The Problem With Quick Weight Loss Plans

By Russ Howe

Have you ever felt like you can't lose weight on a low calorie diet no matter how much exercise you do in the gym? If so, you are certainly not alone in that situation. In fact, around 80 percent of gym members have hit this point at some stage in the past and don't know how to get around it.

The immediate course of action is to look at what you are doing right now and eliminate the things which are not working.

Most people who reach this point have two very big issues in common:

1. They eat less than 1000 calories per day.

2. They spend their time doing endless hours of cardiovascular activity.

Should you recognize any of the above conditions in your current predicament you need to change tactics. Overdoing the cv exercise and eating too little food is a sure-fire way to blast your body into a plateau.

The most commonly made mistake is presuming that starting a diet means ditching all of your favorite foods and replacing them with lettuce. This is definitely not the case. We're in danger of killing off our own progress by essentially chopping our calorie intake so much that we begin pushing our body into starvation mode and locking our ability to burn unwanted fat. When we are taking in too few calories, our body reacts by switching to a defensive strategy in a bid to keep your system functioning as normal. If you are not eating enough you will notice it becomes significantly harder for your to lose fat.

In an attempt to curb your insanely low calorie diet from starving it to death, the body begins to adapt to this low food intake by storing as much as it can and holding on to what it has got. This is why you'll often see girls who spend hours in the gym and live on salads, yet seemingly cannot lose any fat.

On top of this issue, it's usually commonly associated with long steady state aerobic activity - which has been well documented for lean muscle breakdown. This puts you in a lose/lose situation, hanging on to excess body fat while losing lean muscle tissue!

If you have done this in the past, or are doing it right now, you need to change your approach if you are to see any upturn in the results you hope to achieve. Start by dismissing the notion of starving yourself and try to consume a calorie intake of roughly 12 times your goal body weight in pounds. If that is a massive jump from where you are at right now, then simply go up in stages week by week instead of a big sudden jump.

It would also be worth taking a week to familiarize yourself with high intensity interval training, or HIIT for short, which has been scientifically accepted as a superior method for blasting adipose tissue. It also provides you with shorter, more enjoyable workout sessions.

Before you jump to the conclusion that you can't lose weight on a low calorie diet and workout program, look at why you aren't seeing any results. By incorporating the latest science, as we have done today, you can see that the solution to your problem is not very complex at all.

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