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The big stinker involves whole idea that you can't create or destroy energy. It's constant. Since you can't simply destroy energy, you have no choice but to use extra energy (packed into calories) or store it.
So, how does this make dieting wrong? Dieting only works in theory. In theory, dieting, which is synonymous with calorie restriction, causes total body energy to decrease in hopes of creating an energy deficit.
To make up for this deficit, body will tap into energy stores to cover immediate needs. So, in theory, dieting causes weight loss.
Is this what occurs in dieters? Yes and no.
The Best Method for Using Stored Energy
Dieting, a.k.a. calorie restriction, slows down resting metabolic rate, throwing body into a state of energy conservation. This is not conducive of weight loss but instead is perfect for gaining weight.
Those dieters that do lose weight and keep it off, practice my concept of Slow & Low.
Now what? Exercise.
What is best method for using extra energy we didn't use in past? Exercise. Start an exercise program first, one that centers on muscle tone and strength, then use dieting on an as needed basis to lower total body energy.
The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System published perfect statistics. We should be using exercise as a sole weight loss method more often.
To Healthy Living!
Michael Smith, MD
Chief Medical Consultant
Diet Basics Website
Dr. Smith is the Chief Medical Consultant to Diet Basics, a content based cutting edge website dedicated to the online dieter. Dr. Smith coined the term "Diet ShockTM" and is about to release his new book on keeping weight off -- our real weight problem. Visit Dr. Smith at Diet Basics.