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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Getting the fat off, why is it so darn hard?

We all know that obesity in America is a growing crisis. We've all been plagued with persistent media attention on the epidemic our nation is facing. Those fad diets, those supplements, and those articles on how to lose fat and keep it off that you read in misleading magazines.

It is time to examine this problem that this country is facing, as it seems those struggling to overcome obesity or simply lose a few pounds for vanity purposes are simply misinformed when it comes down to losing and keeping the fat off.

Despite what you may hear about fad diets, the truth of the matter is that these diets are not very healthy for your body, and don't provide the dieter with long-term success. Most are just get rich quick tricks by some uneducated wanna be health nut.

With most of these diets, the dieter gives up his or her favorite foods and begins to become more aware of the foods they eat. This is the main reason why these fad diets work in the short-term, and conclusively, the dieter ultimately cannot remain on a program that restricts their food choices and calls for the dieter to monotonously eat the same foods again and again.

Obviously, these dieters return to their old ways of eating, and end up putting on the pounds they lost in the short-term with these fad diets. In some cases, the dieter ends up putting on even more weight, I know I did!

Fad diets aren't the only reason, living a sedentary lifestyle, fast food, poor eating habbits and, in my opinion, the Media have a lot to do with it as well. The media likes to make fast food chains such as McDonalds look amazingly good. Everywhere you look you see a giant delicious cheeseburger, french fries and a large drink. Looks darn good doesnt it? But the truth behind it is overwhelming.

Fast food is loaded with trans fat! Diets that contain high amounts of trans fat have been linked to coronary heart disease and even atherosclerosis. Trans fat is not only found in those favorite fried foods at the local fast food joint, but also in baked goods, fried goods, snack foods, and other foods which have been processed.

What can I do?!?!? I would advise you to simply follow the basics and neglect the thought about following a fad diet. A simple nutrition plan that is based around having a restricted calories and performing cardiovascular activity will overrule any fad diet.

Getting fit and in shape is one thing, but what about maintaining that figure that has resulted in hard work in the long-term? Simple. Continue following a healthy eating plan, but do not restrict calories so severely.

Perform more cardiovascular activity and eat at a maintained caloric level to encourage an atmosphere that will not cause you to lose any weight or gain weight. I would also tell overweight Americans the old phrase, "Rome wasn't built in a day." There are no shortcuts. Breathtaking results require hard work, dedication, and constant devotion.

Here's to a new you!
Matthew Eubanks


Mom Getting Fit said...

You did an awesome job!!! Great review!!

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