I’m sure you’ve noticed advertisements for quick weight loss. Someone tells you that you can lose a whole bunch of weight in a short amount of time. What is being advertised could be true, and you could lose more weight in a week than is recommended by doctors, but is it safe?
These type of programs usually have people severely cut down on their food intake while increasing the amount of exercise you do to an extreme level. A program like this will drop the weight fast, but you won’t necessarily just be losing fat. When using one of the quick weight loss diet programs, you will lose some fat, but you’ll also be losing water weight and muscle tissue. While continuing to use a quick loss diet plan, your immune system and metabolism will slow down.
An immune system that isn’t working like it should will give you increased chances at becoming sick and even getting a serious disease. When your metabolism is working correctly, it can help with a normal weight loss diet, but once it slows down, even having a normal, healthy lifestyle can make you gain weight. By slowing your metabolism down, you might just end up gaining more weight instead of losing some. Metabolism is very hard to regulate, and after it slows down, it might never get back to where it was before.
When on an extreme weight loss program, you can very easily get into a state of malnutrition, which can cause hair loss, bloating, mood swings, fatigue, and can also cause your body’s ability to heal wounds or cuts to stop working like it should. The muscle tissue loss that you will most likely experience with these quick weight loss diets returns as fat, so in the end, you’re in a worse place than when you started the program. Losing weight the correct way allows you to lose fat and gain muscle mass.
To lose a pound of body weight, you need a deficit of 3,500 calories. In other words, if you want to lose 2 pounds in 1 week, you need a deficit of 7,000 calories, which is still safe. A quick weight loss diet, on the other hand, would have you losing 5-10 pounds per week, which is the equivalent of approximately 17,500 to 35,000 calories. Considering that on average, a 30 year old adult should eat approximately 14,000 calories worth of food to sustain their energy, it just doesn’t seem right to lose more calories than you would need in a week.
A healthier lifestyle will give you long term success with your weight loss goals, and you’ll be avoiding all of the negative side effects that a fad diet program brings. Follow along with my 52 Weeks of Healthy Living program to learn new ways to help with your weight loss. A new theme will be selected every week, and 5 posts that follow the theme will be added throughout the week.