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Conventional diets don’t work because they are faulty in design. They are based on weight-loss instead of fat loss. You restrict yourself to a very low calorie diet or liquid diet and think you are reaching your goal because you are losing weight. But, because the diet is not designed to lose fat, you are mainly losing muscle weight. Consequently, upon resuming normal eating habits, you gain the weight back. So, as the cycle goes you start the same method all over again – only to fail once more. It’s yo-yo dieting.
The key to permanent weight-management is understanding the difference between weight-loss and fat-loss.
You Are Not Alone
According to the National Institutes of Health, almost 98% of all dieters gain their original weight back, plus more. People on liquid diets realize, only after their programs are over, they are no more prepared to face real food again than they were before their programs started.
Throw Away Your Scale
In almost all conventional diet programs, the weight you lose is mainly muscle. Therefore, you only become a smaller version of yourself – a skinnier FAT person. Your body-fat percentage hardly changes. But, your bathroom scale would have you believe a conventional diet really works.
The bathroom scale does not reveal fat-loss.
So why do we retain body-fat? The answer goes back thousands of years. Early man ate anything and everything he could. He instinctively did so because it might be weeks before he found another meal. To survive, his body stored as much fat as possible to be burned as fuel, later. We have not evolved from this state. We still are efficient fat-storing machines.
The built-in survival mechanism is strong. Your body continually makes instinctive adjustments to stay alive. Dieting is no exception. In your mind you know you are simply dieting – however, your body believes you are starving to death and instinctively seeks high-calorie food in order to store and hoard fat.
The Starvation Mode
After repeated cycles of dieting, the body tends to stay in a semi-starvation mode. It continually craves specific foods as it tries to retain a certain level of fat. This phenomenon is regulated b the hypothalamus gland, located in the brain. Within the glad is an internal agent known as the weight regulating mechanism (WRM) commonly referred to as the fat thermostat. Your fat thermostat controls the conservation and expenditure of energy.
Your Fat Thermostat
As you age, the battle to control fat grows more difficult. Your fat thermostat slowly climbs due to inactivity, overly processed foods and skipped meals. In fact, chronic “crash dieters” develop a marked appetite for foods containing refined sugars and fats. The sugars and fats are destined to be stored as fat – the exact opposite of their diet objectives.
To make sure this struggle worsens, The New England Journal of Medicine reported people who lose weight too rapidly start over-producing an enzyme known as Lipoprotein Lipase. This enzyme helps the body to store fat. Imagine, diets designed to reduce weight can actually create a fat-gaining metabolism. This point is further demonstrated by the fact that many people suffering from anorexia nervosa are clinically obese.
Lowering Your Thermostat
In order to lose fat permanently, your fat thermostat must be lowered. You’ll need to convince your body to burn fat instead of muscle. By doing so, your weight-loss will be fat-loss. Lowering your fat thermostat will also increase your metabolic rate (which is good) as you begin to lose improper food cravings.
It’s a medical fact. There’s no such thing as a universal formula that works for everybody. You must learn how your body works and how you will burn fat and gain permanent control of your weight. There are three basic steps to permanent fat-loss. They include:
Optimal Calorie Intake
It’s important to identify the optimal calorie intake you need by quantifying and qualifying variables in your body such as height, weight, gender, body-fat level, muscle tissue, activity level and genetic traits.
Oxygen is imperative in order to optimally burn fat. Therefore, cardiovascular activity is essential. In addition, exercise sends a message to your body that muscle is more valuable than fat. Exercise can be a brisk walk or as intense as aerobics and/or weight training. Exercise depends on your personal goals and current physical condition. Through exercise, you teach your body to keep muscle. Therefore, it must burn fat for energy.
In the final analysis, weight-management is up to you. You can continue on the failure cycle or make a long-term commitment to better health. If you chose the latter, there is only one way – proper nutrition and exercise. Let me design a program just for you.