Heavy On My Mind!
As the new year arrives, so does my resolve to live healthier. My collection of weight loss books is large and yet collecting dust as the fad diets, deprivation, and all the other new fangled ideas simply do not work.
My determination to find the vein of truth in all the possible approaches leads me to reading. Prevention magazine is research based and to read of different studies always interest me. One recent article gave the secret to melt away the pounds. This particular study was completed at Georgia State University, they discovered that people who took in a lot fewer calories than they burned were fatter than people who had a balance between calories burned and consumed.
The thing that was the most interesting to me was that the most weight loss occurred when the difference between calories burned and calories consumed was in the range of 300 and 500 calories. Even more fascinating was the idea that it does not matter if a person eats fewer calories than burned or if they eat more calories than you burn. It only matters that the difference is within the 300 and 500 calorie range. In other words, they found it did not matter if excess calories were consumed, only that your calorie output and input was in balance in that range.
How can that be? The answer they said is found in how the human metabolism works. Throughout history, humans have experienced ” feast” or ” famine.”As a result, our bodies are designed to burn calories in times of plenty…and store fat in lean times.
“We are finally figuring out after all these years that diets don’t work due to the body’s incredibly complex metabolic backup systems.”
You have probably heard that when you go on a diet and eat small quantities, your body thinks”famine.” This results in your body storing all the fat it can. The more time you spend eating small quantities, the more your body thinks it is starving, therefore storing fat.
If you are anything like me you have tried diet after diet, and lost and gained the same weight over and over again. These new findings seem to simply point out how the body works. It is a relief to know that it was not so much because of mine or your lack of discipline. This is encouraging to read and it now makes sense why some of the most sensible meal plans suggest eating every three hours. Also this explains why some claims are that you can eat all the time and lose weight. This reinforces the idea of consistently eating and having that ” balance of input and output which now makes a lot more sense.
I Can Make You Thin, Paul McKenna, This book has a fantastic Meditation Cd that you listen to each night. Good Stuff!
Thin Within, Judy Wardell, How to eat and think like a thin person.
Naturally Thin, Bethanny Frankel,Unlease the Skinny girl and free yourself from a lifetime of dieting. I like that idea!
Free To Be Thin, Chapian and Coyle.This book links how to eat with how to live.
Think Yourself Thin, Debbie Johnson.Visualization techniques lead to weight loss without diet or exercise.