What the Diet Industry Wont Tell You

Many dieters, especially those who are obese, have difficulty losing the weight to the point that they would follow every diet bandwagon available. You may have seen these in advertisements claiming that you can "eat what you want and still lose weight," "lose 30 pounds in 30 days," or "10 minutes to a lighter tummy."

However, time and again scientific evidences point out that no, you cannot lose 30 pounds in 30 days (unless you do anything unhealthy like not eating), diet pills never work (and even if you lose weight with such pills, the trouble begins when you stop taking the medication), and there is no single diet that works for everyone.

Losing weight can be a pain, but you need to learn these vital truths that the diet industry will not tell you. This steers you away from the right path of shedding excess pounds by simply choosing a healthy lifestyle.

You need to exercise more

Health experts recommend getting at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise in most days of the week. This includes simple but physically-demanding house chores like shoveling the snow and gardening. However, latest research indicates that in order for you to lose weight, you need to do about twice as much exercise.

According to a study published in the July 28, 2008 issue of Archive of Internal Medicine, women who were able to sustain weight loss of 10 percent of their initial weight for two years exercised regularly and consistently. This means that they exercised about 275 minutes a week, or 55 minutes worth of exercise at least five days a week. But this does not mean you should jumpstart your weight loss by joining kickboxing classes, as activities as simple as walking can be just as effective.

Do not eat more to compensate your burned calories

Some dieters tend to fall on a trap of eating even just a little dessert after just exercising. After all, they may say, the calories would burn anyway because they have just finished exercising. It is easy to underestimate how many calories some food items contain, but at the same time, it is easy to overestimate how much calories you have burned while exercising.

A report published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association concludes that even though exercise can burn calories during and after exercise, eating too much has limited implications to substantially reduce body weight among obese persons. In order to shed off those extra pounds, you need to cut the calorie consumption and increase your exercise.

You do have time to exercise

If you find time to check your e-mail, watch television, browse the Internet, drink coffee, go out with friends and what not, you can have time to exercise. This means you need to take some sacrifices in order to fit those exercise minutes in.

Low-carb, low-fat, and whole grain still means you are eating more

Food companies have latched on weight loss research and develop products simply for their sales purposes. For instance, the supermarket is filled with the likes of low-carb chips, low-fat cake, whole-grain spaghetti, and fat-free cheese. Do not feel tempted into consuming too much of these stuff simply because they still oppose to the basic idea of weight loss: that we need to eat less, not more.

Not all calories are the same

The calories you get from eating fruits and vegetables are different from the same amount of calories out of drinking soda. The latter is simply "empty calories" that provide no real nutritional benefit and do not do much in satiating your hunger. While you exercise to burn calories, it is also a good idea to think about minimizing your intake of empty calories and maximize calories that are packed with nutrients.