The Little Things That Make a Big Difference’ is an article series outlining weight loss and diet interventions that may seem insignificant, but can make a huge difference to the success of your diet plan.

The biggest secret

One of the great things about dieting is that losing weight is reasonably easy – eat less food than your body needs, every day, for around twelve weeks. If you can avoid cheating you’ll do better than if you can’t. Don’t drink alcohol, don’t smoke, and try to get good sleep every night.

But there’s a SECRET

It’s one that most people either don’t know, or don’t want to hear, and that is that if you want to lose (primarily) FAT and not muscle while you diet, then you need to train for strength while you diet, and you need to eat a good amount of protein to help build your muscles. (Don’t panic! This doesn’t mean breaking the budget with steak for breakfast lunch and supper. There are loads of alternative sources of protein.)

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The reason for this is that while you diet, your body is deciding which stored cells to burn as energy. It has two options – fat cells, or protein cells (muscle). If you’re not training to get strong, your body has no reason to hang on to the muscle you have, so it will burn it off to supply energy (thus making you lighter). If you ARE training to get strong, however, your brain will calculate that your muscle is a valuable commodity, and burn off more fat instead.

This is important for two reasons:

One, if you want to be strong later in life (you really do) then you need to keep as much muscle as you can; and two, and thinner, TONED body looks amazing. It’s the kind of body you’re aiming for.

Train to get strong. It helps you lose the right kind of weight, and you need to be strong to live a healthy, long, and able life. So do it.


Take a look at the articles below for more information on the little things that make a big difference to your weight-loss goals:


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