Lose 20 pounds in 20 days! Drop one dress size in one day! We're all familiar with those lines. Surf the internet, watch TV, read magazines and you will be bombarded with adverts promising to give you your dream body if you use their products.
And nothing can be more appealing to you. After all, you're not happy with what you see when you look at the mirror. So you grab hold of one offer after another in search of a solution.
But if you're still searching for that magic pill that will help you lose weight rapidly, here's a warning:
Many of the so-called "experts" are dead wrong about rapid weight loss. And here are 3 reasons why:
Reason #1. Most Rapid Weight Loss Programs Result In Loss of Muscle Mass
Yes, most rapid weight loss programs recommend extreme food-intake-reduction as a means of achieving that goal. The downside to this is loss of muscle mass.
You see, the body is programmed to use reserved fat as a last resort for energy. So when the body is starved of necessary nutrients to fuel daily activities, it turns attention to the muscle as a fuel source.
So next time an "expert" puts you on a starvation diet, know that you will surely lose weight, muscle mass that is. You won't lose 1 pound of fat.
Reason #2. Rapid Weight Loss Could Lead To Gallstones
I'm sure nobody ever told that. It's sad but true. When you follow a rapid weight loss program that places you on a starvation diet, you stand the chance of developing gallstones.
Here's what happens:
Extreme food-intake-reduction could create bile salts and cholesterol imbalance. This imbalance could lead to the formation of gallstones. While this usually happens to the obese, there is still a chance that it could happen even to those who are not.
So the best course of action is: Stay away from any rapid weight loss program that places you on a starvation diet.
Reason #3. There Is Really No Quick Fix
You read it right. If you want to burn fat and keep it off permanently, know that there is really no quick fix without harmful side effects. As I mentioned earlier, the side effects of a starvation diet are loss of muscle mass and gallstones among other things.
On the other hand, weight loss pills that interfere with the brain's normal function could result in high blood pressure, heart disease, hair loss, depression and frustration, chest pain and many others.
In any case, a person is very likely to regain any loss of weight in no time. Thus, while rapid weight loss programs may appear to fix weight problems fast, many of them don't produce permanent and long-lasting results.
But there's a right way to fast track your fat loss. It is by eating the right kind of food, in the right proportion and at the right time. Get it right and you would experience harmless rapid weight loss.