If you look at many of the diet plans available today, you will see that many of them promise you quick weight loss. However, these can be dangerous and it is important to know what the dangers and drawbacks of losing weight in this way can be. It is also important to learn how to lose weight safely and effectively so that you can preserve your health at the same time you are getting to a body shape and weight that will make you feel healthy and attractive.
Many people underestimate the role of metabolism in dieting. When we eat or drink, we take in calories in the food and beverages we consume. Our metabolism is the process by which our body converts those calories into energy. An efficient metabolism means that we can burn off more calories and will end up with less retained weight than we would if we had a slow or inefficient metabolism.
To anyone who is aware of this relationship between calorie consumption and losing weight it seems very straightforward to lose weight by cutting back on their calories. They think that by cutting back and drastically reducing the amount that they eat , the rate at which they shed body weight will speed up. However, they may not realize that there can be a number of dangerous and completely unwanted side effects of doing this.
You may be surprised to learn that by cutting back drastically on the calories that we eat, we will actually end up losing weight more slowly than if we eat sensibly and reduce the amount of calories we eat gradually. By suddenly cutting back on the calories we take in, we make our bodies think that we are starving and it will switch over to survival mode. Holding on to body fat in times of little to no food was one way our bodies survived when we were trying to get our food through hunting and gathering.
We also tend to shed water weight first when we go on a speed diet. This effect is enhanced when we take many of the fat loss pills that are on the market today. As we dry out, we lose pounds and inches but it is not a real result because we are not losing fat. We can become quite weak if we become dehydrated and the situation can become dangerous if it is allowed to go on too long.
Other affects you may experience are a drop in your energy level and health problems due to restricted vitamin and mineral intake. You can lower your energy levels and if you stay on a severe diet for too long, you may end up lowering your metabolic rate permanently and causing significant, long term health problems.
If you do want to lose weight quickly and stay as healthy as possible, you need to be realistic about your time frame. By increasing the number of calories you burn daily through exercise and reducing the amount of calories you take in, you can safely lose about two pounds per week. You can reduce calories by watching portion sizes and eating more fruits and vegetables. This will give you the nutrients and energy you need to stay healthy.
Everyone would love to achieve quick weight loss but the fact is that it often is not possible without risking your health. By starting sooner rather than later, you can start fat loss at a rate that will not leave you weak or short on the vitamins and minerals that you need to stay healthy.
- Ben Pate
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