Forget every diet fad you have seen and heard. There are no magic bullets. There are only things that work, and then there are things that give temporary results (causing the yo-yo effect). Temporary "weight loss" does no one any good. So why follow plans that give temporary results?
Here are two tips that will help you in your quest to lose actual body fat (and not just weight)...
- First start a resistance training program. Not a cardio workout, but a resistance training program involving both free weights and machines. Here is the first tip...don't weigh yourself on any scale for 3 weeks once you start a good resistance training program. Any time you start a good resistance training program, you will gain some muscle weight. Muscle weight is good weight. Your muscle IS your metabolism. Gaining some muscle will speed up your metabolism drastically, making it easier to pull off body fat. Initially, you could conceiveably gain 3 lbs of muscle and lose 3 lbs of fat, making your efforts seem futile via the scale. However, the muscle gain will not continue indefinitely, but your fat loss will continue. So stay off of the scales for 3 weeks. And women, don't worry, you don't have enough testosterone to build big muscles if you do resistance training.
- Tip number two is...Don't specifically count calories. Not all calories are equal. What you eat is far more important than how much you eat. If your body requires 2000 calories per day to maintain your body weight, and you eat 2000 calories per day consisting of cheeseburgers and cotton candy, you WILL store body fat....on the other hand, if you eat 2000 calories per day of baked chicken breast and brown rice, you will LOSE body fat. So you must understand that all calories are not equal. Don't take advice on how to lose weight from people who advocate specific calorie counting. Those people probably do not understand exactly how the body reacts to food and nutrients. Basically, you should ballpark your calories, paying more attention to grams of protein you consume, frequency of meals and food combinations.
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