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What are the worst weight loss programs that became mainstream?

Updated on August 7, 2010

Weight loss programs you can try - Fasting Free Programs

I have attempted weight loss and got success around 3 times in the past 5 years. At first I was able to reduce 3 kgs in 5 months and then in the second attempt I was able to reduce 5 kgs in 7 months and then in the third attempt this year, I was able to reduce 8 kgs in 9 months and all this was done due following a regular workout program and taking my diet on proper timings.

According to me, the worst weight loss program that became mainstream is the program that only follows fasting and diet, and exercise is not included at all. I am not able to understand why people used to fast a lot to be able to lose weight whereas fasting is dangerous and not a way to lose weight. Fasting on a very frequent basis is totally unhealthy according to me.

You must know about the dangers of fasting because you are depriving your body of essential nutrients it requires to perform normal function. Moreover, the days when you will not be able to fast, you will eat much more again overburdening your body with food that it is not able to digest and your body will keep on storing that food at a side making your overweight again, so this is the side effect of fasting.

Side effects of fasting - Worst weight loss technique
Side effects of fasting - Worst weight loss technique

The most appropriate type of weight loss program should include an exercise routine with taking food on right time. Most people are overweight or obese not just because they eat so much but because they do not eat at proper timings and do not do any exercise. If you have heard about circadian rhythm, which I have explained about in one of my previous articles, then it is better for you. If do not know about this, then I will tell you in brief and in simple words. Our body performs all the functions according to a clock that means our body has its own clock, so when this clock gets malfunctioned, all the functions of the body suffer. It is not that there is a specific time set of circadian rhythm or our body clock but you can set your body clock on your own. For example if you eat your lunch at 1 p.m., then do it on a routine basis everyday and you will never have a problem. Rather you will start feeling much more energetic and healthy than before just because our body clock has a direct relation with our metabolism and keeping our clock functioning well helps in maintaining and boosting the metabolism of our body.

Now, try feeding your body on right time and maintain that time period and you will be able to maintain weight. Just include an exercise routine in your daily schedule with proper food timings and you will be able to reduce weight. For a person looking out for losing weight, I would recommend that he/she join a gym and if not possible do at least one hour of exercise daily including running or jogging, yoga, pushups, cardio, etc. followed by a balanced diet rich in essential vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients to keep you healthy. Least but not last, I am of the opinion that worst weight loss programs are the ones that include fasting or all the emphasis on diet and no exercise. They are fake, scams, and making a fool of other people. A person trying to lose weight must understand this and do not get in trouble, as it will harm your body and do nothing else. If there is no pain there is no gain and same is the case in weight loss, do exercise on a routine basis followed by balanced diet on fixed intervals and you will be able to get a hold on your metabolism and lose weight. If you are happy with your body image and just want to maintain weight, yoga is the best option for you. Also read How s*x helps in weight loss?


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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi KoffeeKlatch Gals, you have the same viewpoint about weight loss programs that include mainly fasting. I agree with your concerns.

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I don't think any diet that includes fasting as a major part of it's program is healthy. Besides you tend to gain all of the weight back soon after you stop the diet. Exercise and healthy eating is the best diet. Interesting hub.

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      @ocbill, reddog, Gojijuice, Granny, and storyteller, thanks a lot to all of your for sharing your experience with weight loss programs and understanding the side effects of fasting. Your support and kindness is highly appreciated. Now I am all prepared to answer more questions via the hubpages Q&A section.

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      Barbara 7 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      My son was just involved in the maple syrup/cayenne pepper/lemon juice ten day fast. Thankfully his girlfriend developed an allergy to cayenne pepper and they had to quit. Oh dear! You are only as good as you feel? Good job on this hub, soni!

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      Granny's House 7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      Good job on this hub. Great info

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      GojiJuiceGoodness 7 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

      It's good that you realize fasting is bad--so many people don't. Good info you've got here!

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      reddog1027 7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thanks Soni2006. The no fasting warning is right on time. There are many diet programs that promote fasting as part of a weight loss program.

      I was not aware of circadian rhythm of meal time but it makes sense to me. My daughter and I are currently on a diet that stresses the importance of REGULAR mealtimes and exercise and of course the common sense of lots of fresh fruits and vegetables with adequate protein intake. Guess what, it is working.

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      ocbill 7 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      interesting. I have lost "some weight" but also built and toned an area I wanted to with a popular fitness program. there is "90" in the middle of it. I am not familiar with other programs but the core strengthening ones are top notch