In , the Sienese physician Aldobrandino described beer in the following way:. Slow transportation and food preservation techniques based on drying, salting , smoking and pickling made long-distance trade of many foods very expensive. There's no reason to be afraid of eating fats—as long as they're the right fats. Large towns were exceptions and required their surrounding hinterlands to support them with food and fuel. Worse, the weight that is regained is likely to be all fat -- lost muscle has to be added back at the gym.
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This generally causes people to give up on their diet and gain the weight back. For this reason, most conventional weight loss methods have a terrible success rate. Very few people succeed in the long run.