To Lose Body Weight, You Need to Change Your Nurtritional, Exercise and Lifestyle Habits
Weight Loss Diets
What kind of weight loss diet is right for you?
Depending on your perspective, weight loss diets can either be a godsend or a nightmare for anyone fighting the never-ending battle with the bulge. Just ask anyone who has ever been on a weight loss diet to describe their experience and you will get a mixed bag of reactions. While some will swear by certain specific weight loss diets, others will pooh pooh all weight loss diets and call them fanciful or useless. But the fact remains that a weight loss diet is your best bet if you intend to burn off that extra fat.
Over the years, weight loss diets have become an industry in their own right. For anyone wishing to research the history of weight loss diets and determine its genesis, the seventies would be a great place to start. It was during this decade that the first weight loss diets made an appearance. Decades of stable economy coupled with an increased earning capacity and standard of living gave most Americans the traditional symbol of prosperity – an expanding midriff. This resulted in the creation of the first weight loss diets for those who were image conscious. Since weight loss diets were concocted mostly at home, and included instructions on what not to eat rather than what to eat, the industry (if you could call it that) was not very successful. You must remember that this was an age when food, diets and nutrition had still to become key areas where qualified professionals offered advice. In those days, it was the responsibility of the lady of the house to keep a close eye on the bulge around her man’s midriff and she did this by either entirely doing away with or slowly but steadily eliminating known weight gaining foods. Nutrition and balanced weight loss diets were still unknown as yet.
The industry picked up pace, though, and weight loss had become a full-fledged institution by the early eighties. In fact, things had gotten so bad that governments and health care providers to sit up, take notice and become involved in the battle against the bulge, recognizing it to be a serious health issue. The census and healthcare figures of this period reveal that nearly one out of every four Americans was clinically obese. This is when a variety of weight loss diets and practitioners literally began crawling out of the woodwork to set shop. This age also saw the emergence of numerous fads. There were some weight loss diets that encouraged vegetarianism. Others, like the Atkins weight loss diet, promoted eating of meat, but disallowed starch and carbohydrates. Some other weight loss diets promoted fresh fruits and vegetables exclusively while still others eschewed everything that contributed to excess calories. This was an era that also saw the emergence of calorie counters and weight loss diets became synonymous with body fat analysis and lean muscle weight.
Being clinically obese, I too experimented with several weight loss diets in the hope that they would whack me into shape. However, the truth (a sad one, in my opinion) is that no weight loss diet, no matter how extreme, will ever work without a healthy dose of exercise. Sitting on the couch, not eating may help you lose weight, but it will surely leave you weakened and unhealthy. However, an effective weight loss diet coupled with regular, calorie-burning exercise will do wonders for your metabolism.
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