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The 3 Main Principles of Losing Weight!

Losing weight has been touched upon by countless articles, blogs, newspapers and magazines detailing how you can do lots of different things in order to shift the excess fat around your midrift. At the Healthy Hideout we believe there is no miracle cure or magic serum that you take one morning, to find yourself waking up a pound lighter the next day.

Losing weight requires serious dedication from you and you only – that’s the only way you’re going to see serious changes. If you change your attitude towards wanting to lose weight, and actually believing that you can, you’ve got a higher chance of seeing some changes. Easier said than done right? It’s probably why a lot of people invest into personal trainers who shout nothing but confidence boosting (or breaking) statements in your general direction for 60 minutes. It doesn’t work for everyone though.

There are many programs that work for people out there, such as the “Burn the Fat” program at http://www.burnthefat.com. These guys have a proven track record with thousands of satisfied customers who’ve seen the program reap huge results for them personally.

But when it comes to losing weight, you can often find solid results come from sticking to the 3 Main Principles of Losing Weight. It doesn’t get much simpler than this:

  • Decrease calorie intake – If you’re eating more than 2000 calories a day (2500 calories for men) then you’re eating more than the recommended daily intake or RDA. By eating more than your body needs, your body will look to store the excess energy as fat.
  • Increase calorie burn – After maintaining your calorie intake, it’s important to increase your amount of calorie. This is done through exercise, and unfortunately there’s really no other way. Try to commit yourself to at least 30 minutes a day for the best results.
  • Cut down on the bad stuff – This is the most obvious of the three, but it’s important to make extra effort to cut out all the bad stuff from your diet. This includes fizzy sugary drinks, confectionery, chocolate, pastries,baked goods, fast food – the list can go out. Cut out the bad stuff and you’ll see some serious results. You’ll feel better too!

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Cutting breakfast calories helps cut daily calorie intake

A recent study has suggested that reducing the number of calories you eat for breakfast could help you to lose weight. This is contrary to the thought that starting the day with a large, hearty breakfast can aid in weight loss. In fact it is a myth that eating a larger breakfast will lead to consuming less calories in the remainder of the day.

It has been reported that reducing the number of calories you eat at breakfast will help to improve your overall daily energy balance. The study, published in the Nutrition Journal (www.nutritionj.com) was trying to determine whether there is truth in the belief that eating a large breakfast will lead to a lower calorie intake through the rest of the day.

The study was conducted by a group from the University of Munich and followed nearly 400 normal and obese people over a 2 week period. Each participant kept a diary of the type and quantities of each food they consumed. Some subjects ate large breakfasts, others smaller quantities and others skipped breakfast.

When the results were analysed it was found that the total energy intake throughout the day  is directly proportional to the number of breakfast calories you consume. It was also determined that the size of the other meals you consumer after breakfast has little correlation to the amount you eat at breakfast. The only exception being a reduction in the mid-morning snack for one group that was studied. Lead researcher, Dr Volker Schusdziarra, said: “The results of the study showed that people ate the same at lunch and dinner, regardless of what they had for breakfast.”

While an overall reduction in calories will generally help a person to lose weight, further studies are required to demonstrate that smaller breakfast will lead to weight loss. However, according to the British Dietetic Association, eating breakfast is important to help maintain a balanced diet.

You should not skip breakfast as those who eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight. Furthermore, missing breakfast can lead to the temptation to snack on other less healthy alternatives through the day.

Lose weight eating junk food

Eating a balanced diet whilst maintaining a good level of exercise are two of the key elements to living a healthy lifestyle. One professor of nutrition based in Kansas, USA decided to go against this basic principle in order to fulfil his own premise: Weight loss relies on pure calorie counting – not the nutritional value of the food you intake. He named his diet “the convenience store diet.”

Twinkies were a main source of Professor Huabs Diet

Twinkies were a main source of Professor Huabs Diet

Sticking to a selection of sugary cake treats for 10 weeks including “Twinkies” and donuts, with variety added in the form of Doritos, sugary cereals and Oreos, Professor Mark Huab managed to lose a massive 27 pounds in just 2 months. The key was to stick to 1,800 calories a day, with the average man needing 2,600,  and exceed no more calories than he burned. His body mass index, or BMI, went from 28.8 to 24.9 which is considered normal by local average. He now weighs 174 pounds.

Surely being on such a diet would have negative effects on the body? Well in terms of cholesterol, this certainly wasn’t the case. LDL, or “bad” cholesterol dropped 20 percent whilst “good” cholesterol increased 20 percent. Even bad fats such as triglycerides were reduced by 39 percent. But despite obvious figures, Professor Huab does not recommend his snack-only diet.

“What do these results actually mean? Do they mean that I’m healthier or does it mean how we define health from a biology standpoint, that we’re missing something? I’m not geared to say it’s a good thing to do, I’m stuck in the middle. Without more information I can’t give a concrete answer.”

Even though the results are astounding, it’s good to note that Haub was taking a multivitamin pill and a protein shake daily. Vegetables included two or three celery stalks or a single can of green beans.

At the Healthy Hideout, we’re always interested in what our readers are doing with their eating habits. Are you dieting at the moment? If so, what diet are you using?