Sunday, August 26, 2007

Avoid Very Low Calorie Diet for Permanent Weight Control

Avoid very low clorie diet unless there is a medical need that is recommended and supervised by physicians, if you think about permanent weight control.

People are faked by the simple fact that extra weight is gained through foods we eat, yet cutting all foods largely may present some unpleasant side effects (gall stones), as well as it may represent a health risk.
Children, adolescents, pregnant or breast feeding women, should not follow very low calorie diet plan unless as a part of a specialized obesity treatment program.

The only candidates for very low energy diets are those suffering from moderate to severe obesity, who are at risk from weight-related illness and these risks are worse than the potential side effects of a very low-calorie diets, and this is when doctors prescribe them.
The problem comes when only mildly overweight people begin to use them as a quick fix. Sudden dietary changes forced upon your body can wreck havoc, and more often than not you can end up back where you started.

Very low-calorie diet is also compensated for by the body by burning muscle (since starvation represents a crisis for the body). People on this type of diet who revert back to their old eating habits end up gaining back some, if not all the weight they have shed off. This would consist mainly of fats. And since fats have more volume per mass than muscle, they end up having the same weight as before but more bulkier. In losing weight, one should keep in mind that they should lose excess body fats only.Muscle loss is extremely unhealthy (do you afford to lose heart muscles?)

These diets do not change long established bad eating patterns and cause the body to slow down their metabolism significantly, so when the dieter returns to a more normal eating pattern - which is unavoidable - their slower metabolism generally leads to increased weight gain.
They are also accompanied by some side effects like fatigue, nausea, constipation and diarrhea, and of course gall stones.

In the absence of a special factor, successful treatment of obesity requires a long term commitment to improved dietary and exercise habits. SO these very low -calorie diets are not likely to be effective.
Fad diets, unbalanced diets, diet pills, diet supplements, weight loss surgery and other short term weight loss methods are not recommended for permanent weight control.

The best way to lose excess fat and maintain a healthy weight in the long term is to
take regular aerobic exercise and follow a balanced calorie controlled diet - slightly less than your basal metabolic rate, i.e.about 2000-calories/day-(more details here)

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