. . . . away from any diet or diet pill that claims to aggressively melt away fat!
Driving to work yesterday I heard the ad that I hear nearly every day on the radio. It goes something like, “Are you looking for a way to aggressively melt away fat?!” What exactly does that mean? I thought the only way to reduce fat stores was to lower caloric intake while increasing physical activity to create a calorie deficit which results in weight loss. This melting away thing sounds a whole lot easier plus I guess now it comes in pill form!
Diet fads that lure people in with claims of dramatic weight loss over a short period of time nearly always turn out bad in the long run. Once the diet ends, the weight comes back along with a few extra pounds. The main causes of the weight gain that inevitably follows a quick, dramatic weight loss program is the result of a couple of things that have taken place. One is that the weight loss program calls for an extreme reduction in calories; so extreme that no one could sustain the program for any length of time.
For example, HCG, one of the latest fad diets, calls for participants to consume a total of 500 calories per day plus a hormone injection. Trust me, if you are only consuming 500 calories a day you are going to lose weight dramatically with or without the injection. This diet also discourages people from exercising while on the diet. I’m guessing you would have trouble walking from the car to the front door on a 500 calorie a day diet so I agree that any real exercise would be out of the question.
Second, when we are on a 500 calorie a day, a/k/a starvation, diet our metabolism slows down so we end up burning fewer calories doing our normal daily activities. That coupled with our system utilizing not just fat, but also lean muscle mass, for energy will lower our metabolic rate even more. Both of these can have disastrous long-lasting effects on our metabolism.
The best way to lose weight is by first deciding how much you want to lose, how many calories a day you need to consume to lose it, eating nutrient-dense low-calories foods and engaging in an exercise program that includes both cardio and strength training at least three to four times a week. If you’re looking for a resource to help you figure out how many calories you need to consume to reach your weight loss goal a good site that can help you is is Fit Click.
Finally, remember to keep your goals S.M.A.R.T. and think about what will work for you long term. If you’re about to sign up for a program that you know you cannot sustain for the rest of your life you might want to rethink your plan.