Many people try to starve themselves into weight loss. They think it’s all about controlling calories…calories in, calories out. The thought process is that if you have a calorie deficit, you’re going to lose weight, if you consume extra calories, you’ll gain body fat. While that’s true to a degree, it’s only part of the picture.
If you starve yourself, you’re going to lose all the muscle resources you already have. It’s a mistake a lot of people make. People try to lose body fat by starving themselves, and as the body fat vanishes from their body, their muscle mass also disappears.
The solution is to engage in strength training while you are losing body fat. By doing so, you’ll be able to maintain your muscle mass while you’re losing fat. This process will leave you with a greater proportion of lean body mass to body fat- meaning that you’ll be slimmer, stronger and tighter.
A lot of women are mistakenly afraid of strength training. They think that if they pump a few weights they’re going to turn into a body builder overnight. Women are not designed to put on lots of muscle mass, so don’t be afraid that you’ll bulk up. I’ve had countless women tell me that they’re afraid of lifting weights because they think it’s going to make them look bigger –and they couldn’t be more wrong.
Bottom line-strength training will greatly increase the speed of your weight loss effort. In fact, it doubles the effectiveness of any weight loss program you’re currently on. Losing weight by calorie restriction alone is very difficult. The only way to properly lose body fat is to engage in a program that includes strength training and cardiovascular components. My belief is that you cannot keep weight off and muscle mass intact just by modifying your diet alone. You need to balance nutrition, cardio and strength training in order to reap all the benefits of frequent exercise.
For more information or to begin strength training please call Fit by Design – Award Winning Personal Training at (972)304-3323 or Jane Gray (469) 265-8758.