8 Common Unhealthy Ways to Lose Weight

There are a number of ways to lose weight that can be hazardous to your physical and mental well-being. Here are several of the common worst ways to lose weight.

No Calorie Diet: Our bodies need fat, plus healthy fats actually help you burn fat. Unfortunately, the zero-calorie trend is one of the most popular, leading people to consume harmful artificial sweeteners in the name of losing weight. Also, diet drinks can actually cause weight gain.

Drugs and pills: We’re all familiar with this one and we know there’s not a magic pill that will make you skinny. Sadly, drugs, like cocaine, are often used as a quick fix for weight-loss. But in the long run they can severely damage your heart and your brain. There are certain supplements that can aid in fat-burning, but they must go along with healthy eating and exercise, and the healthy supplements are whole-food based.

Fad Diets: The Annals of Internal Medicine reviewed 10 of the nation’s most popular weight-loss programs and found that except for Weight Watchers, none of them show proof that they actually work at helping people lose weight and keep it off. About 45 million Americans diet each year, spending $1 billion to 2 billion each year on weight-loss programs. Yet America remains the most obese country on earth. Not eating a balanced diet will not help you lose weight and can actually inhibit any weight-loss.

Skipping Meals: This approach may appear to make sense, but really it’s a harmful and unhealthy way to lose weight. Your metabolism increases after eating, and if you chronically skip meals, your metabolism can slow down and actually lead to weight gain. Starving or skipping meals is extremely ineffective in weight-loss.

Purging: Purposely throwing up is incredibly dangerous to your health. Purging often comes with serious psychological effects on the individual. The act of throwing up is either a symptom of, or leads to bulimia and it can also increase your cravings for unhealthy foods. Purging creates an illusion that the hunger craving has been satisfied by consuming food, but the calories are lost by throwing it up.

Laxatives: Excessive use of laxatives in the form of pills, powders, suppositories and teas in order to lose weight is not a new concept. Continuous use will weaken your digestive system and can cause abdomen related complications.

Smoking: Another popular way to suppress hunger. Smoking sends vague signals to the brain which increase the metabolic rate, and consequently kill hunger. Chronic smokers can skip meals and not feel any effect. However, this method causes long term damage as the body becomes weak and more susceptible to cancers and other infections.

Over-Exercising: If your body is already undernourished, over-exercising can be one of the worst things you can do to lose weight. Sticking to a rigorous exercise regime can rarely be considered a bad thing, but extensive amounts of cardio won’t help you drop the remaining weight. Burst training for 20 minutes, 3-5 times per week is an appropriate amount, along with strength training.

Working out and sticking to a healthy diet should complement one another in order to lose weight in a healthy way. Losing weight requires a lifestyle change, especially if you want it to stay off. It’s hard work, eating healthy and exercising.

You might also be interested in How to Lose 20 lbs. in 30 Days.

Sources: cbs news, annals.org

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7 comments so far - add yours!

  1. pete wendling says:

    What do you think about interval fasting. Like the leangains or eat-stop-eat?

  2. van says:

    How much is too much? 2 hrs. A day? Burning 3500 cals a week ok?

  3. van says:

    How much is too much? 2hrs a day? Burning 3500 cals a week okay?

  4. Dahlia says:

    The US is not the most obese country in the world. It is England. Read a book, mate.

  5. Cody says:

    Hey mate, which book would you be referring to? As you are commenting on a post from 2 years ago, facts can change in that amount of time. But, Im actually interested in where you came up with England being the most obese country? Of all the reports that I have seen, England isn’t even in the top 10. Cheers

  6. Maryam says:

    Have you heard of Canadian Diet? it is based on 700 calories a day and you are supposed to lose up to 10 pounds a week. If so what do you think of it?

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