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    Excerpt from the book Im reading:

    The weekly magazines simplistic weightloss advice has lead many on a bothersome stray, where starving periods replace over-eating. Of course the calories intake in the long run needs to go in minus, but its not where the best payout is. To reduce the energy-intake is just a little part of what is needed to reach the goal. If you have to reach it there are a couple of things that is needed: You have to eat correctly and until you are full, you need to exercise more, sleep better and reduce the negative stresslevels. Therefore weightloss diets, that only is about you eating less, are doomed to fail. Fact is that there are 5 times bigger chances that you will stop smoking than you losing weight on those methods........

    ...Evolution has ensured that the body is etremely good at handling the risk for hunger and malnutririon. Its what you can call hardcore physiology: The brain and the homones ensure in unification to save the calories: They make sugar out of anything they can get their hands on and first of all - ensures that the whole organism is on standby, so no energy is lost. Your brain signals to the cells that there is a crisis and the body goes on standby. "Starvation! Hunger! Bad times! Find food! Get something sweet!" Its not strange, that its hell to lose weight with conventional methods. In addition to that its cruel, since the calories get consumed at a lower rate and storage of fat in the body increases. Its quite smart f its about surviving a period of starvation - but really bad odds for the person that want to lose surplus kilos.

    To cut down on calories and fat will in the long run give bad result than strategies that focus on the intake of carbohydrates (Shai et al, 2008). The main reason for this is behind your ears. Your mood deteriorates, when you are forced to live with an insulin-bonus, while you still dont get enough calories. And after some time all you can think of is food and eating. Your brain uses all its energy to find quick energy and sends you on a mission of calorie hunting (Kemmotsu & Murphy, 2006)

    Because the body functions like any other machine, some of the energy disappears again in the form of heat. Not only are you hungry and depressed, you are also freezing. It is simply not fun to lose weight in this manner. Regardless, many known diets that focus strictly on how many calories you eat do not spend time on what food is good or useful. The diets are not only inefficient (Hession et al, 2009), the brain and body forces you to mistakes that gives feelings of guilt and failure. The outcome is that many on diets are not honest when asked how the diet is going (Lichtman et al., 1992)

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    heh, thats extremely similar to what ive been saying (except calorie reduction,lol) I think t he calorie amount should depend entirely on the activity level of the person.
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    yes curator

    to further prove the point. We eat about 1,2 mio calories a year. If a person eats 2% more than they burn off that would increase weight by 20kg/45 pounds. And the 2% equals 1 extra mouthful per meal. So going strictly by calories on a diet makes no sense at all, how are you able to control your diet that precisely? Its more what you eat that should be the deciding factor in how much you eat. The human body requires homeostasis to function best, so if your bloodsugar, insulin, hormones and enzymes are not balanced correctly your weightloss proces is not going to reach its goal. Sleep, reducing negative stress and an active life are also keys for balancing the body i.e. the bloodsugar, hormones and so on. All things are controlled by your brain and how your brain reacts to certain stimuli, especially when it comes to food. You might decide to buy salmon and lemon and really healthy foods but come home with pizza and beer. A part of that is how your brain's chemical reactions forces you to want other things because of external/internal stimuli. Reward and punishment in our brain is controlled by the same chemical reactions so no wonder you want icecream when you punish yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PH. View Post
    (There is also a very unhealthy way of keeping your metabolism high, calory variation. Anorexic people sometimes use this to lose weight. They go from -500 calories one day to 1500+ the next. This is very, very unhealthy.)
    Yeah 500 per day is pretty darn drastic and I'd never recommend that to anyone. That said, I've used a similar type of dieting before. It's called Anabolic Burst Cycling Diet Exercise (ABCDE). You basically sync your caloric intake with your exercise regimen in an attempt to maximize lean muscle mass gains. Your metabolism isn't the only thing that is affectied by this type of diet. Your hormone levels (testosterone, growth hormone, IGF-1, insulin) start spiking.

    Ironic isn't it? That someone can use the same "system" to either be anorexic or to actually gain a certain type of weight.

    http://www.bodybuildingweb.net/blog/...xercise-abcde/
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