Monday, February 11, 2013

Yo-Yo Dieting And Your Big Engine

Most people who are trying to lose weight have been on a yo-yo diet. Meaning they go on a diet which restricts calories or involve some form of starvation, and they lose weight and gain it back. Up and down like a yo-yo. The problem with diets that restrict food and make people starve is, up to a third of the weight lost is muscle.
But eventually you gain the weight back, the yo-yo bounces back up. Now you weigh the same as you did before, but all the weight you gained back was in fat, and you didn't gain any of the muscle back. So you used to weight let's say 180 at 23% body fat, got down to 160 with 25% body fat, and now weigh 180 again with 30% body fat. Now you weigh the same as you did before except your old clothes don't fit you anymore because your somehow managed to get bigger. So now you blame weight again (which is the wrong thing to measure) and you go on the vicious cycle again.

Remember muscle takes up less space, think of fat like cotton candy, it doesn't have to weigh a lot to take up a lot of space, or dress sizes for that matter.

The real problem is body composition and lack of muscle mass. And so you try to lose it again, and each time you yo-yo it becomes easier to gain the weight back and each time you have less muscle and more fat.

And after a lifetime of this you have done so much metabolic damage, it seems weight loss is impossible! You don't even have the muscles to burn off the weight (or fat anymore). Remember muscles burn fat for fuel. If you have no muscle and just have a lot of body fat, what are you planning to burn the fat off with? Fat to burn off fat?

How many of you feel like this describes you?

Think of muscle mass as your engine. The bigger the engine, the stronger you are, the more fuel you use. So with a big engine, you don't have to starve, you can eat, and burn more of it off naturally. You will be smaller, stronger, and be able to eat more.

But the way most people do it, they try to shrink their engine.

Remember big engine, lean body.

Small engine, big body.

Big engines need more fuel and will constantly need to live off of your fats to maintain it's horsepower. At the beginning it is smarter to invest your time in creating as much muscle as you can. After you've done that, you now have the engine and horsepower to burn off all that extra fat and useless mass.

Isn't that what most of us want? To be strong, healthy, and lean? So why get rid of your engine. It's like trying to make a bus weigh less by getting rid of some of the engine parts and entering it into a race. You will fail. Again and again.

Train smart, educate yourself.
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