The ABC’s of Dieting
Dieting isn’t easy, that’s a sad fact. You may have read about some of the fad diets that are “guaranteed” to help you lose 20 pounds or more practically overnight. But do they really work?
Maybe yes, maybe no…
The problem with most fad diets is that they can help you lose some weight for a short time, but you may find it hard to keep the weight off once you stop the diet, plus, most of them are just not healthy. You might be able to drop a few pounds on the cabbage soup diet but really, is eating soup for a week healthy? Many experts say that the only weight you lose is water and not fat.
There are also the Acai Berry Diet, the HCG Diet and diets built around low fats, low carbs, “zones” and even one called the Tapeworm Diet.
The Healthy Solution
The truth is that the best solution isn’t an exotic diet built around cabbage, grapefruit or zones. It is changing to a healthy diet consisting of foods that provide the proteins, fats and carbohydrates your body needs, that are in the right amounts, so you will lose weight and keep it off.
Did I say you needed carbohydrates, fats and protein? I did because a good, healthy diet isn’t one that totally deprives your body of carbs, protein or fats. Your body actually needs all of these food groups.
The reason people gain weight isn’t because they ate foods containing carbohydrates or fats. It’s because they ate too many carbs or food with too much fat.
When it really gets down to it, losing weight is just simple math and learning to eat food that isn’t going to stress your body. You need to consume fewer calories than you burn off through exercise or other daily activities. If you consume 3000 calories in a typical day and you want to lose weight, you will need to either eat about 1000 calories less or exercise more.
What it boils down to is this: Learning how to exercise and lose weight in a healthy way. We need to free ourselves from the excuses that are preventing us from living a disease free, energy filled life.