• 10 Dangerous Weight-Loss Plans That We Should Avoid

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    Everyone of us wants to maintain our bodies and have them in tip top condition. Many of us are trying everything in order to lose some weight and become fit, but did you know that there are also dangers in some weight-loss plans?  Choose carefully!

    Dangerous Weight-Loss Plans

    lose weightLike it or not, bathing-suit season is fast approaching and the time is now to get in shape. There’s no need to resort to extreme or dangerous measures, however. The best ways to lose weight remain the same: eat a sensible, low-calorie and low-fat diet and ramp up your exercise routine. Don’t fall into one of these ten traps that may seem like good ideas but can actually do damage to your health. After all, you can’t rock that bikini if you’re not feeling healthy.

    Starvation Diets

    Although you will lose weight if you severely restrict your caloric intake, you will also lose muscle tone and slow down your metabolism. This actually hampers weight loss since your body goes into starvation mode and hangs onto every calorie you consume. So how many calories should you aim for to lose weight? That depends upon your activity level, age and body-mass index. Refer to this chart to find your ideal number, and don’t go below it.

    Extreme Detox Plans

    Detoxes or cleanses, in which you only consume liquids, can help you lose water weight, but that’s about it. Major fluid loss can lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalances. If you want to clean out your system, drink lots of water and eat fiber-rich foods instead.

    Weight-Loss Supplements

    Wouldn’t it be nice if losing weight was as easy as popping a pill? Well, like they say, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t. Consult with your doctor before trying any supplements, and stick to that healthy diet.

    Exercise Overload

    Unlike Mae West claimed, too much of a good thing is not wonderful. Extreme exercising can take a toll on your body and put you at risk of injuries and dehydration. Plus, it also may begin to feel like a punishment for eating. Instead, aim for about 30 minutes of moderate activity every day. If you find an activity you like, you’re more likely to stick with it.

    Purging

    Eating disorders like this can have serious health consequences. Forcing yourself to vomit exposes your esophagus, mouth and teeth to stomach acids, which are extremely acidic and can lead to loss of tooth enamel. It also puts you at risk of dehydration.

    Abusing Drugs

    A medically prescribed drug for weight loss is fine. Abusing legal drugs that are meant for other purposes, such as for ADD, or taking illegal drugs like cocaine carry extreme dangers. Substance abuse can lead to addiction, problems with relationships, financial troubles and major health concerns. Don’t risk the danger and other dangerous weight-loss plans.

    Lighting Up

    Although nicotine is an appetite suppressant, it’s never a good way to lose weight due to the well-documented health risks. Smoking puts you at risk for cancer, heart problems and breathing issues. Plus, you’re likely to gain weight when you try to quit.

    Fad Diets

    There always seems to be new diets cropping up that promise weight loss by cutting out certain food groups. Remember the Atkins diet, which eliminated carbohydrates? Well, your body needs carbs for energy. It’s best to avoid diets that force you to give up foods that your body needs to function.

    Laxatives

    Avoid using laxatives for weight loss. They’re fine for occasional irregularity, but if you abuse them you can end up damaging your bowels. In addition, you risk an electrolyte and mineral imbalance as well as possible dehydration.

    Liposuction

    Desperation to get rid of fat may lead you to consider liposuction, in which fat is suctioned from your body. This is a surgical procedure that carries many risks, such as infection and nerve damage, not to mention that it’s quite expensive. It’s better to stick to tried-and-true exercises, or find a trainer who can help you with your problem areas.

    These 10 dangerous weight-loss plans are pitfalls that should be avoided at all costs. Not only do they carry enormous health risks, you are also likely to regain the weight when you give them up. It’s best to eat well, get exercise and give yourself some time. That way, you can enjoy bathing-suit season and beyond.

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    Beth

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