Friday, May 16, 2008

Calorie Shifting Diet - As Easy As It Sounds

Calorie shifting diet has increased in popularity over the last year. Is this diet as good as everybody says or is it just the latest fad diet?

The knowledge of calorie shifting is as old as dieting. Major forces have tried to keep the knowledge of this diet to a minimum because it would harm their business. There is nothing magical with shifting calories. It all comes down to simple physiology. We all know that we gain weight by eating much and using less, i.e. we eat a fast food menu that is loaded with fat and energy during our lunch break, we then go back to the office and sits down the rest of the day, except when we go to the coffee shop for a latte and a snack (that also is loaded with energy).

What does this tell our body? Well, it figures that we are in a time were the supply of foods is excellent, yet, it prepares for the worst, starvation. How does the body prepare for this? It takes all of the energy that you put in your mouth but don't burn and throw it in to a fat cell were it is easily stored. We may think that we get more and more fat cells, but actually there are pretty much the same amount of fat cells our whole lifetime. To be able to store more fat, these cells grows larger and larger until they one day say that it is enough. They don't want any more fat because they may burst, just like pouring too much water into a balloon. Our body gets angry and increases the insulin levels because insulin is the key to open the fat cell. Now, the fat cell accepts a little more fat before it says 'no more' a second time. Now the whole organism (our body) is affected by the high levels of insulin and it starts to get resistant to the insulin. Oh boy, now we are in trouble. What does it mean that we don't respond to the high levels of insulin? Well, we get a diagnose called Diabetes Mellitus (or Diabetes Type 2). And remember, this is just the mere beginning of the trouble we are in.

Ok, back to calorie shifting. As written above, our metabolism enjoys the rich times but prepares for the worst times, it has learned to behave this way through the years of evolution.

The metabolism is a complex function but in general it takes what you ate the last couple of days and presumes that you will eat pretty much the same diet the following days. This gives us the opportunity to control (or mislead) our own metabolism. We feed it one type of calories one day and the next we shift calories into another type (see where the name calorie shifting diet comes in). This confuses the metabolism and it will respond by increasing the release of fats from the fat cells. At the same time your insulin level adjusts and become more regular, no more spikes after a chocolate bar. This makes the body less eager to save the fat for a possible starvation period.

The theory behind calorie shifting diet is exciting and it will help you knowing how to act in certain situations. Not only will it help you lose fat, it will also make you understand a whole lot more about your own body.

We want to be in charge of it, right?

Jennifer Olsen was a master of failing at different diets. She understood that there were more to losing weight then just going on a diet. Today she has lost nearly 50 pounds with the calorie-shifting diet and meanwhile she has finished reading 'Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle' and she is implementing what she learned into daily activities.

She made a mini-site that gives examples of diets, complete fast weight loss diets, free calorie shifting diets and reviews of books that helped her stop living the unhealthy life and turning around into a more healthy life-style.

If you are interested in learning more please Click Here!


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