To diet, juice or starve; does it work?

First of all, it should be known from the onset that these three methods of allegedly losing weight and staying fit are extremely unhealthy and most of the time their gains are temporary. The fitness bug has caught on in the world over and more and more people are working towards some kind of body goal and ideal weight.

Whereas most people want to look a certain way and weigh in at a particular number, the actual number of people that want to go to the gym and get their desired bodies are even less. Most people prefer to take shortcuts. This is where the diets, juices, and starving come in.

Dieting involves eating particular foods at particular times with the aim to get to a certain weight. Usually, diets prescribe less than normal food portions. Unfortunately, dieting does not guarantee weight loss. Cutting down on carbohydrates and eating less protein will just reduce the number of calories you take in daily. What people don’t know is that when you start a diet, your body adjusts to it and goes into survival mode.

As a result of a reduced calorie intake, your body takes certain measures to store as much as it used to get before by slowing down metabolic processes significantly for instance. This will make the body burn fewer fats and hold in calories just to maintain the regular calories it’s used to. Instead of losing significant weight, you end up remaining the same or losing very little weight.

Starvation has also been peddled around the inter-webs as a method of reducing weight and maintaining fitness. This on its own is already a big fat lie. Starvation means you only eat at least two small meals in a day or even worse, eating nothing at all. Yes, it’s as bad as it sounds.  Scientifically, the human body needs food to function at optimum.

Failure to provide food for the body can lead to a number of problems such as the development of stomach ulcers, a slow metabolism, low blood sugar and even muscle catabolism. All of these can have huge negative impacts on the body in the long run. You may not be able to do all the activities you would do on a normal day because the body lacks fuel to get these things done.

Juicing is even more dangerous to the body. This is because this all liquid routine that involves eating all kinds of blended vegetable smoothies may seem harmless but may cause even more health problems. This routine can also drain you to the point of collapse or even worse set you up to develop type 2 diabetes. At the end of a juicing routine, you might just end up gaining weight because fruits also have caloric content.

It is important to note that whether you choose to juice, dieting or starving, it doesn’t work when it comes to fitness and health. They are all so detrimental to your health in the long run and you should just avoid the waste of time. Instead of trying to remove calories from your meals at one go, the gradual reduction over a period of time will work better when it comes to losing weight.

This gradual reduction has to be supported by some sort of active workout routine to supplement it. Working out while monitoring what you eat will produce far better results that will be easier to maintain in the long run. Reducing portions of carbohydrates from your plate and having more vegetables than protein will also help your weight loss agenda. Drinking lots of water will improve your metabolism and help you lose even more weight. 

Slimming teas, pills and waist trainers are also a myth; save yourself the time and money and invest in gym membership instead.