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Choose to Lose
Published 03/4/2006 | Low Fat , High Fiber | Rating:

Fat is the enemy. Fat makes you fat. The creators of the Choose To Lose Diet say itís not sugar and starch that causes obesity Ė itís the fat in foods that packs on the pounds. You can also forget what youíve heard about the dangers of overeating Ė itís not how much you eat, itís what you eat thatís causing your weight issues. The world is your buffet when youíre loading your plate with low-fat meats, nonfat dairy and nutrient-dense, fiber-rich carbohydrates such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

The school of thought behind the Choose To Lose diet is that itís not the carbs that have to go, itís the fat. In reality, if you want to lose those extra pounds, you need to consume good carbs. These foods are responsible for fueling your metabolism in order to burn fat. Nutritious carbs also keep you feeling full so youíre less likely to binge. You wonít have to cut calories to shed your extra pounds; youíll just have to reduce your fat intake.

By reducing your carb intake too much youíre actually doing more harm than good. Your glycogen stores donít get filled up, leading to loss of stamina and endurance. The secret to weight loss is based on the success triangle made up of a low-fat diet, adequate intake of nutrient-dense, fiber-rich calories and aerobic exercise.

Strategy 1: Put Less Into the Fat Stores
The less fat you put in your fat stores, the less youíll need to remove later. This can be accomplished by following a low-fat diet. With Choose To Lose, youíll utilize a Fat Budget and an effective diet routine. In addition to not adding fat, you also need to remove fat thatís already being stored. This is accomplished with strategies 2 and 3.

Strategy 2: You Have To Eat to Lose Weight
You need to consume enough calories to keep your basal metabolic rate (the amount of energy the body uses when itís at rest) going. Your BMR should be kept at its highest rate in order to burn fat at a maximum rate and to minimize your fat stores. This is accomplished by eating the proper foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, non-fat dairy, poultry, fish and seafood.

Strategy 3: Build Muscle to Burn Fat
Exercise is a must when following any weight-loss program. You donít have to go overboard. A basic walking routine will suffice. The goal is to build muscle, which will burn fat. The more muscle you have, the more fat youíll burn. Just 30 minutes of walking at a brisk pace will suffice.

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