Now days the go to weight loss solution is crash dieting. Dieters are told that if they take this pill or drink that shake that they will see 15 pounds melt away without changing their eating habits or ever leaving the couch! Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of quality products on the market. But, no one product should be the center of your nutrition. Crash diets have become popular due to “transformation marketing” from the companies that produce them. Even when significant weight loss does occur, most people gain the weight back. These stories are rarely, if ever heard!
Crash diets come in many different forms: no carb diets, cabbage soup diets, grapefruit diets, juice diets, are just to name a few. For your body to properly function, it needs adequate nutrition intake. This involves the right amount of proteins, fats and carbohydrates throughout your day. When you crash diet, you are limiting these nutrients, which can result in harmful side effects. Yes, you can lose the weight quickly, but the goal is to lose the weight and keep it off. Many who crash diet, experience rapid weight loss and then hit a sudden plateau. At this time, your body will stop losing weight and slowly start to gain it back.
The more you crash diet, the harder it is to lose weight. Why does this happen? The answer to this question lies in your body’s metabolism. When you crash diet, your body clues into the fact that it is getting less nutrients than it’s daily requirement. Your body responds to this by adjusting its metabolism to slow down and burn fewer calories. When your body goes into “starvation mode” it will start to store fat instead of using it for energy. When you start eating normally again, you have the potential to gain back more weight than you lost.
The goal is to find a maintainable routine that provides proper calorie intake through set percentages of protein, fats and carbs from whole natural organic foods.
How do you avoid crash diets, and implement a properly nourished routine?
First: Set a GOAL, and start tracking your daily food intake. This helps you to understand where your protein, fat, and carbohydrate percentages are coming from. Applications, such as “Lose It” and “My Fitness Pal” are great resources to help with tracking!
Second: Start integrating whole organic foods into your diet. Look for farmers markets to avoid the high mark-ups on organic foods.
Lastly: Add exercise into your daily routine!
Don’t get frustrated if you aren’t reaching your goals as fast as you would like! Remember, a healthy lifestyle is a journey and not a destination!
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