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Did you know that the reason most diets fail is because they are designed to work only in the short-term? Which I will guarantee you is not the best way to get rid of weight. Most people eat even more food once the diet is completed and their dietary shackles have been released, than what they did prior to starting a diet. The only way to loose weight permanently is to work on making long term changes to your overall eating habits and improve your overall fitness level. Over time, building learn muscle and forming healthy eating habits will dramatically increase your body’s metabolism so you will start to burn more calories faster, even while you are resting This will increase the efficiency of your exercise routine, along with speeding up the rate that your body burns fat.

There are two prime ways to increase your body’s overall metabolic rate: Step-up the physical activity and eat smaller but regular meals throughout the course of the day. For most over weight people both of these will require a lifestyle re-modification, but they can be worked in slowly and gradually. It is not difficult to find new ways to sneak in a bit of exercise, even if you have do lead a very busy daily routine. Simply taking the stairs and not elevator or escalator is a relatively easy and effective way to get your heart racing a couple of times a day or possibly ditch the car and use a bicycle to travel around on.

Eating smaller meals can be enjoyable providing you make them delicious and satisfying. Feeding yourself smaller meals to digest more frequently throughout the day will ensure that the digestive system stays active and at the same time prevents an excess build up of calories. When your body has been made to digest more calories than what was needed, it will begin to convert the excess to stored fat – as a kind of store room for scarcer times ahead. Eating three large meals a day actually puts your body into what some dieticians call a “feast-famine cycle” causing your natural metabolic rate to speed up and then slow down several times during your awaken hours.

Eating smaller meals does not have to be tortures. There are lots of healthy snack bars that have been designed and formulated to give dieters a boost of a few hundred calories. By dividing your existing food portions into smaller sizes and eaten more regularly is a perfect way to keep consuming a stable and steady rate of calories during the day. For example, a small tuna fish sandwich and some fruit are about 400 calories, the perfect size for a quick diet snack.

Unless you are on an extreme diet, such as the 500 calorie diet plan or on a specialised diet like the “Dukan diet pan” then there are no foods that are strictly out of bound. So occasionally you can treat yourself for making such a healthy life style change by indulging in a small piece of raw organic chocolate or some thing similar during one of your snack. You may get up to 100 calories toward your snack, including a little bit of dairy, fat and a small amount of natural protein that may not be present in your new healthy diet regime. Giving yourself some small licences to enjoy and savour some of your favourite food is one of the best ways to not only getting rid of unwanted fat but also to keep it off over a sustained period of time.