How do you get healthy weight loss? A lot of people seek healthy weight loss but do not really understand what healthy weight loss is. Healthy weight loss has an extremely simple definition. If all of your weight loss comes from only fat loss, it is healthy. There should be very minimum water and muscle loss.
When you have healthy weight loss, your metabolism is not compromised. It may even be boosted by the exercise and healthy diet. Healthy weight loss results in a healthy metabolism. When your metabolism is healthy, you will not quickly regain all the weight.
In this video, we will discuss about some of the unhealthy weight loss methods. In order to understand healthy weight loss, you also need to understand what makes up un-healthy weight loss.
As a quick assessment, any diet or program that is without any element of exercise is generally unhealthy. This is because the weight loss will come at the cost of fat and muscle. You need exercise to maintain your muscles when trying to lose weight. Without exercise, your body will tend to lose more muscles than fat.
You also need exercise to help maintain a healthy metabolism. There is a tendency for the body to lower your metabolic rate during weight loss. Exercise helps prevent this dip in your metabolism. That is why the lack of exercise in a weight loss program is a very easy way to spot an unhealthy weight loss diet or program.
Another thing to look out for is a starvation based diet. A starvation type diet is going to severely affect your metabolism. This type of diet sets you up for an inevitable weight gain. Your body is not able to handle a calorie deficit of more than 10%. When you cut you daily calorie intake by more than 10%, your body panics. It thinks that there is a food shortage. It activates the starvation response and holds on to your fat tighter than ever.
Any weight loss diet or program that is not focused on healthy nutrition and exercise is going to yield unhealthy results.
In this video, Suresh and Dr Jasvin discuss about some of the un-healthy ways to lose weight which should be avoided.
Table of Contents for Article
- 1 Video Transcript of “Healthy Weight Loss – Understanding What is Unhealthy First”
- 2 UnHealthy Weight Loss with Slimming Teas [0:00:31.0]
- 3 Unhealthy Weight Loss via Yo-yo Dieting [0:02:25.8]
- 4 Unhealthy Weight Loss with Meal Replacements [0:03:31.6]
- 5 Unhealthy Weight Loss with Drugs [0:05:14.7]
- 6 Unhealthy Weight Loss with Carb Blockers [0:06:41.9]
- 7 Invasive Methods to Lose Weight [0:07:04.4]
Hi I am Suresh V and I am Dr Jasvin and we are from the Correct Weight Loss Team. Today we are going to discuss about another interesting topic called Healthy Weight Loss. This topic of healthy weight loss is going to be done in 2 parts.
[Suresh] In the first part, we are going to discuss about the concepts of unhealthy weight loss. In the second part we will cover the concept of healthy weight loss and what you need to do to attain it. We will start with unhealthy weight loss. Dr Jasvin would you like to start by talking about unhealthy weight loss.
UnHealthy Weight Loss with Slimming Teas [0:00:31.0]
[Dr Jasvin] I think a lot of people today, use a lot of unhealthy weight loss methods. These are very quick fixes such as slimming teas. These slimming teas contain senna leaf extract which is a herb that causes diarrhea and dehydration. You end-up losing a lot of water. Off course when you have diarrhea, you do lose some weight as well.
[Suresh] Does any of the weight loss come from fat or muscle?
[Dr jasvin] I think a lot of it comes from water.
[Suresh] With diarrhea, you lose a lot of nutrients?
[Dr Jasvin] You do lose a lot of nutrients. You will get a lot of metabolic imbalances. Your mineral sodium balances go out of whack.
[Suresh] What kind of problems does that cause?
[Dr Jasvin] It’s just like when you get diarrhea. You lose a lot of important minerals. The dehydration itself can be very harmful to you health,.
[Suresh] Obviously it is a bad way to lose weight not only from a weight loss perspective but also from a health perspective?
[Dr Jasvin] That’s right.
[Suresh] This type of weight loss is not sustainable right?
[Dr Jasvin] This is not sustainable. A lot of people who go on these slimming teas end up becoming very dependent on them.
[Suresh] Is this dependence from an addictive stand-point?
[Dr Jasvin] Not really from an addictive stand point. Once they stop taking the slimming tea, they feel very constipated. They can’t go to toilet like normal and also experience bloating. This is a very uncomfortable feeling and they end up going back on the slimming teas, sooner than later.
