Beauty is only skin deep, as the saying goes. Or so we think? From the days of Cleopatra to the red carpets of Hollywood, we have had a fixation on how we look. In the western world, having a svelte figure is usually the envy of many. A body with just the right amount of curves and contouring is coveted by most. Weight loss in the United States comes with more illusions than a Las Vegas magic show; that it’s easy, it can be done quickly, with no harmful side effects. In reality, rapid weight loss should be left to the magicians on the stages, since it is just an misapprehension.What are some diet illusions?
· Eat more, exercise less/none
· Dropping weight quickly is fine
· Cutting out one or more food groups is acceptable
What is safe weight loss?
Safe weight loss is characterized by a balanced, healthy diet and physical activity. There is no “quick fix” to safely lose weight. The diet plan should include steady, slow weight loss over a period of time.
Why should I be wary of fast weight loss diets?
Diets that claim fast weight loss tend to be unsafe and unhealthy. Plus, not every diet is going to work for everyone, and instead should be tailored to fit the individual’s needs.
Why do people fail in weight loss?
People tend to fail in weight loss when it is a temporary fix, instead of a lifestyle change. Some key factors to success include having a support team, including physical activities, setting realistic goals, replacing “bad” foods with “good” choices, taking in one step at a time and not expecting immediate results, and indulging in healthy foods.
What are some benefits of maintaining a healthy weight?
There are several benefits to maintaining a healthy weight; decreased risks for hypertension, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, and stroke. It also lowers chances of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, and certain types of cancer, developing gallstones, arthritis, and breathing problems. Not to mention that you will lead a better quality of life and prevent dying early.
What causes weight gain?
Several factors can be involved in weight gain. Some include genetics, diet, and lack of physical activities.
How can I avoid overeating?
· Stop eating before you are full
· Choose small portions
· Be selective of what you are eating
· Eat slowly
· Be cautious of deserts
· Spoil your meal (by snacking beforehand)
· Be aware of your feelings of why you are eating