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Why Low Fat-LowCarb-Low Cal Diets Don't Work

Feb 27, 2008
Every year millions, dare I say billions of dollars are spent by people who are desperate to lose weight. The vast array of weight loss programs, diet plans and exercise routines leave the frustrated overweight public completely confused, not knowing what the best approach is for their particular problem.

Low fat foods have been on the market for a long time, and have been used by many yet our society continues to increase its number of overweight and obese people. If low fat diets are so good why don't we lose weight? The truth is that eating a purely low fat menu on its own is not the answer to losing weight.

Low calorie dieting suffers too because eating low calories slows down the bodies fat burning engine and ruins the chances of losing weight. You may see some temporary weight loss but starving yourself on low calorie diets is not the answer.

More recently low carbohydrate diets have become popular, but they pose other problems for the dieter. Generally low carbohydrate diets tend to be very stringent and difficult to maintain, and the menus tend to rob your body the energy found in carbohydrates. This loss of energy makes it very difficult to keep to the strict routine required and soon give up. Most criticism of low carbohydrate dieting is based on the fact that the dieters will get most of their daily calories from meat, dairy and other high fat products. This can lead to high cholesterol and other problems related to a high intake of saturated fats. Medical advice is advised before starting this type of diet. Sometimes weight loss is good in the early stages but people cannot handle the restrictions in the longer term and start to deviate from the diet.

Organized weight loss programs along with the special foods or supplements sold in these courses usually get less dramatic results in the short term and are less likely to be harmful because of the controlled manner in which they work, along with a carefully thought out exercise plan.

Setting achievable goals is vital in any weight loss plan. Goals should be clear, realistic and set out in writing. While you probably do have an ideal weight in your mind, unless you are only very slightly overweight it is probably too distant to be useful. A more useful goal would be to lose two pounds per week for the first five weeks and then one pound per week after that. Some weeks you will lose more and some less, some weeks you may even gain, but if you track your progress on a graph you will see that ups and downs are natural and do not stop you progressing steadily toward your major goal.

You get fat by eating the wrong foods at the wrong times of the day. You can lose weight quickly by eating the right foods at the right times of the day. You don't have to starve yourself to lose weight. The secret to regular and safe weight loss is by alternating every known calorie type in a programmed sequence. If you maintain your current eating habits you will never lose weight. Your body fat tissue can be and should be burned away regularly. To do this you must learn to eat he correct calorie rich foods in the right sequences and at the right times in order to lose weight and keep it off.
About the Author
Ken Nickless is a retired businessman playing as much golf as possible and spending the rest of his time on internet marketing. Ken's site http://www.wealth-marketing.com/weightloss/ is an article based website for all weight watchers.
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