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Posted by: BELL | 2009/07/16

SPIERE

HULLE SE AS MENS WIL GEWIG VERLOOR MOET JY NIE N ETE SKIEP NIE, WANT JOU LIGGAAM SAL DAN NET JOU SPIERE GEBRUIK VIR ENERGIE. HOE GAAN MENS DAN JOU LIGGAAM KRY OM DIE VET TE GEBRUIK INPLAAS VAN DIE SPIERE? HOE WERK DIT DAN? AL EET JY WANNEER JY MOET EN GESOND, HOE GAAN MENS JOU LIGGAAM KRY OM VET TE VERBRAND EN NIE DIE SPIERE NIE? JY MOET TOG MINDER IN NEEM EN MEER OEFEN, MAAR WAT GAAN DAN MAAK DAT JY VET VERBRAND EN NIE SPIERE NIE?
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Hi Bell

It's not quite as simple as that. You don't suddenly start burning muscle just from one meal. If you starve yourself, as in don't eat for a couple of days, then you start to use protein (muscle). But it doesn't happen unless you create a massive energy gap for a long time. In otherwords, as long as your diet is decent, this won't happen.

In terms of burning fat, just exercise. As soon as you start training, your body burns more fat, and that is because fat is a source of fuel during cardio exercise - so running, cycling, swimming, rowing, aerobics, all burn fat during exercise and also afterwards.

So you're right - you take in less energy from diet and do more exercise, but don't worry about using muscle - your body wants to use fat and sugar, not protein, so unless your diet is very bad, you won't use protein or muscle!

Good luck

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