but 2 of the pounds are water weight, 1.5 comes from muscle loss, and 1.5 is fat loss, is that really what you’re after?  The only way to tell if you are actually losing fat is to keep up with body composition.
  3. PERMANENT body change is a result of PERMANENT habit change!  If a person desires to be fit and healthy, then that person must have a fit and healthy LIFESTYLE.  There are no shortcuts.  NONE…with the possible exception of surgery.
  4. Eat balanced, healthy meals.  Eschew starvation, freakish diets.  You’re not gonna starve yourself forever and you won’t eat a weird diet forever.  You can eat balanced, healthy meals forever.
  5. Exercise.  For permanent weight loss along with a host of health benefits, exercise.

Just a few thoughts.  Each deserves a full treatment via an article or post…or book.

Have a great one!


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20 Responses to “Some Thoughts on Weight Loss and Muscle Gain”

  1. John Ho says:

    The photos look familiar.

    Is it from JJ Jallopy & his wife :))

    John Ho
    Numerology Expert Birthday Numeroscope

  2. Martin says:

    For me, the concept of ‘losing’ anything just sounds like a bad idea – a bit like focussing on what you don’t want rather than what you want.

  3. Lynn Lane says:

    Always some great stuff here. Got a question. What do you think age has to do with permanent body change?

    Lynn Lane

    Success Strategies For Life

  4. Vicki says:

    I like the thinking of #4. It makes sense and so much easier than starving yourself or constantly dieting.


  5. Greg says:

    I subscribe to the “little bit every day” work out plan. It works!

  6. Hi Darryl!
    So much easier said than done but I am determined… Alessandra is 6 months old now and I still have a good 15 to go!
    Maybe no sleep and no eating from this course will do the trick…
    Jen Battaglino

    The Harwood Center

  7. Definitely eschew starvation. It puts our system into fast mode and shuts down our metabolism. I have to remember to get about 100 calories INTO me within the first hour I am UP and OUT of bed!

    Great reminders about all things for fat weight loss and fitness expertise, Darryl.

    Happy Dating and Relationships,

    April Braswell

    Single Baby Boomer Dating Success Expert

  8. Keri Eagan says:

    You focus on permanent change using a logical approach (as opposed to extream/or erratic approachs). Safe and easy.

    Keri Eagan
    Anything Alternative

  9. Scott Payne says:

    Great stuff

  10. JJ Jalopy says:

    Wow. I’m lookin’ good there! 🙂


  11. Great, on target stuff…

    As motivation, I try to do some execise, a minimum of 10 min. before every shower.

    Kinda keeps the engine running even if I don’t go hard for a few days.


  12. Solid information as usual. Viva la muscle!


  13. Kate McKeon says:

    Yep, losing muscle weight is counterproductive. Lean muscle mass increases metabolism so right on with the composition post!

    Building talent, Kate

  14. Darryl:

    Thanks for the tips. I’m on a weight loss pursuit right now and the tips are helpful.

    Steve Chambers
    Business to Business Sales Training Expert

  15. Terry says:

    I agree that it’s a combination of food intake and exercise that will promote weight loss more effective.

    Great points to remember!

  16. Permanent change is best indeed. It’s about the creation of NEW healthy habits in conjunction with reducing and eliminating unhealthy habits.

    Happy Dating and Relationships,

    April Braswell

    Single Baby Boomer Dating Success Expert

  17. Vicki says:

    Eating balanced meals is hard for me. I tend to eat when I’m hungry. Is it true that snacking (be it healthy snacks) during the day instead of 3 meals is better for you?


  18. Thanks for the tip. I’m always looking for this kind of information.

    Jose Escalante

  19. Yes – permanent habit change is key!!! I’ve seen this so many times. Friends have tried fad diets, starvation, etc. but once they reach their ideal weight, they begin eating as they had before the diet. Within a few months usually all the weight is back.

    Lisa McLellan
    Babysitting Services – Babysitters and Nannies

  20. Rob Northrup says:


    I always seem to be embarking on these journies… one of these times I plan to arrive. Your advice is simple, non-nonsense facts. It would be easier if there was a “magic pill” but it doesn’t exist.

    Seize the Day,

    Sales Tactics For Small Business Owners



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