If you have decided to go on a weight-loss journey for a fitter and healthier you, then good for you! Unfortunately, many weight-conscious people only care about the number on the scale and what it takes to lower it. A smaller number doesn’t necessarily mean great health, and the obsession of achieving it means that many people might resort to unhealthy approaches just for the sake of shedding a couple of kilos. Here are 5 weight-loss methods that you should definitely NOT follow in 2018:
1. Taking supplements that claim to help with weight-loss
Paying a visit to your local pharmacy or drugstore will show just how ubiquitous supplements have become in the health industry. While some of these weight-loss aids may promise near-instant results, they could very well also contain toxic and illegal substances in dangerous amounts. High dosages accumulated over time can result in not just organ failure, but also death.
2. Living on a very-low calorie diet (VLCD)
You lose weight when you burn more calories than consume. While maintaining a caloric deficit is crucial for weight-loss, that does not mean that you should drop your daily intake of calories to drastically low amounts.
Calories are essential in helping to produce the energy you need for your daily activities. Without sufficient calories, your body will begin to feed on itself for energy. Furthermore, compromising on calories in your diet means that you may not be getting the micronutrients you need for your body to function normally. It’s very much a lose-lose situation. Work toward creating small deficit of between 250 – 500 calories per day for safe and sustainable weight-loss.
3. Use tapeworms
Dating back to the early 20th century, the use of tapeworms to help people lose weight is one that is both risky and illegal. The idea is to insert a tapeworm into the gut so that it can help to consume food that enters the body. However, this method can prove to be fatal as the human host ends up being deprived of nutrients, which can lead to other health complications such as vomiting, headaches and epilepsy. The tapeworm can even grow to a size that makes excretion of faecal matter difficult or impossible, making surgery the only option.
4. Relying on fad diets
Most fad diets come in many funny and even quirky forms, such as the cabbage soup diet and the grapefruit diet. Regardless, these diets are largely calorie-restrictive. As a result, your metabolism rate decreases and your body ends up burning less fat than before. Also, as some of these diets can be restrictive when it comes to certain food groups, you may not be able to obtain all the essential micronutrients your body needs to function optimally.
5. Uncontrolled/unstructured fasting
During a fast, your body does not consume any food. In the long run, this can lead to nutrient deprivation that can affect normal body functions. It can also lead to weakness, fatigue and fainting due to there being an insufficient amount of energy to support you and your daily activities. Instead of fasting frequently, you can use a technique called intermittent fasting (IF) where you fast and feed at specific intervals. It’s effectiveness is well-documented and has been shown to produce results for both health and wellness.
Making a commitment to lose weight is a commendable act, but it shouldn’t be done haphazardly. Maintaining and even improving your health should be taken as a cornerstone of every sound nutrition plan. Why pick between losing weight and being happy when you can have both?