Have you ever tried one of those diets that promised really fast results? If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you have.
But, I’ve found that many of the quick weight loss programs are not all they claim to be.
That’s why I want to talk with you today about why you should take a really good look at quick weight loss diets – before you jump in.
Quick diets and weight loss programs have been around since the world’s first dieter looked at their belly and thought, “I need to lose a few pounds – NOW.”
Why You Should Avoid Quick Weight Loss Programs & Diets..
Even though experience has shown that quick “fad” diets usually result in temporary weight loss, dieters are still looking for the Holy Grail: A diet that lets them lose weight fast and keep it off. I’ve covered much of this in my weight loss mindset blog post, but it’s worth mentioning again.
The online encyclopedia, wiki says that weight loss..
“refers to a reduction of the total body mass..“
But, don’t lose this weight too quickly.
While there is no miraculous instant weight loss trick, you can take steps to speed things along without resorting to a quick weight loss diet. Here’s how:
Rev Your Metabolism with the Right Foods
Are you eating too many calories? The problem might be that you’re eating too few. Years of yo-yo dieting can slow down your metabolism by 30%.
To get it back on track, you’ll need to eat enough calories to fuel your basal metabolic rate (BMR).
You can find detailed BMR calculators online. They will tell you how many calories you need to get through a day.
If you exercise or have a physically demanding job, you will need more. Try to get most of your calories from lean protein, whole grains, nuts, fruits and vegetables.
You may gain at first..
Don’t let an initial weight gain scare you off; your body needs time to repair itself. Once you’ve spent a few weeks or months eating an appropriate number of calories, your metabolism will speed up and the pounds will fall away.
You can easily lose a pound a week by sticking to a balanced diet, or two pounds a week if you add exercise to the mix.
Now, we’re talking lifestyle change here. So, don’t try to loose too much weight too quickly. Remember, this blog post is all about changing your routine – the weight loss is secondary. But, it comes with the program you develop.
Even If You Diet, Don’t Forget the Exercise
Most quick weight loss diets don’t include any form of physical exercise. They encourage you to lose weight rapidly by eating very little.
While that can lead to a quick initial weight loss, the weight will come back when you start to eat normally again.
In many situations, fast dieters find themselves binge eating after a few weeks of “starvation.” Just don’t do it! Read more about this in my email newsletter. You can subscribe here.
Plus, quick weight loss diets don’t provide the same health benefits as a balanced diet and exercise.
What are the best exercise programs? Let’s Look at Total Health Benefits
Experts agree that the best exercise routines include cardio and strength training. If you have a lot of stress in your life, you should also consider yoga for stretching and relaxation.
Three to five hours of cardio exercise plus one or two hours of strength training are enough to make significant changes in your body shape and fitness level.
Exercise provides all kinds of health benefits. It will improve your mood, help you sleep soundly, make you stronger and leaner, and improve your balance.
It also protects your heart and wards off metabolic disorders like type 2 diabetes. These are perks that quick weight loss diets cannot offer.
Forget Starvation Diets
We’ve all heard the tales of celebrities who drank nothing but lemonade with maple syrup and cayenne pepper to quickly slim down for a role.
What we don’t hear about is the aftermath: Those same celebrities regained all the weight as soon as they ended their quick weight loss diets.
Don’t put your body through the stress of quick weight loss diets. At best, you’ll end up tired, hungry, grouchy, dehydrated, and heavier than before.
At worst, you could seriously damage your metabolism, making it impossible to lose weight even when you eat very few calories.
Final Thought about Rapid Weight Loss for Women
To maintain your healthy weight, your body needs to be healthy. Feed it right, move it often, and give it the hydration it needs to perform at its peak.
So, develop your mindset for losing pounds first. Then, proceed slowly to make a healthy lifestyle change.
This way, you’re losing weight in a way your body can handle. Don’t believe “quicker is better.”
Remember, a healthy lifestyle means just that. Treat your weight loss like an education – slow and steady for results that stay.
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