While it maybe tempting to opt for unhealthy weight loss methods in your quest for fast weight loss this is not something that I would recommend.
Why would you want to risk your health in an attempt to lose weight?
It may not be as glamorous, but a healthy diet and regular exercise are still the best methods to lose weight, and to keep it off long-term. It may not be quick, but at least you know you are losing weight in a healthy manner.
Here are some unhealthy weight loss methods you should probably avoid:
#1: Low calorie diets
If you are trying to lose weight it maybe tempting to severely cut your calorie intake, after-all to lose weight you need to consume fewer calories than you need, right?
While it is true that to lose weight you need to consume fewer calories than you burn it is never a good idea to consume too few.
Consuming too few calories could leave your body in a type of ‘starvation mode’ where your metabolism drops to try and hold onto its fat reserves.
Instead of burning fat for energy as you should your body will instead start to break down muscle for energy, which will result in your metabolism dropping even further.
I would recommend finding out how many calories you need to consume daily to maintain your weight and then cutting a maximum of 500 calories from that figure. You should never go lower than 1,200 calories per day.
#2: Skipping meals
As above, you may think that skipping meals can save you vital calories. But again this can actually result in a slower metabolism, meaning that fewer calories are burnt.
You may find that if you skip meals that you will overindulge when you sit down for your next meal.
#3: Cutting out all carbs
Low-carb or no-carb diets are incredibly popular at the moment, but the truth is that they may not be as good for you as you may think.
The truth is that your body needs carbs for a variety of purposes. For example for proper thyroid activity, resulting in weight gain.
Carbs are also an essential source of energy, which you will definitely need if you are planning on working out regularly.
What you need to do instead of cutting out all carbs, is to cut back on bad carbs, such as those foods that have been highly processed such as white bread, rice and pasta.
Instead you should opt for wholegrain alternatives, as they are also a good source of fibre.
Purging, or making yourself sick after a meal can lead onto serious health conditions like bulimia.
Those that purge often overindulge, and then make them sick so that they do not gain weight.
Unsurprisingly, this is not a healthy method and is one that I would not recommend.
#5: Using laxatives
Again, this is not a healthy method of weight loss and with sustained use could result in the weakening of your digestive system, along with other abdomen related issues.
It is surprising in this day and age that we need to be told about the dangers of smoking. Yet, there will still be those who try it in an attempt to lose weight.
Smoking can interrupt the hunger signals sent to your brain, which can help you to skip meals.
We have talked about the skipping meals issue in tip #2, but the main issue with smoking is that it can lead to cancer and early death.
#7: Too much exercise
While regular exercise is recommended for both weight loss and good health, too much exercise is best avoided.
It has been shown that too much exercise can cause your cortisol levels to rise, which can lead to fat storage.
You should give yourself time to recover from each workout, as overtraining can lead to injury that will curtail any further efforts until you have recovered fully.
To lose weight you should never risk your health doing it. Please avoid the above methods, stick to a healthy diet and regular exercise.
Remember that slow and steady weight loss will win the day.