The three components of changing your body are what you eat, how much you eat, and exercise. >How much you eat
If you eat less than your tdee you will lose weight. Also reminder, spot reduction is a myth. You cannot lose fat from a certain area (belly, love handles etc). Fat distribution is entirely genetic. The only way to lose fat from somewhere is to lose it everywhere. >What you eat
This is import for health and muscle retention If you eat 1500 cal of junk food a day, you will lose weight, but you will be bloated, feel like shit, have bad health effects, will lose muscle and will be starving all day. The bloating comes from the salt, which makes you retain water weight. Youll see if you eat really salty food, your weight will shoot up for a day or two. This can be pretty disheartening, but its ok, it will go away. The other key is the muscle. If you don’t eat enough protein, you will lose a lot of muscle along with your fat. I try to hit the protein goal in MFP everyday>Exercise
Along with protein, exercise (lifting specifically) is very important to how good you look at the end of your cut. If you do not lift, you will probbaly end up as a skinnyfat. You know the guys that were always skinny, but got a gut as they got older? the guys that looks like a lowercase b on stilts? Those guys. Its better than being obese, but still not attractive. Lifting keeps you from losing the muscle you inherently have from hoisting your fat ass around. While on a diet you will not gain a lot of muscle when you lift, but you will gain strength, and you won’t lose much muscle you do have.
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