The Anatomy and Physiology of Weight Loss

Ten Dieting Traps and Why They Must Be Avoided

As you move toward healthy weight loss using my herbal method, remember that just about any diet has the potential to help you lose weight, but the real challenge is to keep it off. How does one do this? Stay away from fad diets and compulsive patterns. If you want to lose weight for good, avoid skipping meals. Skipping meals may lead to bingeing later on.

When evaluating your weight, it is best to avoid scales or the type of weight charts issued by insurance companies. Most important is not how fat you are, but what your fat/lean bodymass ratio is. It is body composition that counts, not just fat.

Body composition can be determined by a number of ways, including skin fold calipers, infrared measurements, and bioimpedance machines. Any physician or properly trained fitness instructor can do this measurement for you, or you  can learn to do it yourself. Most of all, eat a variety of healthy foods. Because fad diets often recommend large amounts of a specific food (i.e. all protein or all apples), they deprive your body of essential nutrients and lack variety and balance. Beware of diets that promote this kind of unbalanced weight loss. Almost any food can be used to excess. Those people who tend toward excessive or compulsive eating patterns often seek out one miracle food to
magically burn the fat off of their body. Unfortunately, they are always disappointed. Some of the healthiest, most nutritious foods can become problematic if used in excess, or if eaten as part of a nutritionally deficient program. Here are a few areas to be aware of.

1. Do not begin a weight-loss program before you’re emotionally ready. It is important that you are highly
motivated to begin and maintain your weight management program. If you are not committed to this process, the weight loss won’t last for long.

2. Beware of rigid menus and nutritionally unbalanced weight-loss diets. Few people follow diets that require
strict adherence to rigid menus for any reasonable length of time. Even if they start off with the best intentions,
boredom and frustration usually win out in the end. This can lead to eating an unbalanced diet in a misguided quest
to cut back on calories and/or fat. Some people cut out entire food groups, such as grains or carbohydrates.

3. Beware of magic herbal formulas. Diets that claim that certain foods or herbal pills will magically make fat disappear without any special calorie-control programs are not worth following. Avoid at all costs.

4. Beware of the “promise you everything” diets. Diets that promise that you will lose large amounts of weight
overnight should arouse your natural suspicion. Keep this in mind: at the beginning of virtually any diet that
restricts calories and carbohydrates, the weight you lose is water. That’s right. Water! And studies show that the
faster you lose weight, the more likely you are to regain it.

Most gimmicky fad diets work in the short run because they are low in calories, not because of anything special
about the diet.

5. Don’t expect to magically lose weight. Don’t trust a program that sounds too good to be true. You are not
going to lose fourteen pounds in ten days and do so in away that does not put stress on your body. Fat does not
melt away while you sleep. You lose weight by exercising, reducing caloric intake, and increasing your metabolism
in a balanced and healthy way.

6. Beware of keeping your shelves empty. Keep healthy snacking foods around the house. Because they’re afraid
of overeating, many people who are trying to lose weight keep little or no food in their cupboards.

7. Beware of blaming your set point. The “set point” theorysuggests that your body “wants” to be a particular weight.
Some overweight people use this as an excuse for not trying to drop excess pounds. But you can set realistic
goals, such as losing 10 percent of your weight (twenty pounds if you weigh two hundred pounds). Maintain this
weight for six months, and if you still want to lose more,give it a try.

8. Beware of extreme protein diets. According to a report in the Tufts University Diet & Nutrition Newsletter (March
1985), in spite of the recent proliferation of high-fat, highprotein diets, most nutritional experts agree that there is
too much, rather than too little, protein in the typical American diet. In other words, excessively high protein intake can cause the body to lose calcium through the urine. In the long run, especially in the elderly, this calcium loss can place some individuals at greater risk for the brittle bones and unexpected fractures associated with osteoporosis. Beware of diets that use excessively high or low amounts of protein. Ingesting overly high levels of protein will increase your risk of many serious illnesses, including cancer and heart disease. Other side effects can include constipation, cramps, bad breath, and hair loss.

When your diet is too low in protein, your body may damage itself by utilizing the protein from your own
organs and muscles.

9. Beware of diets that recommend less than one thousand calories per day. When you cut your caloric intake
suddenly, your body may reduce the number of calories it burns. Thus you may follow a low-calorie diet and still
not lose weight.

10. Beware of fasting. Fasting alone, and fasting combined with an herbal detoxification program can be a very
powerful healing tool, but it may not be the most effective approach to weight control. This is because people who
lose weight through fasting not only lose body fat, but also lean muscle tissue. The loss of lean muscle mass can result in a reduction in a person’s basal metabolic rate that makes it more difficult for them to continue to lose
weight and maintain the weight loss they have already achieved. In addition to this problem, when a fasting
dieter puts the weight back on, it is primarily as fat. If a person begins to yo-yo diet, the long-term effect will be an
increased difficulty in losing weight and regaining pounds already lost. Another problem with fasting as a weight loss strategy is that extremely low-fat diets can actually increase blood levels of certain types of “undesirable cholesterol.” If fasting isn’t the most effective path, then what is?

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