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Diet and Weightloss

May 23, 2008
People who lose weight quickly by "crash" dieting or other extreme measures usually gain it all back or gain even more of the pounds that they lost because they haven't permanently changed their eating habits. As a general rule though, most nutrition experts recommend never going below 1,000-1,200 calories a day if you're dieting on your own. This explains why it's crucial to diet sensibly with a suitable, rather than a very low calorie intake so that you lose fat rather than muscle.

Losing weight

Weight-loss typically involves the loss of fat, water and muscle. Weight management is about long-term success & will hopefully last a lifetime. Weight gain is often linked to certain medication, such as HRT, the contraceptive pill and steroids.

The risk of developing gallstones is increased by weight loss dieting. The risk of developing gallstones is likely to be increased by losing and gaining back the lostweight, also known as weight cycling.

Following are some of the weight reduction diets:

*Medical supervision of diets

*Self-administered diets

*Commercial diet organizations and centers

*Behavioral modification and weight loss programs and support

*"fad" diets; "sensible, well-balanced" diets; in-hospital fasts; very-low-calorie diets (VLCDs); prepackaged food plans; and diets supplemented by drugs or artificial food products or supplements.


Diet affect the energy intake by limiting nutrition supply to the body. Fiber is an essential component to sustain healthy motion. In most cases diets result in fiasco gaining more weight than what was lost. This is due to the fact that our body is not designed to enagage in the constant process of losing and gaining weight. Therefore, diets cannot sustain weight loss and long-term health benefits. The temptation for food and old habits still linger.

Diets lacking in essential nutrition, fewer than recommended calories could be risky and dangerous for kids. Diets can be used to maintain the body weight and some of the athletes gain weight in the form of muscles, although dieting is considered primarily for losing weight.

A variety of diets are available. But all weight loss diets limits the food intake in order to reduce the body weight. American football players on the other hand, follows a diet regimen to increase their body weight to give them the advantage over the other players in the field.

Weight gain diets are suitable for those people who are recovering from anorexia nervosa, starvation etc. These individuals focus on gaining their normal body fat, muscle and essential nutrients as opposed to the athletes.


Dieting sets up a psychological state of childhood and usually fails in the long run, study finds. Dieting actually causes some people to gain weight.

Dieting can cause the following side effects:

*Makes one feel hungry and thinking about food

*Lacking energy and drive

*Lack of motivation and sense of purpose

*Dizzy feeling and cold

*Wanting to taste the given up foods

Doctors emphasize dieting and losing weight before pregnancy. Hypo caloric diets, especially causes depletion of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrition, notably, vitamin B. Dieting is a stress on the body, and over and above the depletion of vital nutrients affect the child during the pregnancy, mainly caused due to the changes in hormones in the dieter. Dieting can affect the breastfeeding after pregnancy.

Dieting creates more problems than it solves; dieting and overeating become a vicious circle. Dieters never stop dieting, and never stop using the dieting industry. Dieters have double the risk of getting type-2 diabetes compared to those who are overweight but do not diet.

Before embarking on a diet, focus on eating right, eating healthy, and eating nutritious foods. Balance your food intake with adequate nutrition from a variety of fruits and green vegetables. Supplement your food intake with nutritional supplements. Detoxify your colon and liver for fast and lasting effects of weight-loss. Consult your doctor for suitable weight-loss programs.

Eating smart and healthy is the way to happy dieting.
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