How did I get so fat?
Breakfast: a piece of jellied toast and glass of skim milk.
Lunch: a can of green beans.
Supper: Either a ham sandwich or an egg sandwich.
Next day... Repeat.
First, I was so young that my body had a fast metabolism, was resilient, and pretty much easily cooperated with what I wanted it to do.
Secondly, I didn't have much to lose (if any), so I hit my goal weight before I hit any plateaus. Anybody, anywhere, in almost any circumstance can starve themselves and drop a quick twenty pounds, but then you inevitably hit a plateau and then you have to change something to get more results.
Unfortunately, most people do an even more extreme of the 'wrong thing', which is eat even less, start exercising to burn calories, or both. Either way, you are putting even less fuel into your body but expecting it to function at full speed.
So here's what happens. You get on the scale and it says you lost weight. Okay, you weigh less, which you think is great but the problem is you're not losing fat, you're losing muscle. If you don't give your body enough calories and fuel, it WILL find it somewhere, so it breaks down your lean muscle mass and burns it as fuel for energy.
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