Important Considerations With Low/Restricted Calorie Weight Loss Programs
There are a few important considerations with any diet, especially those offering Rapid Weight Loss. The most important is avoiding the Yo-Yo effect often caused by low calorie diets that can send your body into starvation mode. Yo-Yo dieting got its name because of many restricted calorie diets where people lose weight only to gain it (and sometime more) back over and over with no lasting success.
In a nutshell, here’s what happens… When a person drastically restricts calories, his or her body, anticipates starvation. In an effort to protect itself from starvation the brain and body jump into action. Metabolic rate slows (to consume less calories burnt for energy), old fat cells bloat and new fat cells are created (to create a stored food supply). Since the body still needs fuel, it will break down muscle for its source of calories.
Here are the problems with the above:
1. When your metabolic rate slows you may feel more lethargic and less likely to exercise etc.
2. Obviously bloated and/or additional fat cells are the exact opposite of why you dieted in the first place.
3. Muscle consumes calories 24 & 7, even when sleeping, so fewer calories are burned each day.
4. With muscle loss body symmetry suffers (your body simply does not look as good).
Solutions (To Low Calorie Diet Concerns)
First and foremost it is far better to do any rapid weight loss program under the supervision of a physician where nutritional and health concerns can be addressed. After all, most people don’t want to lose weight just to see a lower number on their scale, they want to look better, feel better and have more energy. All of those concerns must be addressed.
The Hcg diet has been growing in popularity over the past few years. There have been many positive reviews and some negative reviews. The negative reviews, however, seem to be prevalent only in those circumstances where people have gone on the diet by purchasing non-pharmaceutical grade Hcg online or at a local health food store and have administered the program to themselves or had it overseen by a non-medical provider. (Note: Only Medical Professionals legally authorized to prescribe can provide pharmaceutical grade Hcg)
The Hcg died can be safe and extremely effective for rapid weight loss when done under the care of a physician. Its cost is relatively modest and the results can be dramatic (often a pound or more a day during 1 cycle). Although the patient is restricted to 500 or 600 calories a day, because of the presence of the Hcg, they are actually getting 2000 to 2500 calories a day through metabolizing their own body fat. This is a far better scenario than other low calorie diets that will likely send you into starvation mode.
Continued Success (Maintenance)
After the initial rapid weight loss, maintenance and support for long lasting results are of great benefit. At our office, for example, we offer nutritional counseling, food replacement meal supplements, nutritional supplements and therapeutic hypnosis for long lasting results. Patients can choose any or none of those added services based on their individual needs.
Complement Your Weight Loss Program
As mentioned in our last newsletter, there are many great technologies that are safe and effective available to help you to look and feel better. Cold Laser body sculpting, cold laser stimulation for hair growth and to stop hair loss are also great technologies that can work for you. Feel free to call us with any questions that you may have whether you are in our geographic area or across the continent. We’re always happy to help.