Balancing Exercise and Calorie Restriction
Calorie Restriction (CR) reduces the nutrients available to the body and limits its growth. We lose weight when the nutrients that we eat are insufficient to meet the requirements of the body. Conversely, we gain weight when we eat more calories than we burn through our activities.
Exercise stresses the muscles and stimulates them to grow. With adequate nutrition, the muscles will strengthen and gain mass. Since the muscles consist mostly of protein, they need additional protein to grow.
Exercise tones the muscles while Calorie Restriction keeps their growth in check. The combination of dietary restriction and exercise establishes an equilibrium that can be monitored with a bathroom scale. If your weight increases, you are eating too much. If your weight decreases, you are not eating enough.
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