Losing weight is not just about eating right and exercising. It’s about committing to do the best you can for your body. There are some weight loss secrets you may not know about. Take a look and see if any might be helpful to you.
Will diet alone help
Most folks believe the only way they can lose weight is by dieting. This is not the case. Your body needs fat, it needs carbs, and it needs more than just a good dose of good fats.
You can find a good amount of “good” fats in fish, nuts, and daily products such as olive oil. Of course, what you eat is usually what is a big offender in a bad diet. The sweet stuff like candy, baked goods, and ice cream are samples. And most of these foods are also high in carbs.
You may not think you need to do much in the way of exercise to lose weight. You probably believe you need to restrict your caloric intake and then just run on a treadmill and hope the fat comes off.
Well, you may have to add more activity than your usual day. It may be a little or, it might be a lot. But being more active is the most effective way to lose weight. You are burning the fat and building lean muscle.
If you add more muscle, you will naturally burn more fat. It has to be the other way around or, you won’t see any weight loss. You will simply start to build muscle mass.
Building the muscle
Now, building lean muscle won’t result in the weight loss you might be hoping for, but it will result in the weight loss you’ve wanted. How can this be?
When you’re engaged in any form of strength training or weight-bearing activity, your body experiences what is called the “afterburn.” You create an afterburn, to continue to burn calories after the exercise is over. This is what causes you to lose weight after doing two kinds of training: circuit exercises done at a slow or moderate pace coupled with exercises that emphasize the muscles.
Now, if you do these kinds of exercises, you will build lean muscle, and as you do this more and more you lose more weight because you’re burning more calories daily.
Muscle burns up calories just to maintain itself, and the more lean muscle you have, the more calories you burn up in the 24 hours of each day and at night. When you build up muscle, you’ll not only lose weight, but you’ll look and feel better as well.