Eat to Lose Weight

February 9, 2011 by  
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How do you eat to burn the fat?  Eating regularly has a tendency to keep the metabolism going. Skipping breakfast is not recommended. If breakfast is skipped, then it puts the body in fasting mode, which slows down the metabolism. (That is why they call it break-fast.)

The problem with fasting is the body has a tendency to think there is a famine going on, and it begins to find ways to store fat (in case of an emergency). It does this by making a genesis enzyme that causes the fat to sort of “stick together,” so that it stays in the fat cell, and does not get released into the blood stream. If it is not released into the bloodstream, then it cannot be used as energy. Starvation and deprivation are no help in winning the weight battle.

To stop the vicious cycle, try spreading your meals out. It is also better than eating too much at once, because if you consume too much in one sitting, it results in the storage of more fat. Several smaller meals (like five per day) is a better way to keep the metabolism going. In other words, snacking isn’t such a bad thing. If your stomach is growling and you feel hungry, it is better to put something in it to keep the metabolism going. And, you never feel deprived. Isn’t that great?

Eat More to Lose Weight

September 13, 2010 by  
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The reality is that you should never eat less than 10 times your ideal body weight in calories. For example, 150 pounds would be 1500 calories per day. If you eat less than that, after a period of time your body will slow down the burning of fat in order to survive. The scary thing is when people diet, they are often not consuming enough calories to maintain a healthy body. When people go overboard with dieting and over-training, it actually slows down their metabolism. It is much better to free yourself from a vicious cycle of deprivation.

Excerpt from the award-winning book Lose the Diet.  Copyright by Kathy Balland.  Get Lose the Diet now on Amazon!  And join the Lose the Diet Club at www.LosetheDietClub.com.

Fasting is not a Fast way to Lose Weight

September 12, 2010 by  
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Sometimes people try fasting, however only about half of the weight that they lose while fasting is actually fat. In fact, weight loss from fasting can be described as a reduction of the total body weight, due to a mean loss of fluid, body fat or adipose tissue and/or lean mass, namely bone mineral deposits, muscle, tendon and other connective tissue.

If we lose muscle from “under” eating, our bodies burn less fat, even when we are simply sitting still. Five pounds of muscle burns about 200 calories per day, without doing any exercise. So, under eating can defeat the whole purpose of reducing the amount of fat in our bodies.

Excerpt from the award-winning book Lose the Diet.  Copyright by Kathy Balland.  Get Lose the Diet now on Amazon!  And join the Lose the Diet Club at www.LosetheDietClub.com.

Diet Food – Not!

September 9, 2010 by  
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Consuming pre-packaged diet foods may give a person instant gratification as they begin to lose the weight.  However, once the pre­packaged food is gone, the person’s body can easily revert to the way it was. After all, the person who is on the diet is not preparing the food themselves, and, therefore, is not learning a permanent way to balance one’s weight. When the special diet food is taken away, it can be very difficult to maintain the achieved weight. Any emotional eating that was previously there, can easily come back again.

Excerpt from the award-winning book Lose the Diet.  Copyright by Kathy Balland.  Get Lose the Diet now on Amazon!  And join the Lose the Diet Club at www.LosetheDietClub.com.

Die-It is really a four letter word.

September 2, 2010 by  
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I’ve been on a diet for two weeks and all I’ve lost is two weeks.  – Totie Fields

Broken into two syllables, the word Die-it is enough to send chills up the spines of those who know what it is like to deprive themselves without getting long-term results. In some cases there may be immediate results (especially in the case of losing water weight), but in the long run, the weight can come back (and then some).

After all, if you completely deprive yourself of the foods you love, are you really living the life you deserve? Are you savoring all of the wonderful flavors that food has to offer? We are not living this life to starve ourselves, but to nourish ourselves. We are meant to enjoy the smells, textures and flavors of foods, and to appreciate the rich diversity of the cultural differences in food. As the character Auntie Mame said “life is a banquet.”

Excerpt from the award-winning book Lose the Diet.  Copyright by Kathy Balland.  Get Lose the Diet now on Amazon!