Weight Loss Diets

Of course, there would not be much of a weight loss industry without the many providers of weight loss diets that exist purely to make it as easy as possible for people to restrict their calorie count or to cut out certain foods or food groups in the hop that it will force their bodies to shift some of that excess weight that is hanging around as stored fat. While this is not the best way to lose weight, dieting is easily the most popular.

weight loss dietsThis is likely because dieting is also perceived as the easier option to exercising. So let's take a look at how dieting can help you to lose weight and also how you can boost your chances of achieving the results you desire while maintaining them in the longer term.

Why Diets Often Fail in the Long Term

Maintaining the weight lost through a diet in the long term is one of more difficult the parts of losing weight by this method. That is because once you stop dieting and resume normal eating again, you simply revert back to where you were before you started the diet and eat all the wrong things again which the body readily accepts and starts converting it all into storable fat to replace that which it lost during the diet. This is because the body perceived the diet as a period of starvation through lack of food, which is a basic instinct program that has been in our basic physical programming since we lived in caves and hunted our food.

In those days, when the tribe was able to catch its food, everyone ate heartily and gorged themselves to cram in as much nutrition as possible because they didn't know from one day to the next where their next meal was coming from or if it was coming at all. The body has that program to store as much of the food as fat for later use when there would be lean times of little or no food. In those days, there were no supermarkets, deep freezers or refrigerators as there are now, so excess food could not be stored. It had to be eaten before it spoiled or it was wasted. The body's way of storing it was nature's cold storage, if you like.

These days there are no lean times of little or no food except in societies where there is abject poverty and lack. In the West, this is rare and because the vast majority of people have access to food all the time, there are no lean times for the body to have to deal with. But the basic instinctive program remains and when we overeat, the body stores the excess for later use. Because that "later" never comes, we just keep on storing more and more until we reach obesity. Or we do something about it by restricting our food intake by going on a diet. The problem with going on a diet is that the body sees this as a period of starvation.

What is the Answer to Losing Weight Through Diet?

The only way to maintain the correct body weight through diet alone is to maintain that restrictive level of eating. If you revert back to old ways and habits after a diet has succeeded for you, then you are going to put the weight back on because your body will think it must prepare for the next period of starvation. It will store even more of the excess food you eat as fat so the likelihood is that after a diet you not only put back on all the weight you lost, but also some extra as well.

The best way to maintain a healthy weight is of course to combine a healthy diet with an exercise program that you can easily maintain. That way, your body is not as restricted to its calorie intake as it is forced to burn the excess calories through the exercise process, thereby preventing it from storing fat. This is the best answer to losing weight through diet as it allows you to eat better, making it easier to stick with the diet, while the exercise takes care of the extra calories so you don't store fat. This can be maintained in the long term and has many side benefits such as a slimmer, fitter and more toned physical body that also looks great.

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