The first things many women do when they want to lose weight are dramatically cut their calories and make a list of off-limit foods. Even with the best intentions, doing this is actually slowing down your metabolism and creating cravings. This results in more stored fat and the eventual binge when cravings are finally too strong to ignore.
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Then there is the sense of failure and frustration due to feeling like you have fallen off the wagon. Determined to do better next time, the cycle begins all over again. Yo-yo dieting is a way of life for millions of Americans -- even though there is more than a 90-percent failure rate.
Nutrition is the leading contributor to weight loss. It is imperative that you stay conscious of what goes into your body. The quality of food you eat is directly reflected in your body's appearance, as well as your overall health. No amount of exercise can counterbalance a poor diet. lasting weight loss:
1. Do not drastically cut calories. They are your body's energy and necessary for it to function efficiently. What you can do is limit the empty calories. These come from foods with little or no nutrients. If some of the leading ingredients are flour, high-fructose corn syrup, sugar or partially hydrogenated oils, you can bet the food does not support your health or weight loss.