It’s no secret that what we choose to put in our bodies has a huge impact on what happens on the outside of our bodies. So when it comes to shedding those extra pounds, it’s no surprise that nutrition and weight loss go hand in hand.
You need to eat to burn body fat. This is a fact: The first nutritional demand of your body is energy. Without adequate energy, your body will convert muscle protein into energy to feed your brain, nervous system and red blood cells.
When your intake of carbohydrate falls below these tissues demand, the body begins to convert tissue protein into carbohydrate to meet their need. The net result is a loss of muscle tissue.
Yes, the scale may say you have lost “weight”, but you have lost the very tissue that burns fat. Muscle tissue burns 70% of the fat in your body; so losing muscle sacrifices your ability to burn body fat.
In fact, the “weight” you lose on a diet can represent up to 10 to 20% of those pounds in muscle loss. This poor dieter will not only regain this weight, but then some. All because they have compromised their ability to burn body fat.
This is also why people gain weight as they age.
In order to burn just the fat and not the other lean tissue in your body, you need to meet your minimal energy requirement.
If you want to maintain your current weight, this level is found by multiplying your weight by 15.
If you want to lose weight, you will multiply your ideal weight by ten. For example, if your ideal weight is 140 pounds, your minimal energy requirement is 1400 calories.
Next, you need to factor in the calories needed for exercise and activity. Very active people, those who exercise 3 hours or more a week, need to multiply their minimal requirement by 1.5. Moderately active individuals, those who exercise 1 to 3 hours per week, need to multiply their requirement by 1.2.
This formula gives you a starting point. Then, you monitor your progress after 3-4 weeks, and decide whether you need to change your training and nutrition plan based on the results you’re getting.
It is never productive to over diet so much that your body has no other option than to eat your muscles as a source of energy around the clock. If eating more often raises the metabolism, then it stands that eating less often would lower the metabolism==> EAT MORE =BURN FAT !!