Most dieters start a weight loss plan hoping to see a lower body weight. What they fail to realize is they may lose more water and muscle rather than fat on many calorie reducing diet plans.
Don’t Make This Dieting Mistake
All too often the diet plan of choice is to reduce calories considerably. Sometimes a fitness routine is put in place but it usually consists of cardio exercises only. Though this type of program will result in losing weight, most of it ends up being water and muscle rather than fat.
Sometimes a slender person will have a large amount of cellulite and not understand why. Well, sometimes genetics come into play and there’s little that can be changed. However, usually to blame is a lack of muscle and tone. Through a modest amount of strength training and muscle development, most of the markings from cellulite could be eliminated.
Yo-Yo Dieting – A Common Weight Loss Problem
A similar problem is often faced by the on again, off again dieter who loses weight by following a strict program only to regain the pounds once the diet is over. When this cycle continues a number of times it’s referred to as yo-yo dieting. It’s a damaging practice that ultimately reduces metabolism, decreases muscle mass and increases fat levels in the body. If you have found yourself in a similar position, you know how hard it is to reverse.
The Permanent Solution
While things become more difficult once this cycle has been set into motion, there is a solution. However, it requires a change in attitude and healthy diet routines that become a permanent part of your lifestyle. There are no shortcuts here.
Initially, establish a healthy eating program that focuses on nutrient-dense foods. Then, commit the time to workout and incorporate both cardio and strength training exercises into the plan. Don’t worry if the scale creeps up in the beginning. If you are building some muscle it probably will. Instead, pay attention to how you feel and how your clothes fit. You should notice an increase in energy levels as well.
A good diet and fitness program takes into account a person’s lifestyle. If your plan does not allow you to live your life, you need to find one that does. Consistency is the key – especially when it comes to weight maintenance.