The worst idea of losing weight is going on a diet

Experts have advised health freaks not to indulge in dieting to lose weight after piling on pounds.

The Sinai Hospital program offers weight loss surgery patients expert advice and consultation from Melissa Majumdar – who consults patients on real life scenarios such as how to make food decisions while on vacation and after.

The one thing Majumdar says is common in all diets is that they all end.

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Taking certain foods out of one`s diet and following a super low calorie intake works for some time, but what ultimately leads to diet failure is sustainability. The body cannot survive on a rabbit`s diet for long.

Majumdar said the body is very similar to a machine – the machine works as long as one puts fuel in it, the moment fuel stop pouring in, the machine breaks down.

Likewise, the body`s source of fuel is calories, which is actually just a measurement of energy. Over a long period of underfeeding, or dieting, the hypothalamus down-regulates the metabolism to be more efficient and use fewer calories for energy.

When the body goes without enough fuel during a diet, it gets nervous, thinks it is starving, and conserves fat – kind of like an animal in hibernation. The same thing happens when meals are skipped, or the body goes without fuel for longer than 4 hours.

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