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The Elimination Weight Loss Diet - How to Lose Weight and Keep It Off Successfully (Chapter 1)

Updated on October 25, 2012
The Elimination Weight Loss Diet
The Elimination Weight Loss Diet

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The Elimination Weight Loss Diet

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Chapter 1Why Do Most Diets Fail?

Most diets fail for one or more of the following reasons:

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1. They require you to eat food that you do not like.

For example, some diets make you eat grapefruit, yogurt, brown rice, cranberry juice or some other food that is supposed to help you lose weight. If you do not like these foods, you will quickly tire of eating them and will eventually break your diet.

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2. They keep you from eating foods that you do like.

Consider the low carbohydrate diet that keeps you from eating pasta, bread, potatoes and rice. Suppose that you love these foods. Suppose that your diet forbids ice cream or cookies and you have a sweet tooth. You will soon break your diet completely or start slipping forbidden food back into your meals. Gradually you will gain back any weight that you lost.

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3- They require you to count calories and weigh and measure your food.

When I first started dieting more than sixty years ago, my doctor placed me on a 1000-calorie diet. I bought a calorie book and started counting and measuring every calorie that I ate. As soon as I finished one meal, I would start planning the next one. I spent a great deal of my time thinking about food and I was always hungry. Eventually, I gave up the diet completely and I quickly gained back any weight that I had lost.

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4. They make you purchase special pre-prepared meals from them that are not cheap.

Even if you can afford to do this, eventually you will tire of buying their meals and you will not be prepared to make your own tasty, low calorie meals. Gradually, you will revert back to your old eating habits and gain back any weight that you have lost.

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5. They require you to do a lot of exercise to burn off calories.

If you are young and healthy, this may not be a problem for you, but what if you are grossly overweight and can barely walk? What if you have arthritis or some other debilitating disease? It requires a lot of exercise to burn a few calories. Eventually, you will stop exercising and since you did not modify your eating habits, you will gain all of the weight back.

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6. They concentrate on short-term, rapid weight loss and do not permanently modify your eating habits.

Everyone wants to lose weight quickly with little or no effort. Many diets promise those results and when you don’t get them, you quickly become discouraged and give up. Even if they work which is doubtful, the minute you quit, the weight rushes back on as fast as it came off. Often a lot of the weight loss is simply a matter of elimination of excess water. Remember, it is not possible for a 150 pound woman to lose more than three pounds of fat a week even if she eats no food at all. However, you can easily lose as much as five pounds of water in one day by simply taking water pills.

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7. Most diets do not adapt well to special needs.

Suppose that you are diabetic or on a low cholesterol diet. What if you are a vegetarian or you are allergic to dairy products or some other category of food. Most diets do not adapt well to special requirements.

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I am certain that you can think of a lot of other reasons why diets have not worked for you in the past to help you to lose weight and keep it off. The point is that what you need is a diet that works and that can deliver what it promises. Most of all, you want a diet that helps you keep the weight off once you have lost it and this can only happen if you permanently modify your eating habits. The " Elimination Weight Loss Diet" does all of this, but I must warn you that it requires motivation, determination and patience.

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Chapter 2 - What Is Different About the Elimination Weight Loss Diet?

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Introduction to the Elimination Weight Loss Diet -How to Lose Weight and Keep It off

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    • beekeng profile image

      beekeng 

      6 years ago

      love the tips about this article because i love to cook and also love to eat too, so i guess i need some useful tips to maintain my weight as well! haha..

    • rjsadowski profile imageAUTHOR

      rjsadowski 

      6 years ago

      There are many additional hubs to come on The Elimination Diet.

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      Paula 

      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      You joined 5 weeks ago and have published 44 hubs?? You are a dynamo!! Welcome to hubpages. This hub is great! Voted up and useful. Look forward to reading more of your hubs, especially on this diet.

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