Safe Dieting: Staying Safe and Healthy While Losing Weight
It can be a scary world out there if you’re trying to lose weight safely. There are lots of great resources out there that can help you reach your weight loss goals, but there’s just as many sites, books, and methods online and in stores that are looking to make a quick buck at the expense of your health! So how do you tell which are there to actually help you lose the weight and which are more concerned with the sale at the end of the day? Well, let’s take a look at how to determine that for ourselves along with some guaranteed safe strategies for losing weight regardless of your situation.
What exactly is safe dieting?
Safe dieting is a pretty simple concept, it’s making sure that the nutritional and exercise choices that you’re making are going to be safe for yourself and your current health situation. It might seem easy to grasp, but it can sometimes be difficult to balance and manage properly depending on where you go to get your diet information. Your eventual goals for losing weight is to adapt what you’re doing now into a healthy and sustainable lifestyle, you need to make changes to your fitness and nutrition that will put you on track towards your goal weight and level of fitness. That means you’re going to need to avoid shortcuts or dangerous diet plans that will “drop weight fast” or temporary solutions that you’ll stop using once you get there.
What kinds of diets should I look out for?
This is a pretty common question considering how many different kinds of diets there are out there. When you’re looking into a new diet the first thing you should check to see is what kind of results the diet promises. Any diet that sounds too good to be true probably is, either that or the way it helps you reach that promised goal is an unsafe one. A good rule of thumb is that, on average, it’s safe to lose about two pounds per week. Diets that promise a set amount of weight lost (usually 20 lbs in X amount of time) can be a bit sketchy, especially if they promise something improbable like within a time frame of just a week or two.
You should also be wary of any diet that heavily restricts your food intake or which foods you can or are allowed to eat. Cutting calories can help you to lose weight when done by cutting out unhealthy foods, but extreme calorie cuts for the sake of losing weight quickly is unhealthy and downright dangerous. Diets that restrict you to just one meal or one kind of food are also dangerous because the lack the nutritional diversity required to have a balanced, healthy diet.
Miracle pill or treatment diets
Last but definitely not least you should keep an eye out for miracle pill or treatment diets. Any diet that promises that some kind of magical supplement will solve all of your diet woes is usually looking to make a quick buck then fade into obscurity. There are medications out there that can help to control and inhibit appetite, but you should remain skeptical of pills that promise results even if you don’t make any changes to your lifestyle or diet. The only real, safe way to lose weight is by making healthy, sustainable lifestyle changes.
And what about my exercise routines?
Exercise is another important part of losing weight, but when you don’t take the proper precautions it can sometimes end up doing more harm than good. Remember that when you plan out your exercise that you should heavily take your current level of fitness into account. Jumping in with both feet might seem like a good idea at first, but doing too much too quickly carries the risk of injury or, even worse, getting burned out and losing your drive to stick with your diet.
Managing your exercise routine
It’s good to be excited about your new diet, but it’s important not to get carried away with it, no matter how hard you work on your first day or first week you’re not going to be able to lose all the weight at once. Be sure to ease into fitness, start with the exercises that you can easily manage even if that’s just taking the time to go on daily walks or do a little bit of aerobics in your living room. With persistence and effort you’ll eventually be able to work up to your desired level of fitness no matter where you started.