In this article, I will reveal the truth about rapid weight loss programs. It might not be what you wanted to hear, but it's definitely what you need to know!
If you now find yourself overweight, it is important to realize that you didn't gain all that weight overnight. Therefore, is it reasonable to expect to lose the same amount of weight that you gained over many years to come off in a manner of days? The answer, of course, is no. Crash diets inevitably lead to a rebound back to your original weight, and moreover, are not healthy. Let's therefore examine some of the more popular "rapid weight loss programs" and learn why they should be avoided.
Fasting and Crash Dieting
There is overwhelming scientific evidence that fasting and crash dieting do not work. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that many scientists now believe that short-term fasting actually results in the opposite effect: additional weight gained! How can this be so? Well, when the body is deprived of the nutrients it needs, it quickly reacts by storing its next meals as fat in defense of food deprevation. This is clearly not what we are after!
At best, most rapid weight loss programs offer short-term benefits and temporary shedding of the pounds, but don't expect short-term results from crash dieting to last.
Phentermine and Other Weight Loss Pills
Another quick weight reduction approach is to use a diet pill such as phentermine. While phentermine has been shown to aid in rapid weight loss, you need to be aware of the unpleasant and in some cases dangerous side effects, which include, dry mouth, diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, increased blood pressure, dizziness, insomnia, and shortness of breath. Is it worth these risks and side effects just to lose weight quickly? There has to be a better approach!
Other products and programs, such as colon cleanses, also promise rapid weight loss, but recently new studies have shown that not only are colon cleanses not effective in delivering their promised results, but in some cases they can actually have dangerous health consequences.
Many dieters desparate to lose weight quickly turn to boot camps and other hardcore exercise programs. Now this actually CAN be a very effective approach to weight loss, and it is one that I highly recommend, but with the following caveat: if you aren't used to hardcore exercise, you must start slow and gradually build up your conditioning. If you don't, you may either injure yourself right off the bat, or just as unfortunate, you may find the sudden shock to your body in the form of muscle soreness so intense that you end up associating exercise as something unpleasant, and quit before you even get started.
The Right Way to Lose Weight
In fact, exercise can be a fun, enjoyable activity that will not only leave you looking better, but feeling better as well. The key to any successful weight loss plan is to realistically assess your present condition, start moderately, and set manageable, achievable fitness and weight loss goals.