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  • on 10.09.2012
  • at 08:43 AM
  • by Jessy Troy

Why Diets Make You Fatter!


Many persons wanting to lose weight go one crash diets to lose the pounds only to gain it back and become even fatter than they were before they went on a diet. The reason behind this many times lie in the fact that these crash diets are impractical and way too restrictive. Losing weight is a gradual and long term process if you want real and permanent results. There are no quick fixes.

Beware of Diets that Restrict Carbohydrates

Beware of any diet that severely restricts carbohydrate intake as they usually have failure written all over them. Carbohydrates are your body’s primary source of energy and when not enough carbohydrates are available your body will not only break down fat for energy but lean muscle tissue as well. Therefore, the weight lost from a low carbohydrate diet will not just be fat but lean muscle tissue which is not good for two reasons. The first is that the less lean muscle tissue that your body has is the less able your body will be to burn fat. The second is that when carbohydrates stores are low this lowers metabolism and prevents further fat loss.

This is detrimental because you are going to feel lethargic due to losing much more muscle tissue than fat as your body’s metabolism continues to decline in an attempt to conserve energy. When you finally yield due to the impossibility of maintaining this diet your fat levels will be more than they were before and with reduced lean muscle tissue from this diet the body will store fat more easily. In this way, you are worse off than you were before you commenced the diet.

Eat in Moderation and Exercise to Successfully Lose the Weight

In order to be truly successful at shedding fat your body needs nutrients from all the major food groups in the correct amounts. Carbohydrates should constitute most of what you consume because carbohydrates are your body’s primary source of energy.

As long as you choose healthy food options and lessen your portions at every meal you will see a positive change in your physical and mental health. Nevertheless, diet alone will not help you to lose weight safely unless it is combined with an exercise programme that helps to retain and build more lean muscle. If you focus on diet alone to lose weight then you will not get the best results.

Final Thoughts

Instead of attempting to lose weight by going on crash diets you should attempt to eat healthy and in moderation combined with working out in the aim of building lean muscle tissue. The more muscle you build the more fat you will be able to burn due to an increased metabolic rate. Don’t buy into quick fixes but create a lifestyle change that will ensure a healthier you.

Chris Brown is a 25 year old fitness enthusiast who blogs at Gain Build Muscle.

He also has a presence on twitter.

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