It is easy to see how diets wreck our metabolism. Any diet that tries to cut back drastically on anything from calories to carbs is doomed from the start because it doesn't work with how the human body works. It seems logical: eat less, burn more, lose weight, but the only true way to lose is to go from a weight loss mentality to a fat loss mentality. To weight loss minded people you should exercise as long as possible, after all it takes 250 calories to offset the 1/2 of a Snickers bar they just ate. What they don’t realize is that the wrong choice of exercise makes them far more likely to eat 500 calories of junk food later that day. Fat Loss seekers realize the amount and type of exercise has food consequences that matter. Exercise and diet are not separate.
Diets also can cause you to feel sluggish, depressed, cravings, hunger which leads to binging and slipping off the diet and then the weight comes back with a vengeance and you end up bigger than you were to start with. Studies show that 66% of those who diet, end up fatter than they were before they started the diet. Diets can also imprison you and cause you to resent them which in the end, causes you to stop dieting.
A slow metabolism also causes you to lose muscle, which is what is needed to burn more calories. The more lean muscle you have, the more calories you burn, even while sleeping!
When you go on a diet, you have to go off it and the more you go on and off, the more messed up your metabolism becomes. The key is to fix our metabolism and make lifetime changes that we can live with forever, not temporary ones. Temporary diet = temporary loss. Fat loss is a process, not a protocol. There is no goal to reach because you are constantly working on the process and with each year, you become leaner and healthier. Change from being a dieter and living in the weight loss mindset to living the fat loss lifestyle.
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