Summer’s coming soon and you all of a sudden realize you need to shed a few pounds before donning skimpy shorts or a bathing suit. So you think “I’ll just cut my calories down to only a few a day. That will do it for a weight loss plan!”
Well, think again. Starvation diets can have serious long-term effects on your health such as the loss of muscle. That’s because extreme calorie-cutting forces your body to burn muscle for fuel instead of fat. Isn’t that good, you ask? No, it’s not, because when you have less muscle mass your metabolism slows down, meaning that you no longer burn calories efficiently. It’s a vicious cycle.
So while you may drop some pounds rapidly on the scale with a starvation diet, you won’t see long-lasting results, and not just because you’ve lost muscle mass. Here are three more reasons to avoid a crash diet.
- When you go on a starvation diet, you’ll most likely be cutting out most carbohydrates such as pasta, breads and rice from your diet. In a normal diet, for every gram of carbohydrates you consume, your body retains 4 grams of water. Without the carbohydrates in your diet your body will expel all that water (you’ll pee a lot) and you’ll look slimmer and drop weight. But once you start eating normally again the pounds come right back on.
- When you lose weight quickly and then regain it almost as quickly, you are stressing your cardiovascular system. This type of yo-yo dieting can also decrease your glucose tolerance, which could lead to diabetes and heart disease. In short, yo-yo dieting has long-term negative health effects on your body.
- Starvation diets are not sustainable for weight loss nor are they pleasant for those around you. It isn’t possible to drastically cut your calories and remain healthy. You’ll find that you are constantly tired, hungry and cranky. You’ll lose your ability to concentrate as well. It’s also nearly impossible to maintain a normal social life where you can eat and drink with friends and family.
Finding the Right Answer
So what’s the answer? If you want weight loss that lasts and that makes you healthier, not sicker, drop the idea of going for a starvation diet. While it may seem counterintuitive that you need to eat in order to lose weight the idea is to eat nutritional, healthy calories found in a balanced diet. Stick to a food plan with lots of whole grains, vegetables, legumes, fruits and a moderate intake of good fats. You’ll also want to combine this healthy diet with exercise and drinking lots of water to stay well-hydrated.
At VIP Medical Weight Loss, we specialize in providing medically assisted weight loss programs. We have two locations, one in Boca Raton and one in Wellington. Both locations offer a medically comprehensive and effective weight loss program designed to help you reach your weight goal while educating you on how to maintain that weight. You will be guided through a physician-monitored, step-by-step weight loss program, which has been custom tailored for you and will allow you to maintain weight safely and successfully.
Because our weight loss program is managed by a physician, you can be assured that the program is safe and designed to make you a healthier, happier person not a sicker, angrier one. You won’t find any gimmicks or fads here. Our physicians may prescribe supplements and dietary products as part of your weight loss plan but these supplements are specifically designed for your nutritional needs. All of our supplements are manufactured under strict guidelines for quality control and purity. This includes quality assurance testing on every raw material utilized, which guarantees exceptional product purity for optimal results.
Tracking Your Progress
You’ll also be given a complete physical examination before we customize a plan. During the exam, we’ll find out if there are any foods you should avoid and what type of exercise might be most appropriate for you on your journey. The exam will also help determine if there are any medical reasons for your inability to loose weight such as a thyroid problem. The exam also provides a baseline that we can use to track your progress along the way not only for weight loss also for improvements in key statistics such as blood pressure, blood sugar levels, HDL and LDL cholesterol levels, heart rate, and more.
Having this baseline is not only a great way for our physician to track your progress but it serves as a great motivation tool. Not only will you start to feel better, and more confident in yourself and your looks soon, you’ll have hard facts to prove that you aren’t just dreaming; that you really are getting healthier. You’ll find that all of this information provides great motivation boosts throughout your weight loss journey!
So give us a call today at 561-429-3812 (Wellington) or 561-206-6786 (Boca Raton) and get signed up for a free consultation. You, and your health, will be glad you chose VIP Medical Weight Loss in Wellington or Boca Raton.