There is an optimum and healthy weight loss rate. Many people want to lose weight rapidly. They want to see results quickly. This is understandable, but unwise. On the flip side, if you lose weight too slowly, you can become frustrated, even give up altogether.
Let’s look at the problems encountered with rapid weight loss, that is so coveted by many.
- Initially the loss can be purely water, as fat takes longer to begins to shed. This means you can become dehydrated without realising it.
- Rapid weight loss means that your fat will be shed too quickly. Toxins are the safest place for your body to store fat. If you lose fat cells too quickly, the toxins cannot be excreted fast enough. This results is they will free float in your bloodstream, making you feel pretty awful and fatigued.
- Rapid weight loss loses muscle tissue, making your skin sag and giving you an aged and gaunt appearance.
- Restricting your food intake, as opposed to restricting the consumption of unhealthy food, can lead to malnutrition. In turn this can lead to ill health and constant hunger.
- Quick weight loss can trigger the ‘famine mode’, meaning that your body can slow down its metabolic rate. This is a dire condition as your body feels under threat. This is a counter productive measure to weight loss.
It is a disturbing fact that the majority of weight loss programmes, especially those promoting rapid weight loss are nutritionally deficient. Worse, they encourage limited meals portions.
Inevitably, this means you will not be able to stick to the diet, so you are likely to swing between fasting and binging. This brings in a feeling of frustration and guilt. But the fault is not in you, the fault lies in the badly designed diets. Maybe you can take a portion of the blame in choosing the wrong diet.
So how do you choose a diet which encourages healthy weight loss at as fast a rate as it can safely go?
This can only come about by understanding which foods are unhealthy and why. And which foods are healthy and why.
Once you grasp these essential facts, you can eat as much as you like of the healthy foods. In turn this keeps your muscle mass in tact, sheds fat tissues at a rate that the toxins are excreted, keeps you nutritionally balanced, prevents hunger pangs and keeps you hydrated. And you don’t have to do anything complicated, simply understand which the healthy food group is.
It sounds simple, and it IS simple. There is nothing magical or mysterious about this. The simple things in life are normally the most effective. And often the most profound. And usually the most often missed.
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