The more people I speak to, the more it becomes clear that people are confused about how reliable, safe and effective weight loss can be achieved. Everyone reads about fad diets, which come and go. Low carb diets don’t work out in the long term. Starvation diets are dangerous and yield few long term results. A client of mine once told me he followed a diet which cut out all fats, nutrients and carbohydrates from his intake and replaced it with a metabolism boosting product. This lead him to lose 34lb’s in 1 month, but because it was unsustainable in the long-term, he gained 42lbs back when he went back to “normal eating”.
The problem with starving the body of food is that when you decrease the amount of food you intake, the body recognises this and reacts. It sends a message to the brain that there may be a short term lack of food around, therefore the body needs to adjust and store fats for energy use later, if this lack of food intake continues. The body literally “holds on” to the entire fat intake from there on and stores it. So when you reach your weight loss goal and go back to eating regularly, your body will store the fats for future use, just in case there is a shortage of food in the future. So you slowly gain the weight back.
The only way to get long-term weight loss results is by changing your eating habits and exercise regularly. Most people don’t want to hear this and are hoping for a quick solution, but sadly there is no exception to this rule. You need to significantly drop saturated fats and empty carbohydrates from the diet and increase your intake of fruits, veg and lean sources of protein.
Protein is an essential part of the diet, consisting of 22 amino acids which are the building blocks of life. They are used in the production of muscles, enzymes, hormones and make it possible for the body to build and repair tissues. The body requires large amounts of protein to build muscle mass, increase immunity and build a strong heart and circulatory system. Building lean muscle mass is a great way to lose weight. As per lb, lean muscle mass will burn more calories that fatty tissue. So if you replace your current diet with a diet high in lean, healthy protein, you will start replacing fat with lean muscle, therefore burn more calories per lbs of tissue.
For good protein sources and to find out how many grams of protein you need every day, feel free contact me directly and discuss your needs.