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June 5, 2013

Why Your Diet IS Killing Your Metabolism

Just a quick reminder,

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OK, let’s get down to bizzzznessssss…….

I can’t even tell you the amount of times I have had someone come into my office, with the latest “10-day flubber flush” or “14-day body makeover” torn out from Cosmo or Fitness Health or whatever.

Before I go further…

A diet needs to be CUSTOM to YOU. You have a different metabolic rate, lean body mass, exercise schedule, non-exercise physical activity level etc. So, there is no one size fits all. You hear me? NO ONE SIZE FITS ALL.

What happens when you follow some of these traditional diets (usually aimed at females)? You lose weight, THEN IT STOPS.

But why is that bad Sam? That’s what I wanted to do.

Let me school you the way my mother used to…with an example.

Let’s say Sara Dissatisfacto needs to eat 2000 calories everyday to maintain her body weight. Basically meaning, if she were to eat that everyday, she would stay the same weight. YOU WITH ME?

OK. But Sara is dissatisfied with how she looks and wants to “tone up” so she decides to lose some bodyfat. NOT THE RIGHT WAY TO DO IT, AS PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED, BUT LET’S KEEP GOING.

So she surfs the net or her cosmo and finds a diet plan ready to go – and implements it immediately. Great.

It has her eating 1000 calories/day. This means that everyday, she is eating 1000 calories less than her body is burning. Great in theory, but Sara’s body is smarter than that…AND SHE SHOULD BE TOO!

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She loses 5lbs the first week, then 3lbs the second, then 2lb the third.

After 3 weeks, she lost 10lbs. AWESOME!

NOT SO FAST.

What happened inside her body?

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At first, Sara’s body was under by a good amount of calories, so it shed some body fat, and (if it was low carb – probably), she used up a lot of glycogen to keep her blood sugar levels even.
Each of those molecules of glycogen is bound to almost 3x as much water by weight.

Soooo, you guessed it, she lost a lot of water weight.

But what else did she lose? How come she didn’t keep losing the same amount of weight each week?

Because her body, which was smarter than her, adapted. BODIES ARE SO DAMN SMART!

It saw that it wasn’t going to be getting the calories it was used to, so it cut out the tissue that is the most expensive to maintain….DRUM ROLL…you guessed it, MUSCLE!

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By eating away her muscle, her body kills two birds with one stone. TALK ABOUT EFFICIENT & EFFECTIVE!

It was able to eat up her muscle to get the aminos it needed, and satisfy its calorie needs while also cutting its need for future calories.

So, at the end of three weeks, she probably lost 5lbs muscle 2lbs fat and 3lbs water…nothing to be excited about.

She just set herself up for some HUGE fat gain once she gets back to her normal diet because her body now has adapted to a lower calorie intake and going back to 2000 calories per day will be like her eating 3000 calories everyday before she started the diet! That’s 1000 calories over her NEW needs.

SO WHAT SHOULD YOU DO TO AVOID MAKING THE SAME MISTAKE AS SARA?

Have moderate decreases in caloric intake with increases in physical activity AND train to increase muscle so that over time you can actually EAT MORE, NOT LESS, and still BURN MORE FAT.

That is how you get toned.

If you don’t believe me, keep doing what you are doing, and see if it gets you that SEXY FEMININE BODY YOU WANT

Til’ next time,

Sam,

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