Dieting: Truth or Myth


Many people are often willing to try anything that helps them to lose weight because they want to look better and want to feel more comfortable with their family, friends and life. Diet plans rarely has anything to do with losing weight. There are no magic potions or effortless ways to burn off fat. There are thousands and thousands of weight loss web sites, low carb diets, to which many desperate overweight people fall prey.

What is a diet?

A diet is a combination of a balanced selection of foods. A good diet is one that includes all major food groups.

Let’s visualize this:

People think they’re eating right if they are having fruit & tea for breakfast, a plate of salad for lunch, and a bowl of soup for dinner.

Some people don’t eat anything the whole day and “save themselves” for a big dinner!

These were some examples of Fad Diet.

Fad diets become very popular because they do work for a short period of time by helping over weight people lose weight. While dieting, when you stop taking various types of food or start eating some other combination you do not get the calories that your body actually needs. The body processes various nutrients differently. It is not necessarily the total amount of food eaten that leads to weight loss or gain. It is the proportion of various nutrients and the shift to fat burning metabolism that is important. Most of the percentages of people gains back their weight because they are not able to keep up with the choices of food they eat while dieting.

Your bodies and their functions are governed by a superbly balanced mechanism called the endocrine system which is made up of glands and various hormones. This system governs our metabolic rate and this rate plays a huge role in determining how well we can process the calories we eat.

When you skip a meal, your body uses stored sugar molecules which have been converted to glycogen. These stores are in the liver and muscle tissue. Once these are gone, your body turns to other nutrient sources for its constant energy needs. After skipping a meal under this circumstance, your body shifts into a “fasting” metabolism which leads to protein breakdown.

Another reason weight loss is achieved on these fad diets, at least temporarily, is due to water loss. The increase in the amount of protein consumed, raises the levels of uric acid and urea in the blood. These are toxic by-products of protein breakdown and metabolism. The body eliminates this uric acid and urea by pumping lots of water into the kidneys and urinary tract to help flush it out. However, a side effect of this diuretic response is the loss of essential minerals from the body, including calcium. The high intake of protein reduces calcium from the bones, leading to osteoporosis.

I hope it’s not too late for some people to understand the diet basics of weight loss and keep fighting for the truth.

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Author: Piyawut Sutthiruk

Losing weight will keep you healthy and have a long life. Cheer Up!

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