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Does Calorie Counting Work For Weight Loss? The "Starvation" Diet?

Jul 29, 2008
Many people think that calories are the thing to watch out for, since eating too many calories leads to weight gain right? Calories are the "enemy", since eating excess calories leads to excess fat, right? I have found that like me, most people think that the fastest way to lose "fast" weight is to cut down on their calories intake every day.

If most people believe that the fastest way to lose weight is to cut way back on calories each day. Why do so many of us struggle with weight related issues? After all, if a dieter is eating 2,500 calories per day and they decide to cut back to 1,500 calories per day -- then obviously those extra 1,000 calories have to result in weight loss, right?

Well actually no, this does not always work and is potentially harmful to you. I am going to explain why. If you try to cut your calories too much (via starving yourself and skipping meals) then you'll quickly reach a dieting "plateau" (a point where the scale refuses to drop any lower no matter how little your are eating).

First, let's paint a picture together here. I will use myself in an example that I feel you may relate to. One day I look in the mirror and see that my clothes are fitting tighter than normal, and I look more overweight than normal. And on this day I get "angry" with myself, I am angry with what I see in the mirror -- and I decide that I am going to lose weight no matter what it takes.

How many of us have had this very same conversation with ourselves? I know that I have a number of times... My emotions are running wild. I am both motivated and angry. I am determined to do whatever it takes to get slimmer and lose those unsightly pounds that are preventing me from being happy.

Looking good is feeling good!

So the first thing that comes to mind is? Skipping meals and cutting way back on calories in an attempt to starve myself thinner, since I am convinced that calories are the enemy. Let's face it, we are logical thinkers and doesn't that sound logical? And make sense? Doesn't it?

I, like so many of you out there have fallen into that very scenario and began what I will call the "starvation diet".

I recall justifying to myself silently on the first day of my starvation diet because I was so "motivated" to lose that extra weight that I decided to skip breakfast.

Unfortunately, that motivation didn't last long, because after a few hours the hunger pains were so severe and making me feel weak -- my body was not accustomed to "skipping meals" like that, and my body was not accustomed to being without calories for so long.

By lunchtime I was so hungry (and weak) that I felt absolutely miserable --- but yet I bravely told myself that I can handle this diet (because after all, I certainly didn't want to feel like a quitter). So reluctantly now, I have a piece of fruit for lunch (or perhaps another small food item instead), since I am still convinced that I can starve myself thinner.

Finally, hours later when dinnertime arrives I am so miserable, hungry and cranky that I have a major headache --- and this is the moment when I finally begin to realize that starving myself might not be such a good idea after all. After the first day of starving myself I feel horrible, but I am determined to stick to my starvation diet since I don't want to be a quitter so soon -- so Ill likely hold on for few more days brfore giving up. Or, if you are stronger than me, you may even hold out for a week or two.

However, regardless of how long you actually hold out -- you won't get any slimmer and the final result will still be the same.

You see, even after two weeks of starving yourself you won't have achieved any serious weight loss at all. In fact, your body will still look the same when you look in the mirror. Why is this true? This is true because most of the weight lost during a "starvation diet" is just water weight, and not real fat loss. You must remember that any "water weight" lost during a starvation diet will be gained back immediately when you stop dieting and start eating normally again.

Also, whenever you starve yourself you cause a "hidden" factor to come into play. You see, whenever you starve yourself your body will begin burning fewer calories each day. For example, let's say that you normally eat about 3,000 calories per day, but then you suddenly cut way back on calories -- so that you're now only eating 1,000 calories per day.

What happens?

Even though you're eating 2,000 fewer calories per day your body will begin burning 2,000 fewer calories --- so in reality your weight will remain the same even though you're eating 2,000 fewer calories per day. When this happens the scale will stop going down regardless of how little you are eating each day, and this is known as a weight loss "plateau".

This is why most starvation dieters cannot make the scale go down anymore after just two weeks of dieting. They all hit a "plateau" where the scale just refuses to go down any further, no matter how little they are eating each day.

Now you know why you've always failed when trying to starve yourself in the past, since it's just not possible to lose weight by starving yourself. The truth is that "serious" weight loss can never be achieved by starvation dieting. Serious weight loss can only be achieved by giving your body the right types of calories at the correct times each day, which is something that I have looked at in depth now.

Your body is actually like a big "engine" -- and the truth is that your body needs all 3 types of calories (protein, carbs, and fat) to some degree to effectively lose excess weight. To lose weight quickly you must eat all 3 types of calories in the right proportions, and that's why most dieters fail. They fail because nobody knows what the right proportions of calories should be.

To begin losing weight fast I recommend using a brand new type of diet never seen before, focusing on "calorie shifting" -- since there are no specific "portion limits" at any meal and dieters can eat as much as they need to at each meal, no more starvation diets.

Dieters can enjoy unlimited amounts of certain condiments without feeling guilty. (Its one of the only diets in the world which forces on fast weight loss WITHOUT THE NEED TO COUNT CALORIES).
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