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How Effective are Slimming Diets in Losing Weight?

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Obesity is a major health hazard. It leads to disease and death. So, maintaining an ideal weight is the key factor to stay fit and healthy. If you want to live healthier and longer, you need to shed your extra weight. There are a number of diet programs available online that claims to work amazingly to burn body fat. But practically every slimming diet, no matter how well it works at the start, is doomed to fail after a few weeks.

Any diet that changes the pattern of your natural eating habits is physiologically unsound and therefore unacceptable to your body. Most fads diet work- for a short time. But after a few weeks, you are forced to give them up, and any weight lost is promptly regained. Scientific studies show that approximately 45% of your daily food calories come from fats, 40% are derived from carbohydrates and 15% from proteins. You can tolerate minor variations in these ratios but not drastic changes.

Filling your stomach with low calorie foods won’t satisfy your hunger. Only sufficient calories can do that. Most people mistakenly believe that when the stomach is full, hunger is satisfied. The control on hunger is in group of cells located at the base of your brain called Appestat which functions more like a thermostat or automatic regulator. When the amount of sugar in your blood drops below a fixed level, the appestat registers satiety and click off.

You can control your weight successfully by applying a basic principle learnt in school physics – the conservation of matter. Energy cannot be created or destroyed. It can be only transformed from one from to another. Your body transform the food you eat into energy which you use to maintain life processes and to perform your daily activities. The energy you do not use immediately is stored as body fat for future use.

Food, as everyone is aware, contains varying amounts of calories. Recently scientists have been able to count the number of calories your bodies use in performing basic function as well as in various sports and work activities. Since all foods and activities now have caloric equivalents, you can keep daily count of the calories you eat and the calories you expend.

To reduce body weight, eat fewer calories that those burnt up. When you eat fewer calories than you expend, your body takes the needed calories from stored body fat, thereby reducing your weight. So the conclusion is you should not stop eating fats; just reduce your overall calorie intake.

Disclaimer: This article is not meant to provide health advice and is for general information only. Always seek the insights of a qualified health professional before embarking on any health program.

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