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How Diets Work



Losing weight is simple, lose more calories than you eat.

We eat because it's a necessity. The food we consume will be processed by our body, breaking them down and only keeping what's needed while throwing out the rest. As we do our normal daily tasks, our body uses calories and nutrients from our food as fuel for our bodies to complete all the tasks we take on each day. However, our body only needs a certain amount of calories to do this. All the unused calories become stored in our body as fat.

The problem with our body is there's not a way to tell it to stop storing calories. All excess calories will be converted into fat no matter how much fat you have in your body already. Most of us would always eat more than we need to, taking in all those extra calories which lead us into being overweight.

So in essence, a diet is supposed to help you lose those extra calories.

A diet is an eating plan where you would control the amount of calories eaten. Eating less is not the only way to diet. Since the goal is to eat fewer calories, you can have constant food but it should be low in calories. So food like fruit or vegetables are low in calories if you compare the same amount with other food like meat.

When you're dieting, you'll be eating less than normal. So you'll feel hungrier throughout the day and feel more unsatisfied when you finish your meal. It cannot be avoided since you're after all trying to lower your calorie intake. Please don't skip meals or starve yourself because they'll only worsen your diet conditions.

A good diet gives your body what it needs nutritionally, which naturally helps suppress the hunger and maintain a healthy weight whether it is psychologically or physically. A good diet will always prepare you psychologically first before starting it. This is to ensure that you'll be able to stay on the diet plan for the duration of the program so you'll reach your goal. Good diet plans will also give you alternative snacks that you can eat to suppress your cravings.

Being on a good diet doesn't mean that you'll be living only on water and vegetables every day. A good diet actually promotes eating a balanced meal. You'll want to lower the calorie count but the rest of the nutrients shouldn't be ignored. It's important to know that when you avoid certain kinds of foods, you're also avoiding their nutrients. So the diet plan will show you alternative foods you can take to replace the missing nutrients. Usually these foods are avoided but not forbidden completely. So you can still eat them in small portions once in a while.

A good diet also contributes to your natural metabolism. Each person has his own rate of metabolism. A person with a higher rate of metabolism will be able to burn more calories a day. A proper diet plan can help people with a low metabolism to fully utilize them.

Consider having a complete breakfast to jump start the metabolism, lunch to keep the energy going and eating less for dinner since you don't burn as many calories at night. This is to ensure that you have enough calories for the day.

4 Meals To Get You Set On The Carb Cycling Diet

If youre trying to lose weight or build up some muscle and nothing has worked so far, you should try carb cycling. Carb cycling consists of alternating between high- and low-carb days for six days of the week. The seventh day of the week is left for reward meals.

If your goal is to lose weight, you will want to have more low-carb days than high-carb days in your weekly routine. Think five low-carb days and one high-carb. On the other hand, if you are trying to build up some muscle you will want more high-carb days than low-carb days. Think four or five high-carb days, just make sure to space them out. Putting together carb cycling meal plans will be the easiest way to have success with this



Starting a new diet can be tough, but here are some sample meals to try out.

Snack: Grape-Berry Protein Smoothie

1 tsp. chia seeds

2 scoops protein powder

1 c. seedless grapes

c. blueberries

1 tsp. flaxseed oil

c. water

Combine ingredients until smooth and enjoy.

Meal: Low-carb chicken tenders

2 lbs. chicken tenders

1 c. grated parmesan cheese

2 tbsp. parsley

1 tbsp. dried oregano

1 tbsp. paprika

1 tsp. garlic powder

Pinch of cayenne pepper

1 tsp. salt

tsp. pepper

c. butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine dry ingredients. Line a shallow pan with foil. Melt butter in a shallow dish. Dip each chicken tender in the butter and roll it in the seasoning mixture. Place the pieces in the pan and bake for 20-30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

Meal: Low-carb Chicken Enchilada

2/5 c. shredded and cooked chicken breast

c. diced tomatoes

c. enchilada sauce

c. salsa

1 tsp. enchilada seasoning

c. low-fat cottage cheese, blended smooth

1 c. corn

1 c. black beans

4 high-fiber tortillas, cut into quarters

c. shredded mozzarella

1 c. chicken broth

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9-by-9-inch pan with cooking spray. Mix chicken and first 6 ingredients in in a bowl. Mix corn and black beans together separately. Dip the tortillas in chicken broth just long enough to get them moist. Place ingredients in layers in the pan: tortillas then chicken mixture then black beans and corn mixture. Repeat, ending with a tortilla layer. Top with shredded cheese and back for 25-30 minutes.

Meal: Low-Carb Cauliflower Pizza Crust

1 medium head of cauliflower

¼ c. shredded parmesan cheese

¼ c. mozzarella cheese

¼ teaspoon salt

teaspoon garlic powder

teaspoon basil or rosemary, minced

teaspoon oregano, minced

1 c. marinara sauce

1-2 c. mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Remove stems from cauliflower and cut into chunks. Place cauliflower into a food processor and pulse it until it resembles the texture of rice. Microwave the processed cauliflower for 4-5 minutes on high. Once cooled, squeeze all the liquid out of it. Combine cauliflower, egg, garlic, cheese and seasonings. Stir until a dough texture forms. Spread dough onto lightly greased parchment paper and bake for 10-15 minutes. Once its golden, remove from oven and place pizza toppings on it.

These are just a few Carb Cycling Meal Plans to start you on your way to the carb cycling diet. Planning your meals weekly will help you stay on track with your diet goals. But do not forget that losing weight or building muscle cannot be done by eating alone, exercise plays a huge role in the process as well.