Why popular diets aren’t always ideal for weight loss
Losing weight, or maintaining a healthy weight, can be a life-long struggle. As a result, many people are willing to try any popular diet or weight loss program available and oftentimes they do so without any long term success.
Some warning signs that the weight loss program or diet you are thinking of trying may not offer you long term success:
Unrealistic results: “Lose 10 pounds in one week, shed those inches fast!” While this sounds great, healthy weight loss can be up to 3 pounds per week, depending on your size. If you lose weight at a faster rate, your body may go into starvation mode because it’s not getting the nutrients it needs. This means your metabolism slows down resulting in an even bigger weight gain once you begin to eat more “regularly” again.
Taking away food groups: Eating a healthy balanced meal of protein, carbohydrate and fruits and vegetables is the only healthy way to lose weight. By cutting out certain food groups you will be missing vitamins and nutrients that your body needs.
Strictly planned meals: Everyone needs different amounts of food depending on their health, age and activity levels, so diets that have a strict, set meal menu can be harmful to certain people. And, over the long term, any time you deprive yourself of items you like to eat, the less likely it is that you will stick to the diet, resulting in yet another diet disappointment.
The only healthy way to lose weight is with a balanced diet and regular exercise.