"The answer is to make healthy lifestyle changes you can live with."
The purpose of this article is to give the beginner a simple, uncomplicated approach to eating and exercising with the goal of losing body fat. A beginner is defined as someone with 2-4 months training experience, or someone who's been training longer but feels they haven't been making good progress.
Want to lose body fat? The first thing I'm going to tell you is, don't go on a diet. That's right, going on a diet is the biggest mistake you can make.
Why? Because most diets are not based on sound nutritional principles, are hard to follow, and most of all, make no long term provision for maintaining your weight loss. ? Go right back to the eating habits that caused the weight gain in the first place. Besides, some of these diet ideas are way out there.
How many of you have heard the "10 pounds of compacted waste stuck somewhere in your system" commercial? And of course, getting that "bowling ball" out of your system is the key to fat loss. Please.
Before we go further, let me define something. There's a definite difference between losing weight and losing fat. Most people don't understand that to lose weight means to lose muscle, water and fat. That's not what we want. What we want is to lose fat and keep the muscle. Muscle requires more calories to maintain it, and that means a better supported metabolism, so there's a definite advantage to building more muscle.
So if going on a diet doesn't work, what does? The answer is to make healthy lifestyle changes you can live with. This refers to both your eating habits and your activity level. Right off the bat, you want to dramatically decrease your sugar, or simple carb intake, and your fat intake.
High protein, moderate carb (mostly slow or complex carbs), and low fat is the way to go. As well, you want to eat 5-6 small meals a day, not 3 big ones (or worse yet, starve yourself on 1-2 meals). You also have to add a cardio program. Fat loss is not only a function of calories in/calories out but also the type of calories and the timing of those calories and you must be burning more calories through physical activity than you are taking in.