Sit on the mat with your knees bent, toes together, and knees apart so you can see your ankles. "Dive" your hands between your legs, and wind them around to the outsides of your ankles, one palm on the outside of each ankle (A). Lift your feet off the mat, and balance on your tail with your abdominals scooped, inner thighs engaged, and biceps firing (B). Inhale with control, and deepen your abs to initiate rolling back onto your upper back. Exhale to roll back up to balance on your tail. Try three simple seals, staying centered on your mat and deepening your abs with each roll. Next add two or three claps of your "flippers" (that is, opening and closing your legs from your deep powerhouse muscles) as you balance on your tail, and add two or three flipper claps as you balance on the backs of your shoulders—never allowing the weight of your body to rest on your neck (C and D). Roll like a seal six times.
Yes, you lose weight when you cut calories, but pounds lost aren’t always fat. Some of your weight loss may also come from muscle tissue. Cyclists that diet often end up thinner, but risk becoming slower and weaker on the bike. As pioneering diet expert Covert Bailey once wrote, “When someone says that they lost 20 pounds, the key question is: 20 pounds of what?” Some dieters can end up having a higher percentage of body fat even as they lose weight. And don’t forget that muscle burns calories. The more muscle volume you have, the more calories your body can burn—even when you’re just lying on the couch.