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Dieting, A Wiser Weight Loss Approach

Aug 17, 2007
We live in a weight-conscious age where the media glamorizes thinness. As we stand queue up at supermarkets and drugstores, magazine headlines draw our attention to the trendiest weight-control techniques while images of thin celebrities lure us into losing weight. While a lot of diets look appealing, we should also consider whether or not they are really worth the hype and decide on the approach that is best for us.

Those of us who are not fitness experts can easily get confused. Should we consider fasting or dieting? Although both have their pros and cons, we will discover that the dieting is a far wiser approach toward healthy weight-control than fasting.

First of all, all diets differ in their requirements, ranging from low carbohydrate/high protein, to low fat, to low salt, to low sugar and from frequent meals to few meals.

A lot of publicity has been directed towards two very different weight-control methods: dieting and fasting.
1. Dieting involves eating small healthy meals every few hours. In dieting, portion size is as important as frequency of meals.
2. Fasting is on the other end of the spectrum. This is a short-term approach often used for rapid and extreme weight loss by models and celebrities who want to look their best for movies, videos, or photo shoots.

Both dieting and fasting have their own advantages and disadvantages. With dieting, you get the benefit of never experiencing hunger pangs. When fasting, you may experience a drop in blood sugar levels, causing you to reach a starvation mode and binge when it ends. But eating every three hours, you will have a satisfied stomach and nicer moods. When starving yourself, you experience side effects like grumpiness, dizziness, and headaches.

Unlike fasting, dieting actually increases your metabolism. In fact, dieting works well for your appearance as well, since eating every few hours reduces cartisol, which is responsible for belly fat. On the other hand, starving yourself causes your body to store fat, defeating the purpose.

Further, with dieting, you will have plenty of energy, letting you to go on with your normal daily schedule and even incorporate exercise into your weight-loss plan. In contrast, when fasting you will be sluggish and will only want to try it on your days off from work or school. However, by far the greatest benefits of dieting, as opposed to fasting, are that it is safe for anyone. It can even be developed into a lifestyle plan.
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Kevin Pederson is the webmaster of Diethealthclub, this article explains that dieting and fasting have their own advantages and disadvantages.
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