Are you planning to follow a low calorie diet plan in order to lose weight? If so, I suggest you read this article carefully first. You're about to see why low calorie diet plans don't work!
I can't tell you how many people have told me they had been following this or that popular low calorie diet, but had now quit. Sometimes the plan just didn't work at all for them. That is, some people found that after a few weeks that they had lost no weight. Others found that they lost a lot of weight the first week or two, but then got stuck or even started regaining what they had lost.
Finally, a few reported that they had seen real weight-loss results with their plan, but had been so tired and hungry and grumpy after basically starving themselves, that the results weren't worth it. In short, nobody seems to have much real, long-term success with a low-calorie diet. Here are two big reasons why low-calorie diets don't work.
The number one reason why low-calorie diet plans don't work is that when you eat too few calories for too long, your body reacts to this as if you were starving! Starvation brings about a bunch of unpleasant side effects. We already talked about how the people who had the most success with their diets became tired and grumpy and constantly hungry. And those are just the obvious problems. Even worse than that, over time your metabolism slows down to conserve energy, and your body does everything it can to hold on to every gram of fat it can!
If your body is in starvation mode, it stores every bit of energy it can to help you survive until there's enough food again. So your body does everything it can to hang onto every bit of fat it can as long as it can. As if this wasn't bad enough, your body may actually start using your own muscle tissue for fuel instead of burning the fat.
So despite the misery you endure when your body is in starvation mode, and the declining numbers on the scale, you may actually be increasing your body fat percentage by storing fat and burning muscle. You may weigh less, but your body composition could well be worse at the end of your diet than at the beginning. In short, for the measure that matters the most, your body fat percentage, a 'successful' low-calorie diet often leaves you worse off than you were before.
The healthiest and fittest people don't get that way by being on a low-calorie diet. They eat a reasonable amount of food and do the things that cause their bodies to burn fat while maintaining or even increasing their muscle mass. You can be like these people. Skip the low-calorie diet. What you need is a fat loss plan.
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