Soon the holidays are coming and then the month of January where a lot of people feel that they need to pay for the sins they have made, by going on a low-calorie diet. Many people have done it before, and many people will do it again.
You can also ask yourself this question how many times you have been on a diet in January?
My guess it that you have done it more than once, probably also more than twice, and probably even more!
You see low-calorie dieting which is the method most people use when they want to lose weight, really do not work that well. In worse case scenarios low-calorie dieting actually makes us gain more weight.
It is a misconception to believe, just because we over-ate ourselves during the holidays, that we then have to starve ourselves with a low-calorie weight loss diet in order to create a balance with our diet and promote a weight loss.
Spend More Energy Instead
Actually you are much better off focusing on eating what your body needs and then just burn the extra calories off by spending more energy daily.
Here we are talking about going to the gym, but also increase our overall activities so you move around more. This is all from doing some more vacuum cleaning in your house do to more walking when you are out buying groceries. It all ads up.
What Happens with Your Body When You Go on a Low-Calorie Diet
Could probably lose 5 to 10 pounds in a week doing a low-calorie diet. You could probably also lose 20 to 25 pounds in a month doing a low-calorie diet where you would be eating as little as 800 to 1000 calories per day.
Now you may clap in your hands and say, wonderful that is exactly what I want.
The thing is with this type of diet it is really not that much body fat you are losing. Perhaps only up to 4 pounds in a month. The rest is muscle mass and body fluids.
One Pound of Muscle Mass Lost Means…
For each pound of muscle mass, you are losing you will have to cut your diet by around 70 calories per day in order to avoid gaining weight again. This means if you have lost 10 pounds of muscle mass you will have to eat 700 calories less in order to maintain your weight after you finished your diet.
This is going to be impossible for you to do, else you wouldn’t be in this situation where you have to go on another low-calorie diet.
If you exercise more and build let’s say 4 pounds of muscles in a month. You would be able to eat 280 calories more per day without gaining weight. That how the differences are.
Low Calories Dieting Almost Like a Religious Movement
It is interesting when we take a look at our yearly low-calorie dieting period in January. It is almost like a religious movement, of the more extreme, where we really have to pay for all the sins we made in the holidays.
But it does not really make any sense. Why should we pay for the time we have to spend with our friends and families like it was a sin? Yes we did get a little bit too much to eat, and perhaps drink, but we did have some great time. But why do we take that as a sin where we feel we really do have to punish ourselves with a low-calorie diet?
A more Positive Look Back
Instead in the month of January, you should look back at the wonderful times you had, and then just focused on trying out some new exciting healthy foods combined with more activities and exercises.
Forget about looking at yourself every morning telling yourself that you are fat. You are not. The ideals we have today on how the human body should look like, it’s all wrong!
Just be who you are, but be healthy, with a healthy mind and positive thoughts.
Want to learn more about low calorie diet? Check WebMD view on low calorie diets
Check this video below and get even more reasons why a low calorie is not the answer if you want to lose weight.