Muscle may weigh more, but it works in your favor
“The amount of lean muscle mass we have is the primary determinant of metabolic rate. In other words, the more muscle mass we have, the more calories we will burn. Our muscle mass naturally begins to decline around age 30, and that process, called sarcopenia, accelerates around age 40. Lift weights and eat a protein-rich diet to preserve your muscle strength as you age.” —Dr. Apovian.
It’s about progress, not perfection
“Attitude is everything. When shedding weight, progress is more important than perfection. Small steps lead to big changes. And, if you fall off the wagon, jump back on. Each day is a new day to eat and be well.” —Jared Koch, certified health coach and nutritional consultant, founder of CleanPlates.com. These successful weight-loss stories will keep you motivated.
It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle
“I wish clients understood that losing weight is about more than the number on the scale. Following fad diets may promote quick weight loss but typically results are fleeting and may lead to even greater weight gain once you resume your usual eating patterns. To lose weight for good, you need to adopt an all-around lifestyle change that includes what you eat, how you prepare food, and how often you move your body.” —Chanté Wiegand, ND, Naturopathic Doctor and Director of Education at The Synergy Company.