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Is There a Low Calorie Diet Plan Benefit?

Updated on March 11, 2010

With the myriad of diet plan options available to aid us with our goal of weight loss, it can be difficult to find the plan that is best suited to our lifestyles.

That is why sometimes it is necessary to reform your lifestyle in order to lose weight and keep it off. The first thing one should do when considering a low calorie diet plan is to examine their current diet.


If you are one who finds themselves consuming a large abundance of processed foods, chances are you have a problem with weight gain. Diets high in processed junk foods, refined carbohydrates, white flours and saturated fats, are unhealthy. These are not foods that our bodies can easily assimilate. They are heavy on our digestive systems and low in nutrient value. If this is the type of diet you are consuming, than counting calories will get you nowhere.

These foods are high in calories. Cutting calories means you are also cutting quantity of food. Since these foods are already low in nutritional value, just plain cutting them down without introducing more healthy options is a fruitless pursuit of weight loss. In fact, counting calories is less important than eating the proper foods.

If you were to cut out the highly processed foods and replace them with healthy alternatives, you would find that the pounds would melt away - with no calorie counting. It is not necessary to go on a low calorie diet plan if you are eating properly.

I gained 50 pounds over a period of about 10 years. It crept on slowly, about 5 pounds a year, so I didn't really notice it much while it was happening. It seemed like all of a sudden I had gained 50 pounds. I tried dieting and failed too many times to count.

It was not until I was shaken by an unexpected health crisis that I truly examined my diet. I found that I needed to get healthy and couldn't do that if I was eating those unhealthy foods.

I eliminated processed foods, refined carbohydrates and sugars, dairy products and meats. I replaced these foods with high quality foods such as organic produce, fish, whole grains and nuts.

I became creative about cooking and started making all of my meals from scratch. Yes, it took longer, but I have my health as a reward. Over the course of a year, I dropped the 50 pounds. I feel younger and have more energy.

Not once did I consider a low calorie diet plan to drop this weight. It was not actually weight that was my priority. It was regaining my health. In the process of doing this, the weight did come off.

Don’t count calories, cut the bad foods. Add the good ones and become more conscious about what you are putting into your body. Taking care of your health is the most important thing you can do for yourself.

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