Lose Weight Fast
Your Body’s Defense Mechanism Against Dieting for Starvation
By Terry Cobb- CPT, CES
Do you have a special event like a class reunion or vacation that you’ve been looking forward to for some time, but wish you were a few pounds lighter? The event is three or four weeks away and you realize you still have those last few nagging pounds you weren’t able to take off. This is often the time some people decide to “crash diet” and lose the weight as quickly as possible. But at what expense are these pounds costing us? The diagram below gives us a realistic look at what happens to our bodies as they go into a quick defensive mode to preserve and protect our health:
Restricting calories or limiting yourself to a range of food can equal deprivation and missing out on important nutrients your body needs. So count the cost first, before you begin that crash diet. Are you willing to pay such a high price? Your body was designed to take care of you long term. Long term weight loss requires lifelong dietary changes. So remember, small changes over a long period of time equals success. It will ultimately come from the adoption of a new lifestyle, rather than a fashionable diet.