There are plenty of strategies for losing weight, but not all of them are of equal value. What’s worse, a lot of weight loss suggestions are deliberately misleading when it comes to their safety. You may end up losing weight quickly, but is it worth it if you lose your health? If you’re about to embark on a weight-loss journey, keep these things to avoid in mind.
Severely Limiting Diets
You’ve probably seen them advertised before, the “no restrictions, eat all of the soup you want, and lose weight anyway” diets. While consuming a lot of high-nutrient, low-calorie foods can help you lose weight, the key there is variety. Diets that limit you to consuming one food, or a few specific foods, aren’t nutritious, safe, or sustainable. When looking at a potential diet plan, keep one question in mind: Will I be getting all the pyramid food groups with this?
Some, though not all, weight loss involves metabolism math; the calories taken into your body should be less than what your body expends through basic maintenance, day-to-day physical activity, and exercise. Some diets have popped up that limit users to as little as five hundred calories per day! Nearly a quarter of what many people require to live. This may make you lose weight, but it isn’t a safe or long-term way to do so.
Diet Pills and Supplements
The photographs in ads for weight-loss pills always come with a major caveat: “Results not typical”. While supplements might seem like a helpful boost to weight loss, most of them are ineffective at best, and dangerous at worst. Unlike Adipex-P, some are even akin to methamphetamines. These pills may boost your metabolism, but they come with a host of potential mood, sleep, and even cardiac side-effects. This isn’t to say that diet pills prescribed by a physician to treat obesity are entirely bad. In cases like that, doctors have looked at their patients’ medical histories and weighed the risk of side effects from pills against the risks of obesity-related health issues. Manufacturers of over-the-counter diet pills are only interested in making sales, and they do not know or care about their customers’ medical histories.
Check with the FDA and make sure the pills are approved first.
When it comes to losing weight, be very wary of anyone claiming to have a quick fix or miracle cure. Getting to a healthy weight may not be fast or easy, but the effort is completely worthwhile.