SaffroLean is Not a Fad Diet
The drawback to losing weight fast through fad diets is that very often you gain the weight back. If you’ve gone through this cycle a few times, of losing and regaining weight, you know what yo-yo dieting is. While yo-yo dieting does not necessarily have a negative impact on your health, it is discouraging and prevents you from maintaining a healthy weight. It also contributes to the development of a detrimental and unrealistic view of weight loss and nutrition.
Fad diets are usually considerably restrictive in terms of what food you can eat. Instead of teaching you how to eat a balanced diet with healthy fats that is rich in nutrients, they give you a false concept of nutrition by cutting out different parts of the food pyramid from your diet. Extreme changes like this deprive you off all the nutrients you need and take all the fun out of eating. What you should really be doing is incorporating more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fish and lean proteins into your daily meals. Along with developing good portion control and choosing to splurge on satisfying but lower calorie treats.
One of the appeals of fad diets is that they promise fast weight loss. They accomplish this by hugely restricting your calorie intake. The reason your weight loss is not maintainable is because consuming so few calories long term is challenging and may even be dangerous. Though you need to be burning more calories than you consume in order to lose weight, you should not be consuming less than 1200 calories a day. Even when you are sitting or standing you burn calories without realizing it. Your body needs a sufficient amount of calories to function properly. Insufficient calories can lead to fatigue and heart problems.
In order to break out of this cycle, you have to realize that sustainable weight loss is a slower process that requires a lifestyle change. Since dieting is so restrictive, this may sound incredibly discouraging. Actually, these changes don’t have to be so painful. You don’t have to cut out everything you love from your diet or hit the gym every day. Small changes like taking a 30 minute walk once a day, choosing lower calorie snacks that are still satisfying and incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your meals are a great place to start. You will be surprised by the big difference that these small changes make in your weight. Eventually, the changes that feel so big now will become habits that you can maintain for the rest of your life.
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