Monday, November 5, 2012

Top Ten Reasons Why Diets Don't Work



Top Ten Reasons Why Diets Don't Work

In the past century, dieting has become a fad of kinds. Liquid, Fruit, Atkins, GM - these are names which are synonymous with dieting today.

Estimates say that in the last decade 70% of adult females have tried at least one kind of diet. However, there is no evidence to suggest that these would have worked in the same ratio.

More often than not, diets turn into failures as everybody has a different metabolism rate and it is not compulsory that one diet that showed results for some would do the same for all.

In a paper published by Jim Hill, titled 'Energy Balance and Obesity', he points out that in the U.S. 2/3rds of adults and 1/5th of children are either overweight or obese and the main reason for this is lack of physical activity.

If diets are not coupled with physical activity then it is sure to go down the road of disaster.

Blindly following the latest diet fads is not a good idea, the trick is to figure which combination suits the body. And this is heavily dependent on the metabolism and eating habits.

Why Diets Don't Work?

Here we will attempt to break down the reasons why most diets fail to show results or are effective for only a short period of time.

- Sleeping Habits: An average human body requires at least 8 hours of sound sleep. If you are in a habit of going to bed late or having irregular sleep timings, it can lead to addition of toxic load on the liver, slow down metabolism and increase weight gain.

- Calorie Intake: Most people when dieting tend to avoid calories too much for too long. This can have the most hazardous impact on weight gain as the body reflexes and starts to store fat in order to conserve energy rather than lose fat.

- Protein Intake: Protein is the most important factor which helps in increasing the processing of fat reduction. Eat leafy greens, milk, pulses, white meat and soy to improve this intake.

- Fibre Intake: Fibre is an element which helps in breaking down body fat, reduces weight and also stabilises the insulin levels in the body. Vegetables and fruit are very rich sources of fibre.

- Water Intake: It is said that an average person should take at least 4-5 litres of water each day. Drinking less water slows down the body's metabolism and its ability to burn fat.

- Exercise: If diets are coupled with less than 25 minutes of daily physical activity, it will have almost no effect on your weight loss. The body burns only glucose in the first 25 minutes, and fat burn starts only after the 26th minute.

- Numbers: Don't always believe what the scales shows. The optimal number is BMI index which shows the accurate fat loss percentage.

- Time Management: It is very important to have meals at around the same time each day as it trains the body when it starts to burn fat.

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