The notion that 'dieting' means reducing caloric intake is undergoing a huge change. Researchers now say that lack of calories can cause a major health risk.
Overweight or obesity as people are aware, increases the risk of hypertension, dyslipidemia, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, osteoarthritis, respiratory problems, gallbladder disease, stroke, breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer and several other problems. Apart from this, there is the issue of social stigma that works on the mind and causes depression. For some people, this becomes the major issue, even more so than their weight.
People who are overweight wish to slim down, look better and lead active lives. Unfortunately, most people knock out weight initially when they go on a weight-loss program and then follow it up with a reversal a few months later. The weight loss industry that sells various products related to losing weight has gotten used to taking advantage of these problems that people face day-in and day-out.
People who wish to diet should take the reins of their lives into their own hands, in achieving the ideal body weight they desire.
The end result of a successful weight-loss program is not just losing excess weight. There are many diets that are very effective initially but the weight that is lost is easily regained once the diet is stopped. This happens because the weight lost initially is water and lean muscle tissue. The result of such diets is the percentage of body tissue that is made up of fat is increased and the percentage that is made up of lean tissues that burn calories is decreased! This upsets the energy balance in the body and any future diets do not show results because the body does not respond any longer.
A good and successful diet is one that not only takes off unwanted pounds, but also makes one feel and look great. It is permanent in nature. This happens because the diet includes making changes in the body metabolism to increase the body's capacity to burn calories. These changes are certainly not to reduce the calories consumed; rather they are changes in the foods eaten.
It is important for people to understand the difference between weight loss and fat loss. Once they understand what actually happens with all these weight-loss programs, they will be able to make a learned decision on the route they need to take, to ensure fat loss while keeping healthy and active.