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We tend to resort to various weight loss methods to see quick results! Some of these methods may have a negative effect on your health.

Zero calorie diets deprive you of healthy fats. Drugs and pills have short term impact but side effects are harmful. Take supplementation with a balanced diet and exercise. Skipping meals or purging slows down your metabolism. Excess cardio or exercise leads to more harm than good. Smoking suppresses hunger but has long term health hazards like cancer.

Zero Calorie Diet: The body needs healthy fats like unsaturated and polyunsaturated fats to burn fat. You may also tend to cut down on calories by consuming artificial sweeteners and diet drinks which can be hazardous to your health. Also, diet drinks can actually cause weight gain.

Drugs and Pills: We are tempted to try these for easy weight loss. However, they can sometimes severely damage your health. Supplements should be taken along with a balanced diet and exercise only.

Skipping Meals: Starving your way to weight loss is extremely unhealthy. It can slower your metabolism, cause unhealthy cravings and even make you sick.

Carbohydrate Restriction: Sure, there are certainly neurological and metabolic benefits to high fat intake and a very high fat ketosis diet can be a cool biohack but excessive carbohydrate restriction can cause some serious issues.

For example, carbohydrates are necessary for proper thyroid activity (specifically conversion of T3 to T4), and also because high concentration of free fatty acids can actually inhibit proper thyroid binding to it’s cell receptor, a very high fat diet that excessively restricts carbohydrates lowers metabolism and causes weight gain by inhibiting thyroid activity.

Purging: This is where people satisfy their hunger cravings by consuming food and lose calories by throwing it up by methods like self-induced vomiting. This can have serious psychological effects on the person and can lead to bulimia.

Bulimia nervosa, also known as simply bulimia, is an eating disorder characterized by binge eating followed by purging. Binge eating refers to eating a large amount of food in a short amount of time. Purging refers to the attempts to get rid of the food consumed. This may be done by vomiting or taking laxatives.

Use of Laxatives: This is commonly used to stimulate digestion. Excessive use can weaken the digestive system and cause abdomen related disorders.

Smoking: Some people use smoking to suppress hunger. Smoking is known to interrupt brain signals, killing hunger. This is why most smokers don’t feel the effect after skipping meals. Long term use can damage the body and make it more susceptible to cancers.

Exercising Too Much: Excessive amount of exercise can lead to injuries. Extensive cardio is not going to help. Instead, include running, weight training and burst training in your schedule. The trick is to balance exercise and a balanced diet to lose weight the healthy way.

Working out and sticking to a healthy diet should complement one another in order to lose weight in a healthy way. Losing weight requires a lifestyle change, especially if you want it to stay off. It’s hard work, eating healthy and exercising.




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