Weight Loss: Carbs? Or No Carbs?

Written by Michael Lewis

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Weight Loss: Carbs? Or No Carbs? ------------------------------------------ Dietitians just plain don't like low-carb or high-protein diets.

Whether it's The Atkins Diet, The Stillman Diet, The Scarsdale Diet or Eat Yourself Thin Like I Did by Nancy Moshier, a popular, new book that recommends a low-carb regimen, medical experts say these diets are not part of long-term weight maintenance.

"All of these diets, they are warmed-over versions of The Atkins Diet," says Heather Holden, RD, LDN, clinical dietitian at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. "Low-carb, high-protein, it doesn't matter what you call them, they don't work inrepparttar 140753 long run."

But some aspects of Eat Yourself Thin are useful, says Holden. In particular,repparttar 140754 book's focus on calorie counting can be useful.

How Many Calories Do You Need

----------------------------- "The best thing aboutrepparttar 140755 book is that it teaches people how to calculate an approximate basal metabolic rate," says Holden. "That'srepparttar 140756 number of calories your body needs every day to maintain a constant weight. The number is different for everyone."

The book, says Holden, tells readers to establish their ideal body weight and then multiply that number by 10 to arrive atrepparttar 140757 daily calorie intake. For example, if your ideal body weight was 130 pounds, you would multiply that 130 by 10 to get 1,300 calories per day.

"That is a very rough estimate of what you need to eat each day at your ideal weight," says Holden. "So that gives you a place to start. If you weigh 160 pounds, and your ideal weight is 130 pounds, then you start a calorie diary to see how much you're eating each day. Then you can get a better idea of how much you can eat every day to start working off weight to get closer to your ideal weight."

That much, she says, is useful. Butrepparttar 140758 book goes on to tout repparttar 140759 wonders of low-carb eating asrepparttar 140760 best way to maximize loss of body fat.

"That'srepparttar 140761 part you want to avoid," says Holden. "Low-carb diets provide quick weight loss but do not help you maintain weight loss."

The American Dietetic Association (ADA) says that both low-carb and high-protein diets are bad.

"These diets are not safe, they are not healthy, and they are not a good way to try to get healthy," says Leslie Bonci, RD, nutritionist withrepparttar 140762 University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Complex and a spokesperson forrepparttar 140763 ADA. "They provide short-term, rapid weight loss by causing repparttar 140764 body to shed water weight and muscle. But that is no way to keep weight off for very long, and it's dangerous to your body chemistry."

Dangerous Process ------------------------------------------------------ According torepparttar 140765 ADA, low-carb diets and others like it trigger short-term weight loss through a process called ketosis. This process kicks in when your body is in short supply of carbohydrates, a prime source of energy forrepparttar 140766 entire body, but especially forrepparttar 140767 brain, which operates exclusively on carbohydrates.

Change Your Life With a Commitment to Weight Loss

Written by Tammy Corbett

Anyone who has ever had to lose weight can attest torepparttar enormous commitmentrepparttar 140532 endeavor demands. Dropping pounds requires you to substantially alter your life style. Eating habits must be changed, physical activity must be incorporated and a general healthier approach to living must be embraced. For many individuals,repparttar 140533 promise of a thinner self isrepparttar 140534 inspiration to maintain a weight loss regimen. Losing weight can have not only a significant effect on your health, but also on your self-esteem.

Feeling good about your physical appearance benefits your self-esteem in many ways. For many people, not being proud of their body prevents them from attaining what they want in life. It is exciting to think ofrepparttar 140535 many areas in your life that can potentially change when you loserepparttar 140536 weight.

Changing Your Attitude about Weight Loss

Losing weight can give yourepparttar 140537 confidence you need to winrepparttar 140538 position at work that you have always wanted. When you are not positive about your appearance, it shows, and often your career is negatively affected. Knowing that you look and feel good results in a positive attitude and people will respond accordingly. It is not only your attitude that will change, but alsorepparttar 140539 way you interact with people. Weight loss can help you be more assertive, direct and convincing- factors that can get you ahead in your career!

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