Weight Loss Facts

March 10, 2011

Weight Loss Facts

Let’s be clear about this. Diets don’t work because they take us down the wrong path. Yet we are a nation obsessed with dieting; diet books often top the best-seller list for weeks. We see food as a necessary enemy, associating it with weight gain as opposed to its true function: to nourish and fuel our bodies.

Anyone who has been on several diets is familiar with the depressing phenomenon of rebound weight gain after weight loss. You start a new eating plan, drop a little weight and walk around on a high thinking this weight loss diet is going to be the one. But once you’ve gone the whole course, you not only feel depleted, bored or both, but end the diet only to regain all the weight plus a little extra. Half a dozen diets later, you’re carrying more weight than you did before you first started weight loss dieting.

Weight loss often means muscle loss.

* Sudden weight loss means your muscle is being rapidly depleted.

* Muscle is more active than fat tissue, so the less muscle you have, the fewer kilojoules you burn.

* Every time you restrict kilojoules you are slowing your metabolic rate, so it’s less able to burn kilojoules.

* With most diets, the initial weight loss is not permanent because it’s fluid, not fat.

* Extreme weight loss should always be avoided. It can have severe health ramifications.

Weight loss fat facts

Understanding the answers to common questions about fat weight loss ensures you make more informed health decisions about how to best maintain your weight.
Is being fat caused by bad genes?

Around 50 genes that are related to weight gain have already been discovered. That doesn’t mean that if you’re a fat-gene carrier you’re destined to become overweight, but you may have to work a little harder to prevent weight gain as you age. Genes are only one factor that influences fat gain. Your lifestyle has far more impact.

Once I gain weight will my fat cells ever shrink again?

Yes, but like a balloon filled with water then emptied, they may expand more easily next time. That’s why repeated weight loss and gain through yoyo dieting can be so counter-productive. Instead of giving you the slim body you’re after, it can make your cells more prone to storing fat.

Will I be healthier if I cut all fat from my diet?

Definitely not. Going too low in fat can reduce fertility and compromise the health of your cells, skin, immune system and brain function. The recommended daily intake of fat is 40g per day and this is best achieved through reducing bad fats such as trans fats while increasing good fats found in foods like fish and olive oil.

Can concentrated exercise help reduce fat in one spot?

When you reduce fat it comes from fat stores all over. In women this often means losing fat first in the hips, thighs and breasts. But that doesn’t mean focused exercise on your trouble spots is a total waste of time — it’s still useful to help tone the muscles.

Is cellulite really fat?

It certainly is. It’s fat that contains more water, which is why it has a crinkly appearance. Women develop cellulite more easily than men because their bodies store fat reserves more quickly and readily in case of pregnancy.
Genes also make some of us more prone to cellulite than others by compromising factors such as the strength of the connective tissue supporting our fat cells. There is no magic treatment for cellulite — the best cure is a good diet and exercise. Reducing salt intake may also help because salt encourages fluid retention.

What is your favourite way of losing weight?

Read the whole article at Wellbeing Magazine here!

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