From liquid-only diets to “detox teas,” there are plenty of weight-loss tactics that promise lightning-fast results. However, overnight weight loss is, unfortunately, impossible. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is! These weight loss plans are ineffective at best, and some can even lead to serious health consequences.
Here are some of the latest weight-loss fads that you should avoid. Promise us you’ll never try them!
Under 1,200 Calorie Diets
Yes, technically, you can lose weight by not eating. But is it sustainable? No. Will you be miserable? Yes! Severely cutting down your calorie intake can lead to muscle loss and reduced bone density. Over time, your metabolism will slow down, and you will have to keep on reducing your calorie intake to continue seeing change on the scales. You will also feel sluggish as your body struggles to get enough nutrients to fuel your daily activities.
While skipping meals may seem like an easy way to reduce your caloric intake, it often backfires and results in binging, typically on unhealthy food.
Cutting Out Food Groups
How often do you hear people say that they’re cutting out carbs to lose weight? When eaten in moderation, each food group serves a vital role in keeping our bodies healthy and functional. Remember, a balanced diet is crucial for sustainable weight loss; this means a healthy mix of all macronutrients: fats, carbs and protein.
A juice cleanse involves sacrificing solid foods and only drinking liquids made from fresh-pressed fruits and vegetables. It can last from a few days to weeks. While you may feel lighter after a juice cleanse, most juices have zero protein, meaning that you’ll only lose water and muscle weight, not fat. And the worst part? Once you go back to solid foods, the weight will come back.
Laxative teas are often marketed as “slimming teas.” Sure, you’ll feel lighter, but they don’t actually help you lose weight. Instead, you’re putting your body at risk by losing fluids and much-needed electrolytes.
Unlike prescription diet medications, supplements are not regulated by the government. Supplement companies do not have to provide any proof that they’re safe or effective before selling them!
Extreme Exercise Regimens
While extreme exercise regimens may make for good TV, overexercising is incredibly damaging to your body. It can cause severe wear and tear on your joints, increase the risk of injury and dehydration. Some people think that more means better, but our body needs time to recover from the physical stresses of exercise.
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