In today’s society is appears that ‘’weight loss’’ and ‘’increased health’’ are viewed as synonymous with one another. Whilst a large proportion of the population could arguably benefit from some weight loss as a direct result of body recomposition, ‘’weight loss’’ isn’t necessarily an indicator of better health. In fact in a lot of cases people who focus purely on ‘’weight loss’’ follow plans which detract from their health.
Today we wanted to brush over some of the tell tail signs of a plan which isn’t doing anything for your health even if the scales are being kinder to you by the week!
Many diets recommend or advocate extreme measures including liquid only ‘’meals’’ or the elimination of fat for example. Diets like this will almost certainly lead to a loss on the scale and in a lot of cases a very significant loss. However the weight lost won’t be fat (some will, most won’t) instead it will be lean muscle tissue and water. What’s more, excluding something like fat from your diet is extremely dangerous and unhealthy in the long run. When you consider the brain is made of fat it makes sense to ensure you always consume fats. The most effective fat loss plans will always contain a good dose of fat!
Many diets which focus on weight loss by taking extreme measures will often cause you to become micronutrient deficient (vitamins & minerals). In doing so this will potentially impair your health and in fact make it hard to lose body fat. Vitamins and minerals are responsible for thousands of reactions and metabolic responses which are essential for optimised health.
Metabolic damage is a very common issue with drastic diet approaches. If you suddenly drop your calories through the floor and cut certain food groups out (bar the obvious ones) then of course you will lose weight however what is that doing to your metabolism? Your thyroid function will be likely to suffer in the long run and you will be prone to gaining weight back faster once you come off what is probably an unsustainable diet.
To sustain good health and improve body composition you are far better off looking at doing the following –
Increasing protein intake via meat, fish, eggs and protein powder
Increasing fibre via vegetables and some fruit (two pieces a day – as much veg as you want)
Increasing fat intake via nuts, seeds, eggs, oils and avocado (2-3 servings a day)
Consuming some carbohydrates via sweet potato, rice and oats (2 servings a day around your exercise before/after when applicable)
Drinking plenty of water – typically 1 litre per 50lbs of body weight!
Always be mindful that weight loss doesn’t automatically mean better health and that often heavily marketed plans lead to rapid weight loss yet have the potential to cause you issues!