- Diet & Weight Loss
Diet Plans, Crash Diets and Diet Pills
In regard to diet plans there needs to be the basic understanding that diet plans are just like any other type of plans, in the regard that there needs to be the ability to commit to a specific course of action – and only that course of action.
Until you get the results required!
This is particularly important in regard to diets. There is absolutely no point whatsoever starting a one month diet plan, trying it for a week, deciding it is too hard, and then giving up on all diet plans for a few weeks and then picking up another one, for another week or two and dropping that, and so on.
This is the activity of a hopelessly desperate, unfocused person. As long as you continue to do this you will never succeed. What needs to happen is you need to find one diet plan and stay with it, until either one or two things happen. Either you get results in the time specified by the plan, or you don't. If you don't then drop it! Simple enough?
But the big point to get, from reading this article, is to stick with the program! Whatever you do, decide to commit to sticking with whatever plan you choose. Of course this should be on the understanding that the plan you have chosen is safe, workable, and produces results in a reasonably short amount of time.
There is no sense in choosing a plan which is too hard to implement, or which takes forever to see any results. Remember, what you should be looking for is diet plans which give measurable results, even if it is only a matter of , say, 200 grams weight loss a week. The thing is that whatever plan you chose it must be do-able. Now, if you can do something once, and succeed then that means you can do it again, and again, and again.
And each time you do it you will get better at it, the results will be better and you will succeed more and more, with less and less chance of failure. Once you have achieved a result. no matter how small, you should know you can repeat the process, over and over to get the same, or better result again and again.
It does not matter how small the weight reduction is. When it comes to diet plans, if you find one which gives you a result then you've got a winner. stay with it!
The big thing to remember is that you have to record what you are eating, and this means everything. Stop snacking. Change your meal frequency to 4 meals a day instead of three. Monitor your calorie and fat intake. Seek professional advice if necessary but , whatever you do, get some structure and routine into your life or it will never change. And remember, stay with the program, whatever it may be, until you get a result.
Crash diets are popular amongst extremely desperate people and can have a lot of undesirable consequences. Not only that but they can be very dangerous, in terms of producing adverse effects on your health.
Aside from robbing your body of the essential nutrients it needs, in order to function properly, crash diets are the exact reverse of what you need, to be able to maintain a healthy body and physique.
Going from one extreme to another is essentially what crash diets are all about. It means going from eating healthily, or over-eating, to starving your self (not eating at all) or replacing food with water or something else to appease your appetite. As you can imagine, the body gets a big shock and starts to react adversely, rather quickly.
The effects of going on a crash diet vary, and can include any or all of the following phenomenon:
- Nausea (sick feeling in the stomach)
- Stomach pains (cramping /tightness in the stomach muscle / abdominal area)
- Feeling lightheaded (Dizziness)
- Sleepiness (feeling drowsy)
- Insomnia (inability to sleep)
- Cardiac arrest (heart attack)
- Stroke (bursting a blood vessel in the brain)
- Malnutrition (loss of bone marrow and muscle tissue)
- Blood disorder (imbalance in red / white blood cell ratio)
- Skin allergies (pimples, rashes, blotchy patches)
- Loss of muscle tone (flabby skin where muscles once were)
- Poor vision ( blurry eyesight, double vision)
- Poor judgement (decision making ability becomes impaired)
- Low blood pressure ( inability to maintain correct blood pressure)
- High blood pressure ( above normal for age)
- Loss of concentration (inability to sustain concentration and focus on one thing)
- Erratic thinking and self talk (thoughts jumping from one subject to another quickly)
- Anxiety (feelings of insecurity and fear)
- Irritable bowel syndrome (stomach cramps, constipation, diarrhea )
- Low self esteem (feelings of worthlessness)
The above list is by no means exhausted. Links to eating disorders can be formed also, as a result of crash dieting, such as becoming anorexic or suffering from bulimia. Binge eating and binge crash dieting can also occur.
As can be seen, crash diets are by no means a healthy option, and should not be attempted at anytime, no matter how desperate one feels they need to lose weight. If you, or anyone you know, is considering going on a crash diet, regardless of the reason, the need to think again and consider other options is very obvious. No matter how many times one might have failed, in the past, there are always many other healthier options.
Whilst there is no easy answer, and certainly no quick fix, long term solutions, there are other ways to lose weight, and keep it off.
For your own sake you are strongly advised to stay well away from crash dieting. There really is no substitute for a balance of correct food, exercise and sleep.
A seemingly popular and easy way to control weight gain is the use of diet pills. This, however, is a deception. No matter how easy it looks the reliance, and subsequent dependence, upon a pill to fix what is essentially a matter of self discipline (self control), cannot be purported as a healthy or good method to use to lose weight.
Any persons who think otherwise, and then go on to use such methods need to reconsider the more healthy alternatives .
Weight loss is best achieved when combined with correct exercise, a healthy diet, and a good sleep pattern. This combination will out strip the benefits of any diet pill any day.
Diet pills are desperate measures, used by lazy people, to achieve weight loss by suppressing appetite. The effects of diet pills are well documented and one does not have to look very far to find a lot of extremely negative publicity. Be warned. You are strongly advised to look before you leap.
In an age where “thin is in” and 'pill popping' provides an 'instant' solution there seems to be little or no regard to the effect of the medications on the human body. Certain health conditions, both psychological and physical, evolve out of using pills. The worst, and probably the most destructive, is that of addiction.
Diet pills are particularly addictive, given that the susceptibility to addiction to them is driven by fear of getting fat. Not only that but anxiety disorders are a very real product of this way of thinking. The result can be devastating, resulting in severe eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia. One such case, from the 1960s was that of world famous singer Karen Carpenter, who died from anorexia.
Hollywood is largely to blame, for what has been an era bombarded with images of thin woman with skinny body shapes, hip bones sticking out and super skinny models parading the catwalks. Never before has the drive to 'be slim' been promoted more heavily. Unfortunately the diet pill industry has gotten very wealthy at the health and expense of people who, essentially, only had a perverted desire implanted in them, to be that skinny, via television.
Do not take this to mean that being skinny is wrong. If you are naturally on the skinny side, due to bone structure, there is nothing wrong with that. If, however, you are manipulating your body shape, beyond the normal realms of what is generally considered healthy, then a problem exists. It is the power of the diet pill to do this which is the most dangerous aspect of them.
Anyone who thinks they can use diet pills without being at risk from these side effects is being sucked into what can only be described as wishful thinking or delusion. These things are REAL. They pose REAL threats and should not be taken lightly.
Healthy alternatives need to be sought out and should include the following components:
- Consultation with a medical professional
- Calorie counting
- Monitoring of food intake
- Counsel where and as needed
- Gym membership as advised by your doctor