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People are getting more and more concerned with being overweight, as they should be and the 1000 Calorie Diet is one half of a solution to this problem. The other half being exercise.

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The Problem

Being overweight can predispose to a number of health problems including Diabetes, arthritis especially in the knees, a sedentary lifestyle with more weight gain and heart conditions. There is also the psychological effect that being overweight has on the person's self esteem. The answer is to begin an exercise and diet plan under the supervision of your doctor.

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What is a Calorie, exactly? This can actually be confusing because there is a calorie and there is a Calorie. Both calories are energy units. All food has nutrients, including proteins, fats and carbohydrates which provide the body with energy. A calorie (lowercase) is actually simply a measurement of this energy. It is the energy required to increase the temperature of one gram of water by one degree Celsius. The energy in food is a Calorie (uppercase) and is normally listed as Kilocalories, which is 1000 calories, in order to avoid confusion.

Calories are burned or used up with physical activity. When the amount of calories ingested exceeds the amount of calories burned, then the calories are not wasted, instead the body deposits it in the form of fat. This is actually a brilliant evolutionary process that was designed by nature in order for humans to survive times when there was no food available.

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Weight Loss

Calories are needed to survive. The cells that make up the body require energy to function, so you cannot cut out all food. Instead, what needs to be done is that the amount of calories burned must exceed the amount of calories ingested. This basically means that you should eat less and exercise more.

You should always include your physician when planning diet and exercise, especially if you go on a strict diet. This is because the body can do many things when it is submitted to a severe diet. It doesn't understand about weight loss, it simply understands that it is being starved and will respond to keep the person alive. It begins to break down fat stores. This is good. The problem comes when it turns to muscle mass. This is undesirable.

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1000 Calorie Diet

One drastic option that people are trying is to cut calorie intake to 1000 Calories a day. This option is usually used by severely or morbidly obese individuals who need to lose a lot of weight and wish to do it quickly and as safely as possible. The average weight loss with this diet three to five pounds per week with a total weight loss of 50 to 250 pounds possible!

This diet requires close supervision of a physician because there will probably be a need for medication to accompany this drastic diet. This may include diet pills to prevent burning muscle mass as well as appetite suppression and vitamins and mineral supplementation. It takes four or five days for the appetite to diminish.

The 1000 Calorie diet may be a good option for rapid and safe weight loss as long as a physician is included in every step of the program.