The following article was written for women but is definitely applicable for all. Many ladies express a concern about lifting heavy weights in case they get "too muscular" or masculine looking - but the idea that a person could suddenly find themselves with unwanted lean muscle mass is simply false. It takes a lot of work and proper eating to gain even a few pounds of lean muscle. For those hoping to lose weight and change body composition there are many factors that will govern how quickly this will happen - it's hard work and doesn't happen by chance. Anyone who has put on a few pounds over a period of months due to a combination of sedentary lifestyle and/or improper diet, can attest to how quickly it can happen and get out of hand. The process of losing those pounds is more time consuming and painstaking.
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The only way to ultimately change your body composition is through proper eating and nutrition. No amount of sit-ups or core exercises will spot-reduce that "muffin" or spare tire around the waistline - or anywhere else on the body. While daily caloric intake is very important, what is even more crucial is where we get our calories- from carbohydrates,fats, fiber and protein. So many people think that carbs are the enemy, but carbohydrates are the fuel that drives our engine. We need to ingest the right types of carbs such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, brown rice etc and stay away from too much bread, processed cereals and sugars. Another mistake some people tend to make is to reward themselves for beginning an exercise program -they soon find out that they're sabotaging their own efforts to lose weight and achieve lean muscle definition. The other mistake is when people starve themselves, so-to-speak, by not eating enough. The body knows when daily requirements to function aren't met and will conserve energy stores as a result.
If you're having trouble getting on top of your nutritional needs, don't hesitate to seek help from a qualified dietitian or nutritional counselor.