Diet changes speed up stalling weight loss

Posted by: smilie on 10/29/2006 - 11:18 PM

For starters, the human body adapts to the sudden changes and weight loss slows down. With your new diet in place, less food often reduces sodium intake causing net loss of water - water loss slows as sodium loss in diet slows.

Rapid reduction of food intake triggers starvation mode and lowers metabolism quickly.

Also, skipping meals too often may produce intense food cravings caused by lower blood sugar levels. Many dieters save their calories for one big meal and that slows down that metabolism.

Try the following tips when having trouble losing weight:

Keep active with regular exercise.

Do not starve yourself. Eat small healthy snacks throughout the day to keep your furnace going.

Lower your calorie intake gradually. Lowering calories too much too soon doesn't give you much adjustment when weight slows.

Consume plenty of low-calorie, high-fiber foods.

Consume more natural foods high in complex carbohydrates and reduce highly processed foods loaded with extra fat, sugars and salt.

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