If you have noticed that you have gained a little weight recently then you may be wondering what is the best method you could use to lose it as quickly as possible.
Well, although diet and exercise are always a good option it is not easy and you may be waiting a while to see the results that you desire.
Weight loss is a gradual process which unfortunately few people are willing to wait to achieve. No wonder there are so many people risking their lives on a daily basis using dangerous weight loss methods.
Even if you are desperate to lose those excess pounds you should never risk your health.
Lets look at some of the methods that you should avoid:
#1 – Starvation
Starving yourself is particularly unhealthy as it can result in a lack of nutrients being consumed.
This can lead to nutrient deficiencies and a lack of energy overall.
It is not even a particularly effective way to lose weight as although you may weight to begin, your metabolism will slow due to a lack of food consumed as your body desperately attempts to hold onto the weight.
Once you begin eating normally again any weight you have lost will quickly return, sometimes with a little extra that could lead you into a cycle of starvation and bingeing.
#2 – Anorexia
Unfortunately if you are not careful then starving yourself could lead to an even more dangerous condition known as anorexia.
Anorexia is when you start to believe that you are fat, even if you are not and are not even eating.
As your nutrient intake will be dangerously low your immune system could become weak, leading to health issues and in some cases even death.
This condition is quite common among teenagers who idolise their celebrity idols. Wrongly believing that every image of the star is a true reflection of their actual body, when in reality it has been Photoshopped.
#3 – Bulimia
Bulimia is a condition where you will make yourself physically sick in order to remove the food you have eaten from your body.
As with anorexia this is a dangerous condition that can affect your heart, liver and kidney’s.
The stomach acid can also cause problems with both your throat and teeth.
How to lose weight safely?
If you want to lose weight safely then you need to realise that weight loss is not a race.
Losing 1-2 lbs a week is perfectly acceptable and will ensure you actually keep the weight off long term.
To actually lose the weight you should make changes to your diet, eating more fresh fruit and vegetables is a start.
You should also increase your intake of lean protein such as chicken, turkey and fish as they can help to keep your energy levels high and your cravings low.
Another way to reduce your food cravings is to drink a little more water, often your body will mistake thirst for hunger.
Finally if you are currently sedentary for most of the day, whether in work or in your own home then it is essential that you start working out a little.
This does not mean you will have to buy an expensive membership in the gym however, as there are plenty of exercises that can be performed in your own home.
Even going for a walk every night after work is better for you than simply sitting in front of the TV with a bag of crisps.