Will Fasting Hurt My Weight Loss Efforts
Apr 24th, 2014 by

Will Fasting Hurt My Weight Loss Efforts
Today's question comes from a reader who has started on the road to fitness, by employing a number of different strategies to make it happen. So far, he is down 12 pounds, which is a fine start.

He is exercising a minimum of five days a week and tries to do something every day. This is perfectly fine, so long as you don't do something strenuous every day. Many people walk every day, for instance, and don't even really consider that part of their exercise program. They count what they do, other than walking, as exercise, like lifting weights, doing bodyweight exercises and so on.

He also has made significant changes in what he eats, eliminating almost all packaged food and going with protein, fruit and vegetables. He still eats a couple of Snickers bars and a bag of pork rinds a week, which isn't good for you, but let's remember that he has lost twelve pounds in five weeks.

He heard about what is called "intermittent fasting," and wanted to know if it's helpful, or harmful.

Now, before I tell you what I think, let me tell you that this is a very controversial idea in the fitness community, where the sentiment runs heavily against the idea. All the trainers, diet experts and nutritionists are heavily invested in regular meals, on some kind of schedule, and they have a whole laundry list of reasons why this approach won't work, or is harmful...and won't work.

They will tell you that you'll lose muscle tone, strength, energy... and that your body will go on the fritz quickly, which can only be remedied by eating the way they tell you.

By the way..."intermittent fasting" means that you abstain from food for one or two days a week. (So this definitely is not for everyone.)

So let's boil it down for Bubba.

Will it hurt you, or help you?

It certainly won't hurt you...provided that you're in pretty good shape...with no serious health problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and so on. You could probably do it, even with those problems, but you definitely need to see your doctor first and get the okay. (This is common sense, but....)

Will it help?

Last week, I talked about the first rule of weight loss, which simply put is: In order to lose weight, you must take in fewer calories than you are taking in at present. I used the 3000 calories a day figure, dropping the number to 2500, and multiplying out the number over a year.

So lets apply this to fasting, using one day a week. Let's assume you have already dropped your 3000 calories a day to 2500 calories a day and you've been doing this for a while...with no ill effects... and you're losing weight. Your net drop in calories is 3500 calories a week. Now with a fast (for 24 hours), you are dropping another 2500. That's upping the ante to 6000 calories a week. This certainly should speed up your weight loss, provided that you do not overcompensate when you break your fast (ie.,eating over 2500 calories).

Will you lose muscle tone? Will your energy level go down?

No. Tests have shown that none of the things the fitness community claims will happen...actually do happen. It's just another in the long list of "Gym myths," which are too numerous to count.

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Diet Pills Overview
Jan 22nd, 2014 by Aldouspi

Diet Pills Overview

Obesity has become a worldwide problem. Everybody seems obsessed with the wish of losing weight due to the diseases that obesity can provide them. With each passing days there is an increase in the number of options to lose extra weight.

Diet pills have changed the field of medicines since the last 15 years. More and more people are getting attracted with them to have their dream body shape. The reasons for this may be attributed to the fact that these medicines does not only remove harmful and toxic substances form the body but also prohibit the fat accumulation.

Two types of weight loss pills

Conventional or Manufactured Pills – Conventional or manufactured pills are made of the chemicals which are not extracted from natural resources. In other words they are synthesized in the laboratory. Generally these are prescription pills and meant for those clinically obese people. They do not only provide energy being energy supplement but also help in burning extra fats.

Herbal Diet Pills – herbal weight loss pills are those weight loss pills that are made up from natural ingredients typically including vitamins and other active ingredients that are supposed to lose weight in a natural and healthy way. In recent years there has been a rapid increase in sale of herbal weight loss pills; credit goes to their marketing efforts. Actually such claims are not clinically tested or proven. One should be careful enough while making a choice of herbal weight loss pills and should seek advice of the physician because most of them are counterfeit.

Two Kinds of Weight Loss Pills

Prescription Pills – prescription pills are those which one cannot get without the prescription of a licensed physician. They have clinically tested with proven results for effectiveness. They are high potency medicines and they may be severe side effects in extreme cases. So these prescription medicines are recommended for those people who are really obese people.

Over-the-Pills – Over-the-counter pills are those which anybody can get from the pharmacy. These are low potency medicines and are not clinically tested. However they may also have severe side effects in worst cases. Most of the herbal diet pills are under this category.

How Diet Pills Work

Actually diet pills work in different ways. There are some pills that work as metabolism enhancers. Certain types of acids, extracts from green tea plants and L-Carnation constitute the active ingredients of metabolism enhancers. There are also weight loss pills that work by suppressing your appetite. If you are the type of person who has unhealthy eating habit, then this type of weight loss pills are the best for you. Fat absorption pills act as catalyst by activating the enzyme which plays a vital role in the burning of fats, the absence of it may cause the accumulation of fats in your body.

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