Most diets are doomed for failure before they even start. Trying some insane diet plan for a few weeks is not the answer to long term health and weight loss. The only way to achieve weight loss success is a proper, long term nutrition plan, combined with a sensible exercise program.
The problem with most diets is that they make you hungry and tired. Many diets operate on the “calorie deficit” premise. If you eat less calories than you expend during the day, then your body will burn away excess fat…or at least, that’s the school of thought.
You know what’s left out of that picture? MUSCLE!
Here’s a better plan. Eat a high protein diet, along with the required carbohydrates and healthy fats. Develop a sound exercise program that combines cardio and strength training. Concentrate on building lean muscle mass. As you build lean muscle mass, you’ll not only be burning calories during your workouts, but also after your workouts are over! By building muscle, you are also increasing your metabolism. It’s simple…the more lean muscle mass you have, the more calories your body burns JUST feeding the muscle. Forget the calories burned during the workout itself…the REAL fat burn happens when you are sleeping, reading, driving the kids to school, or playing your favorite video game!
That is plan A. Of course…you can still opt for plan B if you choose. Plan B is to eat like a hamster and slave away mindlessly on a treadmill. Sure, you’ll burn a few calories doing that, but you’re not building any muscle. You’ll be operating on a calorie deficit and feeling bad and tired all day long. On top of that, your body & metabolism will be going into a defensive mode. Once your treadmill workout is over, your calorie burn comes to a near halt the rest of the day & your metabolism drifts lower.
So, there you have it. Plan A and plan B to lose weight. Both will burn some fat (plan A burns much more!). At the end of the day though, do you want to look like a bag of bones and have people asking you all the time if you’re feeling well, or would you rather have a lean and muscled body like Brad Pitt or Demi Moore?