When Surgery is Needed to Lose Pounds

Never something to be taken lightly, losing weight is a struggle that most will have to encounter in their lives. For there-has-to-besome, it becomes too much of a burden to start thinking about the work that has to be done, in order for people to look like they used to. In the past decade, surgeries were started to be done that could greatly change the lives of those suffering from obesity. At first, the gastric bypass was all the rage, I knew many people that had it done and it was rare that I saw someone that didn’t look and feel a million times better after the procedure was over. The most drastic case of weight loss surgery improving a life was one that I saw firsthand, as this was an old teacher of mine. I’m not going to disclose the name of the person but she was about 500lbs and looked to be in a state of constant pain.

To see her walk across the classroom was hard to watch and the students were seriously worried about her condition. The obesity of this teacher wasn’t a new phase, she had been overweight for many years, long before I was ever in her class. As graduation came and went, I rarely thought back on my days in that classroom, only being hopeful that this teacher could find her way back to a healthier condition. Flashing forward about two years later and I am back in my hometown, slugging through a crowd of shoppers filling their grocery baskets. After I had spent all of the time in the store that I could, I made a beeline for the checkout lanes, eager to get everything bagged so that I could get home. All of the sudden, I heard someone say my name (the worst thing to happen to me in public), I whipped around and wasn’t immediately sure who I was looking at.

As it turns out, the same teacher was now much skinnier and had greeted me, only to see a stunned reaction that I tried my best to hide. Feeling embarrassed that it took so long to recognize who I was speaking to, I started to feel my face getting red. What I was now seeing was the same overweight teacher, who had now dropped what had to be about 250 lbs, she looked so much happier. That got me thinking, the weight loss surgery did work, but how would it take off in the future, as this was about ten years ago. You don’t need to look around much to know that weight loss surgeries have now bloomed, as people were able to see how relatively safe they were. Any procedure like the ones that I am talking about can carry their own risks, so be sure that you know everything you can before actually having one of these procedures done. The most popular would have to be the gastric bypass surgery, the one where your stomach size is reduced greatly, therefore enabling you to become full much quicker. I’ve heard tales of people not being prepared for how much smaller their stomach got, only to have to pull over and vomit because they had overstuffed themselves, due to relying on their old eating habits. With countless new and increasingly innovative surgical procedures to lose weight, for those who simply can’t do it the old-fashioned way, we strive closer to the perfect weight loss method every week.

Dirty Vs Clean Bulking: What’s the Difference?

For anyone who wants to take their fitness to another planet, there will have to be some changes that need to be. At a certain point, especially for beginners, you can pretty much eat whatever you want. However, that horrid diet of chips and cookies can only take you so far, right? Well, this is where things get a bit tricky, as there are two different approaches that you can take to gaining weight, the clean or dirty bulk. Let’s start with the goody two shoes method of gaining weight, the clean bulk. For those are wanting to step it up and start packing on some extra weight, the clean bulkers are all about tracking every calorie that comes their way, not that there is anything wrong with that! Vegetables and lean meats are going to be a staple of clean bulking. With both schools of gaining weight, protein shakes are encouraged, as there isn’t anything the matter with rounding out what you need, nutrition-wise, with some protein powder.

The goal of a properly planned clean bulk will be to gain the maximum amount of muscle, with minimal fat gains. To do this effectively, you say wave goodbye to the junk food right now. Sure, a clean bulk is a tougher approach to bulk up but you won’t have to worry about having your stomach grow a little, in the process. For the dirty bulkers, there really aren’t too many rules that their diet plan has to follow, it is, essentially, anything goes. I prefer the dirty bulk because I would much rather sweat a little extra while working out, if it means that I can have the freedom to eat what I want.

What can I say? I might be a little weak willed when it comes to my food. You don’t want to get too out of control with a dirty bulk, just know that you have a little more freedom. Fast food and combo meals await you, as do pizzas and other unhealthy options, which make for a perfect dirty bulk. What I’ve noticed, is that about three weeks into my bulking, I start to notice that my shirts fit a little smaller in the stomach area, so you might need to aside some money for bigger shirts, it’s not a good feeling. The bright side to gaining a little extra stomach fat is that your muscles are going to be nourished, which will make them grow just like everything else. Usually, the dirty bulk is the easiest one for beginning lifters to stick with, I feel that there is always time to tighten up the rules and that can come later. What is crucial to any bulking plan is that you don’t skimp out on your training. Trust me, I’ve seen what happens when someone think that they can just eat their way to strength and muscle, without actually doing any hard work, it isn’t pleasant. Plus, overdoing it in the eating department, without enough calories burned to back it up and you could be saddled with more fat than you bargained up for. One thing that I will tell you is that it isn’t as easy to start really bulking up, as you might think. Hearing that you can eat basically whatever you want sounds nice but once the stomach starts feeling full, that’s a surefire way to end a bulking regimen. The key is to effective bulking is to eat more small meals, rather than gorging out on food at dinnertime.

Step Up to the Plate with Rocky’s Workout

No, I’m not talking about Dwayne Johnson, for this exercise session, we are talking all about the legendary boxing film from the seventies. Rocky Balboa was a character that was part movie and part real life story of struggle for the writer of this film, Sylvester Stallone. Many casual fans are not aware that Stallone had written the tale for this movie, not just starring in it and creating a whole new career for himself, in the process. One of the most heartbreaking stories that I have heard that surrounded the beginnings of the Rocky film was that Stallone had to actually sell his own dog, to pay for finishing up the process of making this film. The story I just talked about does have a major feel good ending to it, as Stallone not only got his dog back but also became one of the biggest movie stars of all time, in the process! Just like most other men in the world, there is something about the Rocky movies that go a long way in really helping to get me motivated. It is near impossible to watch the story of an underdog, who came up from nothing, to become a legend without getting a fire lit under you.
I love the process that got Stallone to really get into his character for Rocky. If you are going to be a boxer, two things are likely to happen: you will face many different forms of competition and you are going to have your own trainer. Stallone is certainly a smart man and even, with all of his accumulated knowledge about bodybuilding, he knew that he could always use a second opinion. What the Rocky training program would consist of would be Stallone, doing his best to keep up with a world-renowned trainer, forcing his own competitive spirit to cause muscle growth, a great idea.

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I don’t know about you but when I am training in the company of another person, whether subconiously or not, I always try to lift the most that I can, likely at the expense of my own safety! What was the main focal point of the exercise that Rocky had to do, in order to look the part of a professional boxer, is that he had to look shredded. If you go back and watch some of the Rocky movies, you will see that Stallone isn’t bulky, with layers of fat, he looks like he is built from solid muscle. Stallone was in such perfect shape for the Rocky films, that he really does look like a boxer. From watching many different boxing matches, I can tell you that these athletes (with the exception of some heavyweights), you aren’t going to see much in the way of chunky boxers. Being that he had an extensive background in weightlifting and bodybuilding, Sylvester knew that what he ate would play a huge factor in the success of his overall training for Rocky. Not one to slouch on his diet, Stallone included a balanced blend of proteins, carbs, and other bodybuilding goodies that anyone who lifts should be using.

Yes, recent headlines may suggest that Stallone had a little extra help in attaining the physique that he has been known for, even almost into his seventies! Regardless of what you’ve read about Stallone, he is still capable of having a physique that people fifty years younger than him would be jealous of!