There’s no such thing as a healthy ‘lose weight fast’ diet - 4 reasons why fad diets are actually bad diets & how to diet right


Jade Poole from I Write Words


If you want to lose weight and keep it off, you need to avoid any kind of ‘get thin fast’ diet and here’s why…

So, the new year is well on its way and as we ease further into 2019, you might be trying to put some New Year’s resolutions to work. One of the biggest resolutions people across the world have is to reach their goal weight.

A ‘get thin fast’ weight loss program might seem like a great idea at the time, but the truth is fad diets can actually be really dangerous for your health and could even end up in you putting on more weight when you start to eat normally again at the end of the diet.

Here’s why fad diets are bad diets…

1. You can end up dehydrated

A lot of the weight you lose in fad diets is water weight, by losing this you could get very dehydrated.

Your body burns calories and any excess weight in stages, so when you try to force your body to lose weight faster than it does naturally, then this can lead to some serious health issues.

So, when you are trying to lose weight, remember that water is your friend. A good tip is to drink a glass of water before every meal to stop you from overeating.

2. You will feel very tired (all the time)

When you are trying to lose weight fast, then you will be missing out on a lot of calories that your body needs. Calories from food are transformed into energy our body uses to function.

If you are fasting (skipping meals) or not eating enough for your body to function properly then you will find yourself feeling exhausted.

It helps to eat smaller meals that are nutrient-dense to help you stay energised and lose weight.

Of course, when you start eating the right way (healthy lifestyle choices), it’s very possible that these changes might be a shock to your body which could leave you feeling a bit tired and even a bit strange as you are changing what your body is so used to eating. But this will pass in time and soon you will start to feel better than ever before.

3. You might start to have some painful and serious digestive issues

Constipation, gut pain and diarrhoea are all symptoms associated with fad diets.

4. You might suffer from malnutrition

This point is pretty serious. Fad diets and get thin fast weight loss programs restrict you from a number of important food groups and essential nutrients which could end up in you suffering from malnutrition. 

How do I diet right?

First things first, you need to get the word ‘diet’ out of your head, like right now.

The trick is to start making healthy lifestyle changes that work for you and help you achieve your goal weight by eating nutrient-dense foods that include all the food groups and in the right amounts for your physical needs and body.

You need to try and find out what kind of lifestyle and food choices work best for you.

Moderation is key when it comes to treating yourself and these days so many restaurants and grocery stores have a number of healthy options that contain less sugar and taste just like the real thing.

Craving pancakes? Have you ever tried mashing up one banana, and egg and some oats together - frying it up in a pan and drizzling some honey on top? It’s delicious and so healthy!

You need to also slow down on your weight loss journey, good things take time and you need to give yourself enough time to develop healthy eating habits.

It might not be easy at first, you might find yourself craving your old lifestyle choices such as fizzy drinks and take out, but eventually, you will start to realise what your body loves and reacts well to and what it doesn’t.

And don’t forget to allow yourself a treat every now and then. When we crave something and don’t satisfy that craving, we might end up eating an entire slab of chocolate instead of just having one block a few days ago when we first craved it.

Here are our top 10 dieting tips:

1. Don’t skip breakfast!

2. Stick to whole grains over white processed flours and cereals.

3. Cook with coconut, butter or olive oil - not canola or sunflower oil.

4. Start with your biggest meal in the morning, a smaller lunch and an even smaller dinner.

5. Have smaller meals throughout the day instead of bigger ones.

6. Exercise about 30 minutes every day - this will make the world of difference!

7. Cut out processed foods and sugars

8. Cut out fizzy drinks

9. Cut down on your alcohol intake

10. Eat what is right for your body - learn to know what works for you.

The biggest thing to learn is this…

What helped Sharon from work lose 20kgs might not work for you.

You need to spend some time figuring out what your body works well with, what kind of foods give you energy and make you feel great and stick to that! Learn to live a healthy lifestyle, the right way!

Yours in health insurance,


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