Not all weight lost is created equal.
I couldn't finish the chapter without bringing this up. There is a huge misunderstanding by many people, possibly most, that all weight lost is good. Nothing could be further from the truth. We want to lose weight and look and feel good, but more specifically we want to lose fat. If we diet unwisely (eating way too little, or eating our calories in foods that have little or no nutritional value), then our body begins to break down our muscle tissue to provide some of the nutrients that we aren't giving it. Also, not giving your body a reason to need its' muscle tissue will cause it to allow the muscle to wither away. After all, your body is always trying to be as efficient as possible to survive times when food is not plentiful or even absent, and every pound of muscle requires 30 to 60 calories to maintain it. If you aren't using it, then your body is going to get rid it. Kind of like canceling a subscription or gym membership that you don't use...if you don't use it, why keep paying for it?
We can use this to our advantage by not allowing our bodies to view our muscles as a liability that doesn't contribute. We use the muscles to make them needed, and we provide the nutrients that our bodies need through what we eat, so it doesn't have to consume itself (called "auto cannibalism"). Get up! Move! Walk, swim, lift weights...Just move. Walking is an easy one to start with for most.
Don't consume your calories in Twinkies and chips! You'll never be satisfied and losing muscle only lowers your metabolic rate. Eat lean meats, chicken, fish, for protein. You'll need to be wiser with your carbohydrates and fats too. Stay away from processed junk…that stuff is like crack. I know you love them as much as I do, but give them up and you'll start to love you!
We'll talk more about nutrition and exercise later, but take this away today:
-"My body is exactly what I have trained it to be."
-Learn your metabolic rate
-Eat a little less than that number of calories to start losing weight
-Exercise somehow to burn a few additional calories, and keep your prized muscle tissue intact.
-Eat lean meats and vegetables several times a day
-"My body is exactly I what have trained it to be."