We have all considered our weight and how we eat at times, understandably so, especially when the number of people who are classed as being overweight is permanently on the increase. It is at times like these that we start to look at using a weight loss program to shift that stubborn fat.
The problem is this...there are too many weight loss programs that are harmful or detrimental to your health and too few that could honestly be deemed good diets for weight loss.
A good weight loss program should never force you to starve yourself, will never omit vital things like carbohydrates completely from your diet, will not consist of only liquid intake and will not be a calorie slasher! However, healthy diets for weight loss should provide you with a balanced diet which would include the proper daily amounts of all the major food groups.
In order to get the greatest benefit from a diet, which needless to say is weight loss, you must first understand the mechanics of how your body actually loses weight.
The way our bodies regulate the burning of calories is by using the metabolism, and everyone has one. Everyone's metabolism is different and it frequently increases or decreases depending upon how much food we consume and how many calories we burn through exercise and general activities.
The reason why so many diets fail is because there is a general lack of understanding from program creators about how metabolism changes when dieting and how long it takes for these changes to take place when the body encounters dietary change.
For instance, say your body requires 1500 calories a day to maintain normal function but you are consuming 1750 calories a day. What happens to those extra unused 250 calories?
Naturally, they are converted by the body and stored away as fat.
Now, say you go on a calorie controlled diet that reduces your daily intake to 1250 calories a day, that's a huge drop in daily intake so you would expect to lose weight wouldn't you? Well you would be quite right, you will, but after two weeks the weight stops coming off, but why is that?
The human body has an in-built safety mechanism, much the same as all other animals, and in times of plenty surplus food intake is stored as fat for use by the body when food is scarce. When that time is reached this safety mechanism, the metabolism, adapts to the new lower level of intake in order to preserve the store of emergency fat, rationing it if you like.
This is what happens when you diet, your metabolism eventually adapts to the new lower level of intake and then burns fat at a much, much lower rate than before. This is why many dieters refer to the 'two week wall' as this is generally how long it takes for your metabolism to adapt.
Too many diets do not take this change into consideration, whilst others who do, just keep lowering calorie intake to continue the weight loss, problem being that doing so is harmful to your body and general wellbeing.
Thankfully, there is a new method of losing weight that has proved to be very effective in countering this change of the metabolism, providing continued weight loss through the 'two week wall' and beyond.
It uses all the food groups that are vital to your well being and uses information from scientific research to manipulate the metabolism into not slowing down when you decrease your calorific intake, which means your body continues to burn more fat.
Not only does this result in a consistent loss in body fat but it does this whilst providing regular healthy meals that will never leave you feeling starved or tired.