There is an old adage that urges you to “trust but verify.” This caution certainly applies to many of the thousands of weight loss articles found online. The ugly truth is that it is very easy for marketers to place articles online and, surround them with pictures and “testimonials” to make them sound very authoritative. This unscrupulous behavior has resulted in a mass number of fad diets posted all over the internet that are not only ineffective, but in some cases are bad for your health.
If you are a consumer who really wants to lose weight and stay healthy at the same time, it is important to understand what the capabilities and limits of the human body are. Understanding your how your body works on the most basic biological levels will give you the knowledge to be able to separate good diets from ones that aren’t so good.
Here are the basics that you need to know which many fad weight loss sites and articles do not talk about to any great extent.
First, it really is all about calories. The number of calories coming in versus the number of calories burned pretty much spell the entirety of what weight loss and gain is comprised of. Certainly there can be other variables that muddy these waters like hormonal imbalances or high stress levels, but cases where other factors play a major role in weight gain are really not that common.
It is this simple: If you want to lose weight you must burn more calories per day than you eat.
The second major area that many weight loss articles fail to address is the mental aspect of dieting. Fad diets are effective in the short term because they require the dieter take extreme actions that will force the body to reduce fat. There are, in my opinion, two major issues with losing weight in this way; first, the dieter never learns self-control. Second, any diet that forces the body to react in an abnormal manner will have to be short term.
Extreme fad diets are not sustainable for an extended period of time. So what happens when that diet ends?
If the person has not learned how to properly manage their day-to-day lives in terms of what they eat and the exercise that they get, then every single pound that they lose will be gained back. This phenomenon is well documented. Doctors and fitness experts call it the rebound effect.
For weight loss to be effective the first thing that anyone needs to do is identify the areas in their life that have caused them to put on so many pounds. Only when those areas are identified and put into order will any diet and fitness plan become effective.
Losing weight fast is certainly an admirable goal, but understanding that a high level of fitness is something that should be a lifelong effort. Health is something that needs to become part of your daily lifestyle. So long as people are out there looking for an “easy button” that will let them magically get the body of their dreams, that body will always remain a dream.
Far better to make the difficult choices to change what is holding you back and then beginning a weight loss program that is healthy and sustainable. Even though losing weight will certainly take longer, the weight will stay off and, all things considered, you will live a longer and certainly healthier life.