Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Why the Starvation Diet doesn’t Work

To lose weight, many of us have tried fasting or skipping meals and we know that it doesn’t work. When we fast, our bodies think we are starving. The body then tries to conserve energy by slowing down its metabolism. Slower metabolism means the body burns less energy during daily activities. This is why people on prolonged fasting will hit a plateau in their weight loss.

When we return to our normal eating patterns, it takes a while for our bodies to adjust from the slower metabolism to our regular metabolism. During the adjustment period, we will have surplus calories which our bodies store as fat.

What Works?

Experts agree that the best diet plan is to reduce calorie intake by a small amount, about 500–1000 calories, every day. Since one pound is equal to 3500 calories, you will lose 1–2 pounds a week or 4–8 pounds a month

Studies show that the people who lose weight slowly with a healthy diet are more likely to maintain their healthy weight for a long term.

What you can do to reduce your calorie intake:

• Start your meal with a clear vegetable soup as your appetizer. Add plenty of vegetables to your soup. Cabbage, carrot, celery, cauliflower and mushroom are high in fiber content and very low in calories.

• Combine your meal with brown basmati rice. Brown basmati rice is filing and it's high in fiber and resistant starch content, thus, it will keep you full for a long time.

• When making omelettes or other recipes that require eggs, replace an an egg yolk with two egg whites. An egg yolk contains more calories and high in cholesterol content while an egg white is very low in calories content, only 16 calories and no cholesterol.

About the author: Linda Yo is a certified weight consultant and the author of Asian Slim Secrets: Enjoy Food, Stay Slim Naturally! Linda gained 25 lbs in 3 months upon her arrival in the US. She failed at every method before she rediscovered the benefit of her traditional diet. Amazed by the results, she spent 18 years to research about the benefit of Asian diet and shares the secrets in her new book, Asian Slim Secrets. To read free chapters of "Asian Slim Secrets" go to