Why All Diets Work – Until They Don’t

Binging on processed foods high in salt and fat—even if it’s just three times a week—will not only cause you to gain weight, but it can also reduce beneficial fat-burning gut bacteria. Dr. Margaret Morris from Australia’s University of New South Wales conducted a study on rats and explained, “While these findings are yet to be replicated in humans, those who are strict with their diet during the week may be undoing all their good work by hitting the junk food over the weekend.” A good diet plan with a solid schedule will help you find a balanced approach to eating, and balance out your gut.Studies show those who stagger their consumption lost more weight and were more apt to maintain their fit figures than those who skimped on protein at certain meals. Calories from protein are also different than calories from fats or carbs. In addition to boosting satiety, protein has a high thermogenic effect. That means your body burns off a fair percentage the meat’s calories as you’re digesting them—and post-meal calorie burn spikes by as much as 35 percent!Being tired or constantly fatigued is your body’s way of conserving energy when it’s not getting enough of what it needs,” says Bjork. “It’s a result of your metabolism slowing down—the opposite of what you want to happen for weight loss.” Isabella Smith, RD, concurs. “When you don’t eat enough protein, for example, the body will start to break down stored proteins in the form of muscle and other tissues. This can shrink your muscle mass, making workouts and everyday physical activities more challenging.” Meal plans that include lean proteins, fiber and healthy fats will keep you—and my friend Tammy—go strong all day long. 

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