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The whole weight lost industry is filled with diets., a couple of which are The South Beach Diet, Atkins Diet, and those New Year Resolution Diets where people decide to cut calories.  But what does the word “diet” mean. Wikipedia states,

“In nutritiondiet is the sum of food consumed by a person or other organism.[1] Dietary habits are the habitual decisions an individual or culture makes when choosing what foods to eat. The word diet often implies the use of specific intake of nutrition for health or weight-management reasons (with the two often being related).”

With that said, people use the word “diet” to describe what they “want” to do, in terms of food, to lose weight.  The problem however is that people, while using the diet, will tend to put a deadline on when they want the extra pounds to be gone.  The problem with the deadline is just that.  They add that “deadline”, be it by wedding date, before summer…..but what happens once the goal is reached?  The diet stops and old habits come back into play.  You set a date for when you will begin eating bad again; packing on those pounds you worked so hard to get rid of. So what if instead of dieting (constant weight gain, and weight lost is bad for your health) how about we change our lifestyle.  Hence, diet no, lifestyle change yes.

The lifestyle change is the decision to just say, I’m going to change how I eat entirely.  This means eating whole, clean, organic, hormone free food. This means cutting sugar (sweeteners too), and eating non-refined products (wheat or whole grain bread and brown rice, over white bread and white rice). This means eating more fruits and vegetables. When we make the honest decision to make a lifestyle change, we are stating that we are going to stop eating these food stuffs that are bad for us. This doesn’t mean that we can’t take in the bad every now and then, but just in moderation when doing so, preferably on a cheat day.  Cheat day meaning, that one day during the week when you just eat whatever. Starting all at once will most likely cause you to fail, but take baby steps. Take weekly steps. You may even find that you will lose some weight in the process…just sayin’.

Since I’ve been doing the workout thing for more than a year now. I’ve noticed muscle gains, but I also noticed my body fat loss kinda plateaued.  After talking to a few people, I found that I may need to kick in some cardio. I hit the net, and this is what I found.

The philosophy behind fat loss and cardio. The overall goal is to burn more calories than you take in. If your goal is fat loss, incorporate 4-6, 30-60-minute cardio sessions per week into your training schedule. The best time to do cardio would be in the morning before eating breakfast. Your body will have to burn fat for energy since your glycogen stores have been depleted. If you aren’t dedicated to waking up before work to do some form of cardio, doing it after weight training is the next best option, because, well, hopefully you’ve depleted you glycogen stores lifting.