Weight Loss Secret -- Think Bodybuilding

By: Michael A. Smith, Md

This little known secret has been used by bodybuilders forsometime now to achieve astounding results, including healthyweight loss when necessary.

Keep in mind, however, that bodybuilders also practice the dietbasics of healthy weight loss...nutritionally sound and balanceddiets with muscle building exercises.

The Bodybuilder's Weight Loss Secret

Bodybuilders have successfully overcome one of the toughestobstacles to healthy weight loss...a slower resting metabolicrate.

Dieting to lose weight evokes a strong counteraction by thebody to conserve energy. When you start a diet, one of the meansto lose weight involves eating fewer calories. This acts as analarm and signals the body to prepare for a future starvationstate, something your body is extremely efficient at protectingagainst.

To counter the decrease in caloric intake and help keep youalive, your body conserves energy by slowing down the restingmetabolic rate (number of calories burned per day).

A slower metabolic rate results in fewer calories burned thannormal, which conserves energy and might allow for more fat tobe stored.

A drop in the metabolic rate is one of the toughest obstaclesfor dieters to overcome. Here's a quick summary of what happens:

Start dieting by eating fewer calories

Lose some weight

Signals starvation

Slower resting metabolic rate (fewer calories burned/day)

Energy is conserved and extra is stored as fat

Gain some weight

How does the resting metabolic slow down? Muscle loss!

To fight against a slower metabolic rate, bodybuilders havemastered the science of preserving (and building) muscle -- theweight loss secret!

Preserving Muscle when Losing Weight

Two simple actions will help to preserve muscle while dieting:

Eat More Protein

Add a lean protein source to each meal

Add non-animal protein to each meal

Drink a protein shake during the second longest fast of the day,after sleeping overnight. This is usually between lunch anddinner for most Americans

Start a Resistance Training Program

To any aerobic workout, add resistance exercises for the majormuscle groups

For examples on how resistant exercises can help you loseweight, copy and paste this URL into your addressbar...www.weight-loss-professional.com/toning-muscle.html

Muscle is your greatest weapon to prevent weight gain and tomaximize weight loss. Please, visit my home page and explore thedifferent roles muscle plays in preventing weight gain and inhelping you stay slim.

To Healthy Living! Muscle!

Michael A. Smith, MD

Chief Medical Consultant

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