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Managing Weight Problems Correctly Dieting in itself doesn't work, at least the way we define dieting in the U.S. Our idea of diet is basically to either starve ourselves for a set period of time or restrict consumption to certain bland foods during the same time window. Then, as the desired results are gained, we go back to living the way we did. The result is we gain the weight back and then some quickly. This is because dieting is essentially starving. The body goes into crisis mode and will gobble whatever it can when food is available to prepare for the next starvation period. As a result, we gain weight back quickly. The correct way to keep weight off is to force a permanent lifestyle change that has to be maintained for the ongoing future, without changes (aside from health needs). By doing this the body can then learn what is a new "normal" and keep the weight off. The other factor to pay attention to is that food is a business. We are bombarded with marketing every day to get us to buy a particular food product over another. People have to actively research what they eat what it means in terms of calories consumed. Otherwise, you can still get fat eating far too much of "diet" potatoes and "diet" chips and "diet" donuts. Managing Weight Incorrectly The fact is Americans are physically lazy. Many other countries have lifestyles that plainly require people to move, travel, and work in physical terms every day. The majority of Americans don't exercise, work in jobs where we sit all day, and we travel by means of automation rather than our two feet. All of this combined works against us. Again, the calorie formula needs to burn off more calories than are consumed in a day regularly. Avoiding additional exercise at a gym or at home when possible only adds to the problem. We still eat a lot of fatty foods. Again, research is key to understanding how to reduce fat intake. Processed foods are particularly responsible for adding to weight problems in the U.S. in general. And much of this is due to high contents of salt, complex sugars, fat, and carbohydrates. All of these components add to the fuel that creates more fat cells in the body. We also munch a lot all day long. Think about it - aside from breakfast, lunch, and dinner, how many times do you eat something else? There's the mid-morning snack, chips at the desk, candy at someone else's desk, and office birthday party, a soda and snack on the way home, and a late night sandwich before bed. It's no surprise then for a person who should only be eating 2,400 calories, actual consumption in a day could be as high as 3,500 or even 4,000 calories.
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