Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

This should not be a shock to anyone, but crash dieting is NOT the best way to lose weight. It doesn't work in the long-run.

I tried for years and years to lose weight quickly. Sometimes I was successful, but generally the success was extremely short-lived.

Now I know that it is only by changing my behaviors that I can actually have permanent results. The best way to make any change in behavior is by making small changes along the way.

Crash diets not only don't provide lasting results, they can deprive the body of important nutrients that it needs for basic functions. Certainly for optimum functioning.

If you don't get enough protein in your diet your body will start to breakdown your muscles for food for brain. When it does that, it is no longer feeding off the food you have provided it. So even though you are taking in a low level of calories, because they are not the right kind of calories, you can be hurting your muscles AND still not be losing weight.

Diets that are too low in carbohydrates (complex carbohydrates, of course) can result in low energy, vitamin deficiencies, cravings and hunger. Not to mention grumpiness!

Bottom line, make small changes. Eat a good balance of protein and complex carbs (mostly vegetables and fruits). Drink plenty of water.

Do those 3 things and you will lose weight.

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