LYHL ~ Why Fast Weight Loss Doesn’t Work

Posted by on Mar 25, 2014 in Blog, Feed Your Body, The Keys | 0 comments

People want to lose weight and feel great about how they look, and so they go on a program that promises fast and easy results. Sometimes, those programs even deliver – in the short term. Check out why you can do more harm than good striving for fast weight loss.

The problem with fast weight loss, and the reason it never works in the long run, is that your body isn’t designed to lose weight fast, and as soon as you try to do it, a lot of bad things happen.

Your hormones are signaled by your fat. Not all body fat is bad for you, and ALL of it has a purpose. Stored body fat is proportional to a hormone called leptin, that controls appetite, modulates metabolism, and promotes fat burning.

When fat levels drop quickly, leptin drops quickly as well, and your body is triggered to believe you are starving. That shuts down systems and makes your body do everything it can to conserve energy and stop you from losing more weight.

You can become deficient in nutrients that your body needs. Restrictive, low-calorie diets are usually deficient in necessary vitamins/minerals and this can lead to bad skin, hair, and nails along with a suppressed immune system. That means you’re more likely to get, and stay, sick. Lack of minerals can also lead to irregular heartbeat, muscle cramps and loss of bone mass.

There can be psychological complications. Severe restriction is not sustainable in the long-term, and is known to lead dieters into a binge/restrict cycle where the body fights with the mind to try to get enough nutrients to survive. This cycle can leads to severely disordered thinking about food and weight, and frequently into eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia. This is how I ended up with a binge eating disorder.

Finally, restrictive diets can become socially excluding. You can become so worried about your food that you don’t enjoy life with your family and friends.

This doesn’t mean weight loss and a life of healthy maintenance is impossible. It just means you can’t do it buy buying into the marketing these big money programs are paying to have you believe. Fast weight loss harms your body, mind, AND in 97% of cases, it leads to regaining not only the weight you lost, but more weight on top of it. It’s that hormone leptin at work, trying to keep you safe!

To support you in creating healthier habits and living your healthier, happier life, I have a program called the 12 Week Healthy Habits Online Group. To learn more about this great  program, just click here!

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