Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Dangers of Crash Dieting

Most uneducated people will believe there is a quick and easy way to lose weight, through a method known as "crash dieting".

A crash diet is when one willfully restricts their nutritional consumption except for water for more than 12 waking hours. Now some of you may ask, why would someone do that? Well the theorized goal behind crash dieting is that the body will burn fat for energy instead of using the food energy you would have normally had from eating regularly. This leads to weight loss, however at the cost of many bodily risks and dangers. Muscle loss can also be experienced, where the body eats up muscle tissue for fuel instead of fat. Additionally, you're health and nutrient needs will suffer, causing a plethora of problems including extreme fatigue, dizziness, slower cognitive function and generally being more unpleasant. This method of weight loss is extreme and dangerous, and is not recommended by medical doctors or institutions. So next time you hear of crash dieting, don't believe it. There is no easy way to weight loss, but the sure and effective way is too stay healthy and not suffer bodily harm while still shedding the pounds.

Also note that, crash dieting isn't the same as intermittent fasting, in which the individual periodically abstains from food every other day. They are different entirely.

I hope this article helped inform you about the dangers of crash dieting.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Best Time of Day/Night for Weight loss?

I'm sure everyone has a certain preference of specific time during the day or night in which they believe or were told their bodies would be at maximum weight loss capability, but what is the truth?

Even though most people believe they need to eat for energy before doing any sort of physical exercise, which is true your body does need energy, for weight loss there is an exception to this rule. Research has proven that the optimal weight loss time for our bodies is first thing in the morning, when you're body is still in a catabolic state, meaning having used up all the food/energy in your body during your night sleep. So skipping out on breakfast before going for a run in fact adds to your weight loss as your metabolism is at a much higher rate, your body will burn more fat.

So next time you're looking to go for a run, try first thing in the morning. However, be sure to eat a balanced meal post-exercise to keep you're energy levels high throughout the day.