Sunday, 15 January 2012

Wobble, wobble, wobble!!

In all the research I have done over the years and every diet I have tried, the hardest lesson I have learned is this:
Dieting and exercising does not mean that you loose weight.

In some cases they cause you to loose muscle (lean body mass)instead. This is why people to have loose, wobbly, flabby skin left after severe weight loss. They have lost more muscle mass than body mass and end up having pockets of fat still lying in places like the saggy folds in their arms, tummy and legs. The only way to get rid of that is through surgery.

In other cases you pick up weight when you diet, because your exercise routine is all about building muscles You are not losing body fat but building muscle. This on it's own is not good, because your body will crave carbs in order to sustain your body during the vigorous workouts.
Essentially you will look fat even though you have great muscle tone.

You ideally want to loose fat and build muscle at the same time.  This is why I do not believe in one particular diet. I believe in healthy eating, lots of water and a combination workout consisting of cardio, strength and stretching.
This helps you to look lean yet build muscle mass whilst having lost body fat.
The key is to know yourself. Not just your ideal BMI, but also your blood sugar levels, waist size, cholesterol levels, blood pressure levels, metabolism and family history.
It is pointless to want to loose weight when you don't know what you are up against.