For many people, the very first attempt to lose weight is often via dieting. After all, it does sound like the easiest method – all you need to do is cut down on what you eat.
That being said, most diets tend not to work out. Not only do they fail to burn the fat, but very soon you end up right back where you started and in some cases you may even end up gaining weight in the process!
Here’s the truth though: Dieting does work, and it can burn the fat, but you need to approach it seriously.
How Diets Can Burn the Fat
In order for a diet to work, you basically need to cut down your food so that you’re getting less energy from it than the amount of energy you’re using up by simply living your day to day life.
Needless to say this varies from person to person based on their lifestyle, metabolism rate, and various other factors.
The reason why many people find that diets don’t help them burn the fat is that they tend to lead fairly sedentary lifestyles. So even by cutting down your food intake, you’ll find that your body still isn’t forced to tap into its reserves of energy (i.e. fat) in order to get more.
That is why if you are serious about losing weight, the best way to burn the fat is to exercise as well. By limiting the energy your body is acquiring from food, and also expending additional energy by exercising – you’ll be forcing your body into a situation where it needs to burn the fat to get the energy that it needs!
Unfortunately most people attempt to just diet and unless you really do cut down your food intake considerably you will find that this isn’t very effective.
Also the problem is that if you do try to undertake a diet that cuts your food intake down to a bare minimum, you’ll find that your body could enter ‘starvation mode’ where it attempts to conserve energy instead. This isn’t good because it will mean that your body is less likely to burn the fat, and attempt to store it away instead.
Basically, to cut a long story short, diets can definitely help to burn the fat but they need to be taken seriously. It isn’t enough to just cut your food intake slightly and then expect to lose tons of weight.
The only way you’re going to lose a lot of weight by dieting is if you really and truly stick to it over the long term, or use exercise to help burn the fat too!