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- 40% of people in the United States are obese. Out of this, almost 1 out of every 10 obese people is severely obese.
- The weight loss and dieting market in America is valued at a staggering $72b as of 2018
- Obesity is responsible for an estimated 300,000 deaths per year across the United States
Aspiring to stay fit and healthy is a noble endeavor embraced by people from all walks of life and ages. As lifestyle diseases continue to rise, it has become a routine for people to put in effort to keep their weight in check to stave off diseases and injuries.
But somewhere along the line, in an attempt to cash in on the bulging fitness industry, some people and corporations have come up with practices and routines that promise quick results at the expense of the well being of the body.
Fast results are good, but there is so much that the body can handle at a time. Pushing it to the limit only serves to undo what you plan to achieve.
Some of the risky weight loss practices include:
Slimming teas have been touted on social media, mostly by celebrities, as viable weight loss options. The allure? That it cuts out the need to engage in physical exercises, which are not just strenuous, but also costly and time consuming.
The theory behind slimming teas is that they contain properties that boost digestion, enhances metabolism, and rids the body of impurities at the same time.
So far, no factual evidence has been found to support the claim that slimming teas help with weight loss. On the contrary, slimming teas have been found to contain laxatives which give rise to complications like cramping, diarrhea, weakened colon, aggravated constipation, and reduced potassium levels thus doing your body more harm than good.
You gain weight mainly through prolonged consumption of fatty foods in large quantities. Doing the opposite; starving yourself off food. does not necessarily yield the expected result.
When you narrow your diet options and under eat, you are essentially robbing off your body the nutrients it needs to keep itself healthy and functioning. You will lose weight by under-eating, that’s without any doubt, but at a tremendous cost.
A body in starvation mode risks developing complications like gallstones, imbalances of electrolytes and potassium in the blood, low blood pressure, hair loss, anemia, brittle bones, depression, and a host of other problems.
You would literally be putting your life in danger.
Popping Diet Supplements
The idea behind diet pills is that everything, or at least most of what your body needs, is packed into a small pill that can be used as a substitute for real food.
Supplements are not food substitutes; even the healthy ones that have been approved for nutritional uses are taken as an accompaniment to food.
There is no scientific proof that dieting pills help you in shading off weight. Many have been found to increase heart rates, spike high blood pressure, trigger kidney and liver diseases, and even cause internal bleeding due to the abnormalities they cause on surface walls.
Many of the pills are designed to curb your cravings for food by inducing a feeling of being full. In real sense you are simply starving yourself and ingesting harmful substances instead.
Using Waist Trainers
In an age where fat bellies are a crime and slimmer waists are the fad, little inventions like waist trainers have become a big hit especially among women.
A descendant of the 17th-century corsets, waist trainers help people lose the fat around their waists by physically pressing against the body for hours each day. As much as they deliver results, the manner through which they achieve results comes with untold risks.
Constricting your waist for hours on end can harm your delicate internal organs as it interferes with proper blood flow. Waist trainers can also cause muscle atrophy, a condition where muscles lose their form and shape. They can also cause dehydration and breathing difficulties.
This is probably the riskiest weight loss option on the list. Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that involves the removal of fat that exercise or dieting is unable to rid off.
Being a surgical procedure the risks are high. First your nerves and blood vessels can suffer damage, on top of getting other complications like deep vein thrombosis. Furthermore, chances of getting infections are high especially when the deep wounds don’t close properly. They become a line of weakness in future injuries.
Liposuction is one of the most popular procedures in the US despite the many cases of things going wrong during and after surgery. Be careful of what you get yourself into.
Exercising Too Much
A common misconception among people looking to lose weight is that doubling down on physical exercises cuts down the time needed to lose weight. This has never been so far from the truth.
Exercising has to have its limits because the human body has a threshold; breach this, and complications arise. Nothing beats a well spaced-out intense work out as it allows the muscles to make use of the energy in the body as much as possible.
However, the body needs to recover and heal muscle wear and tear. When you push yourself too hard, you risk incurring irreparable damage and injury that will most likely incapacitate you.
To avoid this kind of situation, get yourself a personal trainer or an App that will guide you appropriately. Exercising the right way takes time but it works.
Purging is when you eat a meal the normal way only to induce vomiting moments later as a way of staying slim. The practice is very common among teenagers.
Expelling stomach contents in the middle of digestion is not only painful but it also carries the risk of throat infections. The enzymes involved in digestion are quite corrosive and with time will thin away the linings on your throat opening it up to infections.
Bulimia is a resulting condition of purging that affects over 4.7 million women and 1.5 million men in the United States.
Commonly known as water pills, diuretics are taken to help the body flush out water and sodium in patients suffering from high blood pressure. However, some people have turned to them as a weight-loss substitute.
When taken without a doctor’s prescription, diuretic pills can cause severe dehydration and lead to major kidney failure. They also reduce the amount of potassium in the body which can lead to serious conditions like increased heart rates for instance.
Diuretics are a major concern especially if you have other underlying conditions like diabetics, lupus, gout, or pancreatitis.
The Bottom Line
Losing body weight should not be treated as a do or die race. It is good to have a goal you can work towards, but that should not come at the expense of your overall well being.
There are too many unregulated entities that are out to make money out of people’s misfortunes. You would be served better being on guard against such and knowing that there are no shortcuts to losing weight. It takes dedication and a lot of sweat to attain that healthy and fit body.
Space out your exercise routines, eat a well-balanced diet, drink a lot of water, and get yourself a good trainer who will help you reach your goals faster, the natural way.