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Cons of Low-Cal Eating

healthy eatingBesides the fact that being on a low calorie diet is no fun, there are other metabolic functions that can be affected by being a low calorie diet. I have clients come to me daily and say, "I work out all of the time and I eat healthy, I still cannot lose weight!" When people get to this point it usually boils down to unwinding years of horrible diet mistakes and I hate to say it sometimes it gets worse before it gets better.

A low calorie diet is simple right; exercise more and eat less, you will lose weight. While the simplicity of counting calories makes this approach seem uncomplicated, unfortunately, there is more to food than just calories. Choosing your food choices solely based on numbers may reduce the calories you consume, but if you are eating a predominately low calorie junk food diet (100 cal snack packs), the weight may come off, but it could be at the expense of your health. A low calorie diet isn’t automatically a healthy diet. While a cup of orange soda contains fewer calories than the same amount of orange juice, the soda can’t compare to the juice when it comes to nutrition. Soda is basically high fructose corn syrup (the worst sugar EVER) dissolved in fuzzy water and absolutely NO nutrition. In comparison, eight ounces of OJ will meet your vitamin C needs for the day and is also an excellent source of potassium. BUT, to be clear I would recommend you eat an actual orange instead of the juice because you will get more antioxidants and fiber while consuming less sugar.  To healthfully lose weight, follow a well-balanced diet that meets your nutritional needs by providing a variety of foods, such, fruits, vegetables, all natural fish, meats, poultry, dairy, and heart healthy fats including, olive oil, grape seed oil, coconut oil, seeds, nuts, etc..

Another caution about low calorie diets is that if you become overly zealous about calorie counting and reduce your calories too low, you could be putting yourself at risk of missing out on important nutrients, such as calcium and iron. It can become extremely challenging for women to meet their daily nutrient needs if they are consuming less than 1,600 calories daily (most low calorie diets are 1100-1300/day).

Consuming a very low calorie diet can also cause weight loss to occur too rapidly and may make you feel fatigued and nauseous, cause constipation, and can also perpetuate the formation of gallstones. While losing weight at a rate of approximately ½ to 2 pounds weekly is generally regarded as safe, a more realistic goal would be to lose approximately 10 percent of your body weight over a six-month period. It took a while to put it on, be patient while you are taking it off.

Forget DIET, start eating healthy and do it one step at a time for the ultimate lifestyle change. This is the best thing for dropping weight!

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