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Fad diets and Under-eating.

Posted Nov 26 2012 4:54pm

One of the main things that annoys me in the world of weight loss and fitness, are these fad celebrity diets and under-eating. If you want to lose weight and keep the weight off, keeping the weight off being the important part of this, then you need to make sure you are eating properly and following a good exercise routine and meal plan.

Diets like the “Maple syrup diet” and other similar diets where you starve your body completely of all the essential things it needs in order to function properly are not only useless in the long run, but can be seriously damaging to your health.

Let me go on a bit about why they are useless. These diets are essentially crash diets, where your body will use all the stores of Glycogen and at the same time, water. This tricks your brain into thinking that this diet is the next best thing and you’ll be skinny for the rest of your days now. This is wrong. Mainly because once you stop this “diet” and begin eating normally again, the weight will just pile straight back on, just as quick as it came off. You probably won’t even get rid of any of the fat that you have.

Blunt, but it’s just the truth and this is something that needs to be addressed.

If you are serious about losing weight and keeping the weight off then here are the steps that you need to follow.

You need to work out your TDEE (Total daily energy expenditure). This is the amount of calories that your body requires on a normal day at your current activity level to maintain weight.

This can be done using a number of online TDEE tools. A list of which can be found below.



These will allow you to figure out how many calories you will need to maintain your current weight. In order to lose weight at a steady rate (recommended 1lb/week) you should be aiming to eat around 80-85% of this number.


A good tool to track your daily calories is the website MyFitnessPal  (MFP). They also have a smartphone enabled app which you can download from the App store(iOS) and the Play Store (Android) be sure to log your exercise when you have done so. Also the good news is, that you are allowed to eat back the calories that you’ve burned off. This is one main common confusion amongst dieters. You can and must eat back the calories that you burn at the gym. The estimations that the machines in the gym and that MFP have can be a bit off, so probably best to eat back half of the calories that they are recommending. If you have a heart rate monitor, then these are much more accurate and you can eat a bit closer to the calories that you have burned off at the gym.


Now diet alone will not be enough to burn off that fat that you have stored. You will need to exercise too. Now my first BIG BIG tip for this would be for women, do not avoid the weights. 


I cannot stress it enough, how all your beliefs and assumptions are wrong. You will not become the female equivalent of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Using weights will be more beneficial for you than you could hope for. Although before doing so, be sure to consult a trainer/member of staff at your local gym, in order to learn the proper form and ensure you do not injure yourself.


You can find many great workout routines for women online just by doing a google search. Scoobys Workshop is a highly recommended place to start your research. This also applies to men, although you may become like Arnold, if you keep up the weights and diet properly, but that’s not a bad thing.


I think I’m beginning to waffle a bit now, but I think I’ve got the point across that I wanted to in the beginning. Any questions then please don’t forget to comment below. I’ll answer every one.

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