It sure would be nice to go to bed one night and wake up the next morning with the perfect weight that we’ve always dreamed of wouldn’t it? Of course it would, but that’s not how the world works no matter how much we want it to. Weight loss is a long term adaptation of your current lifestyle that makes permanent and sustainable changes to help you reach your healthy weight goals. That being said, there are definitely a lot of people out there who will tell you that they can promise you real results right away and these dangerous diets can be actually hazardous to your health.
There’s a history of quick weight loss schemes that have been around since people first found out they could sell them. There are reports of scammers even doing dangerous stuff like selling pills with tapeworm eggs in it that would plunge your waistline, but send you to the hospital for a wholly unpleasant experience once that worm reaches maturity. Of course diets today aren’t quite as scary as that, but they can be equally dangerous in other ways.
First of all you probably shouldn’t believe in miracle weight loss pills that promise huge results with no effort. Pills like that usually come in one of two flavors: fake and useless. The fake pills will promise results but aren’t going to have any effect at all. The “useless” pills are often just water pills that will help you lose water weight that’s just going to come back right away, leaving you back where you started with the exception of being poorer the price of the pills. That’s not to say that prescribed appetite modification medications aren’t legitimate potential choices, but let your doctor make that decision with you rather than shopping online for a “good deal”.
Other dangerous diets are crash or fad diets and these ones can actually end up hurting you if you’re not careful. There are plenty of diets out there that have you only eat one kind of food or restrict your nutrition, but be careful when you see a diet that promises big gains but those gains come from a heavily restricted meal plan. Crash diets help you lose weight quick, but chopping your nutritional intake to a fraction of what it normally is can do a lot of damage as well. Not having balanced nutrition means you’re not getting the vitamins, calories, and carbs that your body needs to function. Over a period of time you even risk loss of muscle mass (as your body consumes muscle to make up for the food you’re not eating) and even nutritional deficiencies.
So the next time you hear about a miracle cure-all pill or magic diet that will help you lose plenty of weight in a hurry, take it with a grain of salt and then some. The most reliable way to lose weight is to make healthy long-term choices that you’ll be able to live with.
Take care and stay healthy.