Are you trying to lose weight? Do you want a healthy way to lose weight? Or just any conventional diet that will promise you fast weight loss? So you might be asking: what’s the difference between healthy weight loss and conventional diets?
Conventional Diets Versus Healthy Weight Loss
Conventional or commercial diets help people lose weight fast by using very restrictive and unsustainable diets. So the end result is that people will regain this weight in a very short period of time and here comes the frustration and another dieting cycle.
In my holistic nutrition practice in Oakville, many clients come to me for natural weight loss. Most of them have probably tried different diets and experienced different weight loss results on these diets.
Some of my health conscious-clients were also concerned that some of these conventional diets they tried recommend foods that are full of preservatives, chemicals and sodium which is not something they want to put into their bodies.
So how can you make sure that you lose weight in a healthy way? Simply by following a balanced and whole-foods diet providing adequate nutrients that naturally cleanses your body of toxins, balances your hormones and boosts your metabolism.
Such a diet will not only allow you to naturally release the extra fat but also maintain your muscle tissue, improve your body shape and feel good about yourself in the process. Best of all, it’s proven and tested to help you keep the weight off for good without deprivation or struggle.
The problem with many of the conventional or commercial diets which promise fast weight loss, is that they might be helping you to destroy your muscles. Given the fact that muscle weighs much more than fat so when you lose muscle rather than fat you will see a fast change on the scale. What’s even more scary is that when you gain the weight back your muscle will be replaced by fat, disrupting the natural fat burning process in the muscles and messing up your metabolism your metabolism.
5 Common Mistakes to Avoid for Healthy Weight Loss
As an Oakville holistic nutritionist and weight loss consultant, I see common weight loss mistakes that people make that don’t help them to lose weight and can compromise their health on the long run. So here are 5 common mistakes to avoid for healthy weight loss.
Some people starve themselves by fasting or eating only one meal a day in order to lose weight. This method usually doesn’t work as it will deprive your body of many essential nutrients, slow down your metabolism and even cause more weight gain. You might be surprised to know that some of my weight loss clients actually need to eat more in order to lose weight.
Skipping meals is not a good idea because it will affect your blood sugar level and probably cause more eating in your next meal and cravings for fatty or sweet foods. Keeping a balanced blood sugar throughout the day is crucial for healthy and permanent weight loss.
Calorie diets are not realistic or practical. Calorie counting puts a lot of pressure on you and ignore the fact that all calories are not created equal. For example two foods with the same caloric value will not have the same effect on your body. Example dates and candy.
I got asked a lot about these supplements that are advertised as magic pills for weight loss. The truth is that a few of them might have a metabolism-boosting effect but unless you’re following a proper diet, nothing will work.
My experience with my weight loss clients is that most of them don’t need these supplements unless there is a specific problem affecting their metabolism. A whole-foods diet and a few basic supplements are usually enough to see measurable weight loss results within a short period of time.
Using herbal laxative supplements or medications to release extra weight is not a good idea. It can cause some very transient effects however it can dangerously deplete your body of essential minerals in the process. It also causes dehydration and interrupts the normal elimination function of the large intestines and dependency problems which is not good for your health.
Back to You
So what’s your choice?
Is it better to risk losing your muscle, regaining more fat afterwards and compromising your health with conventional weight loss? Or naturally and safely releasing the fat for good, maintaining your muscles and revitalizing your health with healthy weight loss? Feel free to post your choice or your experience with weight loss diets in the comments section below.
If you need help with your health and nutrition, CALL Healthy U Turn at 416 876 4634 to book an appointment OR Sign up for a Clarity Session with Oakville nutritionist, Dr Maha Nasr to discuss your health concerns and learn more about how we can help.