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7 Characteristics Of Unsafe Diet Plans

The fitness industry is one of the biggest industries in the world. Every year millions of people spend billions of dollars on products they hope will finally help them shed those unwanted pounds.

7 Characteristics Of Unsafe Diet Plans

Just think for a second about all the unsafe diet plans that have come out in the last 20 years. You have the Dukan diet, the Atkins diet, the South Beach diet, the 24 hour Hollywood diet, and a host of other diets that in the end leave you feeling frustrated and in the same condition as when you started.

Fitness companies know people are desperate. They know you will spend money on almost anything if you think it will be the magic pill that will help you fit into those size 8 jeans you wore in high school.

These companies, many of which have absolutely no experience in health and fitness, create diet programs all in an effort to get their piece of the billion-dollar pie that is known as the fitness industry.

In other words, the last thing they care about is your health. They create products to make money. That is all they care about and that is all they focus on.

It Requires You Drastically Cut Calories

To lose weight you have to eat and truth be told, you need to eat more than what you think. Anytime a diet requires you drastically cut your calories that should be an immediate red flag.

Always remember food is fuel and anytime you drastically cut your calories you put yourself at risk for nutrient deficiencies that can lead to serious health issues later on down the road.

Keep in mind anytime you cut your calories you will lose weight. However, drastically cutting your calories is not a recipe for safe, sustainable weight loss.

It Is Centered Around Pills

Unless your doctor is recommending medication and is supervising its use, diet pills are dangerous territory. Illegal drugs are of course in no way smart choices for weight loss.

It’s time, to be honest, there is no pill that will magically make you thin and physically fit. The only thing these drugs are good for is wreaking havoc on your nervous system, damaging brain cells and causing heart problems.

Other side effects include insomnia, high blood pressure, dizziness, stroke, blurred vision, and unhealthy bowel movements, among others.

How many commercials have you seen promoting weight loss pills that absorb fat, suppress your appetite, and block carbs? Too many to count I’m sure.

The problem with this type of diet is that these pills prevent your body from doing what it was naturally designed to do. They literally signal to your brain that you’re full even though you haven’t eaten.

So yes, while you will lose weight, you will also destroy your metabolism and could potentially do some serious damage to your organs in the process, and most important this method is not sustainable for the long-term, so will not support permanent weight loss.

It Eliminates Entire Food Groups

If a diet recommends you eliminate an entire food group, or it requires you to eat only ONE food group, be very wary. The major food groups are what provide your body with the nutrients it needs to not only survive but to thrive. It is therefore never a good idea to do away with an entire food group.

While you will initially lose weight by eliminating food groups, this type of diet is too restrictive to produce results over the long haul.

It Claims To Be a Miracle Breakthrough

Unsafe diets are almost always advertised as being the new miracle breakthrough. They make absurd claims about finding some miracle herb, pill, or spice that can help you lose 30 pounds in 30 days.

And just in case it needs to be said, there is nothing safe or healthy about losing 50 pounds in 30 days. Nor is there a miracle herb or food that can help you do that.

This falls into the category of “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is”. Never trust a product that claims to be a miracle breakthrough.

Starvation, Extreme Fasting, And Skipping Meals

Cutting back on too many calories in a short amount of time can lead to severe malnutrition, loss of muscle mass and even type-2 diabetes.

Sure, there will be some weight loss, but it’ll quickly backfire. This is because when your daily caloric intake drops below a certain level, mainly in 1200, then the body starts storing fat for fear of starvation. It goes back to our hunting days when people weren’t sure when their next meal was going to be.

So, anything less than 1200 calories per day won’t provide you with the number of nutrients you need for healthy development and to be able to sustain your energy levels throughout the day.

The same goes for skipping meals, which may make sense at first, but science has proven that it’s one of the worst ways to lose weight. This is because your metabolism increases after eating.

Therefore, eating healthy foods means you’re consuming less or the same amount of energy being burned so nothing gets stored away as fat. On the other hand, if you skip meals, your metabolism slows down, so much so that if you repeatedly skip meals in an effort to burn off fat, you’ll find yourself gaining weight, rather than losing it.

Requires Little To No Effort

The most common theme among all unsafe diets is they require little to no effort on your part. All you have to do is take this pill, or eat that food, and all the weight will just fall off.

The unrealistic expectations are what draw people in only to let them down. It is also what leads people to the vicious cycle of yo-yo dieting.

Safe weight loss requires effort. Not only do you need to start eating a healthy, well-balanced diet, but you will also need to make working out a top priority in your life. This is what will allow you to start losing weight and transforming your body.

Incorporating exercise into your daily life will also help keep your heart and bones healthy. As a result, you will be less likely to suffer from health issues such as heart attacks, diabetes, high cholesterol, and osteoporosis just to name a few.

When it comes to losing weight, always remember that slow and steady wins the race. You didn’t gain the weight overnight, so don’t expect to lose it overnight.

It Boasts Mass Loss In A Short Time

Diets that boast fast weight loss in a short time can really impact your health, and once again, these are typically so drastic in nature that they are rarely sustainable for the long term.

WebMD reports that rapid weight loss poses serious health risks:

  • Bone frailty
  • Bone density loss
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Diminished immunity
  • Heart damage, including heart attacks and palpitations

 

Those were 7 characteristics fo unsafe diet plans, if do you want to learn how to chose a right diet plan you can read my article here:Choosing the Right Diet Plan

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