Fast weight loss plans can work in the short term, but they very rarely last in the long term. People find that once they’ve lost the extra weight using a fast (rapid) weight loss plan they put it straight back on again, often ending up heavier than they were before they started dieting.
The very best way to lose weight and keep it off is the slow and steady method – if you’re looking for long term results. Unsustainable fast weight loss plans often lead to a spiral of limited weight loss followed by greater weight gain and can make you feel like giving up on your weight altogether.
This article will explain the ideal way to lose weight. If you follow our method you could get slim and stay slim for the rest of your life. First we would like to point out some common weight loss myths.
This article is written by Jackie Griffiths, a freelance journalist who writes health, medical, biological, and pharmaceutical articles for national and international journals, newsletters and web sites.
Five common weight loss myths
1. Skinny people have a faster metabolism.
This idea is so well-propagated you’ll be amazed to learn it’s simply not true. The term ‘metabolic rate’ means the amount of energy your body uses to keep it functioning healthy (your heart beating, lungs breathing, brain working etc). Research shows that people who are overweight actually use more energy than thin people to keep their body functioning healthily. This is due to having larger muscles and organs. However, when comparing like with like, studies show that thin and overweight people have similar metabolic rates. Your metabolic rate is influenced by body composition, so the more muscle you have the more energy you use to keep your body functioning healthily. In other words, fit people with more muscle on their body burn energy faster just sitting around!
2. Not eating, or starving yourself, is a good way to lose weight.
As mentioned in the introduction, crash diets often lead to even greater weight gain in the long term, and may only produce effects in the short term. During very limited food intake your body starts to crave high-fat, high-sugar foods, and these are the first thing you eat when you give in. Starving yourself is unsustainable and can cause more problems than you started with.