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To Diet or Not To Diet

Quite often when we reach a point that we are unhappy with our w*eight or our health, the first thing we think about is to 'go on' a d*iet. Unfortunately most d*iets are based on very low calories, which whilst you would think that it is the right thing to do (I mean, makes sense, eat less weigh less) it can in fact have the opposite effect.


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Dieting is not the solution to long term weight loss...

Quite often when we reach a point that we are unhappy with our weight or our health, the first thing we think about is to 'go on' a diet. Unfortunately most diets are based on very low calories, which whilst you would think that it is the right thing to do (I mean, makes sense, eat less weigh less) it can in fact have the opposite effect.

The problem is that the media and many weight loss programs try to simplify weight loss too much by simply saying to lose weight 'calories in has to be less than calories out'. Now, it's not that the statement is incorrect, but it fails to factor in our bodies natural physiological response to famine.

If our calories are cut too far, generally below 1200 calories, or we are eating too infrequently by skipping meals, our bodies natural response is to switch to 'survival mode' which means it will hang on to your fat stores and instead burn valuable muscle.

The reason for this is that in a time of 'famine' (your body doesn't know we live in the 20th century with a 7-11 on every street corner) your body knows that fat will keep you alive for longer whereas muscle is active tissue that requires energy to maintain itself so it needs to get rid of this instead.

I know it can be tempting to look for a quick fix or follow the latest celebrity diet (who, by the way, would all have personal trainers and many have their own chefs!)...so look instead for a healthier, long term approach that will help you maintain your results life-long.This week I have included an extract from my book The Real body Plan...enjoy the article and please let me know if you have any questions.

Have a great week and make great food choices....that way you will look AND feel great!

Your friend and mentor,


Sonja Falvo,

Professional Speaker, Author
International body Transformation Specialist



To diet or Not To Diet

In order for your body to function effectively and efficiently, it is important to understand how the food you eat impacts on your body's performance. It is particularly important to understand the changes that dieting can make to your body and how these changes can actually prevent you from achieving your long-term fat-loss goals.
The word 'diet' is actually taken from the Latin word 'diaeta', meaning 'a recommended way of life'. Today, however, the word diet is more closely associated with something you 'go on' for a certain period of time to lose weight rather than your lifestyle and regular eating habits.
A weight loss program that is designed to provide you with a healthy 'way of living' should include all of your favourite foods, and help you shed your unwanted body fat at the same time. A program based on a healthy 'way of living' will also help you maintain your ideal body once you have achieved it as apposed to some short-term form of starvation which most diets deliver and are unsustainable long term.
If you have been trapped on the 'diet merry-go-around' for a while, then its time to get off and find a program, like The Real body Plan which will provide you with a long term strategy for weight loss success that is quick and easy to follow.

Do you suffer from 'Monday-itis'?
It's Monday morning, you take a look in the mirror and feel fat and frumpy. You decide, 'that's it, today I am going on a diet' and grab the latest magazine promising to reveal amazing celebrity weight-loss secrets. You scour the pages, mentally making a note of what you can eat along with all the foods you can't eat. But it doesn't matter, you are determined not to eat any of the foods that you can't have or shouldn't have anyway. You are certain you won't eat them because this time you are really serious!
You start the day off with your low-fat breakfast. You have a piece of fruit for morning tea and even make it to the salad bar for lunch, by which time you are obsessing about the chocolate bars sitting right next to the cash register (the chocolate bars that you can't have!). You take your salad back to your desk, feeling deprived and unhappy that you are missing out on that chocolate bar, and feel like a rabbit nibbling away at your tiny bowl of salad leaves.
Within 72 hours you start to feel depressed and/or angry that you are missing out. You get snappy and grumpy. You think about food more than ever before.

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