Eat to Lose Weight

Article by Chrissy MacDonald

It’s strange but true: You have to eat to lose weight.

Have you been on a diet and lost weight and then gained back weight when you went off the diet? Restricting calories to lose weight too fast can make you irritable, unhappy and depressed not to mention hungry all the time. It can lower your metabolism, increase body fat, decrease muscle mass and cause malnutrition. Your hair may get thin and your skin may become dry.

You really have to eat to lose weight. Every time you eat, your metabolism is boosted. That’s why it’s so important to eat breakfast. You’re breaking a fast.

Diets that claim to help you lose ten pounds per week are not realistic. They reduce calories by so much that your body goes into starvation mode. Your body is trying to survive on 1,000 or so calories per day and starts to adjust itself to that.Of course you’ll lose weight! But think about it.One pound of body fat is 3500 calories. A typical daily intake of calories depending on your body weight and activity level is about 1,800 to 3,000.

Most of the weight that drops off quickly is actually water and lean muscle. When you go off the diet, your body packs on the pounds – in fat. And so begins the roller coaster ride of weight gain and weight loss.

If you really want to lose weight, you can’t deprive your body of food.Here are three tips to help lose weight naturally without dieting:

Eat more often. Spread your food intake over the day. Instead of eating three large meals, eat three smaller meals and two snacks. Eating this way will boost your metabolism.

Eat simple foods. Think: wholesome and delicious instead of processed. Like a baked potato with salsa rather than French fries.

Eat slowly. You’ll enjoy your food more and eat what your body needs naturally.

Weight loss of less than one and a half pounds per week is realistic and, if combined with regular (not fanatical) exercise, will lead to a permanent loss of body fat. You’ll get a lean body that burns more calories and looks wonderful.

Reach your weight loss goals by starting with small changes.

Eat simply, eat often and eat slowly. And don’t forget to allow yourself treats and be active every day. Get started on a real plan that works. Move yourself into the fitness lifestyle. Everything else is temporary. Start today and believe in yourself. You will spend the rest of your life feeling young, energetic and healthy.

“Eat when you’re hungry. Drink when you’re thirsty. Sleep when you’re tired.” Buddhist proverb.

For information about health, yoga, fitness and weight loss the natural way, visit MacDonald is a Yoga Teacher and author of the E-Booklet: Simply Fit – A Six Week Plan for Healthy Living and Permanent Weight Control available at

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