12 May Dieting can make you fat

Dieting can make you fat

Studies show that most weight-loss diets result in a relapse of weight gain within five years. Most participants in such diets are said to surpass their pre-diet weight.

Calorie-restriction diets are the usual culprit. Calorie restriction goes against the body’s natural metabolic rate. The human body survives by adapting. If the intake of food or calories changes, the body tends to adjust in order to survive. At first, the body will try to maintain its metabolic rate even when calorie intake is lowered. This will result in weight loss. However, the body eventually adjusts by slowing down its metabolic rate. Consumed calories are balanced with the amount of calories used up by the body. Weight loss gradually decreases, sometimes even stopping altogether. After episodes of lowered calories, the body’s survival mechanism kicks in. In order to prepare for future episodes of lowered calories, fat is kept and stored for future use, resulting in even more weight gain.

Various low-calorie diet books share the misconception that all calories are the same. Following this logic, fat is avoided because it contains more than twice as many calories as carbohydrates or protein. However, body fat comes from carbohydrates more than anything. Most of the consumed protein and fat, on the other hand, are used for construction and maintenance of muscles, bones and other tissues. Protein and fat can also be used for energy. But when there is an excess of carbohydrates in the body, protein and fat aren’t utilized.

Studies have shown that when the body increases the intake of fat, the production of cholesterol is decreased. Replacing carbohydrates with fat actually decreases overall bodily production of fat, and thus lowered body weight.

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Dieting can make you fat