Step Diet: How it Works
Everything brilliant is simple. That can be fairly said about the new Step diet of Dr. James O. Hill and his colleges. The diet described in their Step diet book is based on the idea of energy balance – that is a proportion of energy (food) we consume and energy (activity) we burn out. The idea is not altogether new but the authors looked at it from another point of view thus inspiring us to have a proper look at our bodies.
When we see a slim and slender person we think that this person either lives in the gym or doesn't have much time to eat. There is though one more assumption – this person is on a diet what in turn confirms our idea that he or she doesn't become enough food.
But slenderness and thinness isn't only about food we eat. We shouldn’t forget about metabolism taking place in our bodies. Due to its rate some people can eat everything they like and nevertheless stay slim whereas others don’t eat much but gain weight. And we shouldn't forget about physical activities that help to burn calories.
Those whose metabolic rate is low that is excess pounds appear just from looking at something delicious and who doesn't have time for trainings and exhausted work-outs in the gym should consider the Step Diet. The authors of the book developed a variety of charts and diagrams helping you to evaluate your condition, to convert your physical activities into steps and to track your progress in losing weight.
The authors have chosen walking as a means of burning energy since walking is something everyone can do and does throughout the day. The idea is to increase the general number of steps. They differentiate following types of step: Body Steps – the energy your body burns due to the resting metabolism can be converted to steps. Life Steps – the energy you body burned due to your physical activity or steps measured by the step counter. Mega Steps – the total energy your body burns.
So in the Step Diet you should focus your attention on these steps. Other types of physical activity can be also converted into step equivalents. For example, 1 minutes of yoga = 50 steps, 1 minute of swimming = 96 steps, 1 minute of cycling = 150 steps. So the Step diet doesn't restrict your sport preferences.
Neither does it restrict your eating choices. Just try to be sensible and don't overeat. 75% of the usual portion is the practical advice of the Step diet.
To begin to lose weight you should make additional 2,000 steps daily at the same time decreasing food consumption. The steps you add every day will burn enough energy to compensate for the drop of metabolism in your organism due to the weight you are losing. It is important to find your energy balance point. Knowing this point you would be able to balance the food you eat with the energy your body burns at rest and due to physical activity. Balancing your overall energy you can control your weight.
Controlling and maintaining the acquired weight on the long-term basis that is the main task of this diet program. Once you are able to balance your food intake with the energy burn out you will be able to manage your weight. Some people find they can eat much more after weight loss without regaining extra pounds because they burn them due to steps increment.
You will not rapidly lose your weight with the Step diet. It takes some time to learn more about your body and complicated processes within it, it also takes some time to think about the life style you lead. But this program provides a permanent solution to your weight problem and teaches you to live in peace with your body and yourself.