Diets Don't Work, Lifestyle Changes Do Essay

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Diets Don’t Work, Lifestyle Changes Do
You have heard this time and time again, you may have even repeated it to yourself or your friend: “I am on a diet and I am not losing any weight”; “I have tried the Atkins diet for a month and it was great, but I gained it all back”; “I am so tired of being on a diet”; and the all time favorite “I just can’t lose any weight on a diet”. If a diet is the mindset of an individual trying to lose weight, they are setting themselves up for failure. Diets just don’t work, but change your lifestyle and the pounds will come off once and for all.
Merriam-Webster defines the word diet as “a regimen of eating and drinking sparingly so as to reduce one’s weight ”, and the word lifestyle as “the typical way
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As with the 3 Day Diet, this diet is only recommended for a specific period of time.
The menu for a typical day includes coffee or tea (using artificial sweetener if desired) for breakfast; 2 hard-boiled eggs and cooked spinach for lunch and; 6 oz. of meat with a lettuce and celery salad for dinner. Only after day 1 does the individual add a water cracker with their coffee or tea in the morning.
The written promise of this diet is to rev up the individual’s metabolism by eating certain foods in certain quantities and at certain times (but while skipping breakfast???). However, in reality it is rapid weight loss due to the minimal caloric intake, and will most likely be due to fluid loss, not fat loss. With this type of calorie restriction and skipped meals, the individual will most likely slow down their metabolism, instead of rev it up as the diet promises.
When thinking about metabolism, think of a bon fire. In order to keep the fire going strong, we must provide fuel (in this case, wood) consistently. If there is a lapse in supplying wood to the bon fire, the fire will die down and eventually burn out. The same holds true with our metabolism. In order to keep ourselves going strong, we must provide fuel (in this case, healthy food) consistently. When there is a lapse in supplying food, our metabolism will slow down and we may become shaky, weak or tired. This slow down occurs so that our

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