Top 10 Diet Myths: Myth 2, Crash Dieting Will Help You Lose Weight
It's true that if you stop eating, you will lose weight; no one will argue that fact. However, crash dieting or starving yourself isn't only horrible for your body, but the results will only last a short period of time. In fact, it can ultimately be the key hindrance to weight loss.
What's Wrong with Crash Dieting?
When someone decides to significantly reduce the amount of food being ingested, a large portion of fat will be removed from their body. Unfortunately, lean muscle and tissue are also lost along the way, contributing to the "quick" weight loss. Lean muscle loss causes a decrease in your base metabolic rate, which is the amount of calories your body needs per day.
What Does This Mean?
When you participate in this sort of dieting your body needs fewer calories. So once you "cheat" your diet and eat or start eating regularly again, you will gain a significantly more weight than you would otherwise would have because your body thinks you are eating many more calories than normal! This is why exercise is recommended along with healthy dieting. When we exercise, we build a muscle base which will maintain the metabolic rate or, in some cases, even allow for a higher caloric intake without weight gain!
Adopt New Eating Habits, NOT CRASH DIETS!
Diets come and go, and the only real way to make a change is to make healthy lifestyle choices. Making a decision to permanently cut out foods that are unhealthy or damaging to your weight loss goal is key. Treating yourself from time to time is fine (in fact depriving yourself of foods you enjoy is just plain WRONG!) The important thing to remember is to eat fattening things in moderation.
A consistent diet that cuts out unhealthy fats and includes exercise as protein and fiber intake is increased has the most probability of success. Don't run the risk of failure, choose wisely, eat healthy and in moderation, and the weight will disappear! With this kind of lifestyle, the weight will stay off as long as you continue to make positive choices.
You MUST include some kind of exercise regimen if you want to see lasting results. This could mean walking, jogging, or hitting the local gym. In the meantime, try some of these food options and permanently introduce them into your regular diet. A combination of healthy foods and physical activity will shed those unwanted pounds before you know it.
- Trade your white bread for healthy whole grain bread. Grains are an excellent source of fiber and will be a great addition to any diet.
- Choose water instead of sugary sodas.
- Stove pop your popcorn instead of cooking it in the microwave. Choosing white popcorn without butter and salt will make a big difference.
- Try skim milk instead of whole milk. If you want to take it a step further, try soy milk, which is excellent for a healthy heart. As an added bonus, it even includes a significant amount of protein!
- Choose nuts or fruit over potato chips!