by Gary Bailey; From goarticles.com
Why You Need To Eat More To Lose More!
It seems almost every day there is another celebrity in the news, having lost weight by eating half a celery stick twice per day (or something like that!) – many of these diets are EXTREMELY low calorie and that simply is not sustainable. So, rather than just reducing calories everywhere in your diet – be smart with what you eat and when and you can actually lose weight quicker and more permanently!
When you follow the eat more to lose more philosophy, this does not break the main rule of weight loss! You HAVE to eat fewer calories each day than your body burns – that is the only way that your body will burn that fat so that you can lose weight. The average person needs about 2,000 calories to maintain their weight, so if you set your diet at 1,500 calories – you will burn about 500 calories of fat each day. 1lb of fat is about 3,500 calories – so you will lose 1-2lbs per week (with some water going too, usually). Nice and steady and PERMANENT!
OK – so we want to lose weight quicker. Just reduce the daily calories more, right? Wrong! When you reduce your calorie intake too far, your body thinks it is starving and it starts to go into survival mode. So your metabolism shuts down, you are tired and crazy hungry all the time and you may even actually gain weight as your body stores every spare calorie it can find to keep you alive later.
To a lesser extent, even that 1,500 calorie diet can do the same thing – over time, your body will become accustomed to running on 1,500 calories per day and your weight loss will hit a plateau.
Here’s the secret of eat more to lose more…
There is a hormone called Leptin that is responsible for this starvation behaviour. The good news is that it takes about a week to kick in… So, all you do, is you plan for an official “binge” day once per week! This is not a day to gorge yourself, but you CAN indulge in a few extras – especially carbs. Those carbs will jumpstart your metabolism to a higher level, as they are easily converted to glucose. Although you will be sacrificing some of those calories that you saved during the week – the end result will be more energy, better and more sustained weight loss and, the best part, you get to eat some of the things you love once a week so you’ll be better able to avoid cheating!
Eat more to lose more sounds like a contradiction – but now you know the secret – you’ll find your weight loss MUCH easier to achieve!