Posted by Jeffery on June 21, 1998 at 23:28:58:
In Reply to: weight loss posted by Sarah on June 15, 1998 at 02:07:54:
Hello Sarah -
Some people simply have the genetics to lose as much weight whenever they want to - but I feel that most people have a little more trouble, myself included. With all of the activities that you desribed, it sounds as though you have got the "cardio" down already. I would guess that you also know how to watch what you eat as well. Dieting is something that usually does not work. I have said before, these "no-fat" type things only make your body try harder to store fat! Your body must have some fat in it's diet to function properly. The amount of fat, and the type of fat, is of the concern. Do you drink plenty of water daily? If so, drink even more! Some people think that water will be stored up and make you retain it - maybe so if your sodium intake is not under control. Water is a very essential part of staying in shape, and the body will flush itself out properly. A good rule of thumb for water intake daily is, take your body weight in pounds, then multiply that by 0.66, to get the water amount in ounces needed daily.
I guess you already know that lean body muscle is more dense than fat, and thus will weigh more. If you are in "great" shape, and your total body fat is under about 8 percent, then you may just have to live with your physical structure that your body has developed. If this is the case, then the only way I can see to lose any more body weight, is to lose muscle weight. And I would make a bet that keeping your muscule weight will give you more of a competitive edge, than will going on some crazy radical diet that will make you lose muscle fibers.
Don't give up Sarah!
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