In any discussion on the topic of weight loss, one of the most difficult decisions to make is what is the ideal diet for weight loss? The diet must meet several criteria in order to be considered as an appropriate diet for weight loss: It has to be low calorie, low in fat, low in salt, provides a reasonable amount of micronutrients, and meets a number of other desirable criteria. It is important to remember, however, that just because a diet is considered to be a reasonable diet does not mean it is the only reasonable diet. A diet that lowers the daily caloric intake enough to cause permanent weight loss would also qualify as an appropriate diet for weight loss. Adequate metabolism should be maintained, and protein, fat, mineral, and water needs must also be met.
Permanent weight loss requires changes in both eating and exercise habits, changes which may not be easy to make. Because of this, many people who are overweight find themselves dissatisfied with their diets and are forced to seek help for their weight loss program. The most commonly sought form of help for weight loss is dieting. Although dieting is not without risk, it is undoubtedly a much safer and more effective method of losing body fat than undergoing surgical procedures such as liposuction, body pump, or gastric bypass surgery.
Dieting can be accomplished in a number of different ways. One way of dieting is to reduce calorie intake so that the body spends more energy than necessary on basic body functions and the reduction in calories results in weight loss. The primary target of a low carb diet is to cause the body to burn its own fat, in effect “starving” the body so that it can use up its own stores of food. This process is called ketosis and can be extremely effective in weight loss when accompanied by adequate physical exercise. The most successful low carb diets contain anywhere from twenty to thirty percent of calories from carbohydrates. Other methods of dieting include fasting, which involves only drinking water and avoiding all food (including protein) for a period of time, high protein diets, which restrict the amount of carbohydrates that you eat, low glycemic diets that reduce the effect of insulin on your blood sugar levels, and nutritional or multivitamin diet programs.
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