What diet is best?
There are many diets. We've
listed some of the more popular ones on our Weight
Loss Diets page. You can judge for yourself which you think
would be best for you.
However, you might notice that some diets work
really well for one person and don't work for another. Why?
Because each person has a different reason as the cause for their
overweight. It can't be that the overweight person eats too
much. Have you ever known someone who eats ten times what
someone else eats and never gains weight. His metabolism is
different. So, what do you do, do you try every diet and
see what happens?
Well, there are certain basics. First, a very low calorie - starvation diet -
may burn fat, but it you will also burn muscle.
Since muscle is needed to burn fat it is a losing
proposition. Less muscle, less ability to burn fat. A
starvation diet can also create
deficiencies which will injure your health.
In addition, when
you starve your body, the body takes precautions. It must
conserve energy in case of another "famine" (you might start
dieting again), and lowers its metabolism rate. The result, the body
burns calories more slowly, and that means faster weight gain.
thirdly, the body fights back by escalating food cravings until these
cravings are strong enough to overwhelm the will to diet. It is
insuring that it gets enough to eat. To the body, it is a
survival point, to you, you can't stop the cravings and you gain
An important reason is
dehydration. When the body doesn't
have enough water, it doesn't have all the tools it
needs to have proper digestion, for elimination, and
metabolism slows down. When a person is
dehydrated, they will often mistake it for hunger and
eat. Try drinking water when you
feel you still want to eat.
drink a lot of water and find yourself in the bathroom
a lot? That is not what you
want, you want you body to get the water. A good idea is to put a pinch of mineralized sea salt
in you water bottle or lemon. The body needs
this to be able to use it in the body.
This can increase your hydration. For more
information about dehydration go to our article on Dehydration.
is a healthy weight? How do I obtain it?
You have your individual reason for being
There is lots of different reasons here - read through
Exercise - this is a reason for
overweight. Your body just isn't metabolizing the food.
Your muscles burn fat, your muscles shrink unless you use them. The
result slower metabolism, weight gain and an lessening ability to burn
fat. What to do? Exercise
Berg on Exercise and burning fat
What happens when you Only Use Exercise for Weight Loss
Why are you
One way -
Food Intake (lower calories but not starvation) - you
need to determine exactly how many calories you need
to consume each day to achieve your goals? You
must consume fewer calories than you expend?
When your calories
are decreased, an imbalance is created. The body's job is to restore
the balance, and this is accomplished by either reducing energy
expenditure (i.e.. losing muscle) or forcing you into non-compliance through
hunger and cravings. ou need to eat the right foods that will
create health. How can you do that? Read on.
Supplementation - This
allows you to give the body nutrition without any calories. It is
virtually impossible to consume all the nutrition your body needs and
still support fat loss.
Resistance Training - use it or lose it -
Resistance training exercise increases nervous system and muscle protein
activity. This provides the body with an after-burn which
continues for days after exercising. However, your body burns fat at
night, not during the day, so sleep is very important.
Maybe you are
allergic to some foods. I've heard of someone who lost 16 lbs just
by eliminating corn and wheat from her diet.
Maybe it is the fact that your body cannot tolerate certain kinds of
foods. The body needs help to be healthy.
Then, of course, there are those cravings that you get. That
might be the result of many things, not only starvation diets, and that needs to be addressed.
Then there is that slow metabolism. What is the cause?
A great method of exercise, one which
you don't have to go to the gym but one which gives you a good exercise
routine with gradients of exercise at a very nice pace, there is a great
program at Beach Body. They have other great exercise and diet plans there
as well and diet advice, a message board, a buddy system and VIDEOS so you
can do the routines in the comfort of your home. This again in
not for those who want a "miracle cure" but for those who do
want shape up and lose weight.
When it comes to just not being able
to lose weight -
best book we've found is
Principles of Fat Burning by Dr. Eric Berg.
This book educates you into how the
body works and may prevent you from losing weight.
It has now been updated and is the Body Type Guide - Get Healthy to Lose Weight
goes over the purpose of food & the four different
body shapes which enable you to figure out what needs
to be fixed. There is a multiple choice questionnaire
which will to figure out which one you
fall under and what can be done to heal the glands and
He talks about
fat burning and fat
storing hormones and how incorrect exercise can
prevent fat burning.
And that is Chapter
1. Its got lots of really good
You can read more about it here
Berg's 7 Principles of Fat Burning now Body Type Guild
His motto, you don't lose weight to get
healthy, you get healthy to lose weight.
There is even a program where you work with a coach to work out what body type you are and to help you fully understand and get the results you want with this program.
The nice thing about this diet is that it is tailored to your body and it is building health not just trying to get you to lose weight. As you build health, the pounds will come off.
If interested in the program, please email us
We would also like to hear from you if you have
another successful method. Email us
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