Swimming does exercise almost the entire body—heart, lungs, and muscles—with very little joint strain. Swimming is great for general fitness and health, just not the best way to drop excess pounds. To lose body fat, you must use more calories than you eat through a combination of controlling your food intake and increasing your exercise routine—like doing more swimming.

That's awesome prairieprincess! I do hope you take Pilates up again- especially since it sounds like it worked pretty well for you! And of course, the whole 'muscle weighing more than fat' thing probably explains why you saw a change in your appearance well before you noticed a weight change. Weight is not always the best measure of fitness... do keep that in mind!


Hi Stacey, I can’t give medical advice and definitely recommend following your doctor’s recommendations. You can ask him/her if low carb would be better suited for you. Also, you may want to double check with him/her if the kidney concern was related to high protein, because that is a common misconception about keto – it is not a high protein diet/lifestyle.
Vegetables and lean protein like chicken or fish should be a staple of any good cyclist's diet. Rather than loading up on nutritional supplements, try getting most of your vitamins and protein from food. The absorption rate is better, and by giving your body what it needs through the food you eat will make you feel a lot better too. And if your body feels good, you'll ride longer, which will help you burn more calories. It may also help with the junk food cravings.
There are theoretically no restrictions on where the ketogenic diet might be used, and it can cost less than modern anticonvulsants. However, fasting and dietary changes are affected by religious and cultural issues. A culture where food is often prepared by grandparents or hired help means more people must be educated about the diet. When families dine together, sharing the same meal, it can be difficult to separate the child's meal. In many countries, food labelling is not mandatory so calculating the proportions of fat, protein and carbohydrate is difficult. In some countries, it may be hard to find sugar-free forms of medicines and supplements, to purchase an accurate electronic scale, or to afford MCT oils.[54]
Although many hypotheses have been put forward to explain how the ketogenic diet works, it remains a mystery. Disproven hypotheses include systemic acidosis (high levels of acid in the blood), electrolyte changes and hypoglycaemia (low blood glucose).[19] Although many biochemical changes are known to occur in the brain of a patient on the ketogenic diet, it is not known which of these has an anticonvulsant effect. The lack of understanding in this area is similar to the situation with many anticonvulsant drugs.[56]
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.
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