The wrong way to lose weight- 5 habits to ditch

Spring is here and some cannot wait to flaunt their “bikini bodies”. And well for that unfortunate few who haven’t been religious about their workout the last few months, we understand that you’ll have to work hard to achieve it, however people should wary of adopting extreme diet plans and habits.

It’s true that extreme diet plans and habits can yield extreme results-but not always in the way you’d like. Here’s a breakdown of the changes that happen in your body when you boycott carbs, drink every meal or deprive your body of the calories it needs.

Fat free diet

Picking the right kind of fat is one of the most important tricks of losing weight. Eating food that is packed with the wrong kind of fat will make you fat. Trans fat which are mostly found in some margarines, cracker and cookies and saturated fats found in processed and grain fed meats, do the worst to your body’s nutritional bottom line.

But healthy fats that you get from your olive oil, avocado, dark chocolate will do the opposite. They will suppress you appetite, making you cut down on the number of calories you eat in a day and also improve your heart health and stoking your metabolism.

Protein only diet

Doctors and nutritionists often say Carbohydrates are a huge factor when weigh gain is concerned and suggest  cutting all your carbs in favor of meat, meat, and more meat might help you lose water weight in the short-term. But in the long-term, these kinds of diets aren’t actually any more effective at helping you drop kilos.

Carbohydrates are the main source of energy for the human body, and when the body is deprived of carbs, it gets forced to burn body and dietary fat and protein to fulfil its energy needs. The breakdown products of burning large quantities of body fat for energy are called ketones. These keytones will then accumulate the body and a build-up of ketones can cause all kinds of damage to vital organs such as the liver and kidneys.

Other nasty side effects include loss of muscle tissue, high risk of high blood-fat levels, unpleasant body odour and bad breath, all cased by the ketones that have taken over the body.

Over exercising

Over exercising can impact one negatively both emotionally and physically. It leads to injuries, exhaustion, depression, insomnia, anxiety, and possible suicide. A person may see deterioration of their personal relationships as a result of their compulsions and frustrations or failure at work or school. Social isolation is common amongst those exercising compulsively as all available time is scheduled with physical activity, usually alone.

A person can become unaware of dehydration or more seriously be affected by natural elements such as heat or cold and suffer heat stroke or frostbite, respectively. Compulsive exercising can lead to insomnia, depression, fatigue, and anxiety. Physical side effects include muscular atrophy and skeletal injuries such as shin splits, bone fractures, arthritis, or damage to cartilage and ligaments. Too much exercise can lead to the release of excessive free radicals, which have been linked to cellular mutations and cancer. Females may cease menstruation, a condition called amenorrhea.

Drinking laxative tea:

They are often labelled as herbal, organic and recommended by weight loss and detox centres, but are these teas good for you? Laxative teas typically contain Senna as the main ingredient and provide essentially no nutrients and no calories for you. Dieters together with colon-cleansing fans equally sip on these stimulant laxatives during the day or before they go to sleep, but are not aware that they could cause more harm than good.

They irritate your intestinal wall and stimulate your colon, forcing your body to get rid of whatever is in your digestive tract. Though there may not be any immediate negative consequences, side effects include dehydration and nutrient absorption loss, which leads to serious nutritional imbalances, even causing grave damage to the gastrointestinal tract, brain, colon and potentially igniting kidney and heart issues.

Switching to Diet Soda

A lot of people who are trying to lose weight often see the word “diet” in a soda and then assume that it is healthy and that it will assist them in shedding off some weight, however that is unfortunately untrue.  Diet soda’s especially diet coke has ingredients like High Fructose Corn Syrup (and other artificial sweeteners) Natural Flavours and caffeine which are a ll not good for weight loss.

When one consumes regular sugar, the body registers the sweetness and understands that sweet things contain a lot of calories, so since diet sodas are made with a number of artificial sweeteners, the sweeteners tricks the human body so that its internal ability count calories is thrown away. When the calories count is thrown away, the metabolisms get shaken up, making one want to eat more and eventually leading to greater weight gain.

 

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