Where Diets Go Wrong NYC Done Healthy!
When we discover that we are heavier than we want to be, we have a natural inclination to eat less food. We may skip lunch or eat only a tiny amount of our dinner in the hope that if we eat less our body will burn off some of its fat. But that is not necessarily true. Eating less actually makes it more difficult to lose weight.
The human body took shape millions of years ago, and at that time there were no “diets”. The only low-calorie event in peoples lives was starvation. Those who could cope with a temporary lack of food were the ones who survived. Our bodies, therefore, have developed this built-in mechanism to help us survive in the face of low food intake.
Losing weight is not something one can do overnight. A carefully planned weight loss program requires common sense and certain guidelines. Unfortunately, theres a lot of misinformation floating around and lots of desperate people are easily duped and ripped off.
We can open a magazine or newspaper and see advertisements touting some new product, pill or patch that will take excess weight off quickly. Everyone seems to be looking for that magic weight loss pill. Millions of Americans are trying to lose weight, spending billions of dollars every year on diet programs and products. Often they do lose some weight, but if you check with the same people even a year or 2 later, you will find that nearly all have regained whatever weight they lost. A survey was done recently to try and determine if any commercial diet program could prove long-term success. Not a single program could do so.
The myth is that people get heavy by eating too many calories. Calories are a part of it, but overall they are not the cause of obesity in America today. Americans actually take in fewer calories each day than they did at the beginning of the century. If calories alone were the reason we become overweight, we should all be thin. But we are not. Collectively, we are heavier than ever. Partly, it is because we are more sedentary now.
People who diet without exercising often get fatter with time. Although your weight may initially drop while dieting, such weight loss consists mostly of water and muscle. When the weight returns, it comes back as fat. To avoid getting fatter over time, increase your metabolism by exercising regularly. Select an exercise routine that you are comfortable with and remember that walking is one of the best and easiest exercises for strengthening your bones, controlling your weight and toning your muscles.
Source: David Grisaffi, Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach
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4 Responses to Where Diets Go Wrong
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The myth is that people get heavy by eating too many calories. Calories are a part of it, but overall they are not the cause of obesity in America today. This is absolutely wrong! If you eat more calories then you burn in a day, those excess calories will most likely turn into fat, no?
Americans actually take in fewer calories each day than they did at the beginning of the century. Care to cite this? I would love to read this study, Lol. Also, weight loss cant be compared by grouping people together. People have different body types, different metabolic rates, etc., therefore each individual should be examined on a case by case basis. Saying people ate less in the beginning of the century doesnt even make sense, because I can take 10000 people from the beginning of the century that ate more then 10000 people in 2011. Averaging different people, with different lifestyles, sets up numerious biases for the study you cited (which I doubt even exists).
If calories alone were the reason we become overweight, we should all be thin. But we are not. Collectively, we are heavier than ever. Partly, it is because we are more sedentary now. The first two sentences dont even make sense. If someone eats more calories then they burn, they will eventually become fat. Diet is the major component of weight loss, not exercise! A person can live a somewhat sedentary lifestyle, but still maintain a healthy lifestyle, where they are NOT obese. Weight loss is simple, you eat an X amount of calories a day, your burn an N amount of calories the same day. You need to make sure what you eat (X) is lower then what you burn (N), if you want to lose weight. If you want to maintain your weight, X = N. Im not saying, people should sit on their butt all day and not do anything. Exercise is great for a number of different things, i.e. cardiovascular health, diabetic patients, etc. But the above article, is just total nonsense because they are saying DIET is LESS important then EXERCISE when focusing just on weight loss, and this is just not true!
Comment by Jeff Jeffrey on February 25, 2011 at 7:01 pm
contrary to what most people believe, all calories are not equal..for example, 100 calories of protein has a much greater thermogenic effect (more calories are required to burn it) than 100 calories of carbs..americans eating processed food is one of the main culprits of our obesity problem
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