While everyone wants to look healthy and be thin, the fact is that most of us are at least a little bit overweight.
Unfortunately, one of the worst possible ways you could try to shed some pounds would be to stop eating. Although many people claim that “fasting”, as it is frequently called, works wonders, it is terribly detrimental to your health.
Want to know how to lose weight properly? Keep reading!
Let’s take a look at what actually goes on inside your body if you quit eating.
Of course, most people don’t intend to starve themselves to death; they only want to lose a few pounds, right?
Starving yourself will not give you the results you want. The best way to lose weight and stay healthy is to follow a balanced diet, such as the Healthy Diet and get regular exercise.
However, we understand that some of you will simply try the starvation route anyway. If you must, keep reading and find out how you can do it and not endanger your health.
As we mentioned, when the body is starving, you will feel sick from lack of vitamins, mineral, and calories. You will begin to look emaciated as the muscles begin to waste away. The easy solution to this? Eat plenty of vegetables and lean cuts of meat.
Please note that this should only be done for a very short time. Do not attempt to lose a great deal of weight or use this plan for very long.
Vegetables will not only make you feel full, but will be giving your body the necessary vitamins it needs (such as vitamins A, E, and C)
Many vegetables are extremely low in calories or high in water content. By eating vegetables such as cabbage, celery, carrots, lettuce, and cucumbers, you can actually burn more calories than these foods contain! For example, you could eat a kilo of cabbage and only rack up 200 calories.
Asparagus only has 27 calories in one cup and lettuce only 5 calories in a cup!
By eating your fill of low calorie vegetables, you will not only feel full, but you will be giving your body the necessary vitamins it needs (such as vitamins A, E, and C) as well as important minerals your heart needs each day, such as potassium.
Eating high protein foods such as lean cuts of ham, chicken, beef, and turkey, will make you feel full for longer
Protein is another misunderstood food. By eating plenty of high protein foods, such as lean cuts of ham, chicken, beef, and turkey, you will not only feel full for a longer period of time, but you will decrease those hunger pangs.
Your body uses carbohydrates for energy first, then fats, and protein last. By limiting your intake of carbohydrates, you can still eat plenty of healthy foods that your body needs and lose weight safely.
Your body needs protein to build, repair, and maintain muscles, including the heart. Protein is not the body’s first choice for energy, as it must work twice as hard to convert protein into energy.
We hate to sound like a broken record, but starving yourself is BAD for your health. It’s been shown that those who starve themselves, not only regain the weight the loss faster than other dieters, but they gain extra weight on top of it.
Intermittent fasting is another issue entirely. We will talk more about how that works in our next article.
Please keep the bigger picture in mind and be kind to your body. Always check with your doctor before going on any type of extreme diet plan, such as the one mentioned above.