Wednesday, October 5, 2011

What is a True Diet?

One major misconception that dieters have is that dieting is for reducing weight. For example, running a marathon of 42.195km (26mi) may cause you to lose 5-6kg (11-13lb) of weight. However, you are only reducing 330g (.73lb) of body fat. In short, you will have to run 3 full marathons in order to burn off 1kgm (2.2lb) of fat.
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When we refer to weight, it includes everything such as fat, blood, water, muscles, bones, and so on. Trying to reduce your weight only by dieting will reduce body fat as well as muscle mass. Of course water will be the first factor when we see a drop in our weight. However, body fat cannot be reduced as easily. Although our weight can be reduced quickly, this is not a true diet.

The correct method for dieting is to reduce body fat without losing muscle mass. When you are losing weight, it is important to continue resistance exercises as well as when you gain weight. A true diet can only be accomplished when we combine both dieting and resistance exercises.

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