Calorie Shifting

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Calorie shifting is truly one of the more interesting ways to trick your body into losing weight. It is said that this is something that is easy for most to do and does have good results when the rules are followed. Used in addition to sensible food selection, calorie shifting is said to put an end to weight loss plateaus that often cause people to drop diets, and can produce more weight loss that simply eating well and exercising. The only thing a person has to concentrate on is number of calories and when they are consumed.


You can think of calorie shifting as something that is done to trick the metabolism into staying in high gear. When you consume lower calories, the body adjusts and will burn less. Thus, your weight loss efforts fail. Your metabolism adjusts to the amount of calories you take in as a way of ensuring your survival. You know that food is always plentiful today, but your body is still working as if you could run out at any time. By practicing calorie shifting, your body's metabolism does not have time to adjust and should remain in high gear.


If you want to try calorie shifting, there are a few things to keep in mind. One is that you have to have a good diet. If you have poor eating habits, you have to think about eating more healthy foods. Some believe this diet is not high enough in nutritious vegetables and fruits, so a good multi-vitamin is essential. You have to eat at least four full, but small meals a day and you have to follow the recommended menu to the letter for the program to work.


Basic Calorie Shifting Diet

There are numerous calorie shifting diet programs out there and they all have their own spin on the whole calorie shifting approach to weight loss. A really basic four-week calorie shifting diet would be designed as follows:


Step 1: Determine you basic daily calories needed. You can do this many ways, but likely the easiest method would be to use a Daily Calorie Intake Calculator.


Step 2: Increase your diet by 300 calories twice a week for one week. You should make this 300 calorie increase on Sunday and Wednesday.


Step 3: Decrease your diet by 500 calories twice a week for one week. You should make this 500 calorie decrease on Monday and Thursday.


Step 4: Increase your diet by 400 calories twice a week for one week. You should make this 400 calorie increase on Tuesday and Friday.


Step 5: Decrease your diet by 500 calories twice a week for one week. You should make this 500 calorie decrease on Wednesday and Saturday.


Calorie shifting begins with a set amount of calories. This could be considered your baseline. You should eat enough to sustain your body but less than what you would normally consume. According to a strict guideline, you eat at certain intervals each day, and you add or subtract an exact amount on specific days of the week. This should trick your metabolism and allow your fat burning engine to remain in top working order.


As with any diet, it is a good idea to talk with your doctor first. This practice of calorie shifting should be safe as long as the right foods and the right amount of calories are maintained for good health. Losing two or three pounds a week is the most anyone should lose, so keep that in mind as you go through this program. If you do it right the first time, you will not have to worry about yo-yo dieting, and you will learn new habits that keep you thin and healthy for life.


0 # my doctor didn't like thisBeth 2012-08-25 17:04
I talked to my doctor about doing this, and she didn’t feel that it would do any harm at all, but she didn’t see where it would have any long term benefits, either. She felt that there is too much precision here to be able to maintain it for every meal over a long period of time. Instead, she said that it’s a better idea to just eat a good breakfast, make lunch the largest meal of the day, eat a light, but healthy and satisfying dinner, and tiny snacks in between. She said it’s better to focus on replacing bad foods with veggies and fruit than it is to count calories with that kind of breakdown.
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-2 # I don't trust thischristy 2012-05-05 23:00
I’ve always been told that healthy dieting is about eating a large variety of foods, but otherwise be consistent about things like calories and overall nutritional balance. To me, messing around with caloric intake in this up and down way just looks like I’m going to put myself into a state of perpetual confusion, exhaustion, and frustration from all of the different calorie counting and monitoring which day I should be doing what. Maybe I’m being pessimistic, but I don’t see how this would be in any way successful for me.
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+1 # RE: digimon 2012-04-10 17:10
Should I do these "shiftings" all in the same week every week?
Or separately Step2 (one week), Step3 (second week) etc.?
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-1 # RE: sarah 2012-03-03 07:22
this just doesn't look like it will work. I don't get it
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+1 # Calorie ShiftingJennifer991912 2011-12-21 17:37
I used the calorie shifting method, along with light daily excercise (1-2 hours walking), and limited processed ingredients, and ended up losing 38 lbs to date,

I did weigh 160, but now I weigh 122. I've hit a weight loss plateau over the past while with thanksgiving, hallowe'en and christmas all around the same time. but I plan on jumping right back on the horse and losing another 12, to reach my goal of 110 lbs. might do a light 3 days liquid only cleanse to jump start the shift.

wish me luck and good luck to all with your weight loss
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0 # I'm not sure this looks righttammy 2011-11-16 04:25
I could be wrong about this since I’m not a doctor and I haven’t talked to mine about it, but this looks like it’s breaking away from the consistency that most diets recommend and starts to make things very confusing. I feel like if I used this I’d be continually psyching out my body.
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0 # Sherri 2011-11-01 10:04
Doesn't the Biggest Loser diet use this method??
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0 # tracy1976 2011-10-31 07:42
This is a very strange concept. I'd love to know if it's actually effective. I'm not sure that it is something that could be practiced with a high amount of accuracy unless you had a lot of pre-packaged diet foods, since it's hard to gauge how many calories you're eating right down to the single digits.
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