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Exercise & Diet - getting it right

The importance of exercise while dieting

So why do so many diets fail? There are many reasons for this. Firstly we are human; diets are notoriously hard to stick to. Second, our bodies work against us: Once you have lost a little bit of weight, your metabolism slows down so that you have to eat less and less just to maintain that weight loss. It’s your body’s way of making sure you don’t starve.

A review of studies by UCLA scientists, the word on dieting is downright dismal: An average of 41 per cent of people gain back more weight than they lost within a year after starting to diet. https://www.besthealthmag.ca/best-eats/diet/the-truth-about-calories/ .

It is very important if you feel like your diet is not working to seek advice from people that know as it maybe just a small change you need or something you may be doing wrong that can be the difference between success and failure, do not give up straight away please ask someone or even me for help.

Cutting the calories

If you are on a weight loss diet or you are wanting tone your body, you may want to cut lots of calories from your meals, yes cutting calories is a key part of weight loss, but sometimes people push to far. Weight loss diets should never leave you feeling exhausted or ill, these are signs that you’re calorie intake is to low and they need to be right for both you’re health and fitness.

A good balance between physical activity and food intake is important, as its important to maintain muscle strength, if you don’t exercise while dieting you’re likely to lose muscle mass and decreases metabolism even more, this will make weight loss a slower process and this is one of the main reasons as stated above that people fail on their weight loss journey.

Why exercise is important

Exercise is often recommended when people want to lose weight, but people should really aim for fat loss, when you reduce your calories, your body then looks for other sources of fuel. Unfortunately, this means burning muscle protein along with your fat stores, so placing an exercise routine along with dieting will help reduce some of this.

If you can prevent muscle loss or at least minimise it; it will help reduce the reduction of your metabolic rate which occurs when you are losing weight, this means that it becomes harder to lose weight.

Don’t believe the scales

I often tell my clients or members that I do not believe that weighing yourself all the time is the right answer, the reason behind this is that you can weigh the same because if you are dieting and exercising you will be burning fat but building muscle. I am a firm believer that you should measure yourself or have a pair of jeans (bought or already owned) that were tight when you started your journey, believe me jeans do not lie; if all of a sudden you weigh the same but these jeans fit it means what you are doing is working and you are reducing your body fat so do not always believe the scales, it’s all about how you feel in yourself.

Dean x

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