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Diet for Permanent Weight Loss

It seems every day there is a new diet gracing the covers of the magazines. Miracle diet, The Hollywood diet, The Bikini diet, there are a million diets that grab our attention and send us into a period of complete misery. So why do we diet? Why not just take up a sensible eating plan and start exercising, instead of torturing ourselves with starvation?

People really are under the misconception that a diet is the only way to lose weight. In actual fact, 95-97% of people who do lose weight on a diet will put the weight back on, plus usually a bit more. There are two main reasons for this.

Firstly, going on a diet causes your body to think it is heading towards a famine. Obviously, famines are something we don’t experience in our country, but our bodies were designed in a time when food was often scarce. We would have to find our food before we ate it, and there often wasn’t enough to be found. So our bodies have a mechanism that causes the body to start storing food as fat to get us through the tough times when we couldn’t eat. By going on a diet, or restricting your food intake, you are simple making your body store the food instead of burning it for energy. Not exactly what you want from a diet!

The next affect of going on a diet is the emotional response it causes. How many times have you said to yourself, “I will start my diet tomorrow “ then spent the day gorging yourself? You know this could be the last time you are allowed to eat chocolate cake or hot chips before your diet restricts you from enjoying yourself. Then every time you slip up on the diet, you will use the same theory. Eat as much as you can so you can go back to the diet tomorrow.

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Eat it Raw and Live to 100!

To understand the Solution -- First, understand the Problem:

In the early 1900s, Dr. Pottenger wanted to see what affect eating cooked foods had.

As an experiment, he took several hundred cats, and put them in primarily two groups. One group he fed uncooked, raw foods, and the second group he fed only cooked foods. This was the outcome:

Throughout the entire experiment, the raw food cats were strong, healthy and potent.

The cooked food cats, however, did not fare so well.

The first generation of the cooked foods cats lived a normal life, and developed diseases near the end of their lives.

The second generation developed diseases during the middle of their lives.

And the third generation were either born with diseases, or developed diseases shortly after birth.

When dropped, the kittens could not right themselves (i.e., dysfunctional). They would not play, had emotional problems, and fought a lot.

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Weight Loss Myths

Diets

So many people are on diets, but it seems whether they are counting grams of fat and calories, popping pills, or eating special meals, they all end up with the same result - frustration! The question is, if we are all dieting, how come as a nation we are getting fatter and fatter. Dieting simply does not work. Over 95% of people that go on a diet will end up putting the weight back on, often plus a bit more! People think it is a lack of willpower, when it is really a lack of knowledge. The Betalife Program will empower you to take control of your weight.

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The Weight Watchers Fact File

As the battle against the bulge intensifies, people are turning to professionals for help to watch their weight. One of the most used methods is Weight Watchers. Weight Watchers are now guiding people away from counting calories and fat, and have instead done it all for them. Their points system allows the client to know which foods Weight Watchers consider a good food, and which ones they recommend people stay clear of. The choice of foods then comes down to the individual, as long as they stick to the amount of points given to them by their Weight Watchers consultant.

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10 Tips for Weight Loss

Remember that the best approach to weight loss combines healthy eating and regular exercise. It is important you stay focussed on both these areas.

Eat slowly and chew your food well. Put your cutlery down between bites and don't pick them up until you have finished chewing.

Instead of putting the food on the table and letting everyone help themselves, serve the food on the plate. Allocate the appropriate amount for each food group.

If you feel like snacking, try going for a walk instead. Before you go, have a good drink of water. Hunger is often disguising thirst.

If you have a problem with junk food and can't resist the temptation at home, stop the problem at the source. Don't buy any junk food! Or at least limit the amount you buy to one item per week.

Eat smaller meals, but more often. A healthy meal will be a lot more satisfying than a packet of chips or a drink.

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