There are a ton of different diet plans, fad diets, crash diets, pills and supplements on the market that all promise to be the fastest, easiest way to lose weight. The truth is, though, that many of these so called "weight loss miracles" can be unhealthy and can actually do more harm than good.
It is important when you are getting ready to lose weight that you follow a plan that works with your body and that you can sustain for the long-term. Here are some secrets to safe, healthy weight loss that should have you on your way to getting the results you want in no time.
Avoid Diet Pills & Supplements
If you watch TV chances are you've seen many different commercials for the latest "breakthrough" diet pills or supplements. Typically these ads promise that you can lose weight without changing your lifestyle, that it will be fast and that it will be easy.
In actuality, though, few of these pills help you lose weight and if they do it is temporary weight loss at best. Many of them purposely dehydrate you so that you will lose water weight. At first you are happy because you see the numbers on the scale start to move, but as soon as you stop taking the pills the weight goes right back on.
Besides that, many of these pills are dangerous and can even cause death. Weight loss pills and supplements are not the answer to safe, healthy weight loss and they just don't work.
Avoid "Starvation Diets"
The problem with many of today's popular diets is that they just don't provide your body with enough calories or with the nutrition that it needs. When you drastically cut back on your calories you probably will see results at first. However, behind the scenes you are doing a lot more harm than good.
If you are not getting enough calories your body will go into "starvation mode", slowing down your metabolism so you burn fewer calories and clinging on to your fat reserves even harder. What this means is that it will become harder for you to lose weight and easier for you to put weight back on when you go back to eating normally.
Another downside to low calorie diets is that they leave you feeling hungry and make you much more likely to cheat or binge.
Instead, follow a diet that provides your body with enough calories for energy and also with the nutrition that it needs.
The easiest, safest way to lose weight is to eat a healthy, balanced diet and to work on increasing your metabolism so you burn more calories all the time - even while you are just sitting around doing nothing.