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How To Diet Successfully

Health And Fitness : Exercise Guide

Millions of adults have been on diets at some stage of their lives. Millions are at this very moment, and thousands attempt to start a diet each day. But thousands also go wrong. Why?

Boredom is one of the main reasons that people give up on their diets. Most diets consist of rabbit food and other uninspiring things. No wonder they are hard to stick to. Hmm!

The basic thing to remember is that to lose weight is simple in theory - the golden rule follows: you must consume fewer calories than you use. Simple isn't it?! In theory yes. Remember that fat contains more calories per gram than carbohydrates. Cut down on fat and you will cut down on calories. So eating occasional sweet snacks, instead of crisps or fatty snacks, will help.

Also be patient - dramatic results cannot be achieved healthily in the course of a week and should not be expected. Fad diets can be dangerous, are invariably hard to stick to and just result in the weight being put back on at some stage.

Remember to exercise - start off gently at first and always consult your doctor if in any doubt, but a healthy lifestyle will help contribute to a healthy and lean body.

Discover where you can cut back on the calories in your diet but without starving and having unimaginative food - wherever possible replace fats with sugars. So instead of having butter on your bread, have jam. Instead of crisps have a small chocolate bar once or twice a day. Have leaner meats instead of red meat. If you reward yourself with fish and chips or something similar, do not feel guilty!

By: Tessa Seymour on Sun, Jun 16th 2002

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