How­ever, it’s not the quan­tity of food you con­sume that re­quires fo­cus, as much as the qual­ity.

Savvy - - Fitness Savvy -

any aer­o­bic ac­tiv­ity as de­scribed above, so that you burn fat off from th­ese ar­eas in­stead. No mat­ter how hard and how of­ten you work out, it is go­ing to go straight down the garbage chute if you’re go­ing to go back home and pack it all back in! How­ever, it’s not the quan­tity of food you con­sume that re­quires fo­cus, as much as the qual­ity. To see con­tin­u­ous re­sults, it’s im­por­tant that one vari­ates their rou­tines, tak­ing on dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties con­stantly. This is known as cross train­ing which in­cludes all sorts of car­dio, strength and flex­i­bil­ity train­ing.

SAY ‘NO’ TO CRASH DI­ETS

Fad and crash di­ets se­ri­ously jeop­ar­dize our health. Crash di­ets (be­low 500 calo­ries per day) cause a loss of potas­sium and ni­tro­gen in the body. This trig­gers a mech­a­nism that causes the body to hold on to fat stores and to turn to mus­cle pro­tein for en­ergy in­stead. Sci­en­tists have spec­u­lated that within each of us is a unique ‘set-point mech­a­nism’ that reg­u­lates the amount of fat we carry. If the body per­ceives that it is starv­ing, the set-point kicks into ac­tion, caus­ing the body to keep a tena­cious grip on its fat stores. In a bid to get out of this sit­u­a­tion, your body will first cause you to crave food - most com­monly foods that are fuel-dense, high-calo­ried sug­ars and fats.

When you get off your diet… Weight gained will be in the form of fat and not the mus­cle that has been lost. …And the cy­cle per­pet­u­ates it­self. In con­clu­sion, ev­ery time you crash diet, you lose more and more mus­cle, drop your meta­bolic rate lower and lower, and end up gain­ing more and more fat. Stud­ies show that yo-yo di­et­ing leads to an in­creased risk of di­a­betes, heart disease and hyper­ten­sion.

So ex­er­cise in com­bi­na­tion with a sen­si­ble diet to get the best re­sults.

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