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Restricting Calories for Weight Loss

Article by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

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Restricted Daily Diet for Weight Loss OR Recommended Calories?

There are several methods in which weight loss can be approached.

While fad diets are aplenty in the World of Dieting, we feel that the best method for permanent weight loss success hinges on caloric consumption.

Yes - it's a great idea to keep some carbohydrates limited in the daily diet as foods such as donuts and cupcakes contain a lot of empty calories which do not support the body's nutritional needs.

Fad Diets, Limiting Lipids for Weight Loss

As to fad diets which limit fat grams, keeping them at a minimum - saturated and Trans fats in particular, is a great strategy to insert into your weight loss plan.

One Food Diets, Basically Useless Plans for Losing Fat & Unhealthy

Other fad diets, such as one food diets also have some very good suggestions and ideals for losing weight, but the plans as a whole falter.

For example, rather than feasting solely on Cabbage Soup or Grapefruit - popcorn, rice and so forth, ALL of these foods can be part of a healthy diet plan. By placing your focus on one food, the body's nutritional NEEDS suffer.

Body Struggles Without Proper Nutrition

After a while on the fad diet plan, you may feel weak or sluggish. You may be so tired that it's difficult to perform the plethora of activity that accompanies the plan.

Therefore, when all is said and done - embracing a healthy diet plan based on the Official Food Pyramid - or now as it's called 'The Food Plate', you'll be much more apt to succeed with your weight loss goals.

Two Methods of Approaching Weight Loss Based on Caloric Consumption

The amount that you currently weigh is based on the amount of calories that you are currently consuming contained within the foods and liquids of your daily diet - and balanced with the amount of energy (calories) burned amid activity.

While you may not be counting each and every thing that you eat and drink in your current daily diet, the body has a 'set point' which balances energy in and energy out.

This is why it takes time to balance weight and why we tend to weigh about the same each and every day - even when we don't calculate daily caloric intakes.

To make the 'set point' move, we need to decrease calories - at times significantly as in individuals who have only a few pounds to lose. Once the set point moves, the dieter can embrace the number of calories recommended for their ideal weight.

Method A: This is the most popular mode of weight loss by dieters who restrict calories for weight loss.

They will set their daily total energy needs at a certain number - such as 1,200 calories per day, 1,400 calories per day, 1,500 or 1,600 per day - or that number may be even higher for dieters whose recommended weight is much higher based on their bone structure, metabolic rate, energy needs, height, gender and muscle mass.

The body requires a certain number of calories each day just to function; trimming these back severely sends a distress signal to the metabolism that the body must be in trouble.

There might not be enough food to forage, so it kicks into survival mode and slows to a snail's pace, thus generating a paltry amount of weight loss while causing the dieter to feel quite weak, ill and frustrated with their diet plan.

Therefore, if you're using this method do not establish caloric totals too low.

Method B: This is the method recommended by Diet Bites.

Set the number of daily calories necessary to support your recommended weight - and keep on this plan for the remainder of your life.

After all, if you start to exceed this number of daily calories - weight gain will ensue yet again.

This method is a life plan.

The body will slowly lose weight and will only stop when it reaches the weight in which the current caloric intake supports.

To consume more calories, add more activity to your personal schedule.

After the weight is lost, the dieter doesn't have to struggle with juggling calories - or fear regaining the lost weight.  Next Page 


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