Being in the nutrition field I can honestly say that the majority of the people I meet are interested in losing weight. I get the odd request from the guy who has been forever skinny and wants to look like Vin Diesel. These curveballs come and go; though it is safe to say that the bulk of our nation wishes they can shed a few pounds.
A goal to lose weight is great. In fact, I am currently pursuing the same goal. Not to sound cocky, but the difference between me and the general population is that I will most likely reach my goal, while most, unfortunately, will not. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve been educated in what it takes to lose weight. I’ve been shown over and over again what approaches work and what approaches to avoid, and most importantly, why.
The average person really has no idea what they’re doing. Their ambition is great, but chances are they’ve learned everything they know by word of mouth from misinformed people. The internet is also notorious for setting people up for failure when it comes to fitness and nutrition. You need to be very picky when deciding what information to listen to and what to avoid.
For example, the most common answers to the question “What’s the best way to lose weight?” is probably something along the lines of “eat less food,” “eat less fat,” or “eat less carbohydrates.” We can tell that there is a common line of attack among all three of these answers, being, eat less. The only problem with that approach is that most people take it to the extreme and by doing so you are keeping the body from what it needs in order to function properly. It won’t get you the drop in pant size you are looking for, but rather a craving that is so hard to fight off that you would be considered inhuman to have such willpower.
It is time to get to the point. The common diet is dangerous. I am not talking short-term, but long-term. Heck, short-term you might even think it is the best thing since sliced bread. However in the end chances are you can be setting yourself up for further weight gain. Now I have your attention.
At this point you might be thinking to yourself “What does he mean weight gain, I’ve just lost 15 pounds!” Let me tell you how these crash diets work. Most revolve around restricting calories, which is fine because inevitably weight loss is calories in versus calories out at the end of the day. It is how they go about restricting these calories that is the problem. Most diets want to win your love for them so they promise quick fixes and some even deliver those results. They go about that by restricting your calorie intake way below what you should be consuming, or by avoiding entire macronutrients like fats or carbohydrates.
The thing is, though, that by losing a lot of weight quickly without exercising means that you most likely loss fat along with muscle. Muscle is not something that you want to be losing. Having muscle is what helps keep your metabolism burning strong. When you chose
to go on one of these crash diets you are restricting way too much and because you are human it will only be a matter of time until you give in. This failure will have you feeling frustrated and disappointed which can lead to a whole other load of issues that I could devote a thousand blog posts to.
After you quit your diet your body suddenly has less muscle, which means a slower metabolism than when you had started originally, and you have most likely gone back to your old eating habits. This is double trouble because you will be gaining more weight back, fast!
In order to lose weight properly with prolonged benefits you should be aiming to drop one (or two at the most) pound(s) per week. This method ensures that you’re going about it in a healthy way. In order to do this you simply need to cut approximately five-hundred calories off of every day and try to get at least thirty minutes of heart-racing activity three times per week. You still need to eat food, and yes that means fat and carbohydrates.
The next time you are tempted to try the latest quick fix diet take this post into consideration. Do you really want to weigh more when you are done? Follow simple, smart, everyday choices for eating healthy and get adequate exercise. Those few things are the keys to success when it comes to weight loss. Do it in a fun and unrestrictive way and I promise you will get the results you want with less headaches to come with it.