Some of you are probably already looking into your next diet you can do which is going to help you shed some body weight and look good for Summer, well that is the plan anyway right? For some of you this may not be your first time going on a diet, you might have been battling with your weight for the last few months and you just can't seem to get it right. I want to enlighten you as to why this is the case and what you should be doing instead, not just so you look good but so you feel better.
Short Term Diets
They are called short term diets for a reason, you can only really sustain whatever you are going to do for a short period of time. This might be a few days or a few weeks but you will eventually go back to regular eating. These diets that you might choose to go on are going to mainly alter one thing in your diet, drastically reduce the amount of calories you consume on a daily basis. So you want to lose weight, this is a great thing right? Incorrect, this isn't a good thing and this is why...
Let's say for example you consume roughly 2000 calories per day and then you suddenly go on a diet which consists of just 500, what do you think is going to happen? Granted, you will lose 'weight' but will you lose body fat? If you are insistent on weighing yourself on a set of scales then this is going to be positive for you. However losing body fat might not happen and this could leave you frustrated. A sudden drop in calories like this is going to lower your metabolism too, your body is very clever and if it doesn't need to burn 2000 calories anymore, it won't and it will only do what it needs to, in this case 500.
Where It Goes Wrong....
The reason why this approach isn't healthy is because it puts a great deal of stress on your body in a limited amount of time. It is likely you will be in a deficit of certain vitamins and minerals too as you won't be giving your body the right nutrients it needs. Not only is this bad for you now but it isn't good for you long term and while the emphasis is on you losing weight, it should also be about looking after your health long term. It goes wrong because the very low calorie diet you have put yourself on is only going to last for a short period of time which then means you are likely to revert back to larger meals, over the 500 calorie mark.
So you step foot on the scales and you notice that your weight has reached your acquired target and you are happy with the progress you have made. This may have taken a short period of time, however you decide not to stay on the diet you were once on leading up to your new weight and instead you decide to eat more without realising. Notice how before you were only consuming a set amount of calories and now when you eat more than that your metabolism isn't fired up to burn it off. What happens? The extra calories you consume are likely to store as fat and it will make you want to do one thing, go back on a diet!!
What You SHOULD DO!
Here is it, plain and simple you should look at ways you can change what you are already doing. Losing weight isn't what you want to do, technically you want to lose body fat. Key ways of doing so is by altering the foods you eat and making sure most of it is healthy. Exercise is key too and shouldn't be overlooked as this will help keep you feeling great and burn off those calories you don't want storing in the body. Finally remember everything you want to achieve is down to a lifestyle and not a short term fix which simply do not last!
Stop calling it a diet and make a better choice for your health and fitness goals, start calling it a lifestyle today!!