The Fasting Diets, Do they work and are they dangerous?

ByAlexander Pretorius

The Fasting Diets, Do they work and are they dangerous?

Is There A Magical Trick To Weight Loss?

Weight loss is one of the most complicated subjects to approach because as much as anything else out there that has been touched by the aggressive hands of pop culture, the subject is absolutely filled with misinformation, legends, narratives of miracle solutions and all other sorts of useless and confusing opinions that can literally drive a person insane. Now, one of the cliches about weight loss is that there are no miracle solutions. No magical trick that will land you in your ideal weight without effort and awareness of what you’re doing and why. This one is true, and more than likely the only one of the cliches about weight loss that are true.

The overview

In order to get a clearer, and more useful, overview, to reach that awareness, we should start by cleaning up the air, and attacking some common misconceptions, while replacing them with useful, realistic notions in the way. So it becomes very important to talk about how the whole fat is your main enemy line is broken in so many ways. There are many studies and articles out there that you can see for yourself showing us that sugar is as harmful as fat and that sugar is found everywhere, on all kinds of processed foods, where we don’t even expect it to be at all. With that in mind, it becomes quite easy to see why there are so many people around us demonizing fats, while sugars, even if they are recognized as a fattening ingredient, pretty much run a free, unchecked control over our lives, like a silent enemy sabotaging us from every corner.

The struggle

Now, quite naturally, if someone is struggling heavily to lose weight, the avoidance of both of those types of nutrients have to be on their minds at all times. But one thing that needs to be said, and to be more recognized at the time of planing a diet is that, even if fats are of course harmful in excess, it is infinitely easier to avoid them than sugar. And, besides, avoiding sugar helps with making that fight easier, since the fat that we end up consuming won’t be as problematic. Besides that, it’s also important to notice how one of the most helpful elements of any diet is body reeducation. Once we start eating cleaner, our bodies quite soon respond to that. Our bodies understand what we are doing, and collaborate with it. At that point, the worst thing we can do is to attack that willingness in the part of our body and get it confused with mixed information. And that is exactly what sugar will do.

The role of fat

Our other main enemy, fat, does the opposite. Once we start eating fat foods, if we exaggerate even slightly, our bodies feel heavy, sluggish. They respond positively to that, telling us what is best for us. Sugars do the opposite, they trick our natural body reactions. They have a recognized, verified addictive behavior, and once we start eating sugars, our brain will start craving for more, and all the effort we are doing can be lost in no time.

Know your food

So what this makes clear is that we need to know our food. We need to understand both our bodies, and what we put on them. Ready-made diets can’t give you that, especially since an exact diet that you just mimic won’t have the same effect on your body that it will have on someone else’s. All of these seem like commonplace notions, but what they are really saying is that until you have an understanding of both your body and of what you eat, other diets simply won’t work.

And even if those prove successful, and you feel like you are losing weight, it is easy to see why trying one radical, specific, restrictive diet is a short shoot more than likely to soon fade away, while knowing your food is something that will stay with you for life.

The challenge

And even if it seems tiring or challenging at first to read about nutrition by yourself, and learn simple things that can bring you a real awareness of everything you put on your plate, that is infinitely less challenging, and a simpler work, than trying different diets as if they were pieces of clothes, and being frustrated on each step.

Alexander Pretorius

Dr. Alexander Pretorius is a physician from Cape town, South Africa. Areas of interest: male health, erectile dysfunction.
Alexander Pretorius

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