Common weight loss methods that do not work

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In a quest for that perfect body it can be easy to fall for anything. I fell for every ‘get skinny quick’ fad diet but you can learn from my mistakes :)
Here are the worst mistakes you could ever make:

1. Starvation:
Associating weight loss with not eating is a myth. The more you starve your body, the more it holds onto every single nutrient that you digest and it works in the opposite. Eat smaller portioned meals more frequently and make the foods quality foods.

2. Juicing/Detox
I’m guilty as charged. I tried fruit + vegetable juicing for 21 days and The lemonade diet (lemon juice/cayenne pepper and maple syrup mixture) for 14 days while consuming NO FOOD.  Yes, I did loose 12 and 15Ibs respectively and loved the results however as soon as food was introduced back to my diet, I blew back up like  balloon. Use of detox programs like Dr.Natura or CKLS where you use pills or fiber powder while still eating are better detox methods, however detox should never be done primarily for weight loss  because it’s not sustainable.

3. Smoking
I’ve heard lots of people say that they smoke cigarettes to keep their weight down some say they get the same results from using their wax vapor pens…I’m not sure if there is any scientific explanation for this or whether it is indeed true however, I can’t seem to fathom how anyone would take up a habit whose side effect i.e. heart disease, stroke, lung cancer etc is way more severe that the initial problem, weight loss. I guarantee you a treadmill has no side effects :)

4. Deprivation
Programs that completely deprive you of certain foods or ask you to only consume certain foods for a certain period of time are not realistic to weight loss.

Notice all the above mistakes are related to food because You Are What You Eat.
Fad diets work for only the amount of time you’re engaged however once you’re ‘done’ and revert  to your lifestyle, you gain the weight all back. Sure, you may have lost weight, but wouldn’t it be better if it  took 6 months with small changes that you can sustain for the rest of your life?

Examples of such (sustainable) changes include:

– Cutting back on sugar and salt.
– Drinking more water
– Eating leaner cuts of meat and more vegetables

– Consuming ONLY natural foods at least 85% of the time and enjoying processed items once in a while
– Cutting back of eating carbohydrates later in the day

I refuse to use the word DIET. The word has DIE in it :) I EAT CLEAN. The difference between the two is that Dieting restricts certain items for a certain period of time. Once that period of time is over and the person reverts back to what they want to eat the results gained disappear. I have made a conscious decision to cut certain things out of my life because I understand the effects they have on my body. Every so often I will crave things that I no longer frequently eat  like cake, cookies and apple pie. I CAN indulge in those things then go back to clean eating. It’s all about moderation and most of the time this is greatly misunderstood.

Next time you consider getting on a fad diet ask yourself this question. Can I do whatever this program asks for the REST OF MY LIFE? If the answer is NO….walk away!


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