Diet Plans for Weight Loss vs. Nutrition Plans for Fat Loss

Checking out at a store's cashier station, I picked up a magazine and read an article about leading diet plans on the market today. The article discussed the pros and cons of about 25 different diet plans.

Some of the diets were pretty solid and some were a little wacky. Of course, each diet plan is trying to sell something (usually weight loss and not fat loss) and make money.

What you need to know as a consumer is this: the most sensible and successful (long-term) way to lose weight, burn body fat and maintain good health is to exercise regularly and eat nutritiously. History and research have proven this again and again.

A fad diet is not the solution to your diet troubles and will never work for you long-term. Actually, fad diets will place you further away from your weight loss goals as you yo-yo back and forth with weight loss and even more weight gain!

A "quick weight loss only goal" is a short-term fix for your weight problem and will not ultimately help you attain your goals! Establish eating and exercise habits that will help you burn fat and lose weight for a lifetime.

The type of food you eat and timing of what you eat is very important for your metabolism to work properly. Your body needs adequate amounts of the macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, fats) to function properly.

Increasing muscle mass is critical to permanently speed up your metabolism. Your body has to work harder to maintain muscle mass. And, increasing muscle mass will burn the fat off of your body. So, start doing your regular weight training workouts 2-3 days a week.

Again, your body needs the macronutrients at all times to function properly. When your body functions properly, your metabolism will also function properly.

That's why you should eat every 3-4 hours to give your body what it needs and to protect your vital muscle mass.

Eat for health, fat loss and weight loss. You should not ever try a fad diet program to reach your long-term goals.

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Mark Dilworth, BA, PES
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Hi, I'm Mark Dilworth, Nutritionist, Dietary Strategies Specialist, Nutrition for Metabolic Health Specialist and Lifestyle Weight Management Specialist. Since 2006, I have helped thousands of clients and readers make lifestyle habit changes which includes body transformation and ideal body weight.