Weight Loss Methods - The Good and the Not-So-Good
People will go to extraordinary measures to lose weight. Due to this desperation - and the fact that being overweight is such a prevalent problem - there are thousands of weight loss methods circulating on the Internet. In addition, you can find thousands more weight loss tips in magazines and on TV. Your friends and coworkers also might chime in with their own weight loss theories and success stories.
Through all of these sources, you will hear weight loss ideas that range from very good to mediocre to possibly harmful. Examples of a few popular weight loss methods you might come across include:
If you're considering any of the above weight loss methods, or others that are not on this list, consult your physician. Your doctor can best advise you on what would be the healthiest route to take.
- Fad diets - Whether it's the Cabbage Soup Diet, the Grapefruit Diet, or the Liquid Diet, very few (if any) fad diets give you healthy, long-term results. You may lose a couple of pounds initially, but these diets could cause physical discomfort and also be harmful to your health. Oftentimes, fad diets focus on one food or one type of food, which can lead to nutritional deficiencies since your body needs a variety of nutrients to stay healthy.
- Weight loss pills - Various types of diet pills are available for purchase at your local drugstore. Ingredients in these pills might include hoodia, green tea extract, and chistosan. While some weight loss pills may boost your metabolism and/or decrease your appetite, others might be harmful to your overall health.
- Hypnosis - Considered one of the many "alternative" weight loss methods available, hypnosis involves going to a trained hypnotist who attempts to reach your subconscious mind to help you lose weight. Although the hypnosis itself doesn't cause weight loss, the hypnotist will try to subconsciously stop you from eating high-calorie foods and eating too much food, as well as motivate you to exercise.
- Exercise - Probably the healthiest of all of these weightloss methods, exercise often can help you reach your ultimate weight loss goal, as well as help you become stronger and healthier in other ways. Any type of activity - such as playing basketball, mowing the lawn, swimming, aerobics, walking, or running - is often beneficial as long as you're active for at least 30 minutes a day. Thirty minutes a day typically delivers good results, but some people may work out for an hour per day or more, depending on their fitness goals and overall health.