Protect Muscles When Dieting
During a diet the process of metabolism can more or
less be put to sleep. When the body receives less energy in the form
of nutrition then it saves on temperature, motion and unnecessary
The body also breaks down tissues - both fat and the biggest
consumer of energy, muscle mass. To prevent this muscle loss lifting
weights and taking plenty of protein are recommended.
"You cannot entirely prevent it, but you can take countermeasures
with weightlifting and a protein-rich diet since this combination
maintains energy-consuming muscle mass," nutritionist Anika Brieske
from the German University for Prevention and Health Care
Management/BSA Academy in Saarbrucken said.
The most important point when losing weight, according to Brieske,
is not crash diets but rather a long-lasting change in nutrition and
physical activity. Should that not work, the expert has a suggestion.
"Ask yourself if you really kept up what you had intended
regarding sports and nutrition. Did you assess correctly your
portions and calories? Did you snack without realising it?" she said.
Helpful for keeping track are calorie tables and a nutrition
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