Do You Recommend A Low Calorie Diet For Weight Loss?

Do you recommend a low calorie diet for weight loss? Tips for a low calorie weight loss program. I personally don't recommend low calorie dieting because your body needs a specific amount of calories to...

I personally don't recommend low calorie dieting because your body needs a specific amount of calories to sustain it unless it is medically supervised. There are a lot of medically supervised diets that may go below a 1000 calories but that is under medical supervision. In general, if you take the average 150 lb. person, the liver alone uses 565 calories approximately. The brain uses about 380 calories, the heart about 280, the lungs 80, the kidneys 20 and that's not to put into consideration your muscles and what you need for daily activity. So when you start to add up what your body actually needs to maintain its functions daily, it's going to get to a point where you do need calories to sustain your body. And all calories are energy. Your body needs energy to undergo its daily task. When you offset that balance, your body has to contend with the difference. Unfortunately what it usually does is signal your fat cells to store more fat because it's likened to starvation. When you are not getting enough calories, your body has to do some type of counterbalance to make sure that you don't die and that you have the sufficient calories to keep going . That can be seen if you look back to the Nazi concentration camp. The prisoners were getting 200 calories a day. Yet, they didn't die. When they came out, their body fat percentage was 70% to 75%. Why did that occur? Because the body knew that they weren't getting the calories they needed. The fat cells are all set at birth. You have a certain amount of fat cells that are a certain size. They just start to fill up. Your body will sacrifice muscle and glycogen before it sacrifices fat. Your body mechanisms are for survival. The first thing it's going to do to is to hold on to it' body fat, if possible. You need to provide your body with the necessary nutrients, carbohydrates, protein and fat in proper quantities with the proper quality of nutrients ingested in order for your body to function at its best and minimize body fats. Now, when you get into body fat, esthetically speaking, there are different levels of people who are considered healthy and not healthy. It's hard to determine actually where you want to go when you see the level of individuals that might be in a fitness magazine. It is almost below what a doctor would recommend. So if the level is at 11% to 12% for a woman, you start to get problems of amenorrhea and then the stopping of your cycle. For men, doctors usually recommend being below 7% or 8%. Unfortunately, a lot of the images you see in those magazines are below those marks. It is kind of hard to see all the images on what people might consider to be the ideal not realizing the fast amount of work and not to mention sometimes the drug use that goes into achieving that type of look. We don't recommend any type of plan, in general, that you can't foresee yourself doing for the rest of your life. That is the first thing we tell our students and we educate them to tell their clients whenever you see a fad, particular product or supplement that you start to think "Is this something I will be able to implement into my lifestyle when I am 40, 50, 60, 70, or 80 or is it something that's going to be short-term based on what I am trying to achieve right now rather than overall optimal health and longevity".

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