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There is no magical formula that will guarantee weight loss. The only answer is to take in less energy and use up more.If fewer calories are taken than your body burns, you will lose weight. To maintain lower bodyweight our eating habits have to alter permanently.

No one knows precisely how many people are trying to lose weight at any one time, but it could be as many as one in ten.

For many people it is a constant problem since if they are prone to being overweight, reducing their weight to even an acceptable level is only one part of the challenge. Keeping it off or even at a suitable level is equally hard because it is so easy to slip back into the wrong eating habits without realizing it and to put weight on again.

We should be more concerned with reducing body fat and not body weight.


Weight reduction should be gradual. It is better for our health that we are not over-ambitious, unless one is grossly obese. It is better if we aim at a small and steady weight loss, rather than trying to lose all our excess weight in a one or two weeks. Weight loss in the first stage will be greatest. This will slow down in the subsequent weeks, so do not get disillusioned.

In fact some of the initial weight loss is caused by loss of water rather than of fat tissue, which makes it very easy to regain. Fat is unlikely to come off evenly, it often comes off first from those areas that were not especially fat in the first place. Continue maintaining healthy eating habits, the balance between your proportions will return to normal.
Motivation is very important, although many people recognize that they are overweight and want to slim, the success rate is not very high. It may be a good idea to familiarize ourselves with the health risk attached to being overweight/fat.
The energy value of Body Fat is about 32Kj per gm. Therefore to lose 1Kg of adipose tissue (fatty tissue) in a week, reduction of energy content of diets would need to be 32,000Kj below average weekly output. This would mean taking in approximately 5000Kj per day less than is needed. The shortfall would be made by using surplus adipose tissue for energy.
A man who walks for one hour uses up 1250Kj. This is equivalent to only 40g of adipose tissue, so eating less food seems to be more effective than taking exercise in reducing weight. A combination of both is probably best.
Short term weight losses which result from various dieting represents loss of water, glycogen and protein, rather than adipose tissue. The best solution is a long term change in diet and pattern of exercise. "Slimming diets" must always contain enough energy to keep basal metabolism active for normal activity. It must also include the necessary proteins, vitamins and salts. The diet should reduce sugar and fat, through some fats are essential. If we want to lose weight, we must learn to leave the table while still feeling hungry.
Slimming formulae are no move effective than a carefully regulated diet of natural food. Before embarking down the diet road we would strongly recommend seeking professional advice in order to have a diet which is both nutritious and palatable.