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There is so much information available today about dieting and so many diets available that most people find the subject very confusing. As well, different diets will tell to you to eat as many carbohydrates as possible, while others tell you to eat none. Many concentrate on consuming as much protein as possible, while others tell you to avoid protein rich foods entirely. It is no wonder that people find the subject overwhelming and it is no surprise that there are so many "yo-yo" dieters today.
There are certain facts that the vast majority of health care professionals and nutrition researchers agree on. These should be understood before anyone chooses to go on a particular diet. Once you are aware of these facts, you can make intelligent decisions about any particular diet and the theory upon which it is based. This is particularly important for those wanting to try the many diets that promise you can loose "10-20 pounds in a week". These diets are usually termed "fad" diets, and most experts agree that although some short term weight loss may be achieved, the weight will come back just as fast as it was lost.
- There is no documented link between low insulin levels and weight loss
- A healthful diet should include foods from all food groups
- At least 8 glasses of water should be consumed every day
- Both protein and carbohydrates are essential for proper diet
- No weight loss can be maintained without sufficient physical activity
- There is no one particular food that is a "fat burner" (such as grapefruit)
Losing weight is about burning more calories than are consumed every day. The best way to do this is to eat proper meals, including foods from all food groups, eat less and exercise more. To learn more about diet and nutrition and other weight loss issues, please read through the sections dedicated to these topics.
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