Some people worship their diet programs. Experiments have been done; showing how the foods we eat, when we eat them and how frequently we eat them can affect our weight. However, despite their efforts, there still are high obesity rates. The undeniable reason behind that fact is because the majority of diets are ineffective for long-term, such as the diet plans that are popular today, which includes strict fasting; diet plans based on proteins and combination diet plans.
The first week of a typical restrictive diet is normally low in carbohydrates and high in fats and proteins. These types of diets have revealed that more than 70% of weight loss achieved is due to losing water weight. The dire lack of carbohydrates decreases the body’s active metabolic rates, which henceforth makes “burning” fatty tissue even more difficult. If an individual is able to endure such a diet and will reach their weight loss goals, it is at the cost of burning off the lean muscles in their body. Once they begin to relax a bit on their dietary habits and exercise program, then the fat slowly begins to roll back. The reality being is that they will gain back even more weight than they have lost, as it is easier to gain fat than to build muscle. Individuals, who follow one strict diet after another, tend to burn more of their lean muscles, every time they repeat this dieting cycle.
Other studies vehemently oppose traditional weight loss methods, which concentrate on mainly reducing calories and not fats, by reducing more than 3500 calories from your average weekly diet – doing so by mostly lowering the consumption of carbohydrates and adapting your recipes to help you lose some pounds. Today, nutritionists have discovered that there are different types of calories. One-third of the fat from your fat will be burned off during the digestion process and used for blood flow and storage. The rest of the fat is turned into body fat. Of course, up to 40% fat can be transformed into energy, but that is four times the amount of fat that your body actual needs.
Fat isn’t without its merits. It insulates the body and prevents heat loss. The essential fatty acids play an important role in developing certain vital hormones for our body’s metabolism to function correctly. However, an appropriate amount of fat can be obtained by simply consuming between 135 to 225 calories of fat, that is only 15 to 25 grams of fat each day.
Many of these figures won’t be a surprise to you: 100 percent of the calories are found in butter or vegetable oil and 86 percent of coco and palm oil, which are often used in processed foods; mayonnaise has a whopping 99.8 percent of fat; tartar sauce (mayonnaise, pickles and capers) is 95 percent fat; bacon is around 68 percent fat; cream cheese is 90 percent fat; peanut butter is 75 percent fat. When using margarine, you might be able to avoid the cholesterol found in butter but it is still 100 percent fat. Here is an item that might surprise you- tofu is often considered to be a healthy food but it contains more than 53 percent fat, despite it’s high-protein levels. Even vegetables and beans have some fats in them, but the majority of them don’t have more than 10 percent fat. In all fresh fruits, their fat quantities are often less than 5 percent. A baked potato only has one percent of fat, but if you decide to plop on two tablespoons of butter to it, then you just added 40 percent fat to it.
Sugar and starches are carbohydrates and are considered to be the main form of energy needed by our body. But often they are blamed for that unwanted weight gain because we tend to eat them with fatty foods. Such as with enjoying a piece of chocolate, our body will burn off the sugar but it will store up the fat. A plate of Fettuccine Alfredo is a fattening food but not because of the pasta, but because of the cream and butter in the sauce.
Many athletes are able to resist for long hours because of consuming starches. They have discovered that complex carbohydrates are turned into energy but extra fats mean weight gain.
We are not saying that calories derived from carbohydrates are calorie free. If they are consumed in large quantities, your body will convert those extra calories into fat that cannot be used or stored as glycogen. However, if your diet is low in fats but rich in calories, it is likely you can enjoy carbohydrates without gaining a pound the rest of your life.
Specialists recommend following a diet plan that is low in fats and rich in carbohydrates, combined with a regular exercise program. Let’s be honest, would a normal person switch their plate of Fettuccine Alfredo for a plate of broccoli? Enjoying this daily will lead to weight gain, weakness and fatigue over time; so, a plate of broccoli might seem like a good idea for those who are trying to lose weight.