The biggest secret about low calorie diets is that they don’t work. Putting yourself through a crash diet with severely restricted calories does nothing for your long term health or weight loss and only leads to the yo yo weight gain that many of us are so familiar with.
You may show up lighter on the scales following your diet but the chances of keeping this weight off are extremely slim. Unlike your weight which in most cases will immediately start to pile back on once your diet is over.
Of course, restricting your calories and changing your diet will help weight loss. Cutting out calorie laden meals in favour of something more healthy will help you lose weight. Many people still find that calorie counting is an effective method of weight loss but this is not the same as sticking to a strict low calorie diet and starvation regime.
Slow and Gradual?
The health authorities advise that successful weight loss is slow and gradual. The idea is that you make changes to your diet that you can live with and not starve yourself thin. The rate of healthy weight loss is said to be around just 2lbs a week.
That does not sound much but if you look at the bigger picture – 8lbs weight loss in around 4 weeks – this modest rate of weight loss soon adds up. Everyone who has successfully lost large amounts of weight has taken a slow and sure approach over months rather than weeks.
The average calorie requirements varies from person to person and depends on your age, sex and activity levels. On average 2000 calories a day is around the daily requirement for an adult female and if you add some exercise to your regime and stick to your target calorie count, you will lose weight.
It does not happen overnight. To lose weight successfully you must be in for a fairly long haul if you have a lot to lose. It is worth remembering that diet plans such as Alizonne ( we covered this treatment in a previous report) require you to stick to a diet for around 20 weeks.
A low calorie diet by contrast , promises a quick fix to your weight problem. A low calorie diet often promises a drop in dress size or slimming down for an important day or a holiday. What it will not do is provide an effective method for losing weight and keeping it off.
So What Happens to your Body on a Low Calorie Diet?
Take a low calorie diet – and we have seen diet plans that advise that you take only 500 calories a day, your body goes into starvation mode.
There is some evidence that jut thinking about cutting out food will cause you to put on weight.
Your metabolism slows down in order to conserve your fat stores as a basic survival instinct. The rate at which you lose weight is reduced. Feelings of hunger and light headedness set in.
No amount of diet pills or diet drops will help you manage your life on a low calorie diet. Taking the notorious Cabbage Soup diet for example will lead not only to a life time aversion to cabbage but will also see you feeling fatigued and hungry.
Yes, people do lose weight on temporary diets like this but it is impossible to maintain this weight loss once the diet is over.
We need calories for our energy, our wellbeing and our resistance to illness.
Starve yourself on the equivalent of famine rations and it has a detrimental effect upon your health and metabolism. Once you go back to normal, weight loss will be increased.
All Calories are Equal but they are Not the Same
A low calorie diet does not take the type of food that you eat into consideration. Basing your weight loss on calorie counting alone does not equate to successful weight loss. You could eat chocolates and a burger each day and yo would probably lose weight if you stuck to a strict calorie limit. However you would be feeling hungry and it would not do your health any good.
A better way to eat would be to include more fibre and fruit and vegetables – healthy ingredients to fill you up and stop those hunger pangs. That way you can keep to a low (ish ) calorie count yet the food that you eat can be nutritious and healthy. Cutting out fatty meat, cakes and pastries and processed food is more effective for weight loss than slavishly following a calorie count.
These days most reputable calorie counting diet plans such as Weight Watchers use nutritional guidelines when it comes to recommending your diet, rather than calories alone.
Calorie wise you get more bang for your buck if you eat natural products and fibre rather than processed foods and sugars.
How to Lose Weight?
The secret is that there is no big secret that works for all. We are all different and we all have different issues. Yes the eat less , move more advice is true but it is over simplistic and easier said than done.
Counting the calories is an effective method for weight loss for many people but it is not the only way and it has to be kept within safe guidelines.
Take a low calorie diet for too long and you will find that your results will not be long lasting or even any faster than people on more moderate less extreme diets. A better way to achieve successful weight loss is to choose a method that you can live with and stick with it for enough time to see results.
A fad diet will not help you achieve long lasting weight loss. You need to change your lifestyle habits permanently in order to prevent your weight piling back on.
For some people a healthy supplement will help support the plan.
Remember the tale of the hare and the tortoise. When it comes to losing weight it is the tortoise approach that gets results.
The Secret that Low Calorie Diets Don’t Tell You?
As we said in the beginning, the big secret about low calorie diets is that they don’t work. Cynically, many of the advertisers promoting miracle low calorie diets, especially the ones designed to be taken with products, do not even want you to achieve lasting success.
This is a billion dollar industry after all and like drug dealers they offer you a quick fix in the way of temporary weight loss in order to keep you coming back for more.
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