There’s an endless amount of weight loss plans and techniques to choose from.
The problem, however, is that it may be hard to identify which ones are helpful or worse yet, which ones are harmful!
A weight loss plan that isn’t effective is one thing, but one that can cause eating disorders, dehydration and muscle loss among many other complications should be avoided at all costs.
Here are 5 weight loss techniques that you should avoid if you are serious about losing weight and improving your health. Plus, we show you how to choose
Very Low Calorie Diets
While creating a caloric deficit is required for weight loss, cutting too many calories can lead to a loss of muscle mass, a slower metabolism and can deprive your body of vital nutrients!
Be wary of any diet that calls for less than 1200 calories per day for an extended period of time or that calls for a drastic reduction in your caloric intake. This is not only unhealthy, but you’re more likely to regain the weight back and then some!
Too Good To Be True Diet Pills & Supplements
As tempting as they may be, the majority of diet pills don’t live up to their exaggerated claims. In fact, many of the diet pills on the market are loaded with caffeine and/or diuretics, which can cause dehydration.
These pills and supplements are not only a waste of money, but they are not FDA regulated and it’s unknown what long-term effects some of the ingredients may have.
While there may be a few diet pills that work for weight loss, it’s best to lose weight with healthy foods.
Detoxes And Cleanses
An increasingly popular way to lose weight is to cleanse your body of toxins. However, it’s completely unnecessary and can lead to dehydration, electrolyte imbalance and more.
While many people report losing weight with detoxes and cleanses, it’s simply water weight which you will start to regain as soon as you take a sip of water.
What’s even more risky is combining a cleanse with a fasting type diet, which often go hand in hand. Instead, let your body naturally detoxify, which it does itself just fine, and stick to healthy foods to lose weight.
Like detoxes and cleanses, laxatives are used to quickly lose weight, but can have some serious side effects such as dehydration and electrolyte imbalance.
All forms of purging, including laxatives and vomiting should be avoided at all costs.
If you feel you can’t control your behavior then please seek medical help immediately.
Extreme Fitness Programs
Fitness is a must to improve your overall health, but like everything else, should be carried out in moderation along with a healthy diet.
Extreme exercise, especially for beginners, can be physically intense on the body and may cause injury, dehydration and other serious physical problems.
Another problem with extreme fitness programs is the lack of follow through once a program has ended. You may experience initial weight loss, but once you return to regular physical activity the weight will come back.
Instead of going all out in an extreme fitness program, make healthy lifestyle changes that include a regular exercise program of both cardio and resistance exercise. Start out slowly and comfortably work towards new fitness goals.
Choosing A Diet That Works
Weight loss supplements and fad diets have exploded into a billion dollar industry making it hard to figure out what works and what doesn’t. So, how do you choose a diet that works?
It’s simple, stay away from dieting short cuts that promise extraordinary results and focus on healthy lifestyle changes! Slowly incorporate healthy foods and physical activity into your daily routines until they become habits. Simply put, create healthy habits for permanent weight loss!
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