Choose to Lose

ImageFat is the enemy. Fat makes you fat. The creators of the Choose To Lose Diet say it is not sugar and starch that causes obesity; it is the fat in foods that packs on the pounds. You can also forget what you have heard about the dangers of overeating. It is not how much you eat, it is what you eat that is causing weight issues. The world is your buffet when you are filling your plate with low-fat meats, nonfat dairy and nutrient-dense, fiber-rich carbohydrates like fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

The school of thought behind the Choose To Lose diet is that it is not the carbs that have to go, it is the fat. In truth, if you want to lose those extra pounds, you should consume good carbs. These foods are responsible for fueling your metabolism to burn fat. Nutritious carbs also keep you feeling full so you're less likely to binge. You won't have to cut calories to shed your extra pounds; you'll just have to reduce your fat intake.

By lowering your intake of carbs too much you are actually doing more harm than good. Your glycogen stores do not get filled up, leading to loss of stamina and endurance. The secret to losing weight is based on the success triangle made up of a low-fat diet, adequate intake of nutrient-dense, fiber-rich calories and aerobic exercise.

Strategy 1: Put a smaller amount into the Fat Stores
The less fat you put in your fat stores, the less you will have to remove later. This can be done by following a low-fat diet. With Choose To Lose, you will utilize a Fat Budget and an effective diet routine. In addition to not adding fat, you also need to remove fat that is already being stored. This is completed with strategies 2 and 3.

Strategy 2: You Have To Eat to Lose Weight
You need to consume enough calories to keep your basal metabolic rate (the amount of energy the body uses when it's at rest) going. Your BMR should be kept at its highest rate in order to burn fat at a maximum rate and to minimize your fat stores. This is accomplished by consuming the proper foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, non-fat dairy, poultry, fish and seafood.

Strategy 3: Build Muscle to Burn Fat
Exercise is a necessity when following any weight-loss program. You do not have to go overboard. A basic walking routine will suffice. The goal is to build muscle, which will burn fat. The more muscle you have, the more fat you'll burn. Just 30 minutes of walking at a brisk pace will suffice.