It’s Your Worst Nightmare! You lose weight, look in the mirror, and see a skinny-fat version of yourself. You look no better than when you started. Maybe even worse. That’s because most people do things the wrong way, starving themselves daily and doing long, slow, boring cardio.
Even if those hardworking, well-meaning folks lift weights, they generally don’t do it right…using light weights that don’t send a signal to muscle that “we need you!”
So the low-calorie diet, lack of protein, and no “lift signal” to the muscles leads to a loss of muscle mass. The loss of lean mass is the #1 factor that can slow your metabolism. And when your metabolism slows your body stops burning fat. You plateau. And that causes you to diet harder and do more cardio and get skinny-fatter. Yes, that’s right, skinny-fatter.
It’s a terrible look and a vicious cycle. Only by stopping muscle loss can you avoid that fate. Everyone needs muscle. You need it to keep your metabolism as high as possible so you maximize fat burning – especially if you’re post-menopausal!
A recent study http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/health/205701571.html from Mayo Clinic states that increased belly fat is one of the biggest complaints of post-menopausal women, but it isn’t a definite sentence. Women need to control their protein intake, limit eating grainy and starchy carbs and weight train to maintain muscle.