1. Shedding the FAT without shedding the Muscle
First things first let’s tackle the first complex issue, how to lose weight, but maintain the hard-earned muscle mass? The easiest way to do that is to monitor your diet very carefully. All the sweets, pizzas, ice-creams, donuts and other high-in-sugar products must not be eaten while trying to lose weight.
Only the essential fats, such as the fats coming from oils, can be included to diet. The meals should be consisted of foods that are high in protein and carbohydrate and low in fat. Another thing to remember is that one should not skip meals in order to eat less.
It is better to eat frequently, so that you can avoid over-eating. As I said before 70% of the journey is based on your eating:
The key factors in quality diets are:
– Calorie intake (matters whether you’re consciously counting or not)
– Consumption of sufficient quantity of essential nutrients
– Consideration of individual likes and dislikes
– Consideration of metabolic abnormalities
– Occasional breaks from the diet
– Recognizing that you don’t have to stick to the program 100% of the time to see the benefits
2. Do Calorie Sources Matter If A Calorie Is A Calorie?
A calorie is a unit of energy. It is the amount of energy or heat that it takes to raise the temperature of one gram of water one degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit). The energy derived from foods when they are oxidized in the body is measured in kilocalories (thousands of calories).
A kilocalorie is the amount of energy required to raise 1000 grams of water one degree Celsius. Kilocalorie is written as “Calorie” (with a capital C) or it may be abbreviated to “Kcalorie” or “Kcal.” Therefore, whenever the word calorie is used in connection with food or nutrition, the meaning is always kilocalorie or calorie.
In terms of fat loss, a low calorie diet consisting of Twinkies will result in weight loss just like a low calorie diet consisting of fruits and vegetables. When considering which is more nutritious fruits and vegetables wins hands down. Which is more filling? Fruits and vegetables win again. When considering issues other than energy content it’s not just about calories.