My buddyÂ Tom Venuto is holding his 5th body transformation contest
Weight loss contests, especially the Biggest Loser, where obese people lose crazy amounts of belly fat, like 10, 15 or even 20 lbs in a week – have become extremely popular. Many people say they are motivatedÂ and inspired byÂ watching these fat burning succes stories as they see the belly fat come off right before their eyes.
Fitness contests do have a powerful Â and motivational effect. But there are a few fatal flaws in fat loss challenges that encourage rapid weight loss. Thatâ€™s why Tom decided to host a weight loss, body transformation contest himself. The â€œBurn The Fat Challengeâ€â€¦
But this Contest is NOTHING Like The Biggest Loserâ€¦
Burn the fat fitness contest is different because…
itâ€™s a “body composition transformation” contest – not just a weight lossÂ contest.
If youâ€™re not sure as to what I mean by a body composition contest check out the results of the 1st contest, it’s going to blow your mind:
the menâ€™s champ,Â Josh along with Ryan one of the top finalists, both only lost one pound.
I’m sure you’re thinking,
â€œwhat kind of weird body transformation contest were you running where the winner and the finalists only drop a pound?â€
Only thinking about weight loss in terms of what scale tells you, not looking at it as a body transformation, I can see your confusion, but…
What About The Difference Between Fat Loss and Weight Loss?
What if you gain muscle while burning fat? Think about this – if you gain muscle in a weight loss contest, you get penalized. Does that seem right. Shouldnâ€™t you be rewarded for gaining muscle in addition to burning belly fat? Wouldnâ€™t that be a little more fair.
Thatâ€™s the fatal flaw to many of these weight loss contests. It ends up that most contestants, and people watching it become obsessed with the weight on the scale, but donâ€™t pay any attention to their body composition. This is a big mistake because Â the fat to muscle ratio is ignored.
Of course, some of the contestants in our last Burn The Fat Challenge contest DID drop a lot of weight – 14, 19, even 26 lbs in just 49 days. But the person who drops the most pounds is not necessarily voted the winner in body transformation weight loss challenge.
Some contestants became winners because they made astonishing improvements in their muscle to fat ratio, even though they didnâ€™t lose much weight.
For example, Josh lost less than a pound because the solid new muscle weight replaced the fat weight. He looks leaner AND more muscular, but the scale hardly changed at all!
How Gaining LEAN Muscle While Losing Fat Helps Women Get Fit, Sexy and Bikini-Readyâ€¦
The Burn the Fat System works for women too, and replacing fat with muscle is EXACTLY what most women need, but arenâ€™t getting, because most women are worried about getting â€œbulky.â€
Women who donâ€™t train for more muscle are making a BIG mistake! What most women donâ€™t realize is that if you strip off fat AT THE SAME TIME as you put on lean muscle, you donâ€™t get bulky – you get strong and sexy!
The idea that women who gain muscle will look bulky or masculine is completely false, well of course there are those who use anabolic steroids, but I think you need to stay away from that.
One of our female champs, Sarah, gained an incredible 7 pounds of lean sexy muscle during one of the previous Burn the Fat contests. Her body transformation puts to rest the idea that women get bulky from gaining muscle. They also reveal why the scale can play tricks on youâ€¦
Sarah actually GAINED a pound of bodyweight according to the scale, increasing from 119 to 120 pounds, BUT her body fat decreased from 19% to a ripped 12.6%.
These results are definitely not typical. Most people donâ€™t lose 7 pounds of fat weight and replace it with 7 pounds of muscle weight in 7 weeks. More typical results might be 1-2 pounds per week of fat lost (7-14 pounds in 7 weeks) and, if you do everything right, 2 or 3 pounds of muscle gained at the same time.
However, these body composition transformations do show what is possible with hard work, a goal, support and accountability.
3 Things You Must Know To Make Body Transformations Like These
My fat burning programs have helped dozens of men and women lose over 100 pounds, and up to as much as 256 pounds. Iâ€™ve published their success stories on the Burn The Fat Website, in the burn the fat newsletter and in our famous success story interviews at the Burn The Fat Inner Circle.
Why then, did I share the success stories above, where there was virtually no â€œweight lossâ€, instead of 100+ pound massive weight loss stories – the kind so popular on TV shows today?
There are 3 major reasons:
1. I wanted you to see real-world proof that it IS possible to gain muscle and lose fat at the same timeâ€¦
2. I wanted you to realize the difference between weight loss and fat lossâ€¦
3. I wanted you to finally give up the notion that weight loss is the only goal that matters
You may have a lot of weight to lose (body fat), but weight loss is not all there is to a body transformation.
Some people are not seriously overweight, but they are seriously unhappy with their bodies.
Whichever is your situation – you want to drop 40, 70 or even 100+ pounds, or if you donâ€™t need to lose a lot of weight but you want to firm-up, lean-out and re-shape how your body looks, here is the perfect chance for you to do it.
We hold two Burn the Fat Body transformation contests per year. Our winter contest (the holiday challenge is only 7 weeks (49 days) long and takes place over the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New yearâ€™s Holidays.
We are running another transformation contest over the summer of 2011.
Itâ€™s NOT a weight loss contest – itâ€™s a â€œBODY COMPOSITION TRANSFORMATION CONTEST.â€
If you choose to enter and accept this challenge, you will take a â€œbeforeâ€ photograph of yourself no later than May 25th
You will also record your body weight AND your ULTRA-IMPORTANT body fat percentage. The body fat test will then tell you how much of your weight is fat and how much is muscle.
You may lose a lot of weight, or you may lose only a little. However, the winners of the Burn the Fat challenge will be chosen based on the following:
1. The improvement in your body as seen in your before photo compared to your after photo.
2. The improvement in your body composition (the fat-to-muscle ratio)
3. The essay you will write about your experience at the end of the 98 day contest.
For full contest details, including information about the grand prizes, check out this page
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