Thursday, July 17, 2008

Starvation doesn't work!

You CANNOT starve yourself, and ever hope to have a great, lean body, PERIOD.

It is simply impossible.

When you cut the amount of calories you eat, your metabolism (the rate at which your body burns fuel) slows to a crawl.

If you are able to sustain this starvation diet for an extended period of time, your body will start burning muscle tissue for fuel (not fat) because muscle uses up a lot of energy.

You will lose weight, but you will actually be getting FATTER proportionately because you won’t be losing any fat. And because you now have less muscle mass, your metabolism with drop even further.

And when the inevitable happens, and you slip up on your diet, or have a ‘cheat day’, your body is going to hold on to those extra calories and store everything as fat.

What essentially happens, is that your body is being starved, and so when it finally gets some calories, it thinks “we might not be getting any more of this for a while, so we’d better store it quick!" And you wind-up packing on extra fat tissue (even if you now weigh less).

Eventually you give up on the diet completely (because deprivation diets are always impossible to maintain), and go pack to your normal eating habits - except now your body is set to ‘storage mode’ and everything you lost comes right back - except this time its all fat, and not the precious muscle you lost.

And the cycle continues.

You diet – you lose muscle, you lower your metabolism

You slip up on the diet – you gain fat, and you gain it easier because your metabolism sucks.

After every diet, you’ve lost some muscle, and gained more fat so you end up getting fatter, and fatter, and fatter.

Deprivation does not work.

Strength train to build muscle and boost your metabolism. Get cardiovascular exercise to help burn off even more calories. Eat sensibly, and get enough calories of the RIGHT foods.

It’s a simple as that.

Helping you Go Sleeveless in confidence,