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As the area of the US with the lowest rate of obesity (only around 20 percent) you’d think that the residents of Colorado have this dieting business sussed. And you could just be on the money there.

You know what happens whenever you start a diet –

You begin your new plan full of enthusiasm and follow everything to the letter; carefully weighing your food, making sure you pick the right things to eat, avoid all the naughty treats you’re not allowed, and start to base your whole life around your goal for a leaner, lighter physique.

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The initial results on a restrictive commercial diet can be staggering – we’re talking three, four, maybe even five or six pounds in the first week.

Even as you get further into the diet, weeks two and three can yield fairly respectable losses of a couple of pounds too.

Pretty soon though, two things happen.

Firstly, your weight loss slows down. This is due to one thing – metabolic adaptation. By consuming such a low number of calories (usually through a sever reduction in both carbs and fats) your metabolism starts to get lazy. It conserves calories, thinking that it’s going to need them at a later date, and try as you might, you simply can’t get it to speed up again.

The one thing that will speed it up is more food. But how much!? In your haste to rid yourself of your newly found slow metabolism, you start eating a little more to combat metabolic adaptation.

This, mixed with your frustration at a lack of results and the mind-numbing boredom that inevitably comes with following such a dreary diet inevitably leads to you eating more.

At first, this can be beneficial to your metabolism and weight loss goals, but we all know what happens.

That “little” bit more food turns into a bit more each day, then a couple of extra meals out, or high carb dinners creep in. Then it’s the full blown cheat days, and before you know it, you’re cramming in the calories like a post contest bodybuilder at an all you can eat buffet.

Metabolic adaptation is a serious issue for many dieters. It’s exactly why so many people (usually women) can be following a strict diet plan to the letter, yet not losing any weight.

You’d think that reducing calories further would help increase your calorie deficit, and lead to fat loss, but this certainly isn't always the case.

Despite the fact that theoretically, weight loss should be happening, your body is a more complicated beast than simply a number cruncher.

This is where the Colorado diet can help. Rather than just drastically slashing calories, only letting you eat grilled chicken breast and having you run a half marathon every day, it strategically controls calorie intake, exercise and food choices to give you sustainable progress without a metabolism crash.

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