Originally posted by JohnStang
chicken and stuff with high protein are not really the way to go if you plan on loosing. they are high in protein and are a muscle builder which is good for gaining. eat alot of vegetable, salads, and fish and chicken are ok, but not every day in excess.
If you are a female not concerned with muscle mass or tone and just want to be thin this might be true, but an athlete trying to reduce bodyfat while maintaining his lean mass needs ATLEAST 1 gram og protien per pound of desired body weight per day with the rest of the calories going to vegetables and low glycemic carbs such as potatoes, yams, and oatmeal. You do need a little unsaturated fat in your diet so don't get too strict or atleast supplement it, but stay away from highglycemic carbs like sugar, bread, refined flour products, and especially alcohol and saturated fats.
On the training factor: If long term
weight-loss is your primary goal, weight training and cardio are necessary, as you need to keep in mind calories in = calories out minus 500 or so. Your training structure (sets, reps, and cardio length) will directly affect your body copmposition at your target weight, BUT
the key to long-term weight loss is completely in your diet. The amount of calories you consume on a daily basis (assuming they are good calories) over a period of time will determine your overall weight and metabolism. In the short term you can manipulate extra calories with diet and exercise, but as soon as cardio slows or time at the gym declines you are destined to gain weight to the tune of how many excess calories you consume.
The reason most dieters fail is that they are of the mentality that they can work hard for a time to lose weight and then be able to go back to their old habits and they fail to see that it's those old habits that put them in the need for the diet in the first place thus the "rolercoaster" effect. Remove the bad habits (extra and/or bad calories) and you remove the need to "diet", as your lifestyle then becomes an every day diet that maintains the slimmer you. That said, all I can say is "easier said than done". I personally have fought a food addiction since childhood and only after slowly fing knowlege and exercise a little over 7 years ago have I been able to grasp the mind/muscle/metabolism. connection.