When most people diet or exercise, they don’t do it because they are worried about the amount of unsightly muscle they have in their body. Unfortunately, this is the way most people approach their weight loss.
They do end up losing weight because of this, but the weight loss is from muscles instead of fat. But, there are good ways to maintain your current muscle mass while losing weight, which is good news.
The mistake most people make when trying to lose weight is to dramatically cut down their intake of calories. On one hand this makes perfect sense, because every 3,000 calories you take in but don’t burn off is going to add an additional pound to your weight. Unfortunately, this is the worst tactic you could try if you don’t want to lose muscle.
When your body stores up fat in the first place, it does so because it wants to have a backup supply of energy in case you go through a famine period. That is a period when you don’t have enough to eat to keep you alive.
Your body does not automatically use up its stockpiles because you have stopped your calorie intake. Those are the emergency, last resort rations.
Your body will begin to turn your muscle into energy and then your metabolism will slow, meaning you’ll need less calories, so it will be more difficult to lose weight.
A good plan to lose weight is by reducing your calorie intake and letting your body adjust to these changes. For example, one might reduce your caloric intake by 10% weekly until your goal is met.
You must perform the proper excercises in order to burn fat and not muscle. To focus on cardiovascular workouts, is what most fitness instructors and health advocates are going to tell you. It will help your heart and lungs get stronger so you can do more exercise without getting worn out, so it’s a good way to start.
But, it will be great if you need add some weight training to that recipe at least 2 to 3 times a week. That way you’ll be replenishing lost muscle and adding new muscle mass. Your metabolism is going to increase which means you’ll burn off more calories and lose weight if you have a lot of lean muscle mass in your body.
You’ll also see another benefit of adding some weight training into the mix, muscle tone. Many people who lose weight too quickly or without properly exercising end up flabby.
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