If Your New Year's Resolution is Losing Weight, Don't Talk to This Fitness Expert

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In a surprise turnaround on the typical New Year's resolution, Anthony Ellis says he's going to gain weight using many of the same strategies people use to lose.

On every corner, in every store, on every magazine cover, and in whatever direction you turn, people are obsessed with weight loss. When the clock struck 2006, nearly one in four Americans made a New Year's resolution to start a diet this January and drop some of those "holiday pounds."

No wonder fitness expert Anthony Ellis feels like an anomaly. His resolution: to gain weight, and to help others do the same.

Ellis isn't a contrarian, or someone who thinks that "fat" is fabulous. Quite the contrary. "Fat is a killer," he says emphatically. "It puts a strain on just about every organ of the body and leads to more life-threatening illnesses than I can count."

Some of the Diseases Linked to Fat in the Body

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Gallstones
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gout
  • High blood cholesterol
  • High blood pressure

"But lean muscle," he continues, "that's the kind of weight we should all be gaining!" And although his personal journey has been one of helping hard-gainers like himself add lean muscle mass, Ellis notes, "Many of the key principles at the heart of my weight gain techniques are the pillars of many of the most popular weight loss programs as well."

In 1998, Ellis resolved to transform his perpetually too-thin physique into something bigger…something better. He already knew the unhealthy consequences that occurred with the quick fix provided by steroids, and he was aware of the problems that come with simply packing on pounds by becoming a carbohydrate-eating coach potato.

So the self-proclaimed "98-lb. weakling" decided to embark on a personal voyage of discovery and creation. He dedicated himself to finding the best way to gain lean muscle mass and to creating a system that would help him avoid the nightmarish side-effects of chemicals and bad eating. He "woke up" -- just 12 weeks after he began his carefully researched regimen -- to a dream come true…

He was able to add 32 pounds of pure muscle mass to his frame without steroids, fad diets, or bogus supplements.

"People who meet me think that I'm exaggerating, but I'm not," says Ellis who notes that he posts his "before and after" pictures online at http://www.fastmusclegain.com, a website dedicated to helping hard gainers gain lean muscle mass through a healthy, integrated program of diet, exercise, and nutritional supplementation.

For adding lean muscle mass, Ellis promotes a three-part program of diet, exercise, and nutritional supplementation. "They're the same three areas that people trying to lose weight need to focus on, too."

A key difference between eating to gain and eating to lose is the calorie-content of foods. "Hard gainers need to choose calorie-rich foods from each of the food groups," he says, "Whereas as people trying to lose weight need to go to the other end of the spectrum.

Despite this difference, Ellis says that there are an amazing number of "intersections" between dieting to gain and dieting to lose.


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