This article is about what you already know or knew to be true. Weight loss is a 40 million dollar industry and new diets and programs try to make easy money by promoting their specific diet or supplement to help you lose weight superfast. You have probably seen commercials claiming to help you lose 20 pounds in a week and other ridiculous statements. It is extremely easy to fall for this kind of promotions since the product have gone through several tests, clinical studies and so on. Well, all of the information printed in such an advertisement is probably true, at least statistically speaking. Statistics are great but are easily re-focused and taken out of context to give them the data they want to mislead you.
Weight loss is simple, you go on a diet and lose ten pounds in a week, congratulations! But what did you really lose? Ten pounds of fat? Hardly, you are more likely to have lost about 2 pounds of fat, 4 pounds of water and 4 pounds of lean muscle. You should never aim at weight loss but fat loss and as you see there is a big difference. Show me a diet that burns 10 pounds of fat in a week and I will be very impressed, obesity problem solved.
Let's take a look at some diets and programs that makes you believe that fat loss is easy and that you don't need any exercise.
Low-carb diet - This have been very popular for a few years now. Dieters on a strict low carbohydrate diet are setting themselves up for a rebound once they re-introduce carbohydrates. Most often all of the weight lost is gained again. Is it healthy to be on a low carb diet? There is still a lot of debate about this but most leading scientists would agree that a well balanced diet is preferred in the long run. Atkins is one of the diets that recommend a very low carb intake and these calories are replaced with processed and saturated fats. Healthy? That is also up for debate so for now you have to make your own opinion about it.
Lose weight without exercise - If you are interested in losing fat permanently it is more important to increase your exercises instead of just counting calories. In the example above you learned that weight loss and fat loss is not the same thing. If you cut back on calories by 50% or even more your body put it self on a starvation metabolism and instead of using fat for energy it uses your muscles. However, if you exercise running and weight lifting your body believes that you need the muscle so instead it uses fat for energy. Our body has become 'smart' over the millenniums of evolution.
The basics of permanent fat loss is easy to understand but it takes discipline and hard work to achieve. There is no shortcut, no easy ways and once you make up your mind that it is time to lose fat, don't fall for any of these diets promoted as easy, fast and proven. It will only waste months of dieting and when you fail it takes time to get the courage to start on a new diet.