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I don't get it

I really don't understand why people use fad diets. They don't work.

Why don't more people count their calories? Is it because they don't understand how to do it? Or is it because they just don't understand the principal behind how the body loses and gains weight.

Mon. Feb 4, 2:34pm

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Because people want to see results FAST, and to be excited about something. Counting calories definitely works, but it is slow-going. I think it's just a mental thing. People need positive reinforcement right away.

Monday, February 04, 2008, 2:43 PM

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I think alot of calorie counters don't understand the principle behind how the body loses and gains weight. Hormonal balance affects weight loss, but is more affected by what you eat than how many calories you eat. Feeding thermogenesis is also not related to how many calories, but rather what you eat.

Calories in calories out works, however, it's incredibly arrogant for a person to think that they will be able to accurately measure how many calories their body will burn without knowing what their rmr is, hormonal state, and other thermogenesis factors.

Think of car fuel efficiency. You buy a car and it says you'll get 24m/g. Well. that's only when your tires are properly inflated, your oil is clean, you're getting proper air/fuel ratio, and will depend on highway or city driving. The same can be said for your body. You can put a certain amount of fuel into your body, but many many MANY different factors affect whether or not you actually burn all that fuel as intended.

There was a study in 2005 where they took insulin resistant women, divided them in two groups, and made one do a low carb 400 cal deficit diet, and the other group a standard 400 cal deficit diet. Well, the standard group lost on average the appropriate amount for a 400 cal deficit, while the low carb group lost twice as much weight. Sure, RMR and feeding thermogenesis weren't measured, but there was no noticeable difference in the exercise amound from the two groups.

So some of these "fad diets" you refer to, actually look at different aspects that affect total body health and the ability of the body to properly regulate itself so that it can burn calories efficiently and keep other factors that affect weight in balance.

Monday, February 04, 2008, 2:50 PM

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i have followed a fad diet for 2 years and have kept off 35 pounds. It works for me and my lifestyle. My cholesterol is down, my body fat % is down, my lean muscle tissue is up, my blood pressure is down, and i feel amazing!

if counting calories works for you, go with it, but it doesn't work for everyone...

Monday, February 04, 2008, 2:53 PM

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Dear Monday, February 04, 2008, 2:53 PM,
sounds great Im in! which fad diet?
Monday, February 04, 2008, 2:55 PM

Monday, February 04, 2008, 2:57 PM

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hee hee my clock is two minutes slow!

Monday, February 04, 2008, 2:58 PM

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