Okay. So, at the beginning of the year, a local TV news program has aired in its features section a new diet for the year. It’s a low fat diet plan with the aim of continuing people’s quest to conquer weight loss once and for all. My bet? It won’t work.

It’s almost impossible to read anything these days without finding another diet staring you in the face. At the supermarket checkout, there are inevitable ladies’ magazines, each with a brand-new diet, guaranteed to make you slim forever.

The racks are filled with new (and expensive) magazines and books with bright covers pushing new diets, and they too guarantee that your body shape become that of become Olive’s—Popeye’s girlfriend—or somewhat.

There must be 10 new, supposedly foolproof diets promoted every day. Usually, books make claims in bold font face that you can eat all you want of the food you like. After all, who wants to read about a new diet that expects you to give up good food when that’s what you are probably doing already?

Well, you can take heart because the diets that tell you to give up the food you like don’t work. It should be obvious that when 10 new diets-each one claiming to be perfect-are published each day, there is something fishy going on. The problem is that diets don’t work in the first place. There is no diet now, and there never will be a diet that cures an overweight problem cold turkey. The reason for this is that diets don’t attack the fundamental problem of the fat person.

You see, most people think that losing weight is the basic problem. In fact, most fat people make a profession of losing weight. The fat guy says, “I just can’t lose weight.” Sure, diets help people lose weight but the problem area they need to focus on more is gaining weight.

Fat people gain weight so easily and quickly that they soon have more fat than they have just lost. Another problem is that something inside is making them gain weight faster than other people do. Something in their body chemistry must have been favoring the deposit of fat.

When a naturally skinny person gains 1000 calories, all of them gets burned or wasted. When a fat person eats the same amount of calories, perhaps only 900 of them are used up and the remaining 100 are all converted to fat. The fat person’s body adjusts somehow to the making of excess fat.

The conclusion has to be: Yes, people who have gotten too fat may need to go on a diet to get the fat off. Once most of the excess fat is off, however, they are really only at the beginning of their “treatment.” At that point, they must tackle the real problem.

How can they change their body chemistry so that they won’t have such a tendency to make fat out of the food they eat? How can they avoid getting fat all over again? There is a way, of course. We can’t make the super-fat into a super-skinny, but we can improve everyone a little.

If you want to lose fat, take it from me: eat less and exercise more! Sure, you can follow a diet plan but it will be effective if you turn it into a healthy lifestyle. If you want to learn more, you are welcome to read my article in Triond in relation to this subject: Lose Fat Like Counting 1-2-3!

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26 Responses

  1. fat loss

    I think this is one of the so much vital info for me. And i am satisfied reading your article. However should commentary on some general issues, The site taste is perfect, the articles is truly nice : D. Good job, cheers

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  2. Rossel

    Great info. Thanks for sharing. I think diet and exercise should work together. Dieting without the proper regular exercise is useless.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yeah. Just going on a diet will not make you a complete healthy person. The right diet or technically speaking the balanced diet is the one which maintains or improve the health if required. It involves the intake of all the essential nutrients in adequate amount with adequate water and as you said, exercise. 🙂

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  3. Franc Ramon

    The process of losing fat looks better when you’ve sweated it off through hard workouts and reduced meals and also proper sleep.

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  4. lily

    Nothing beats a healthy intake of food and regular exercise. There is really no easy way to achieve the body weight one wants. It takes a lot of effort and of course, discipline. 🙂

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Completely agree. Lifestyle is everything when it comes to weight loss. We want a healthy eating pattern and not a you diet. We don’t want to go on diet and then get off of it in a week and start eating fast food again. We’re going to gain it all back. It’s important to eat a healthy diet and follow that pattern through your life.

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  5. Pal Raine

    Diet? Hmmm.. Every time I think of that it makes me wonder why people love to diet. For me diet is something goes with self discipline. If you don’t have this DISCIPLINE don’t dare think about diet.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      You are right. Many people today are bothered about their body,fitness and health.And most of them face the problems of overweight. In order to loose weight the most important factor is diet planning.Choosing a proper diet plan is extremely important for people to achieve their weight loss plan. But they must be disciplined to follow the diet religiously.

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  6. Lessons Of A Dad

    You’ve nailed it. Raising metabolism is the key. I’m a big believer that excercise is the cause of 70% of the results, diet is 30%. GET YOUR BUTT OFF THE SOFA!!!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yes. For those who want to start now: note that the right way to start out a diet is to eliminate bad food from your menu and start out eating healthy food only. At least, you will not gain weight from fatty food. 😛

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  7. jsncruz

    I did a diet and paired with good exercise, lost 42lbs in 15 months 🙂 From my point of view and experience, diets do work – as long as they are balanced, considerate, and are packed with healthy AND tasty options.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Wow, nice testimony there, Jason. 🙂 There are number of diet plans that provide you with information on how to lose weight. Some of these weight loss plans are quite well and are fairly easy to follow and can be turned into a routine in your day-to-day life. However, one has to be careful while choosing any diet plans.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      If you’re doing it by yourself though, it’s best to choose a diet plan in such manner that one can stay with it for a long duration of time. Although it requires motivation and encouragement while doing this. This will help you while reducing your weight. If you want to lose couple of pounds than look for a plan which is flavorful and also some variety and is easy to cook or prepare in the first place.

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  8. Alwin

    the success of every diet greatly depends on the individual. exercise, of course, is important. but also a diet should fit an individual.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yup. “If there’s a will, there’s a way.” 🙂 The thing is, you don’t have to go to extremes or take drastic measures to achieve this. You can just take baby steps as you are comfortable and these small efforts will gradually change your life.

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  9. papaleng

    I agree 100% with your info.. There is no wrong about these so called- lose weight programs, kaya lang not all are told. You are right, fat persons must learn first to eat less and have plenty of exercise . BTW, 2010 pa pala last post mo sa Triond. Maganda pa naman ang rate nila noon ah.

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  10. Gemma|My Dailies

    I think diets do work too. I have stopped eating rice altogether and replaced it with diff carb; am now eating more veggies and fruits and more water!! Plus exercise! With proper mind set too.. I know it will work! 🙂

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Positive energy balance and healthy weight should be maintained. I also did that once – the not eating rice diet – but not for long because I have learned that there are negative side effects which impact the kidneys so be careful.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Thanks, Ron! If you want to be healthy, you definitely need to eat a healthy diet. But all the fresh fruit and veggies in the world can’t make up for lack of sleep, too little sunshine, too much stress, or a sedentary lifestyle.

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