One of the most important proven concepts that is often overlooked in the efforts to lose weight is the fact that inorder to lose weight, the human body should have less energy in than energy out. As active children, typically this concept was never a problem because in general children would not eat enough of anything to satisfy their energy needs. This was in part because children were always ‘on the go'. Unfortunately, activity and diet times have changed towards weight gain instead of weight loss. The increase in sedentary times and quick convenient meals has swung the balance askew and this imbalance is what is causing the weight gains and the associated medical problems to rise.
Regardless of the diet method chosen, it is always important to remember to acknowledge the activity level and the actual amount of energy that is required to function throughout the day. Too much of anything or any diet may result in no weight loss if the energy expenditure is ‘out of balance'. Weight loss diets should be maintained long enough to tilt the balance towards using more energy than is consumed, and doing so for a long period of time.