Cold Hard Facts About Diets, Weight Loss, Exercise
by Nick A. James

Here's my observations on diets and weight loss, based upon selling and working first hand with weight loss products for over 10 years.

We avoid weight loss drugs... We do not recommend them, as they can be dangerous. However, I suppose in extreme cases, with severely obese people, the benefits may outweigh the negative side effects.

Here is where we believe the majority of people go wrong, when trying to lose weight... Most people consume way too many carbohydrates, and they don't eat enough protein. This causes their body to burn lean muscle, instead of burning up excess fat.

At rest, lean muscle burns about 17 times more calories per day, than does the same amount of fat. The amount of muscle you have, greatly effects your metabolism, and how many calories your body will burn each day.

This is why people, when they come off their diet and start eating regularly again, put the weight right back on. Their body is naturally burning less calories than before. In effect they have slowed down their metabolism. This is especially true of women, who have less natural muscle mass, than do men.

This may explain why the Atkins diet is so effective. It cuts out a lot of the carbohydrates, that people eat too much of, which causes them to weight gain. By eating more protein in your diet, you don't lose any muscle and may actually gain some additional muscle mass.

The second major reason people don't lose weight, is lack of exercise, or engaging in the wrong types of exercise. For example, a brisk walk can cause your body to go into the fat-burning state — called ketosis — better than going for a run.

Earlier we discussed how important muscle mass was in maintaining a healthy weight. Light resistance exercises (weight training) can be highly effective in helping your lose weight, because it helps you add lean muscle mass.

You don't have to use massive amounts of weight... any light resistance, can be effective at adding muscle.

This is why men and women who participate in light resistance exercises, 2 or 3 times a week for 15-20 minutes, almost always lose their excess weight quicker. That's been our observation over the last 10 years or so. The formula to lose weight is fairly simple; following can be much more difficult.

  • Cut your excess carbs.
  • Eat more protein.
  • Do moderate exercise like walking or light resistance exercises like weights.
  • Do this and control what you eat and you will lose weight.

Now there are a number of weight loss products on the market that can help facilitate your weight loss, but unless you are willing to do what we just mentioned, you will not achieve your total weight loss goal.

This is not to say particular products aren't effective, as they may prevent you from adding additional pounds, or even help you lose a few pounds. Also is the issue of carbs, we are not idiots here, we realize carbohydrates are used for energy. However, the bottom line is most people consume many more carbohydrates then they need on a daily basis. The excess gets converted to fat. You know the story.

As far as most weight loss products, most people have varying opinions. Here is the issue, most of the reputable weight loss products work to a certain degree. The problem is most people look at weight loss programs as miracle workers... That allow them to continue to eating too much, not exercise, and still expect to lose weight.

At the end of 30 or 60 days they weigh themselves and figure the product didn't work. After all — they didn't lose anything! They just conveniently forget, unless they change their lifestyle, they'll never lose weight on any program.

Recording your eating habits in a journal can be an effective weight loss tool and is recommended.

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