By Rakesh Sharma Jack

Improve your health. Lose weight now. Just a small amount of weight loss can change or save your life! How do you lose this weight? To reach your goal there are a few things you need to know. First you must plan to lose weight slowly. You didn’t put it on over night and it isn’t going to come off over night. Second exercise is a necessity. You must burn at least as many calories as you eat in a day in order to lose weight. What’s the first step? Get smart about food!

Thanks to one man, Dr. Arthur Agatston, it is easy to become smart about food. Dr. Agatson, a cardiologist, is the designer of the South Beach Diet. He has changed the face of dieting forever not to mention the lives of numerous people.

A small weight loss each week will gradually add up. One-half to two pounds a week is enough to make a difference. This can be achieved by decreasing the calories eaten or increasing the calories used. This amount depends on both your current caloric intake and how much weight you want to lose. You should limit portion sizes, if the portions are of high calorie foods, like sweets, fried foods, and oil. Limiting these can help you lower your calorie count.

Not all foods are equal in calories. This is important when counting calories. Carbohydrates and proteins have 3 to 5 calories in each gram. Oils have 6 to 10. Lower your consumption of fat, keep it as low as possible. Consume alcoholic drinks and soda in moderation; these have lots of calories but not many nutrients. Avoid foods and beverages that are high in added sugar. Natural sugars are acceptable. If a food is high in these sugars it will be listed first in the ingredient list. Beware fruit juices especially concentrates are often high in added sugar. This means that although you think that it’s good for you it isn’t. All of this can be found in the nutrition facts on the side of the box.

The nutrition facts can help you make healthy food choices if you know how to properly read it. The nutrition facts will tell you the quantity of calories are in a food. Also this shows how much dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals are contained in a serving. Pay attention to the percentage daily value. This tells you how this food fits in a healthy diet.

How many calories do you need a day? The FDA and the Food Safety and Inspection Department of the US Department of Agriculture recommend 2000.This number differs based on both your food intake and the amount of exercise you get. Your body needs proper nutrition in order to function. If your body is not functioning properly it will not burn calories. Burning calories is as important to losing weight as the foods you eat. Every calorie you do not burn turns into fat. Because of this you must burn more calories than you consume in order to lose weight. If you burn less it will cause you to gain and burning equal to what you consume will merely maintain your current weight.

The total of calories you should eat and burn varies by age, body size, and metabolism. (Metabolism is a process by which your body creates the proteins that burn calories. Often a slow metabolism can hinder your ability to burn calories. This can make it nearly impossible to lose weight. It can also be very dangerous. I urge you to contact a doctor before beginning any weight loss program. This is especially necessary if you believe the problem may be a result of a metabolic problem.) The older a person is the more closely they need to count their calories. As you age your metabolism slows making it easier to gain weight and more difficult to lose weight. The FDA posts specific guidelines on their website to help you determine your needs. These are based on your age, size, and activity level in order to give you a more personal suggestion.

Does this sound a little difficult to understand? It should considering it is very easy to misjudge your serving sizes. This leads to an inaccurate count of calories. It can also mean that you aren’t exercising as much as you should. Worst of all it could mean you aren’t getting the nutrients your body needs. The use of the South Beach Diet can help you avoid these problems.

The South Beach diet is a three phase diet designed to help you through out your lifetime. It is an easy to follow plan that will keep you healthy and satisfied. The South Beach Diet works by increasing the intake of good carbs and fats. Dieters are allowed a wide range of delicious foods. Even dessert!

The plan educates users about food choice. This eliminates the worry of planning proper nutrition, because you develop good habits as you lose weight. The expense of the South Beach Diet is minimal in comparison to that of similar diet plans. If you still need a reason to give this plan a try consider this: I lost 79 pounds.

That’s right 79 pounds, all while eating foods I love. I neither reduced my portion size nor felt hungry. The best part: It was simple! I never had to count a calorie. I simply ate the suggested foods for the proper phase of the program and walked a few minutes after supper each night. This was easy, fun, and relaxing. I got to try new recipes that I normally would not have eaten. I had an excuse to get out from in front of the television. Best of all I felt well enough to do these things!

While you can diet on your own, I don’t suggest it. Monitoring your diet can be quite difficult; especially as crazy as life can be. If you really have the time to weigh your food, count the calories, and still exercise, great! If you are like me, you don’t. Why risk wasting your time? Don’t spend time on the unnecessary. Choose the South Beach Diet!

Rakesh Sharma “Jack” is a freelance copywriter, SEO writer and eBook expert based in India with more than 10 years of experience. He has written dozens of eBooks, hundreds of research reports and thousands of articles on various topics. He provides web content writing, article writing, and article marketing and directory submission services to his clients worldwide. To know more about him and his services, please visit:

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