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When it comes to losing weight, the biggest mistake that people make is goal setting and that too is expected to be achieved in the least possible time. Expecting too much weight loss too soon is the common blunder that people make. Another common mistake is expecting changes to come easily, without making a strategic alteration to your environment as well as your eating habits.
You need not to follow a diet or workout with the title “The 7-Day Diet” or “The 48-Hour Diet”. All these plans do is provide you with “Quick Fixes” that might harm your body instead of making it better. The problem with Quick Fixes is, you’re not focusing on the things that have made you search for a plan like this or have made you overweight in the first place.
You need to understand that you didn’t put on this weight overnight and you won’t be able to lose it that way either. That being said, methods that promise fast results are tempting but the reality is that they can be really harmful and might even make your condition even worse.
From feeling weak to being depressed to make you surrender quickly against your goals, there are n-number of disadvantage that these instant fixes bring with itself and here are the 5 Weight Loss “Quick Fixes” That You Need To Ignore.
1. Liquid Diets
Liquid weight loss diets involve replacing all or a portion of your meals with liquids like juice or shake. While it lets you lose weight quickly due to the very low-calorie liquid diets, you tend to regain weight as quickly as you lose it. Moreover, it might lead to disordered and excessive eating, which as we all know is not the right thing to do.
2. Carb-Blocker Pills
Carb blockers, or starch blockers, are supplements pills that are claimed to promote easy weight loss. These pills contain extracts from beans that interfere with the process that breaks down complex carbs into smaller sugar units for your body to absorb them. However, carb blockers won’t completely prevent the digestion and absorption process in your body, instead, they only slow down this process. Imagine all that ‘thing’ rotting inside your body. This can even cause digestive issues such as gas, diarrhea and bloating.
3. Juicing, Cleanses, and Detoxes
This Quick Fix can literally leave a person irritated and depressed as it includes intake of nothing but water or only fresh fruit and vegetable juices. Because these liquids are low in calories, they can result in quick weight loss. However, a large portion of it is water which leads to muscle loss and a slower metabolism.
When you are losing weight, your body needs protein to prevent weight loss. Taking laxatives, enemas or herbs with these specific liquid mixtures further increases the production of NPY which a hormone that drives hunger and belly fat storage (meaning more intake of unhealthy food).
4. Fat-Burner Pills
What’s better than taking a pill to instantly lose weight, right? However, some of these pills contain ingredients that may end up causing far more harm than good. Some fat burners contain substances (like DNP, usnic acid) that might cause dangerous side effects, liver damage being the major one.
Caffeine is one of the main ingredients in these “fat-burner” pills and while a modest amount of caffeine is safe and can help in promoting fat loss as well as boost physical performance, but intake of caffeine in form of pills leads to burning more calories than you actually need to. So, instead of taking Fat-Burner pills that contain potentially harmful ingredients, opt for a few cups of coffee or green tea daily.
5. Eating Only One Food
Eating only one food has been a popular quick fix for losing weight for decades. It basically allows you to eat as much as you want but only one food for several days. It’s human tendency to get bored after eating the same thing all the time and there is no rocket science that you end op eating less and intake fewer calories. The biggest drawback of following this regime is that you end up consuming an unbalanced diet. For example, if you eat eggs, the only thing that your body gets is protein and if you eat potatoes, your body will be deprived of fiber and antioxidants found in plant food. In short, this is basically the most absurd quick fix that we have ever heard of.
So, these are the 5 Weight Loss “Quick Fixes” That You Need To Ignore as they might promise instant results but they’re unlikely to help you achieve the goal of losing body fat and then ‘keeping it off’.
The only solution for sustainable fat loss is, follow a well-balanced diet which works for you and infuse light workouts in your routine. More importantly, you need to stick to it in the long term.