Overcoming the Crash Diet, Fasting Cycle
We live in a world that demands we live a certain way, and one that offers us instant gratification in most areas. Taking on a big project like staying healthy or losing weight is a good thing, but not an easy one. People need to keep in mind that their weight loss will often hinge upon a variety of factors, many of which they cannot directly control. Beyond that, any attempts to go after instant gratification in a diet will often result in problems.
Many people use some kind of “fasting” to lose weight. They will cut out certain foods, or certain things like carbs, and force their body to lose weight. Needless to say, this rarely works for very long. When people make wholesale shifts in what they eat, and practically starve themselves to lose weight, they will just as quickly gain that weight back after they stop dieting. A strategy that will actually prevent this involves actually changing your diet over to something you can sustain in the long term, which isn’t just a one time massive shift in what you eat.
Another Method to Consider
Fasting is not the only weight loss method there is. You don’t necessarily have to starve yourself to lose weight and keep it off permanently. Yes, you will need to adjust the foods you eat and probably how much you exercise, but building a sustainable weight loss method is far more important than just losing weight quickly. There’s been considerable research on this topic, as doctors and medical professionals are interested in figuring out what will actually work for people.
Building a diet method, and a program that will work for you, and you can easily turn into a long-term habit is all that stands between you and success. Going on crash or fad diets often can cause rapid weight loss, but in the end, you just gain it all back.
The Obesity Epidemic
In the USA, obesity has reached epidemic proportions. Of the people born today, around 50% of them will struggle with obesity throughout their lives. This is far different than just a few generations ago when this numbers was in the low 20% range. An alarming scenario: there are tens of millions of people, both the young and old, going to hospitals and doctors to be cured from diseases. Many of these illnesses are preventable, and are in fact caused by chronically unhealthy behavior and weight gain. Diabetes is on a huge rise in the US as a result of this growth in weight.
As the average weight of the population increases, the quality of life of those individuals decreases. All of this is preventable, just by taking care of ourselves, but the short term satisfaction of eating whatever we want is hard to be beat by careful regimenting of food and exercise.
The Radical Concept of Prevention
Richard Carmona, the former US Surgeon General, recently stated that disease prevention is still a strange concept for most Americans. According to him, the obesity growth in this country is one of the biggest threats to national security today. Childhood obesity in particularly is impacting military capabilities, scientific growth, and America’s place as the world’s largest economy.
We are seeing a surge in childhood obesity and all the related symptoms that comes with it. These include things like Type II diabetes and hypertension, which can lead to all sorts of problems later in life. Many children today are developing such diseases. This is certainly not a one-sided editorial or trying to preach about the future problems of the US. Rather, achieving tremendous health often requires self-control.
The Problem Of Self-Loathing
When I was looking to lose weight I wanted to be free from my body. I wanted to feel good about myself again, and I wanted to feel that way quickly. However, once I realized that I had to make a change in myself first, it helped me reach the results I wanted without fasting like crazy or going on a crash diet.
What Worked Well For Me
Just because a diet works well initially doesn’t mean it will work in the end. Most diets ultimately fail because, though they do help people lose weight quickly, people go right back to their bad habits after they reach the results they want. This is why it’s so important for people to build a program that they can actually maintain in the long term.
It’s so important to set up a permanent weight loss program, one that you can actually sustain in the long term, rather than dumping all of your effort into short, intermittent progress. All this serves to do is frustrate you and make it more difficult to achieve the results you desire. Making a plan, one that’s reasonable and you can stick to, will go a long way, far further than crash methods.
When I made a plan to change my food choices and my diet, that was when I found true success. I have been able to keep the weight off, and I feel much better than I ever did even after months of crash dieting.
Small Changes Can Be Huge
I’m not talking about making some big starvation diet change to what you eat. Small incremental changes to your diet as well as how much you exercise can be enough to achieve fantastic results and enable you to keep the weight off permanently. There are a couple things which can help you lose weight on their own safely, such as juice fasting, water fasting and detoxification. However, if you cut your calories and switch to foods that are more filling, but lower in calories, you will achieve real results. Switching your food choices over to vegetables and fruits, where the serving sizes are a lot bigger, will enable you to lose weight quickly and easily. Fasting is a good way to get started on these types of weight loss regimens.
A good weight loss regimen would look something like this. You would start out switching your food a bit, going from 2000-3000 calories per day to 1500 calories per day. The way you’d do this is through switching the foods you eat slightly. Cut out a lot of the processed chips, cookies, sodas, etc. and move over to natural sugar free drinks and vegetables and fruits. You not only feel more full, but healthier as well. Add in 10 minutes of exercise per day as well, to start with. Whether it’s walking or jogging a bit.
Over time, you can increase the exercise more as you’re able. Try to move to around 30 minutes of exercise per day by the 3rd or 4th week of your weight loss regimen. Make it a habit to always exercise in the morning, before work, so that you don’t have any excuses. Don’t do this if you decide to fast, as you won’t have the energy and could hurt yourself. Eventually you will be able to drop down to 1000 calories or less per day, just by switching foods over to fish, chicken, or other lean meals and vegetables/fruits. This should be more than enough to achieve the results you want.