Our society insists we be thin. We are surrounded by media ads with losing weight fast solutions. There seem to be new diets, and diet pills popping up all the time. Sometimes they are even promoted by celebrities. So they must work, right? Do quick weigh loss diets work and are they safe?
The diet ads can reel you in to try the diet, pill or shakes. They make exaggerated promises that you will lose weight fast. The only problem is you will not lose any real weight and restricting your intake so low is not good for your body. Losing weight fast can be dangerous. Losing weight fast can cause side effects including dehydration, fatigue, weakness, constipation, and electrolyte imbalances. Electrolyte imbalance can cause a lot of problems. They help our muscular and nervous system functioning.
Unfortunately, the weight you do lose on a quick weight loss scheme is not fat. The weight lost is water weight. Basically, your body goes into a starvation mode because it is not getting enough nutrients. It breaks down your glycogen stores for energy. This water weight will be restored as soon as you return to your regular diet. The only way to lose weight and keep it off is with a healthy diet, a healthy diet that integrates all the food groups including fats, proteins, dairy products, vegetables and fruits. A gradual weight loss of two pounds a week is the healthy way to diet and keep off the weight.
Most women can lose weight on 1500 calories and men on 1800 calories. Avoid all diets that are less than 1200 calories. One big factor in weight loss is you have to exercise, if you are physically able. Exercise boosts your metabolism to burn more calories. Find some exercise you enjoy and do it at least three times a week. You will feel and look great. You can carry these new habits into your daily routine for life.