When you’re fighting a war against body fat, remember what the calorie tacticians call the major strategy: “The energy you spend should be equal to the energy you take in. If the energy you take in is less than the energy you spend, then you lose more weight.
So arm yourself and get yourself ready to wage war against fats. Here are some common practical questions answers about fats and dieting:
“If I belong to a family of obese people, what are my chances of losing weight?”
If you are obese due to hormonal imbalance or metabolic disturbance, you will find it more difficult to lose weight. Dietary experts say that in terms of fat cells, a person’s potential for obesity is already established by late adolescence. The probability of being obese increases up to 80 percent if one or both parents are overweight. In this case, you may not achieve the ideal weight, but with the help of a nutritionist or a dietician, it is possible to lose even a small amount of weight.
“What is the most effective way of dieting?”
Most forms of dieting actually work, but no one way is advisable for all. Dieting is a very individual thing. Many factors must be considered—physiology, age, genes, and activities of the person. One form of diet may be applicable to you but not to another person. What you need is a calculated diet that suits you, which only a doctor, nutritionist or dietician can best determine.
“If I love eating since I was a child, can I still change my eating habits”
Eating habits are often products of our mind. Most of those who eat a lot have conditioned themselves that they can only relieve their hunger by eating large amounts of food. But you can recondition your mind by learning to eat in small amounts. After some time, your system will adjust and you will no longer crave for large amounts of food.
“Is crash dieting effective?”
Medical experts and nutritionists do not normally recommend starvation diet because it is risky and its effect is temporary. After a few weeks, you’ll get tired of starving yourself, may feel depressed, and then you go back to your old eating habits. The bets way to lose weight is not to do it drastically but to cut calories in moderation. This can be done by a regimen that will last for a long time. The best weight loss is one to two pounds per week.
“Why do doctors and dieticians sometimes suggest crash dieting?”
Doctors and dieticians sometimes suggest crash dieting for obese patients with health risks and who need to lose about 50 lbs. But this is only done to get them off a good start. After that, the patient is given a less extreme regimen or a calculated diet that they can sustain for a long time. Starvation diet, however, should only be done with the supervision of a doctor or dietician, and only for a short period of time.
“Is the ‘after-six’ diet effective?”
No-eating-after-six diet may work for people who are less active at night. Calories are more aptly burned off in the morning than those consumed later in the day. Calories consumed at 1 a.m. are burned off slowest. But if your cycle is different, like you are more active at night, this is not advisable.
“Do diuretics and laxatives in losing weight?”
Diuretics are substances that cause more urine to be excreted, while laxatives stimulate the bowel to empty. The indiscriminate use of these substances promotes loss of fluid from the body. But they may give the patient a false sense of accomplishment when he weighs himself. His weight loss reflects a water loss, not a decrease in body fat. Doctors also warn that there is a health risk in losing a lot of body fluids. Some minerals that are necessary for the body go with it. Only when there is abnormal fluid retention in a patient, something which the doctor determines, should diuretics be a part of treatment.
“Can I take all the food I want and then just exercise enough to burn it?”
This is not advisable. Proper diet should go hand in hand with exercise. The rule is still moderation—eating the right kind of food at the right amount.
“Are diet pills safe and effective?”
Diet pills work in different ways. Some diet pills suppress your appetite, others speed up metabolism and others line your intestines with fibers to make you feel full. This is risky because your body will have trouble finding where to get energy for sustenance if you don’t eat enough. There are also side effects such as digestive disorders you may develop.