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March 08, 2006

Loss of Muscle Mass

MuscleWhen the body is in a panic state, and trying to combat starvation, it hoards its precious fat until any other usable fuel has been burned. Practically, the body will prefer to burn muscle mass, before consuming its precious fat (don’t ask me why - I didn’t write the rules). If muscle is not regularly used for exercise, like every day, it will be consumed to meet energy needs.

Loss of muscle mass is preventable. It is very important, during active weight loss after surgery (or even when on a diet), to exercise vigorously every day. I was recommended at least 30 minutes a day of aerobic activity, and it is well to devote attention to upper body strength as well. Many persons find, after a few weeks or months of regular daily exercise, that they actually begin to enjoy it, and start to work out even more. Fairly vigorous exercise, for more than 40 minutes a day, can greatly enhance fat-burning, and hasten weight loss. It also builds a healthy and beautiful body.

Seriously obese persons are very strong and powerful - after all, just getting out of bed, you lift more than some people pick up all day long! It’s a shame to let that power be lost, when you need it to enjoy your life, and to make up for all the excitement you’ve put off. Save the power, while losing the fat and you can just imagine how much energy you can have, and how much more you can accomplish!

Also remember to have a good protein intake to help built more muscle mass!

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