You Don’t Have to Starve Yourself to Get Slim

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For years (even decades), it was assumed that if you ate less food, you would lose weight, look better, feel better and be healthier. But most weight-loss diets aren’t nutritionally sound, and restricting calories below a certain levels causes your metabolism (your body’s engine to go into ‘starvation mode’ causing your body to store fat instead of helping you lose it.

The bottom line is starving yourself in the hope of getting slimmer is not the answer. After all what you would like to achieve is a strong, lean healthy body isn’t it?

The real key to weight loss, weight maintenance and a healthier body is proper exercise.
Forget long, slow steady state activities like walking, jogging or cycling. Although these activities are great as part of an active lifestyle they will not increase the metabolic rate after the exercise session is over.

Your program should contain mostly strength training exercise and the focus should be on training hard enough to increase your toned muscle tissue. And that is what you need to burn off unwanted fat.

Your fat burning machinery is your lean muscle tissue so the more toned muscle you have on your body the greater amount of fuel (calories) you will burn. You will be burning this increased fuel not only when you are exercising but when you are sleeping or parked on the couch watching television as well.

Your eating should involve 5-7 small meals every 2-3 hours throughout the day. These meals should contain around 20 grams of protein as the center piece. Add raw and cooked vegetables and you have a perfect small meal that will keep you satisfied for several hours.

The secret to eating this way is to prepare your meals the day before and take them wherever you go during the day. Then you will not be tempted to eat things that will not help you reach you fitness/weight loss goals.

This is challenging to get right when you start off, but as time goes on you will find it gets easier and suddenly it is a habit that doesn’t require thinking about. You just do it. Remember you are unlikely to get it perfect; improvement is always a good goal to shoot for.

The best combination for having a healthy, trim body is to combine good nutrition and proper exercise. Starving yourself is not the answer – moderation and a strength training exercise program is what is needed to truly burn off unwanted body fat.

With this combination, your body will burn the calories you consume and turn them into energy instead of storing them as fat. You will find that once you begin a regular exercise program you need to eat more quality food to supply the healthy lean muscle with the energy it needs to keep you energized through the day.

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