Episode #18 in the Motivation Assist Podcast series is How To Lose Fat Without Losing Muscle.

Here at Motivation we always emphasise to clients that when you are losing weight you do not want to lose muscle.

Research and experience shows that when people go on a diet which reduces their calorie intake that generally they will also lose muscle tissue as well as fat. The upshot is that they will look gaunt and too thin, eliciting comments that they look unwell.

The fact is that when people go on an unregulated weight loss programme they can and do lose muscle tissue. The Motivation weight loss programme is designed to prevent muscle loss. We provide our clients with all the support they need so that their eating plans ensure they protect their muscle mass and they only thing they lose is fat.

It’s important to understand how important muscle loss is and how it affects every person, be they over weight or not. In medical circles muscle loss is known as sarcopenia (check our our detailed blog post on sarcopenia and how to avoid it.)

As we get older, and for some this can start in their late 20s and early 30s, we lose muscle mass year-on-year. The two key elements to prevent muscle loss is the food we eat and the exercise we do.

A woman in her 50s could stand on the scales and say she is the same weight she is when she got married but the reality is very different. In this example, the woman has lost up to 1 1/2 stone / 9.5 kgs in muscle loss and replaced that with fat, some of it hidden and we now know that this hidden fat is deadly (check out our blog post on visceral fat and how to get rid of it.)

Muscle is metabolically active, so if we lose muscle everything slows down and inevitably we put on weight.

Don’t be disheartened! If you are in your 40s, 50s, 60s or your 70s it is 100% possible to regain that muscle (quite quickly.)

To listen to How To Lose Fat Without Losing Muscle just click the play button below.

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Blog Post by Michael O'Brien