The Reasons Why Rapid Diet Programs Are Bad For Your Health
Rapid weight loss involves losing more than two pounds of body weight per week. While you may be tempted to choose a diet that promises such quick weight loss, these diets are difficult to stick to over the long run, and, because they promote water-weight loss, often lead to rebound weight gain. More importantly, they may be harmful to your health. You should choose a well-balanced diet that involves less calories than you consume, combined with a sensible exercise program, to avoid unhealthy weight loss. These are the four most common rapid diet programs out there:
Fasting diets restrict any and all food consumption for a period of time. They do cause your body to burn fat, but they also burn muscle mass, and may harm your body’s muscular organs, such as your heart. Because your body depends on a daily intake of certain nutrients, fasting may lead to a lack of important nutrients. Finally, starving your body tells it to slow your metabolism in order to conserve energy, leading to even slower weight loss.
Eliminating a Food Group
Eliminating one certain food group is a popular method of losing weight rapidly. The Atkins diet, for example, restricts carbohydrate consumption, but allows unlimited intake of protein and fat. Other diet plans completely eliminate fats. One problem with these types of diets is the lack of essential nutrients from one or more food groups. Without enough carbohydrates in your diet, your body cannot efficiently burn fat. Too little fiber may lead to constipation. With little or no fat in your diet, you risk vitamin deficiencies, and disruption of hormone function. Food elimination diets also increase the risk of heart disease, and cancer, later in life.
Relying on a Single Food Certain foods cause your body to increase its ability to burn fat. Choosing to consume a single food as a weight-loss plan carries certain health risks. With the elimination of an entire food group, a single-food diet denies your body essential nutrients. Single-food diets tend to be very low in calories, which puts your body into “energy-conservation mode”. If kept up for an extended period of time, calorie restriction may lead to illness or death.
Relying on Diet Pills
Diet pills consist of appetite suppressants, and contain caffeine, ephedrine, or phenylpropanolamine. These chemicals cause side effects such as heart palpitations, insomnia, nervousness, high blood pressure, and nausea. Diet pills may help you lose weight rapidly, but in addition to their health risks, and side effects, they do not teach you how to adjust your diet and lifestyle in order to achieve long-lasting, healthy weight loss.