Weight Loss – What You Should Never Do

Dieting is a huge industry, and at times people get suckered into this fad or that, or the latest diet pills and supplements. You need to be careful about what products you choose, or what methods you decide to use, and not fall for something that can actually cause you harm instead of helping you. There are several dos and don’ts when it comes to weight loss that you should know about, here are some of the don’ts:

  • Never starve yourself, fast, or go on a diet that has too few calories. As mentioned previously, when you drastically cut major amounts of calories to lose weight, you are actually losing muscle mass and possibly causing yourself major health risks. In the end, you will also wind up gaining all your weight back.This method will lower your metabolism, the thing you actually want raised, and will cause a shift toward a higher percentage of body fat which increases your risk for metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. It is advisable that you do not cut your daily calories to below 1200; otherwise you will have a hard time getting all the nutrients you need, fueling activity and satisfying your hunger.
  • Don’t take supplements or over-the-counter diet pills if you are unclear as to what their effects are. These products are many times hyped up by a lot of empty promises that do not deliver, and they could actually cause you harm. Although the over-the-counter diet pills may not appear dangerous, they can still do you harm because they are loaded with caffeine and diuretics.These can cause you to become dehydrated and have imbalanced electrolyte levels. And just because a product says it’s made from all-natural ingredients it doesn’t mean it is safe or healthy for you. These products can also be a huge waste of your hard-earned money. It is safest to forgo the supplements altogether and to rely on eating a healthy and balanced diet to get all your nutrients and lose weight.
  • Drop the detox and cleansing plans. Cleansing your body to get rid of toxins is totally unnecessary. Cleansing only causes weight loss from water loss and stool, and they can be dangerous, plus you run the risk of becoming dehydrated and having electrolyte imbalance among many things. Losing large amounts of water, especially on top of fasting without medical advice is very risky. Your body is well designed and detoxifies itself on its own, so forcefully cleansing it out is totally unnecessary and could cause serious complications.Instead, you just need to be aware of what you are eating. If you really still feel the need to cleanse, eat foods with plenty of fiber and drink a lot of water.

Stay away from all forms of purging. There is no safe way to do this. It includes forcing yourself to vomit, chewing up your food and spitting it out and abusing laxatives. These methods are commonly seen in colleges, but they can cause very serious health conditions and are the first step in developing eating disorders.The acid in your stomach is very strong, as it is meant to break down the food you eat. Repeatedly forcing it through your esophagus and mouth can cause erosion of the esophagus, mouth and your tooth enamel. This increases your risk for certain cancers, tooth decay and more. You will also experience dehydration and again an imbalance of electrolytes as a result of a loss of fluids.Any form of purging is extremely dangerous and risky for your health – it is no way to lose weight! If you have a problem with this, seek medical help immediately.

Don’t be obsessive about things like exercising. Extreme exercising can put you at great risk for injury, cause severe wear and tear on your body and cause dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. Plus, you are psychologically turning exercise into a form of punishment for eating.The recommended doses of exercise vary greatly from the intense workouts some people put themselves through, bringing it down to around 30 minutes of cardio five days a week or 20 minutes of 3 days a week of vigorous intense cardio and 8-10 strength training exercises, twice weekly. Despite recommendations from health officials, however, some people still think extreme exercising is ok to do and they go way beyond what is healthy and let it control their lives.Instead, do regular exercise for all the health benefits so you can get relief from things like daily stressors, which can cause the release of cortisol which increases appetites and stimulates fat storage.

  • not use legal or illegal drugs for weight loss. Using drugs that are not intended for weight loss is a very bad idea that can be very dangerous. The risks that go along with abusing drugs such as cocaine, speed, attention deficit disorder drugs, thyroid medicine and diabetic medications for weight loss outweigh any health benefits by far that you might get from the weight loss itself. Risks include of course physical and psychological addiction, social and financial problems, ruining your relationships, anxiety, very bad headaches, stroke and heart, lung or kidney problems. Using any drugs for purposes that are not intended is highly discouraged because of the potential dangers.
  • Do not rely on tobacco use for weight loss. Smoking has countless health risks to begin with, yet some people actually use it for weight loss because nicotine has been shown to be an appetite suppressant. But again, the risks from smoking far outweigh any weight loss benefits, as smoking harms almost all the organs in your body.Plus it causes cancer, cardiovascular, respiratory and other disease and reduces the health of the smoker overall. Plus, if you do quit, weight gain is generally a very common side effect.

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