Random Health Fact:

Misuse of Calorie Counters Will Guarantee Your Diet Plan Will Fail
Limited calorie diets do not work. Many people have initial positive results on these restricted calorie diets, however there is a reason why they are destined to fail. As the diet progresses, your metabolism begins to think it is being deprived, causing your body to go into a stressful situation and as a result, your metabolic rate drops. When your metabolic rate drops, you stop losing weight, or worse, you begin to re-gain the weight you have lost. You will then have to reduce your calorie intake even further, which will only continue to fuel the loop of failure. For example, while you may burn 3000 calories at the start of a diet, after a week or two of dieting, you are no longer burning 3000 calories. Now, you will be burning 2800 calories. A couple of weeks later, you will be burning just 2200 calories.

Calorie counters are good, but they are not perfect and can lead to mistakes. Calorie counters are a great place to start, in fact, they are much better than not keeping track of what you eat and how many calories you are consuming, however they assume that one pound of lost weight is equal to a loss of 3500 calories, which is not exactly true. One pound of fat equals 3500 calories, but when you are dieting you are going to lose both fat and muscle as well as water (water losses can actually account for 40-50% of the weight loss during the first two weeks on a diet). After the first two weeks, the most typical weight loss consists of 25% lean body muscle mass and 75% fat mass. So, in order for you to lose one pound of lean body mass, you only need to lose 500 calories! Anyone can see there is a huge difference between 500 and 3500 calories, also you really want to be losing fat, NOT lean muscle, which actually helps you to burn more fat. Most calorie counters ignore these facts and in order to lose weight and keep it off, you need to understand the dynamics of your metabolism once you start to restrict your calories, and how to maximize your weight loss.

What does work?

You need to determine you resting metabolic rate, which will let you know just how many calories you burn from doing nothing.

Keep a food journal with accurate amounts of foods and the time you ate your food. This will help you determine what your eating and snacking patterns are. Many people never realize just how many calories they really are eating. Those bites of brownies at meetings and sugar sodas as an afternoon pick me up really add up over time.

Do decide to cut your calorie intake, but take a vitamin supplement and increase your water intake if you are not already drinking at least 6, eight ounce glasses of water each day. If you do not like to drink water, try adding some of the no calorie, no sugar flavorings out there to help you drink more water.

YOU MUST EXERCISE.  Even if it is walking back and forth your hall during commercial breaks, it is moving. Sedentary and obese people are at a much higher risk for developing fatal blood clots in their legs and pelvis. If you work in an office job this applies to you also; every hour you need to take an "Ergo" break; stand up and stretch, walk to the bathroom and back. Bend over and touch your toes, and wiggle your toes and calves every 30 minutes to help prevent stiff muscles and blood clots. These breaks also help you to burn calories, to which you should add to an activity journal. Put down EVERY type of movement of significance in it and at the end of your first week, evaluate your eating and movement journals and then you will have a better idea as to how you can tweak your eating and exercise plans to maximize your weight loss.

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