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Weight Loss

From the effects of the hormone cortisol to the role of genetics in weight loss, this category is packed with everything that you need to know about losing weight the healthy way.

Quick Weight Loss: The Unhealthy Way to Lose Weight

Fad diets and gimmicks became popular rapidly and continue and continue to gain traction for quick and easy contribution to weight loss. What many don't know is that these claims are not only misleading, but can be extremely harmful to health. Instead of buying into the appeal, it is time to disconfirm to such claims.

Quick Weight Loss: The Unhealthy Way to Lose Weight

Fad diets and gimmicks became (and continue to become) popularized related to their quick and easy contribution to weight loss. What individuals need to know is these claims are not only misleading, but can be extremely harmful to health. Product accusations not only promote weight loss, but quick loss. Weight loss should be a gradual process, an opposing claim from fads and gimmicks. Instead of buying into the appeal, it is time to disconfirm to such claims.

Quick Weight Loss: The Unhealthy Way to Lose Weight

Most health experts commonly agree that a weight loss of one to two pounds a week is the most healthful way to lose weight, unless recommended and monitored by a healthcare provider. But most importantly, gradual weight loss helps to keep the weight off. Although that may seem like a slow and undesirable pace, it is actually more beneficial in the long run. Quick weight loss is more than likely attributed to losing water weight or even lean muscle tissue, as it hard to burn high numbers of fat in a short period of time (unless practicing extreme measures).

To briefly explain weight loss, one pound of fat contains 3,500 calories. So to lose one pound a week, you need to burn 500 more calories than you eat each day (500 calories x 7 days = 3,500 calories). And if desiring a two pound drop each week, that translates to a reduction of 7,000 calories or 1,000 calories per day.

Unhealthy Ways to Lose Weight Fast

With weight loss diets and fads accessible right at your fingertips, the search engine has more than likely led you to these quick weight loss methods:

Starvation Diets
Diets that offer no substantial nutrients should be avoided, as they are mostly calorically restrictive and lead to feelings of hunger and starvation. These sort of diets can ultimately disrupt metabolism and result to muscle wasting. One form of a starvation diet includes the Sleeping-Beauty Diet, where the individual takes sedative medication to sleep (and starve) through days at a time.

Diet Pills and Supplements
Almost all diet supplements promise quick weight loss. Generally, you are paying for the claim rather than an efficient product or result. These sorts of products should not replace nutritious foods, as they are used to supplement a healthful diet. Since not all pills and supplements are regulated by an accredited foundation, they should also be purchased with extreme caution.

Very Low-Calorie Diets (VLCDs)
One proven method of quick weight loss is the medically supervised very low-calorie diet (VLCD). Most of what is known about rapid quick loss comes from studies of people on these diets. However, this diet is only recommended if medically needed and under the complete supervision of a healthcare professional.

Unconventional Diets
Experimenting with diets has become far too common in hopes to find that perfect concoction. Wanting and desiring quick loss, individuals seem to be taking extreme routes to drop serious poundage. Unconventional diets have included the baby food diet and tube feeding diet, practiced exactly how the name suggests...

Be Realistic

Instead of dieting for quick weight loss, make lifestyle changes to foster a whole health approach. Though it is important to stay mindful of calories, they should not be the superior focus. If practicing good eating habits and exercising, natural weight loss will likely follow. To further foster a healthy diet, try a delivery program instead of praying for unrealistic, quick weight loss. Unlike fad diets and other gimmicks that promise you extreme results with little effort, bistroMD is based on the science and research of our founding weight loss physician with over 20 years of experience, Dr. Caroline Cederquist. With bistroMD, you do not have to sacrifice great taste for nutrition. We give you the ability to enjoy foods and trust that every bite is more than just delicious; it is perfectly designed for healthy weight loss.

Our program provides 1,100-1,400 calories daily with 40-50% total caloric intake from lean, adequate protein, 20-25% of calories from healthy fats, and 30-35% from complex carbohydrates. We offer a men and women's diet program; five-and-seven day meal plans with a customizable menu ranging from $130-$160; and we also give you the option to include our delicious snacks, EATS, for $1.50 a snack. Women receive two snacks per day and men receive three. New senior and a la carte programs are also offered!

It takes just a few weeks to see results, so what do you have to lose? Besides the weight you have been wanting to drop!

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