Want Long-Term Success in the Battle Against the Bulge? Avoid Doing These 7 Things
With the obesity rate growing throughout the U.S. and the world, it’s understandable that many people are on a quest to lose weight as quickly as possible; however, trying to lose weight too fast could be harmful to your health in the long run. Also, people who lose weight very fast typically gain it all back (and more).
Below are 7 quick tips of things NOT to do for long-term weight loss success:
1. Avoid Diet Pills or Prohibited Drugs
Using a pill or drug probably seems like a smart way to kick-start your weight loss quest, but WebMD reports that a large number of these pills have severe adverse side effects. Prescription drugs must be used exclusively by the individual for whom they are prescribed and in the manner prescribed and recommended by a certified healthcare professional. Others may resort to meth, cocaine, or speed to provide them with a boost. Although these drugs may help you shed excess weight, the side effects are far more harmful because they are not only addictive but also harmful to your health.
2. Avoid Taking Laxatives
Taking laxatives is another common technique for individuals seeking to rapidly shed excess weight. It is prevalent among individuals with eating disorders. While it may seem like a simple way to remove extra weight, the continuous use of laxatives (in whatever form) could have serious side effects for your digestive system.
3. Avoid Fad Diets
Fad diet research carried out by experts from Johns Hopkins University discovered that only a handful of affected weight loss in the long-term. The American weight loss market is a multi-billion dollar industry; yet, the United States is still one of the fattest countries on earth. But as far as weight loss is concerned, there is no substitute for eating healthy meals and engaging in regular exercise.
4. Avoid Extremely Low-Calorie Meals
This dietary plan limits you to 500 to 800 calories per day and provides you with a list of no-calorie foods you are allowed to eat. The body requires calories to stay alive, but it also requires a wholesome balance of different foods that provide a variety of nutrients combined with healthy fats, which are essential for the brain and body.
Decreasing caloric intake is an excellent way to shed fat, but eating a very low-calorie meal is of no benefit and provides no value to you. Weight loss may occur in the initial stage, but it is not a sustainable practice. The moment you begin consuming additional calories, you will add pounds, and usually in higher numbers than you initially lost.
5. Avoid Excessive Exercise
Exercise is important for weight loss and overall health. However, extreme exercise can lead to exhaustion and pressure that forces you to overindulge. Excessive exercise could increase the possibility of exhaustion, which induces bad decision-making. It’s not necessary to use the treadmill for 3 hours per day to become fully-fit; rather, a 30-60 minute workout for four days of the week is sufficiently adequate for the average person. Pushing yourself too hard is not likely to benefit you.
6. Avoid Starving Yourself
When you starve yourself, you become vulnerable to malnutrition and other health hazards. It is unsustainable and leads to unrestrained eating that results in additional weight gain. Starvation triggers the body’s panic state, where it stores consumed calories for later use. This can actually result in a delay of any weight loss attempts. Anorexia or continuous starvation is a life-threatening eating problem.
7. Avoid Skipping Meals
There’s a distinction to be made between periodic/intermittent fasting and merely missing meals for the purpose of losing weight. Skipping lunch could make you more susceptible to overeating during dinner.
I understand you want to lose weight as quickly as possible, however, it’s more important to lose weight in a safe and healthy way. Engaging in any of the 7 things listed above would only result in fast but not sustainable weight loss. Work with a nutritionist or dietician where they can help set up meal plans and monitor your progress. Additonally, work with your doctor to address physiological reasons why you’re not losing weight.
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