If you want to lose weight, you simply have to use more energy than you take in: For most people, this is the ironclad law of weight loss. But Arlow Pieniak says: That’s not true. The Hamburg health expert is of the opinion that we should all be eating a lot more!
Some of Arlow Pieniak’s customers travel hundreds of kilometers to get an anamnesis in the health expert’s studio in Eimsbüttel – such as the multi-entrepreneur Madeleine Alizadeh from Austria. But also the Hamburg super influencer Milena Karl, model and actress Melisa Dobric or Revolverheld singer Johannes Strate are fans of the 45-year-old. Tens of thousands follow him on his Instagram channel.
During the interview, the MOPO reporter learns of a pronounced balance disorder
Pieniak is not a classic fitness coach in several ways. It is not important to him that his clients see success as quickly as possible, but that they lead a healthy life in the long term. “We pick everyone up from where they are and work together towards what they want to achieve,” he explains in the MOPO interview.
First and foremost, this requires a comprehensive inventory, says Pieniak. And this usually results in more than just “You weigh five kilos too much”: The MOPO reporter, for example, learns from a lightning anamnesis during the interview that she suffers from a pronounced balance disorder – the reason for a persistently painful area under the right shoulder blade .
“If you don’t give your body enough energy, it automatically goes into panic mode”
What Pieniak finds out has often been ignored or mistreated for years. “Where others give up, we go further,” says the 45-year-old. Sometimes there is simply a lack of the necessary knowledge. “Most of the people who come to us already have a strong body awareness,” he explains. But: “They often cling to false beliefs.” For example, the old rule: “Just burn more calories than you eat” is complete nonsense, says Pieniak.
Losing weight is a longer, complicated process, “in which one wheel has to mesh with the other.” The expert explains it like this: “If you don’t give your body enough energy, it automatically goes into panic mode: evolutionarily based, it works in the fall simply for survival due to insufficient energy intake,” says Pieniak. In this mode, the body accesses all the energy resources it still has – first of all muscle mass, and only later on excess fat.
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But that has exactly the opposite effect: If you lose muscle mass, you also lose resources to burn fat in the long term. In theory, all of us – at least those who are not severely obese – should eat even more to provide our bodies with the necessary energy, says the expert.
Arlow Pieniak is the MOPO fitness maker
But then how do you lose weight? Pieniak explains it on Saturday in the “MOPO at the weekend”. As our new health columnist “Der MOPO-Fitmacher” he will report every week from his wealth of experience as a personal trainer and health expert.
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