WEIGHT LOSS TIP: A big problem you face when you diet to lose weight is to diet in a way that keeps your body from losing muscle. Unfortunately this is a very difficult task because as you decrease your caloric intake your body will begin to break down muscle to use for energy to replace what it is no longer receiving from what you eat. The reason this is so detrimental to long term weight loss success is because your muscle mass is what contributes the most to your daily metabolism meaning the less you have the lower your metabolism.
It is this problem with dieting that causes most people to fail to lose any real weight when they go on caloric restricted diets and why so many people get frustrated and give up trying to lose weight. However there is a very simple solution for this problem which is to do some weight training whenever you are dieting which will not only help you to maintain your muscle but can also increase the amount of muscle on your body which will further increase your metabolism and greatly help your weight loss effort. Research has shown that when weight training is combined with a caloric restricted diet there is no loss of muscle while the same caloric restricted diet without any weight training, even with aerobic training, caused a substantial decrease in muscle mass and a corresponding decrease in metabolism.1 The lesson here is very clear, anytime you go on a caloric restricted diet make sure that you do some weight training to maintain your muscle in order to achieve real long term weight loss success.