Why Dieting and Exercise May Not Stop Weight Gain

Many overweight people try dieting and usually fail to lose much weight. Some might lose weight but then find that it comes back with vengeance, and with extra pounds on top. Why?

Why Dieting and Exercise May Not Stop Weight Gain

It is due to having metabolic dysfunction, and many diets will increase it and make matters worse.

Calorie counting is an ineffective weight loss strategy. It fails over time because calories come from various food sources and therefore vary in how they influence metabolism. The result is metabolic dysfunction.

Starvation diets are the same; they deprive the body of vital nutrients and the dieter becomes sick.

Eating less and moving more will not prevent metabolic dysfunction either. Exercise alone will not work, but it helps when combined with healthy eating. Walking burns nearly three times more calories than sitting or standing. But if food of low nutrition is in the diet, the benefits of walking will be lost.

Calories are not created equal. Weight gain can be caused by eating metabolically harmful calories such as net carbohydrates, which is the total carbohydrates minus dietary fibre. The chief culprits are all forms of sugar and complex carbohydrates such as white potatoes and processed products.

The belief that all calories are the same has contributed to worsening health. It is one of the first things dietitians learn, and is completely wrong. Calories from processed foods containing fructose are typically harmful because of the amount of visceral fat that harmful sugar builds.

Fructose is an isocaloric and not an isometabolic sugar. Identical calorie counts from fructose and glucose, fructose and protein, or fructose and fat, affect the metabolism differently. There are different hormonal responses to different sugars which determine how much fat the body accumulates.

Studies show that calories from refined sugars and processed foods promote overeating, while calories from vegetables, protein and fibre reduce hunger.

One study found that as soon as 18 per cent of daily calorie intake from added sugar is reached, there is a 200 per cent increase in the risk of getting pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes.

Today, due to widespread insulin and leptin resistance, the body's ability to burn fat as its primary fuel is impaired. Most people have impaired enzymes to burn fat.

Only when the body is adapted to burning fat as its primary fuel will it become efficient at burning calories derived from fat.

The thing is to dramatically cut sugar consumption. The body burns that first, but sugar makes the pancreas work too hard and causes insulin problems.

Intermittent fasting can help speed up the body's transition from burning sugar to burning fat as the primary energy source.

To lose weight, eat food as close to its natural state as possible. That includes healthy fats. Reduce intake of processed foods and sugar, and be active simply by walking.

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