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Why Calorie Counting doesn't work??????!!!!!!! Read this!


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Ok, so I was randomly googling for tips on how to burn fat and I found THIS!!!

Please read and tell me what you think..

The reason you cannot lose weight by using a low calorie diet is because your metabolism will detect any major drop in calories and it will then ADJUST ITSELF by burning fewer calories each day.


For example:
If you begin eating 2,500 calories per day then your metabolism will adjust itself so that your body begins burning 2,500 calories per day. 


If you try to starve yourself by suddenly eating 1,000 calories per day then your metabolism will again ADJUST ITSELF so that your body begins to burn only 1,000 calories per day.  That's why you have failed in your past dieting attempts, that's why you always seem to fail when you try and starve yourself. 

  Now you know the reason why you can eat 1,000 calories per day and not lose any weight while your friends can eat 2,500 calories per day and not gain any weight.


The Shifting Calories Theory...


Your metabolism doesn't know how much food you'll eat tomorrow or the next day because those days have not happened yet

Therefore, your metabolism always burns calories based on your eating habits during the past few days -- because it assumes that you'll continue to eat in the same general way.  

Guess what?  You're about to shock your metabolism by doing something you've never tried before
-- you're going to do the OPPOSITE of what it expects you to do.   You're going to NOT continue eating the same types of calories and meals for more than a couple days at a time, and you're going to lose a lot of weight by doing this.

To make this work you need to SHIFT the types of calories eaten as shown in our diet on the next page, and if you do this then your metabolism will burn all of the calories eaten.  Then, when it finishes burning those calories it will find the nearest available fat tissue on your body and burn that too...


SOURCE: http://fatloss4idiots.com/?hop=hcconsult4
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My experience tells me Counting Calories and Exercising works.

You're basically describing the zigzag strategy and it has worked for some people...

:)

Well then! I guess the extra 65 lbs I was carrying around just up and decided to leave on its own then...and here I was doing it wrong this whole time...
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I'd be more impressed with it if it wasn't an advertisement.  Look at it this way:  there's "counting calories" and there's paying attention to the calories in what we eat.  Starvation diets don't work, and that's what the above copy is talking about - 1000 cal/day is unhealthy and bad for you, and yeah, doomed to fail.  But counting the calories in what you eat, *looking* at what that bowl of ice cream is adding to your daily intake, and deciding based on a quantifiable number what's worth having and what can wait - that works.  Exercising works.  And it isn't hard, you don't have to chart things out and pay money for it, it's something that you can quickly grasp the essentials of.  And at the end, you've got healthy eating habits that become second nature.
i agree with it. if i dont workout i have to do that.

if i do workout..WOOSHY bye bye. (but i never stick to it)
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I agree it's bunk. There is all sort is of weight-loss mythology on the web. This is why I think when we talk about science, we should be quoting a PHd or a study published in a major medical journal.

Most Americans don't eat the same number of calories every day, so you would think no one would be heavy, right?

I ate the exact same calories every day and I lost weight just fine.
Hmm ... I know that if I were going to make broad sweeping claims about what people's metabolisms do, I'd probably find some science to back them up.  Just me though.
they're describing your metabolism going into starvation mode, which will happen if you cut too many calories. but if you keep your defecit on the small side, and stay above 1200 or 1500 calories, depending on your gender, you should be ok. like nomoreexcuses said, this is zigzagging, which also works for some. but counting calories is valid too!!! just don't do it too extremely
"If you begin eating 2,500 calories per day then your metabolism will adjust itself so that your body begins burning 2,500 calories per day. 

If you try to starve yourself by suddenly eating 1,000 calories per day then your metabolism will again ADJUST ITSELF so that your body begins to burn only 1,000 calories per day."

That's just ridiculous. Your body does adjust its metabolism somewhat, but not to exactly match what you eat! Sure, when you eat more it ramps up a bit, and when you eat less it ramps down - but not the way this describes. The amount you burn is based on your lean body mass and your activity. (the difference between men and women, as well as the adjustment for age, is mostly due to lean body mass difference)

They are trying to sell you something, and that "something" looks like the zigzag diet. Which is a simple enough mechanism, really, and doesn't require a special book or "plan".
^^^^it also takes 6-8wks for metabolic change...incase anyone wondered.
Of course counting calories doesn't work... they want $39 out of you! They'll say whatever it takes to do just that.
Im sitting 30lbs lighter then I was last year so NOPE calorie couting OBVIOUSLY doesn't work *sarcasm* 
Lost 25 lbs. over three months basically doing nothing else besides counting calories (i.e. I don't workout).
"Lost 25 lbs. over three months basically doing nothing else besides counting calories (i.e. I don't workout)."


Same here, I lost 30 lbs within 5 months, without doing anything but counting cals...
29 lbs in two and a half months, here. Calorie-counting only. :)
Uh...No.  I have lost 95 lbs counting calories. 
If you were to follow that logic, your body would get "used" to eating 6000 calories a day...  so your body should stay the same weight... forever..no matter what...

counting calories (correct me if I'm wrong... I know you will!) is the only PROVEN method for weight loss over an extended period of time.
Yet another testimonial for calorie couting:

Lost 20 lbs., 4 months, no significant exercise.

Mind you, this is 1500 a day, not 1000.
As a Human Anatomy teacher I have to say that your rant has no factual basis. Yes, you are correct that if you indeed eat under a 1,000 calorie amount your body will begin to break down. You make see success on the scale but at the cost of healthy tissue.
Please provide any scientific journal (peer reviewed) that gives the factual account of any of the ideas you posted.


If it is not from a trusted medical source in which the information has been peer reviewed it's just an opinion, not fact.
From my past experience it DOES work. Don't believe everything you read.
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