In order to lose weight and put on lean muscle, the formula is pretty basic: Follow a healthy and balanced low-fat diet, rid your program of processed foods and preservatives, control your portions, and adhere to a solid workout program that includes both resistance and cardiovascular training. It sounds uncomplicated, and in most cases it is—as long as you stick to the program you’ll receive the desired results you’re looking to achieve. However, what do you do when your body and metabolism have had enough and your system shuts down, and no matter what diet you follow, no matter how long and hard you train—you simply can’t lose weight and all progress has halted?
The body is an amazing machine and it will learn to adapt to virtually any scenario—it can utilize the foods you supply it with to grow and build muscle, or if the body isn’t receiving enough nutrition or has been on a restrictive program for a long period of time it can “shut down” and slow weight loss and hinder progress as a mode of protection. Your body will adapt to the metabolism for any situation, but unfortunately if the body feels you’ve been on a restrictive diet for too long or have dieted too severely—the metabolism will slow down and stall as a survival tactic. You’re now left in a predicament—you have to both remedy the situation that put you in a metabolic standstill and then learn how to kick-start and invigorate your metabolism so you can get back to forward progress.
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