Saturday, July 17, 2010

Diets and Weight Loss – Wise Up!

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Diets and weight loss are a frequent and consistent hype. These days there is much talk about Protein diets. The Atkins diet created a protein frenzy with people striving for the quick weight loss result achieved by a protein diet. Some people are succesful but not for life. Some people are not successful and move on to the next diet.

 With so many diets turning up, and at such a constant pace, it can be difficult to know if they are viable, healthy or harmful.  Here are some tips for you to consider with regards to the famous protein diet and other areas you can turn to for diets and weight loss that encompass nutritional value and a healthy lifestyle. 

 Protein is very effective on metabolism. In avoiding carbohydrates your body wont have an immediate energy source and will have to use stored fat, which is where the weight loss comes from. So, yes, it is possible to lose weight on a protein diet – initially.

 Protein diets are usually misinterpreted. If done incorrectly, they can starve the body of carbohydrates, making it look for other energy sources such as fat stores and sometimes muscle. This process of burning fat and protein for energy creates what is called Ketones. If you have a lot of ketones in your body, your blood can become very acidic, which means it has to use calcium to buffer the acidity. We certainly dont want to do anything that causes us to lose precious calcium!

Other side effects I have heard people complain of is hair loss, skin problems, and digestive problems, mainly due to lack of fibre in the diet. I mean, why do a diet to lose the weight but then end up encompassing other issues with your health?

 Any diet that does not enable you to maintain for life is unrealistic. Restrictive diets, whether protein, low fat, or calorie counting, always has side effects. Dont look for quick fixes, they dont last, are usually very costly, and above all, usually have some sort of side effect. Dieting extremes are not the solution.

Instead, look for health diets and weight loss regimes suitable for your daily lifestyle. Be active and do regular exercise. There are diet plans that help you do this and these are the ones you should be looking at.  If you do this, you will be successful in managing your weight and will not have to move on to other diets.



Isabel De Los Rios is a certified nutritionalist, certified exercise specialist and owner of New Body – Center for Fitness and Nutrition she has a lot to offer in the world of diets and weight loss.

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