Diet & Nutritions
About Dieting
 
The History of dieting probably dates back to the year 1807. It was believed that King William suddenly started feeling it difficult to ride his horse as he had put on weight. As a result of this he was said to have spent the rest of his life in bed, consuming only alcohol as a substitute for his regular food, in order to loose weight.

King Williams life was however short-lived as he succumbed to injuries after his horse fell the very same year (1807). Although the success of King Williams alcohol (Liquid diet) cannot be proven, one feels that his theory of dieting might have actually been partially successful, as he was back to riding his horse before his fateful accident.

 

Craze for Dieting

 

There are probably countless such stories and theories, like the one mentioned above related to dieting and weight loss over the years, however only in the recent past people have actually started understanding the relationship between eating, gaining weight and losing weight

Some of the popular reasons for loosing weight may be:
- The misconception that losing weight enhances one’s self image.
- Reducing weight for a special occasion such as one’s wedding.
- Due to certain medical conditions requiring a change in food habits.
- To avoid discrimination and teasing by fellow workers.

Dieting is ironically one of the major causes for weight gain. Suddenly reducing ones food intake immediately triggers our body to hold on to the fat as a natural response, this in turn slows down one’s body’s metabolism rate to conserve as much energy as possible.

Such crash diets do have very positive results initially, but it is because our body is programmed in such a way, that it breaks down muscle and looses water in order to preserve fat. Thus the weight lost eventually is not fat after all.. and even when one does decide to eat normally a major portion of the food eaten is stored as fat in the body so as to have enough fat reserves, incase one decides to go on a crash diet again in the future .

Although there are numerous methods of loosing weight to tailor to every individuals specific needs ranging from diet regimens to diet supplements to prescription drugs and external devices, there is no one “quick fix” or long term solution.

So the next time you consider a new diet technique - PLEASE WEIGH THE PROS AND CONS CAREFULLY.

Negative Calorie Diet

Negative Calorie Dietis based on the principle of using foods that create a negative calorific effect leading to loss of weight. The theory of Negative Calorie Diet is not scientifically sound since there is no food that does not posses calories. It is based on the concept of using foods, which produce an overall negative calorific effect, i.e. those foods whose calorific value is lower than the energy required for its metabolism.

How does Negative Calorie Diet work?
 
The mechanism of this diet is very impressive. The body requires certain amounts of energy for the digestion and absorption of food, thus in the process certain amount of fat would be broken down. In fact, 10% of daily intake of calories is used for body’s metabolic processes. For instance, celery, which provides 5 calories, utilizes 150 calories to digest during its metabolism thus creating a negative calorific effect. Thus by consuming celery we can burn approximately 145 calories from our body.

Following the Negative Calorie Diet is extremely easy, as it does not involve tedious exercise schedules as an accompaniment to lose weight. There is no necessity to starve; frequent meals composing of any of the following foods can be consumed.

These foods can be consumed alone or in colorful combinations, creating a variety appealing to one’s appetite.

 

Vegetables Fruits
Lettuce  Mangoes 
Onions  Oranges 
Papayas  Pineapple 
Spinach  Apples
Turnip  Cranberries
Zucchini  Grapes
Celery  Lemon 
Chicory  Raspberries 
Chili Peppers Strawberries
Asparagus  Tangerines
Beets   
Broccoli
Cabbage (green) 
Carrots
Cauliflower
Cucumbers
Endive 
Garlic


Care should be taken that these foods should be taken in the natural form without the addition of butter or other sources of calories.

Pros:

  • Excessive weight is lost in a short span.

 

  • This diet is extremely easy to follow since it does not involve any strenuous preparatory methods as the foods can be consumed in the natural form itself.

 

  • Involves only consumption of Healthy Foods.

 

  • Vegetables and fruits are rich source of vitamins, minerals and fiber thus they boost the body’s metabolism.

Cons:
 

  • Once normal diet is restored, weight is regained.

 

  • Just the consumption of vegetables and fruits do not provide a balanced diet, which is essential for overall fitness.

 

  • Calories being withheld all of a sudden cause a lot of physiological problems like:-
        1. Fatigue and Weakness
        2. Dizziness
        3. Edema
        4. Cold Intolerance
        5. Menstrual irregularity
 
  • The diet is not scientifically sound i.e. very few practical proofs are available.

 

  • Depriving normal eating patterns might disturb the person psychologically.
Complications
 

Long term usage can cause unnecessary complications like:-


  • Gall stones: Rapid weight loss increase the risk of developing Gall Stones due to high amount of cholesterol in the blood after breakdown of fat.
  • Sudden Cardiac Death: Loss of lean body mass and electrolyte imbalance can lead to Cardiac arrest.
  • Gout: Fasting increases the incidence of Gout.

Conclusion

Any person opting for the use of negative calorie diets should consult a medical professional before doing so. And instead of opting fad diets as a way of losing weight one can consistently consume a diet low in fat and exercise to trim the fat for effective long term results.

So choose the right way to stay healthy.

 

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