Diets For Women

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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Church attendance may be down across the United States, but Americans still believe in miracles--at least when it comes to losing weight. Every month, it seems another new "sure-fire" diet book hits local bookstore shelves. And every month, it seems millions of men and women suspend disbelief, hope "maybe this one will work for me," and drive book sales all the way to Number One on the New York Times Top 10.

Unfortunately, if any one of these books actually worked for everyone, then the next miracle-in-hardback wouldn't have to be written. Though fad diets may work in the short run for some, real lifestyle changes have to be made for long-term success. But, unlike fad diets that may or may not work, a little will and discipline can transform not only your appearance, but your mind and spirit as well.

Diets for Women: Eating Smart

The basic formula remains true. In order to lose weight, one's got to consume less calories than are burned. Unfortunately, many focus only on the "consume less" part--and leave themselves hungry--resulting in increased temptation to snack, and less energy to exercise. The key, then, is to consume "full" calories--those packed with nutritive energy--and step up physical activities.

The importance of proper nutrition during dieting, especially for women, cannot be overstated. Nutritional deficiencies can wreak havoc on mental, cellular, reproductive, and skeletal health. Most ironic of all is that a lack of proper nutrition can result in a skewed metabolism, whereby the body will actually go into "survival mode" and hold on to fat because it thinks it's starving. In the end, the best diets for women are those that concentrate on sensible servings of quality foods, such as proteins, good carbohydrates and fats, and plenty of the less-sugary fruits and vegetables. Find what works for you, and you will find the power to look like a whole new person-- and feel like one, too.

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