Losing weight is not easy. Many diets and fitness plans promise fast results and they say you can lose a significant amount of weight in a very short amount of time. And many people do lose weight, but what kind of weight was it?
Then there are those who try and do things the right way. They start an exercise program, begin eating healthy and drinking water consistently and don’t lose any weight or actually gain a few pounds in their first couple of weeks. What were they doing wrong?
These are two common scenarios that happen when people try to lose weight. It’s easy to see why many would choose the first scenario to obtain short term results, especially if they have experienced not losing any weight with the latter. After all, one suggests eating less to lose weight and the other could have you eating more to lose weight. It’s difficult to grasp the concept that you can eat more and lose more. It sure doesn’t sound like good rationale at first, but if you understand what is going on in your body, you might find encouragement in knowing you will get better results in the long run.
So what happens when you try a fast diet to lose weight? Many of these fast diets of course will include exercise as part of it, but the diet part usually includes decreasing carbs, and that will lead to instant water loss leaving you in a state of dehydration. So the “weight loss” is actually water loss and it can happen quickly.
Those who are starting a new exercise program, have been sedentary, are overweight, and eat very little and inconsistent meals will be surprised when you find yourself having to eat more food and eat it more often. Often times people are constantly dehydrated because of such a low calorie intake for so long, they will see an increase in weight in the first few weeks of a new program because their body is trying to regulate fluctuations in fluid volume.
It is only temporary, pretty soon you will begin to see real fat pounds coming off, lean muscle tissue slowly building and your metabolism allowing you to eat more and lose weight.
There has bee enough information provided on web pages, in magazines and in the news, that these fad diets don’t work long term, and yet people are still using them. Have faith that if you do things right, by exercising consistently, and eating healthy balanced meals throughout the day, you will get results.