Restricting Calories for weight loss

Many people who are trying to lose weight make the mistake of thinking that eating very small amounts of calories is the best way to achieve it. However when you know what risks this has on the body and how it can affect your weight loss you may think otherwise about doing it.

 There are many diets around that claim to be amazing and the next best thing for weight loss, however by doing these diets that are very restrictive it can result in a number of complications including:-

  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Gallstones
  • Heart Problems
  • Anaemia
  • Depriving the body of vital vitamins/nutrients
  • Plus many more

It is also very difficult to stick to these diets which is why it can be seen that once you come off the diet you are very likely to put all the weight back on again. You are far better having a healthy diet and exercise which is easy to stick to and will achieve the best and safest rate of fat loss.

Many diets require you to pay a monthly fee to attend meetings, buy expensive shakes and as a result of the restricted vitamins/nutrients usually means people will have to buy a lot of expensive vitamin supplements to go along with their diet. When you add up the price of all of these factors it is fascinating that people carry on with it.

When you look at the price of eating a healthy diet you can easily achieve this for a fraction of the price of the diet. As mentioned earlier it is also much easier to stick to and will see you with a much better rate of fat loss.  

When heavily restricting calories your metabolism will be slowed down, this will cause the rate of fat loss to be slowed down. When you eat more and have more muscle mass your body will be able to burn fat much more efficiently. 

 Restricting calories in sport

 As well as the general public, there are many sports which see the athletes restricting their calorie intake in order to meet weight limits. Like what I mentioned earlier, this can be very dangerous and have major effects on performance.

As your activity level increases so too does your energy intake. If this is still limited it will seriously affect performance, and weight loss. As mentioned earlier, when you eat more your metabolism speeds up, when you have a higher metabolism the rate of fat loss is also accelerated. 

Many athletes have been seen to resort to other extreme measures to help them achieve their weight requirements. These could include:

  • Dehydration
  • Extreme sweating (through saunas, sauna suits etc) 
  • Use of laxatives

When competing in sports that include a weight category it is important that you plan ahead and get a good nutrition plan sorted out that will enable you to reach your weight weeks before competition, this way you will not need to resort to any extreme measures to lose the weight. By doing this it will also have a major impact on your performance as you will have adequate energy and will be properly hydrated.

 

Craig

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