We have all heard about dieting on low calories, and it’s pretty evident that we lose weight if we eat less. On the other hand, there have been criticisms from the low-calorie faithful complaining about losing muscle mass in the process. It’s hard to jump into conclusions when they say the hard-earned muscles in the gym all go a waste when on this diet of low calories.
There’s this interesting research, the outcome of which is debatable.
The research was carried out with two groups. The first group was instructed to only do aerobic exercises four times a week (biking/walking/stair climbing). The other group was instructed to lift weights three times a week. Both the groups were instructed to consume only 800 calories a day.
The study concluded quite dramatically with the first group that did only aerobic exercises losing the desired weight, but also losing some muscle mass in the process. The second group that did only weight lifting also lost the desired weight, but didn’t lose any muscle mass and their metabolic rates remained steady during the same timeframe.
The study is really an eye opener and wards off the certain misconception regarding low caloric ingestion, and the effects of this on one’s body. Going on a diet of 800 calories is certainly not advisable for all in order to drastically lose weight until advised by a professional family doctor, but the study really shows that muscle mass could be maintained by lifting considerable amounts of weight while still being on low-caloric diets.
The studies on weight management and its effects is a lifetime issue and will be ongoing probably for the rest of our lives, but there’s no study that says by not cutting down food, you’d still lose weight. So, it’s always wise to be aware on what you consume and take in enough calories that the day needs.