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Every now and then we all tend to look into the mirror and cast a critical eye on our bodies. The internal dialogue goes something like this:

“I’d say that my bum looks bigger than I’d like. It could be that my clothes are badly designed. Nah, who am I kidding? I have been eating loads of sweets and junk food recently, so no wonder I’m putting on weight”

The usual result of these pangs of culinary guilt is a hasty decision to swear off junk food and a day or two searching the internet for diets and eating plans. This is the way most people run into the latest dieting craze that can make anybody slim and vastly improve the quality of life, too.

Unfortunately, the first thing people do when they accept that a couple of extra pounds have crept onto their waist is to panic and look for the quickest way to get rid of them.

This is a big mistake.

The quick fix is just that and it will never be anything else, and any problem that gets a quick fix is not really going away at all. Instead of choosing the latest diet that will make you lose an incredible number of pounds in just a few weeks, try to choose a diet that takes a little longer and is not nearly so hard on you.
The “lose weight instantly” diets are based mainly on losing body water. This is a bad idea because you will put the weight back on immediately with a couple of glasses of water. You’re not trying to lose water, you want to lose body fat, so stay away from these diets. Good diets need time to work for you and losing one pound per week is actually a good rate of weight loss. Losing three pounds per week sounds enticing, but it is actually a big mistake. Anything more than two pounds per week is bound to be loss of lean tissues that make up the muscles. The basic idea is that the faster you diet, the more muscle mass you lose; slow diets make sure that what you lose is fat.

The biggest problem is that quick weight loss schemes can turn into a vicious circle. The more muscle mass one has, the faster the metabolism and very little of the food intake gets to be stored as fat. If the diet makes you lose muscle mass, then your metabolism slows down and the accumulated fat is burned slower and slower. As you can see, a bad diet makes it harder for you to lose weight. Starving yourself is a bad idea too because your metabolism has to function at the proper speed in order to help you lose weight, not to mention that eating the right kind of food is important because you need calories to give your body the staying power it needs through the diet. There is a difference between feeling hungry while your body adjusts to less food and feeling starved because you’re not getting the required daily amount of calories.

The food you eat also gives you the energy needed to burn fat through physical effort. You can’t go to the gym or run in the park if you feel you are about to faint every time you get out of your chair.

So, next time you feel like dieting, choose wisely. There is a big difference between dieting and starvation!

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