With a nutritious, balanced diet you can achieve weight loss success! Here are some tips to help keep the pounds off–permanently.
Our western diet is characterized by excess – too much sugar, too much salt, too much saturated fatty acids. In the long run, this can lead to typical diseases of civilization such as obesity, diabetes mellitus, or stroke. All of this excess has caused the World Health Organization (WHO) to refer to obesity as the epidemic of the 21st century.
But it doesn’t have to be this way! Your diet can also lead to better health. Plus with a few lifestyle changes, you can achieve weight loss success. It’s also important to be aware of false promises fad diets tell us to stay positive. Here are a few diet pitfalls to avoid, as well as some tips for better health.
Fad Diets Don’t Lead to Permanent, Healthy Weight Loss
As alluring as fad diets might seem, they usually only offer a Band-Aid to a real solution. There are many diets and almost every one promises quick success. No matter if cabbage, pineapple, chocolate or soup diet – often the slimming cures are one-sided and can lead to nutrient deficiencies if you stay on them too long. They’re also susceptible to the dangers of yo-yo dieting and could end up gaining weight long-term. So if you see a sign claiming you can gain 10 lbs in one week – beware!
Drugs to Support Weight Loss
In the USA, various drugs support weight loss in obese patients. Some of them can be helpful, but they’re are always a second choice (after lifestyle change). You should use them in conjunction with non-drug measures such as dietary change, psychological support, and increased physical activity.
You should bear in mind that these drugs, like all other pharmacological substances, can sometimes have considerable side effects. Again and again, such drugs are withdrawn from the market because of the poor risk-benefit ratio. In 2011, for example, it was found that taking the slimming product containing the controversial active ingredient sibutramine increased the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Diet Pills from the Supermarket
In addition to prescription weight loss drugs, there are many non-prescription slimming products on the market. They are offered in tablet, capsule or powder form and promise healthy weight loss as well as a quick way to your desired weight.
Among the over-the-counter options, you will find saturation capsules, fat blockers, carbohydrate blockers, form diets or dietary supplements that are advertised as fat burners. With most diet pills, however, the only thing you permanently lose is money. They often have undesirable side effects such as nausea, stomach cramps, constipation or even sleep disorders. Be really careful with these- especially products that you order directly from the Internet since they’re not subject to FDA regulations.
Light Products vs. Natural Foods
Light products might have fewer calories, but they’re not always “health food.” Some of them contain more water and additives and can be more expensive. And they can have an unexpectedly high-calorie content. For your health and your wallet, avoid the usually expensive light products.
Instead of consuming expensive light products, you should eat natural whole foods. A low-fat natural yogurt with fresh fruit is much healthier than a light fruit yogurt from the refrigerated shelf, which contains many additives and sweeteners.
Healthy Diet Is a Permanent Nutrition Concept
But what helps to achieve and maintain a slim physique in the long run? Eating natural and preferably unprocessed foods provides the right nourishment for your body. Being active and getting healthy doses of exercise helps to speed metabolism. Top that off with a good night’s sleep, and you’ll be in great shape easily!
If you’ve drowned out your taste buds with fast food, fear not! The sense of taste can certainly be re-trained over time with healthy and natural food. For lasting success, however, start with small healthy changes for a healthy diet.
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