Weight Loss Series – Part 5 – Two Reasons Why Low Calorie Diets Do Not Work

by Saladseekers

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Are you planning to follow a low calorie diet plan in order to lose weight? Before you do that, let’s find out why low calorie diets don’t work.

Many people have followed certain popular low calorie diet plans for a few weeks only to find out that they haven’t lost much weight. As such they felt that weight loss is impossible and therefore, they quit the diet program altogether.

The number one reason why low-calorie diet plans do not work is: when you eat low-calorie foods, your body basically remains malnourished. You feel sick and tired at all times. Forget about exercises, you don’t have enough energy to complete even your regular activities. This is happening because your metabolic rate is low.

If you want to lose weight successfully, you need to keep these two things in mind:

1. Calories are not your enemies

Calories are not what you should avoid; since calories are required to supply your body with the necessary nutrition and energy. When your body gets enough food, it’ll increase your metabolic rate, which will automatically result in weight loss.

The bad calories are those that are available in junk foods. So while you won’t accumulate fat by eating 10 apples per day (even though a single apple contains almost 100 calories), but you will gain weight by eating 10 cheeseburgers.

You need to avoid empty calories (that is, junk foods) and embrace negative calorie foods, such as fruits and vegetables. Now negative calorie doesn’t mean that there is no calorie in these foods; it only means that in order to digest themselves, these foods will force your body to burn more calories than what they provide. This results in calorie deficit which will ultimately result in weight loss.

2. Muscle building is a must

Do you know that in order to maintain themselves, muscles burn a lot of your calories? This in effect means that the more lean muscles you have, the faster you will be able to lose weight! Eating protein-rich foods is a good way of building lean muscles; working out regularly in the gym is another. There is another yet advantage of eating protein-rich foods: you won’t feel hungry too often; as such, the possibility of overeating is almost non-existent.

When you eat low-calorie foods, you are not able to build muscles; instead you LOSE muscles. When your body doesn’t have enough lean muscles, it is not able to burn fat since your metabolic rate remains at an abnormally low level.

Most of these low calorie diets will only help you lose water and muscles; while you maybe misled into believing that you have actually lost several dozens of pounds, you have not lost the single most important thing that is keeping you from becoming slim: and that is fat.

3 Responses leave one →
  1. May 28, 2009

    Wow, I had no idea that eating a low calorie diet could be harming my muscles – no wonder I’m so tired after a workout at the gym. Thanks for the info!

  2. December 30, 2009

    Do you have any recommendations for someone that’s a tiny over weight but wants to lift weights as well?

  3. February 3, 2010

    Hi, I really apreciate this. Been looking around for the last few hours!

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