A Weighty Issue
Fact: Most people who lose weight regain it.
Fact: They don’t need to.
Fact: When it comes to losing weight (permanently), things are not always as they seem.
If you’re interested in losing weight in an intelligent, healthy and sustainable manner, here are some things to avoid:
1. Appetite suppressants. Potential side effects include headaches, skin rashes, anxiety, impotence, depression, cramps, blurred vision, insomnia, hair loss… and that’s the abbreviated list (for real).
2. Low fat cereals. For the most part, they are processed, high-sugar, high-sodium, low-nutrition crap. Try rolled oats.
3. No-carb diets. Great way to acquire stinky breath, decreased energy, brain-fade and constipation. And massive short-term water loss.
4. Fat-burners. Most are stimulants which can increase heart rate, blood pressure, cardio-vascular risk (heart attack, stroke) and induce anxiety. Besides that, they don’t work.
5. Under-eating. A great way to slow your metabolism, lose muscle, feel like shit and train your body to preserve fat.
6. The sales pitch. Marketing is not information; it’s a hook to entice you to believe and buy. That ‘healthy’ muesli bar on the shelf is probably full of sugar, fat, sodium, preservatives and calories.
7. Anything extreme. If you’re interested in rapid, unhealthy, short-term weight loss, then get on board the Extreme Train. Toot, toot. If not, turn down the emotion and turn up the logic.
8. Skipping breakfast. Refer to point five.
9. Liquid calories. Especially ‘healthy’ things like fruit juice (high in sugar, eat the fruit whole instead), smoothies (packed with up to 700 calories!) and weight-loss shakes (most low-fat shakes are high in sugar and therefore will create an insulin response).
10. The Ab-Blaster 7000 (or similar). Do I really need to explain?
Okay, now you know what NOT to do.