Valletta, Malta -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/21/2013 -- Everybody knows that calories are the enemy and that consuming more calories means gaining more weight. Therefore, most people believe that losing weight is as simple as cutting way back on calories. It's just simple mathematics, right? For example, if you're eating four thousand calories per day and you cut down one thousand calories per day, then the remaining three thousand calories have to be burned from your body, right? Well, this is not exactly true.
First, let's talk about the average person who begins a diet. The scenario usually goes something like this: one day a man or woman looks in the mirror and decides that he or she is finally get fed up with the way his or her body looks. At that point the guy or gal decides to begin cutting way back on calories in an attempt to starve himself or herself thinner. In other words, that person officially begins his or her "starvation diet."
On the first day the person skips breakfast altogether. Then, a few hours the person’s motivation quickly gives way to severe hunger since the body is not accustomed to being without calories for so long. Finally, by lunchtime the person is so hungry that he or she feels weak and miserable, but yet that person tells himself or herself that he or she can make it through the tough hunger.
So that person eats a small piece of fruit for lunch perhaps, bravely trying to stick to the plan of starving oneself thin. Then, hours later when dinnertime arrives that person is so hungry and weak that he or she has big migraine headache. Perhaps at that point, the person starts to realize that trying to starve to death might not be such a good idea after all.
However the person holds out for another day or two on this miserable diet - since nobody likes to feel like a quitter. If the person is brave enough, then may he/she holds on for a week or possibly two. However, regardless of how long that person holds out he or she does not see a lot of difference when looking at the mirror. While the person might may lose weight, he or she is still not happy with the results.
Why is this so? This is due to the simple reason that a proper fat loss diet does not mean hardly eating at all. The weight lost during a starvation diet is largely muscle mass loss and also some water weight loss, but not real fat loss. Going on a starvation diet slows down the metabolism which means that the body burns fat at a much slower rate. Then when one stops the starvation diet, the body will still be burning fat at a very slow rate and in no time that person would become fatter than before he or she started the diet in the first place.
True weight loss can only be achieved by giving the body the right types of calories at the right times each day. The body is like a big engine, and the truth is that it needs protein, carbs and fat to some degree. Nutritionists never recommend starving oneself to lose weight. What they recommend is to replace the unhealthy foodstuffs with health foodstuffs, while eating small portions of food five to six times per day. When one eats regularly, the body’s metabolism will act quicker and the body with burn fat at a higher rate. Apart from this, nutritionists recommend doing daily exercise as this will increase the metabolism even further.
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