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calorie shifting diet - is this another fad diet or does it work?

Feb 29, 2008
A novel approach to weight loss is a device called calorie shifting. The object of this technique is to prevent your body's metabolism from slowing down. The natural course of events is for your metabolism to slow as you diet and begin eating less and less. This is because the human body is meant to hold some fat in storage for future use. When the body senses that it is at risk of starvation, it slows the metabolism to prevent the loss of too much of the fat stores.

Whereas with the traditional approach, the body protects its fat reservoir, a calorie shifting diet works against nature to counteract this effect. By using this method, your metabolic rate will not decrease because your body will never catch on to the fact that your fat stores are in jeopardy.

Let's look at an example. A person who needs to lose weight might think that by lowering calorie intake to 1,000, he'll achieve his goal. In reality, he probably won't lose that much because the body will slow its metabolism to stave off the attack on its fat stores. Using the calorie shifting method, however, you eat perhaps 1500 calories one day and 500 the next, back up to 1800 the next day, and down to 600 the next. This way, the body never really learns what's happening to it and does not have the opportunity to adjust itself and fight the assault on storage of fat. Your metabolism rate stays the same, and you lose weight.

Most people who try this approach wonder why they ever used any other dieting approach. After all, with this method, they might have to go without much to eat today, but they know that tomorrow, they can have a day eating the foods they love. It never gets boring, and so people tend to stick with the diet longer.

A good calorie shifting diet to follow is that for 4 days out of the week you could eat the same amount of calories and eat low fat foods. Then you could have 3 days of the week eating a higher consumption of calories and in effect eating anything you want. Then after the 3 days you go back to the strict level of calories. This will work in the exact same way and will help your metabolism stay fast to ensure you actually lose the weight you set out to lose.

But beware: our body is an intelligent computer and might catch on to your plan. You have to make sure you keep outsmarting it by regularly changing the calorie amounts. Even if you have a pattern of 1,500, 500, 1,500, 500, your body will sense the pattern and adapt. Instead try for something like 1,500, 600, 1750, 800, 1600, 750, etc. Never let it know that its fat stores are under assault! To make sure you're not falling into a detectable pattern, make sure you write everything down for the week.

So if you have found that you lose little to no weight when on a regular diet, it is definitely time to start thinking about using a calorie shifting diet, you will not be disappointed with the results.

And one last thing, consume at least 8 to 10 glasses of water everyday. This is to ensure that your body does not retain water to make up for the loss of it.
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