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Do you want to lose weight? Then the last thing you should do is go on a diet that reduces your food intake. You will need to alter the type of foods that you choose to eat as well as possibly reducing the number of calories, but severely restricting food intake feeds into a phenomenon that too many Americans know firsthandthe yo-yo effect. They lose weight only to put it right back on and then some.
The cause of the yo-yo effect is tied to the very reason why some people are more prone to being overweight than othersmetabolism. Most diets do not work because the focus is on restricting food intake, not on enhancing metabolism. Throughout this book you will be given recommendations that focus on turning up your metabolism to bum more calories.
Have you ever had a friend who could eat all the food she wanted and still stay thin, while sometimes it felt that if you simply looked at food, it tended to go right to your hips or midsection? The explanation you have probably heard is that it is a difference in metabolism. This answer is absolutely correct. How would you like to have the metabolism of a thin person? Is it possible? Yes, it is possible, and you will learn how.
In order fully to appreciate the program that will be recommended in the ensuing chapters, it is important that you understand what predisposes some people to a lifetime battle of the bulge.
Excerpted from Natural Alternatives for Weight Loss. Copyright © 1996 by Michael T. Murray.