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By Martha Jette

What you should Know

When it comes to dieting, it is a proven fact. Your body needs a variety of vitamin and mineral rich food to function properly. If you starve your body, you do it irreparable harm.

There are a multitude of diets out there, so choosing just the right one for you will likely be difficult. There’s the Grapefruit Diet, Atkins Diet , Mediterranean Diet, NutriSystem Diet, Dr. Phil’s Ultimate Weight Solution, the Fruit Flush Diet, the Skinny Vegan Diet and countless more. How can you decide?

Forget fad diets that make big promises and when you don’t get the results, you become discouraged and quit. Your best route is to ignore those systems and get back to basics. Learn which foods benefit your body and which don’t with the understanding that most healthy women should only consume between 1,000 and 1,200 calories per day, while men can have up to 1,600.

A certain number of calories are needed by your body to keep it functioning properly by providing much-needed energy. However, if you eat more calories each day than you can burn off, you gain weight.

In order to lose one pound of fat per week, you need to eat about 500 calories less each day. Over a week, that equals 3,500 calories less and that equals about one pound of fat. The idea is to eat fewer calories and burn off more, which can only be accomplished with regular exercise.

However, before you begin any diet regime talk with your doctor, particularly if you have any health issues that might be affected.

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