How to make an easy weight loss diet work for you
Before you start on any easy weight loss program, it is essential to understand the basics of dieting in simple/straightforward terms. Having been involved in the health industry for many years, I am sure that the only way to achieve success in any form of treatment (whether it be weight loss or anything else) is for patients to be fully informed about their conditions. And let us be perfectly clear about this: being overweight is a medical condition, and should be treated as such.
Apart from the possible physical problems of obesity (hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis), the mental distress must be taken seriously: if we are unhappy, our stress levels increase exponentially, and that is a real problem for our ultimate health and well-being.
The facts about nutrition
Be sure to read this section carefully - it is quite simple to understand - because if you don’t fully grasp the principles of the diet, you won’t get it right. The first point to make is that you shouldn’t be counting calories any more. You need to adhere to certain rules in choosing foods, which will enable the fat to be “burned off” (a term I dislike, but it conveys the meaning excellently) by the body.
So you will have immense freedom to choose a wide variety of foods in virtually unlimited quantities. For the first time, you can eat well while dieting. I know this sounds like some ‘never to be repeated offer’ on television, but it is based on established medical principles, and does work. You’ve probably read some of the following facts before (and almost certainly if you are an experienced dieter) but please read them again, because the subsequent paragraphs will definitely be new to most readers, and form the basis of the diet. Once you understand the principles, you will be able to apply them easily - and successfully.
As most people know, there are five basic food groups that we require: carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals. The first three (carbohydrates, fats and proteins) give us energy; proteins also provide amino acids, the building blocks of the body.
Vitamins and minerals are absolutely essential for the efficient maintenance of body functions (like chemical reactions), but vitamins and minerals do not provide energy, and therefore – provided we ensure our diet is not deficient in these essential elements - vitamins and minerals are not part of the weight-loss equation. So, we are left with carbohydrates, fats and protein. The secret of burning body fat lies in the relative proportion of these constituents in the diet.