Losing around a pound to a couple of pounds per week is healthy for adults. Any more than that may be detrimental to one’s health. It’s also not a sustainable way to keep off the weight long-term, which certainly defeats the point of rapid weight loss.
Here are some unsuccessful weight loss strategies that do more harm than good.
By removing carbohydrates from your diet, you’ll be missing at least a half of your daily nutritional requirement and pretty much all the good that carbs actually do for your body, such as:
Contrary to popular opinion, carbs consumed in moderation and via the right products don’t lead to unhealthy weight gain. By taking them away from your daily diet, you may end up losing more than you bargained for.
The Department of Health and Human Services recommends 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week for the average American. This applies to people of all weights and sizes. Any more than that would be overdoing it and may even lead to muscle breakdown.
Patience is key here because you may not see results right away. Sustainable weight loss is about small, lifelong changes, not rapid yet temporary downticks in weight. Watching the scale like a hawk won’t get you anywhere. As long as you’re on the right path, change is inevitable.
Skipping meals means depriving your body of essential nutrients it needs to function throughout the day. It could also set you up for overeating later in the day and lead to:
Skipping meals can lead to textbook starvation and unhealthy eating at odd hours of the day. Unhealthy and unscheduled eating can only mean downsides for your health in the short and long run.
A crash diet is much worse than skipping meals or removing carbs from your diet. A crash diet removes essential nutrients from your daily diet, nutrients that may very well be your last line of defense against pathogens.
The serious health risks of a crash diet include:
Going vegan to lose weight works, but that doesn’t mean it’s healthy. As humans, our body needs meat and dairy to sustain us. Vegan food may taste amazing and even look like meat at times, but it lacks certain nutrients that are only found in good old protein.
Moreover, weight loss isn’t a sure thing with a vegan diet. Remember, there are tons of vegan candies, chocolates, and snacks that are just as unhealthy as meat, egg, and dairy-based snacks.
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