The only way to get really lean is to starve yourself

Most commercial diet programs are very low in calories. Many border on starvation: 1200 calories, 1000 calories, even 800 calories or less!

Ironically, the more you slash your calories, the more your metabolism slows down. In fact, very low calorie diets can actually make you fatter! It's physiologically impossible to achieve permanent fat loss by starving yourself.

When you eat less, your body burns less. When you eat more, your body burns more. It's the ultimate paradox.

Very low calorie diets not only slow your metabolism so you burn fewer calories, they can also cause muscle loss. Eventually, they shut down your metabolism completely. When this happens, the weight loss stops and any increase in calories that follows will cause immediate fat gain. This "rebound effect" is inevitable, because no one can stay on low calories forever.

"Dieting is not effective in controlling weight. You can get a temporary weight loss with a diet, but each scheme ultimately gives way to weight gain, and subsequent losses become increasingly difficult. Worst of all, you get progressively fatter on less food. Dieting actually makes you fatter!

- Dr. Lawrence Lamb, Author of The Weighting Game

Carefully scrutinize the calorie recommendations of any diet program before you start it. You'll probably discover that 95% of them have you slash your calories to "starvation" levels.

Any diet program that's extremely low in calories will cause weight loss in the beginning - but it will never work for long.

You see, the human body is very "smart" - it always strives to maintain a magnificent state of equilibrium: Metabolism, body temperature, blood sugar, hormone levels, acid-alkaline balance and every other system in the body, are all regulated within a narrow range that your body finds safe and comfortable.

When you subject yourself to drastic measures in an attempt to create sudden changes such as rapid weight loss, your metabolism cybernetically adjusts itself to maintain equilibrium in energy balance, much the same way as a thermostat maintains the temperature of your home within a desirable range. As soon as you're in danger of starving, your body will quickly adjust your metabolic rate downward like a thermostat, so you burn fewer calories. This is often referred to as "the starvation response."

The only way to lose fat and keep it off permanently is to reduce your calories slightly and increase your activity greatly. It's always better to burn the fat than try to starve the fat.

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