Busting The 500 Calorie Diet Myth

Losing weight is tough for a lot of people, and after periods of no success it is common to resort to drastic measures. The 500 calorie diet is surprisingly popular, especially amongst women wanting to lose weight quickly. Unfortunately, not only is it not effective, it is also really dangerous.

There are better ways to do it, and although I have in the past experimented with low calorie diets I finally found what works. I lost fat by using this program, it is safe and effective. When I dieted and dropped my calories to an extreme low, I started suffering constant injuries, I lost a lot of muscle, and I gained back all the fat after I started eating at a normal level again.

2Lets take a deeper look into this fad diet.

Why The 500 Calorie A Day Diet Will Never Work

Limiting calories is not the answer, and you shouldn’t wait for your body to tell you that. The 500 calorie diet consists of consuming only 500 calories a day. It doesn’t matter what food you take in, you need to get 500 calories. Firstly, this is simply not enough on a daily basis. You cannot survive on this kind of intake over a long term. Secondly, it is very important what you eat, not just how much. Quality of food intake trumps the amount of calories you are eating for effectiveness in weight loss. Your body simply needs the right nutrients to survive and function properly, that includes reducing fat cells and losing weight. Let’s expand on both those reasons why low calorie diets almost always fail.

You Need To Eat

500 calories is a tiny amount for even the smallest person. There are various calorie calculators on the internet that can give you a half decent estimation of what you need to be eating, however in general it is much much higher than 500 calories. If you drastically lower your calorie intake, then you are going to do damage to your body that is hard to reverse. Your body will become used to the low intake and will try to survive off it by dropping your metabolism. This will slow your whole body down. You will feel lethargic and you won’t be in as great a calorie deficit as you wanted anyway because you will not be burning enough. Remember, calorie in need to be less than calories out for you to lose weight. This drop in metabolism will also wreak havoc when you go off the 500 calorie diet plan. You will instantly put the weight back on and all of it will be fat because your body doesn’t know what to do with it.

Eat Good Food

Although calories are important, some of us are very undernourished when we try to diet and it completely hinders out efforts. When you limit to 500 calories in the day, you are basically ensuring that you are not getting the nutrients you need. If you want to lose weight protein and fats are very important. Both for maintaining muscle mass and for your hormones. When you don’t get enough fat your important hormone production drops and you will feel very fatigued. Fats are also extremely satiating and important for weight loss. Protein is literally the building block of muscle. Muscle burns a lot of calories by itself, even at rest. You want to have muscle mass if you want to lose weight. You won’t look bulky, you will simply be burning fat even as you sleep. Yes, you need to watch your calorie intake, but consuming lots of vegetables, protein and fats will almost ensure your weight loss and it will be safe.



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