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Posted by: Kilo | 2007/12/04

Where to start with diets

I've seen diets whereby if you weigh more say 80kg you'd eat more kilojoules of food and would reduce when you reach a certain weight say 70kg. But some diets you start by eating less and the less and less.

Which is the way to go.

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Dear Kilo
To lose weight you need to basically change your lifestyle. Reduce your energy intake by eating an energy-reduced, low-fat, high-fibre diet (click on 'Diet' at the top of this page, 'Weight loss', ‘Balanced diet' and then on 'Slimming Diet' for a copy of such a diet), and increasing your energy output by doing regular exercise (running, jogging, skipping, cycling, swimming, join a gym or Walk for Life). While you are on the ‘Weight loss' site, read about every aspect of slimming (Diet pills, slimming aids, psychological aspects, etc) by surfing on this site.
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Posted by: Y | 2007/12/07

Dear Kilo
Actually eating more kilojoules when you weigh more and less when you weigh less makes sense. Just think of it - when you weigh 80kgs, your basic metabolism needs (in other words the basic energy you need to stay alive, grow new cells etc.) is higher than when you weigh 70kgs. In other words - if you want to loose weight - at 80kgs you'll be able to do it with more food than at 70kgs. You DON'T want to eat too little at 80kg (e.g. you don't want to eat as little at 80kg as what you would eat at 70kg), because then your metabolism will slow down by reducing muscle density. Your body will be doing this becaus it wants to get your basic metabolism down to the 70kg mark as quickly as possible - thereby protecting you from dying from starvation. And the fastest way for the body to do this is by "eating" away at the muscles. Yes, eating way too little for you body mass do result in faster weightloss, but in the process you would have lost valuable muscle tissue instead of fat tissue! WeightWatchers work on this principle of allowing members to eat more when they are heavier and less when they are not quite as hefty anymore - because this is the HEALTHY way to loose weight - or rather fat - by protecting the muscle tissue from wasting away. Once you reached you goal weight with Weightwatchers you get a new - much higher KJ (or points) allowance per day. Because it takes a lot more KJs to maintain weight rather than loose weight. Hope this is clear.

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