Thursday, November 10, 2005

4A. WHY THE SCALE LIES

I've already touched on this so I will be brief and to the point.

DO NOT USE WEIGHT LOSS AS YOUR ONLY GOAL!

As discussed earlier, your goal should be to lose body fat and gain muscle. If you focus on losing weight only, you could be losing both muscle and fat.

Here is, a very simplified, explanation of how it works.

In order to lose weight, you must burn more calories than you consume. If you only try to limit your calories to make this happen, your body will think you are starving and will reduce your metabolism thereby reducing the rate at which you burn calories. Taken to the extreme, your body will actually use muscle for fuel. When you cheat or go off of your diet, you will gain weight back because your slower metabolism will not be able to burn the excess calories you are now consuming.

If, on the other hand, you reduce your calorie intake a little and increase your calorie burning, via exercise, you will lose weight while increasing your metabolism. One of the reasons that your metabolism will increase is that you will add muscle and muscle burns more calories than does fat. Also, remember that muscle is more dense than fat, so even if you do not lose weight, you will be physically smaller; and more toned.

So please make sure that your weight loss goal is stated in terms of how much body fat you want to lose and how much muscle you want to gain.

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