Are there any smart shortcuts to losing weight? You know that consistent exercise, a smart diet, healthy sleeping patterns and a properly hydrated body will lead to your ideal body weight. But who wants to go through all that fuss? Can a short-term detox or diet really help you lose weight? Let’s take a look.
Dieting and Losing Weight
Some diets work. Some do not. Most fail because they drastically reduce the amount of nutrients your body receives. This is due to an extreme calorie reduction, which usually leads to a quick and desirable weight loss.
However, your body is still begging for the nutrients, minerals and vitamins you have not been feeding it on your crash diet. Your brain is constantly sending out hunger signals as a result. You eventually cannot sustain this unsustainable approach to nutrition, and you begin eating … a lot.
In many cases, short-term diets designed to drop a lot of weight end up with the recipient gaining back more weight than they lose. The only type of “diet” that helps you lose weight and keep it off in a healthy manner is a lifelong approach to smart eating habits, coupled with frequent exercise.
Detoxing to Lose Weight
The American Heart Association, the Mayo Clinic and all significant health organizations in the United Kingdom, the United States and around the world agree on 2 important points about detox weight loss plans:
1. They are unproven to do what they say they’ll do.
2. They are at least dangerous, and could be life-threatening.
It is difficult to get regional or national health organizations to agree on just about anything. When you are talking about international organizations agreeing that detox plans for losing weight are ineffective, and possibly deadly, you have to take notice of that opinion.
Detoxing your system in a rapid, unproven matter does not improve your cholesterol or blood pressure. It doesn’t have a positive effect on your heart, and may cause cardiovascular damage. For diabetics, detoxing can be downright deadly.
Do you want to lose weight? Stop eating processed foods, sugar, flour and fast foods. Start eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and drink lots of water. Exercise regularly. Get plenty of sleep. This plan may not lead to rapid weight loss, but it will lead to sustainable weight loss that makes you look and feel great for years to come.