Staying fit and healthy is extremely important to all of us in the Inspire family, but sometimes a focus on weight loss can be taken too far. Because people often associate weight loss with health, many have resorted to extremely unhealthy lifestyle choices in order to attain their goals. We’d like to go through just a few of these potentially dangerous techniques that you should avoid.
The basic premise of losing weight is to burn more calories than you take in. So surely skipping a meal or two will mean you have to work less hard to lose, right? Well actually, in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, your body needs a range of foods at regular intervals. In fact, your metabolism actually kicks into gear after eating, so if you continually miss meals, all you’re doing is slowing it down and causing yourself to gain more weight.
Starvation diets, those plans that call for you to take in only 30-50% of your recommended daily intake, may lead to weight loss in the short term, but this initial loss is often just water weight that will pile straight back on once you being eating healthily again. Even more serious is the fact that starving yourself in such a way will sacrifice muscle and have a catastrophic effect on your energy levels, as well as well negatively affecting your metabolism and increasing your risk of type 2 diabetes.
Every few years, a new diet comes along that claims to revolutionise weight loss. Whether it’s the Atkins, the 4-Hour Body or something else, these sweep up the nation for a few weeks or months and then quickly disappear when people realise any benefits are only temporary. Instead of adhering to a crash diet, your focus should simply be on eating better all year round.
The only foolproof way to maintain a healthy body is to follow a health and exercise regime like those suggested by Inspire. If you’re serious about getting fit, healthy and losing weight, see your GP for advice.