Weight Loss vs Fat Loss
The effects of weight lifting and eating multiple times per day with very high protein foods vs the effects of barely eating anything and doing tons of cardio.
Lets start with weight loss and the "Im not gonna eat approach".
When you go hours and hours with little to no eating, you are seriously depriving your body of very very important nutrients you receive from different foods. There are so many things you need from eating that it's hard to really list them all. But some of the most important that come from eating are the following.
Eating little to no foods will cause your body to very poor bowel movements, it can really play a roll in how your kidneys function, not just at the present time but over the entire length of your life.
Taking in little to no foods per day can really decrease the brains function, it makes it hard to think clearly and to make wise and smart decisions.
There are so many harmful things that it can do to your body that I really can't list them all.
Another thing it really hurts is your muscle , when you don't eat and you try to do something to get active, sure you may lose weight but the weight loss will be in the form of water weight and you will also be losing muscle mass due to your body storing fats rather than burning them. Your body will start pulling it's energy sources from muscle over fat due to your body having to have fat on it to survive, so what it does when you actually decide to eat something is, it'll take those foods and store them into fat cells because it has no clue when you are going to eat again and it will go into protection mode by making sure that you aren't going to starve yourself to death.
I don't want to say you will never lose fat by not eating because eventually at some point, your body will not allow any more muscle to be burned up so therefore , it will have to start eating on fat.
It's easy to see those who go after weight loss in this way. They seem to all have "saggy skin" all over the body really, from the face down to the legs. They have droopy/ sagging skin on the face, lots of layers of skin hanging off their bellies, black spots under the eyes and just all in all they look really unhealthy, even though they may feel healthy. You can damn well bet they aren't .
I don't want to say you won't see sagging skin in some people because there are plenty of people who are overweight who do things the right way and lose a ton of fat and weight but these are your really really obese individuals.
Now we get to eating multiple times of day with high protein foods, healthy fats and the right amount of carbohydrates.
I like to have individuals eat every 2.5-3 hours while taking in those healthy foods that are high in those proteins, fats, carbs etc.
You're now getting tons of nutrients and vitamins at a timely manner each day and when you do this, your body knows that you aren't starving it, you are feeding it, probably more than you ever have , so when it recognizes this, your metabolism starts to speed up, you start to see your body changing in that healthy manner.
With your body knowing a meal is coming to it and it's the right foods, it can take that fat and use it for fuel rather than using muscle for fuel because again, it knows you aren't starving it, so there is no need to store those foods as fats.
When you add in weight training with this style of eating, you can expect drastic changes with your body.
You will add lean muscle mass and the more lean mass you pack on, the quicker your body will burn up that fat. You can even get to the point where, when you are just sitting around or sleeping, your body is still burning up fat.
Weight training will cause lots of fat loss, inches lost etc but it may not make the scale change and this is due to the point of you putting on this lean muscle and cutting that body fat.
Muscle weighs so much more than fat , that when you pack that lean mass on, you may not see the scale move or it may even go up at 1st. This doesn't mean you are getting fat, this means absolutely nothing bad what so ever. All it means is that you are changing in ways that is 100% healthy for your body.
One should never stress out over this when you know you are eating right, training hard etc.
When you weight train to drop your body fat. You won't see sagging skin, you won't get a drooping face, you wont' have spots under your eyes. You'll see muscle cuts come out, if you get lean enough, you can see your abs come in. Keep getting leaner and you can see your veins popping out in different areas.
All signs of great things happening with your body. The signs that you are on the right track to your goals.
There you have my thoughts on changing your body the right way.
I must say I am not saying it's good to quit doing cardio, you should still do some, just don't make it the focal point of your workouts. Start doing some weight training, it's not boring, it's harder than cardio and if it's harder, that means that you can see results in a quicker time than you would from doing cardio alone.
So if you were doing 30 mins cardio, replace the 30 mins cardio with 20 mins weight training and then finish off with 10 mins cardio.
I guarantee you that you will see greater results and won't be bored to death while getting those results to come your way.