First there should be no “DIET”. By dieting, you automatically set yourself up for failure. How exactly do you expect to maintain your new physique, if after a few weeks of dieting you revert back to your old habits? Then you’ll revert back to your old body. Ever heard the saying, that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results? Simply put, you must change your nutrition – permanently. This doesn’t mean eating grapefruits everyday forever, but adopting good nutrition practices (during your weight loss period this may be more stringent) that are essentially possible to keep to.
You can see from this diagram above that you can change various factors to create a negative energy balance. Sure, you can create this negative energy balance, just by decreasing the amount of calories you eat (energy intake – on the left side). However, you can see for yourself that if you manipulate both sides of the scale, by both dieting and doing exercise, it will result in an additive, and even synergistic, reduction in body weight.
Studies show that a combination of both exercise and calorie restriction result in 9x GREATER WEIGHT LOSS, than exercise alone.
EXERCISE & WEIGHT LOSS
Exercise is your main weapon in the battle against the inevitable slowing of metabolic rate that occurs due to dieting.
- Firstly, through cardiovascular exercise you will be able to create a calorie deficit that you would not have been able to create through diet alone – without triggering your body’s starvation response. This means that instead of starving the fat, you are going to burn the fat.
- Secondly, through weight training you will be able to maintain your muscle mass, instead of losing it, as occurs during weight loss. Avoiding this loss of muscle will help keep your metabolism up and will make you look healthy and toned.
Look. Losing weight isn’t rocket science, once you understand your body, it’s simple. Losing weight is not expensive. Having a great body isn’t limited to the rich and famous. But, losing weight isn’t easy. It requires determination and discipline. It requires getting up and working out on days you don’t feel like it. If it were easy, we would all be looking great, instead of just dreaming about it. Truth is, if you want a great body, you can have a great body.
LOSING WEIGHT FAST?
Fat loss occurs slowly and steadily. Losing more than 2 pounds of weight per week means that you are losing water weight or muscle tissue, rather than fat. If weight is lost any more rapidly than this, it is most likely a sign that you need to eat more. To lose weight permanently, you need to lose weight slowly. Weight loss should be between 1 – 2lbs a week. Fast weight loss is generally to be avoided. A further incentive to lose weight slowly is that stretch marks may arise due to losing weight fast.
There are 3500 calories in 1lbs. (0.45kg) of fat. Therefore, to lose 1 lbs. of fat per week you need to burn 500 calories more than you consume each day (or 1000 calories less/ day to lose 2 lbs.) through a combination of nutrition and regular exercise.
500 calories x 7 days = 3500 calories/ week (1lbs of weight loss/ week)
1000 calories x 7 days = 7000 calories/ week (2lbs of weight loss/ week)