Weight loss, it’s not quite clear to the public that it’s as much about nutrition than it is about physical training. I’ve personally known people who’ve been training all of their lives who still can’t reach their goals. They try all sorts of diets most of them short term and experience a few good changes then they give in to temptation and make bad decisions. Their weight sneaks back up and they end up back to square one.
Most diets fail because all they do is make you starve yourself which isn’t good for weight loss (see Breakfast & skipping meals). The Bulk of diets out there is only a set of rules along with a list of things to not eat, some even tell you to just eat one thing your entire life and you’ll do great, people end up losing weight but it turns out that what they actually lose is muscle mass, not fat. Here is another thing about weight loss you probably didn’t know “it doesn’t matter what you eat, it’s how much of it you eat and how often you eat that makes the difference”.
Whatever food you choose to eat, portion sizes are the key to maintaining or loosing weight. If weight loss is your goal and you’re trying to maintain a slim and healthy figure then the changes you make should be changes that you will be able to live with for the rest of your life. It’s more of a lifestyle change than anything else. Diets come and go but the way one chooses to live is something that will stay with him forever. People often overlook the amount of food they consume, not the amount they eat every day but the amount consumed at each sitting.
I recommend eating small portions and eating often. The “eating often” part may leave most of you scratching your heads but eating often speeds up one’s metabolism which is a big help. By doing this, One’s body will burn more calories throughout the day resulting in tremendous weight loss in the long run or maintaining an already slim figure.
Metabolism is the amount of energy (calories) your body burns to maintain itself. Whether you are eating, drinking, sleeping, cleaning your body is constantly burning calories to keep your body functioning. (~Lisa Balbach~)
Here is an example, I’m not sure who I got the idea from but he was dead right: “Think about the body as a furnace, Your metabolism as the fire and the food you eat will be its fuel (chopped wood). Now consider this: the more chopped wood you put in that furnace, the bigger the fire will grow and the bigger the fire is, the faster it consumes the next piece of chopped wood you supply to it. If you put in Small pieces of wood at, let’s say every five minutes then you will have a strong fire which has little or no trouble at all to consume and constantly using up that fuel. Now supose that you change things up a bit and somehow manage to stuff a huge log in that furnace, what do you think would happen then?
It’s more likely that the fire which previously seemed strong and constant would have great trouble to consume it. It would become less efficient while using that amount of fuel all at once, it would also be a very long process and in some cases the fire may even slow down to a crawl allowing some if not most of the fuel to remain intact and crowd the furnace. From then on you can go back to using small pieces of chopped wood but it won’t help much since the fire became weak and pieces from the huge log is still occupying that space. This may be a new idea to most of you, it may seem a bit of a stretch to some but this analogy explains exactly what happens to the human body when too much fuel or food is consumed at once.
Erick Castelin Jr