I came into an interesting article from Steve & Becky Holman recently regarding the #1 thing people will do wrong to lose fat.
Probably some of you guessed it: starving yourself! Unless you follow a very specific diet plan that also include "cheat" days, starving yourself will shutdown your metabolism and gives you little hope of achieving your fat loss goals.
Find below the article. I recommend that you visit Steve & Becky Holman web site for more tips and tricks on training, fat loss and nutrition.
Why is that bad? Your body goes into starvation mode and begins preserving body fat and burning muscle. The result is a metabolism crawling along at a snail's pace. Here's a quote from our colleague, Jerry Brainum, a respected nutrition researcher who knows...
“[On only 500 calories a day], it's impossible to get sufficient protein on that level of daily calories. I used to see a trainer who worked with only women. He put every one of his clients on the same 500-calorie-a-day diet plan. They all lost weight, and a lot of it. But the weight they lost was nearly all lean mass [muscle]. You could tell, since even the younger women showed saggy skin, facial wrinkles (caused by excess loss of protein in the skin needed to support skin structure, i.e., collagen and elastin). Of course, since their resting metabolic rate dropped to nothing, they all gained the weight back, and looked far fatter later. The 'Oprah syndrome.' This trainer made a fortune, driving fancy cars, and even had a long-running infomercial. But he was a total fraud who knew nothing, and even worse, seriously endangered the health of those who payed him to help them.”
Heed his warning. Don't fall for the severe-calorie-reduction myth if you want to lose FAT. If you just want the numbers on the scale to go down, it will work, but you will look and feel worse (skinny-fat is not healthy, and you look older).
The key is four to six PROTEIN-charged meals a day--and eating clean MOST of the time. Plus, you must keep working out to build muscle so your metabolism stays stoked.
Train smart, be well, live long.
Steve & Becky Holman
Editor in Chief & Nutrition/Lifestyle contributor, Iron Man Magazine
Co-creators of Old School New Body and the NEW e-book Midsection Makeover
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