So what's a healthier diet plan option? The answer is any eating plan in which there's a gradual reduction in calories (i.e., 250 calories/wk) and that is sustainable for the long-term (i.e., permanent change in eating habits). In this way, less muscle mass will be sacrificed. The diet plan should be complimentary to your lifestyle (i.e., the more active you are, the more carbs you should eat). Eat four to six times per day consisting of meals interspersed with snacks and be sure to perform anaerobic (i.e., weight training) as well as aerobic (i.e., cardiovascular) exercise two to three times and three to five times per week, respectively. Remember, weight training can reduce the loss of muscle mass that typically occurs when following a reduced-calorie diet plan.
Brian Danley, CFT
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