[Suresh] They end up going back for all the wrong reasons.
[Dr Jasvin] Yes.
Unhealthy Weight Loss via Yo-yo Dieting [0:02:25.8]
[Dr Jasvin] Some of the other unhealthy ways to lose weight are yo-yo diets. These diets are starvation based. Someone would eat very little for a week or two. There would be a bit of weight loss. You can’t sustain the weight loss when you go back and start eating your normal meals. You end up putting back the weight again. Your weight is basically going up and down. At the same time, you are losing a lot of muscles when you are in starvation mode. When you start eating well again, you will end-up putting on fat and not muscles.
[Suresh] That’s because the metabolism has slowed down?
[Dr Jasvin] Right.
[Suresh] When you lose weight like that, you end-up going into starvation mode. Your whole metabolism slows down as a result of that. When you go back and eat normally, you actually put on more fat because of the slower metabolism. So there is no real benefit from this approach?
[Dr Jasvin] There is no benefit. In fact it makes no sense at all because you are putting on more fat at the end of the day.
[Suresh] That is because the body wants to survive and knows how to survive. The mind thinks it can cheat the body.
Unhealthy Weight Loss with Meal Replacements [0:03:31.6]
[Dr Jasvin] Some other unhealthy ways to lose weight are meal replacements. It is again a starvation type diet. When you use meal replacements to replace your normal meals, you put yourself on a very low calorie diet. Again, your body is going through starvation. Your metabolism slows down considerably at the end of the diet. How long can you go on taking meal replacements anyway?
[Suresh] Most people don’t understand. They think their body consumes a certain amount of calories independent of what they do. What they don’t understand is that their body adapts to their nutrient intake. So the lesser calories you consume, the lower will be your body’s energy consumption so that it keeps you alive for a longer period. This is what people need to understand. So it’s not about cutting your calories. It’s about doing a whole host of things so that you keep your metabolism high while you reduce calories.
[Dr Jasvin] A lot of times when people take meal replacements, they do not even get enough nutrients. There are many different types of meal replacements in the market. Some obviously are better. These do have a good range of carbohydrates, protein and fats. But there are a lot of gimmicks out there as well. It tells you that it is a meal replacement but it does not actually contain many nutrients. People can actually get very nutrient depleted.
[Suresh] That’s not good.
[Dr Jasvin] And they also feel very tired. It’s very harmful to their metabolism in the long run.
Unhealthy Weight Loss with Drugs [0:05:14.7]
[Dr Jasvin] People also use drugs to lose weight. A lot of medications have been taken off the market because of side effects. Reductil was recently taken off the market. There were a lot of side-effects from the drug. There are also supplements which claim to burn fat that do not do much more than burning a hole in your pocket.
[Suresh] So what you are saying is that drugs by their very nature are metabolic poisons. They stop a normal process in a body.
[Dr Jasvin] Yes.
[Suresh] That is not really a very sustainable way to lose weight?
[Dr Jasvin] It is not sustainable. Drugs are sometimes used for people who are morbidly obese. These drugs are used to kick-start the weight loss process. But then these people who are morbidly obese also have other problems such as high blood pressure or heart problems. These medicines have lots of side-effects that affect those problems as well.
Unhealthy Weight Loss with Carb Blockers [0:06:41.9]
[Dr Jasvin] There are other supplements that are used for unhealthy weight loss. Such examples are carb blockers which block the absorption of the carbohydrates that you consume. Again, none of these have been really proven.
[Suresh] The body adapts to these carb blockers?
[Dr Jasvin] Yes. The body adapts. You may block a little bit of carbohydrates but in the long run, how much does it really affect your weight loss. Nothing really works as well as proper nutrition and exercise.
Invasive Methods to Lose Weight [0:07:04.4]
[Jasvin] Some people do go for surgery as well. You may have heard of liposuction or bariatric surgery. I think some people may need it especially obese people who find it difficult to move or exercise. They may actually need this type of surgery.
[Suresh] So it is very individual specific then. It is not something that would be applied across the board for everyone.
[Dr Jasvin] No. It should not be applied for everyone.
[Suresh] So it depends on the doctor’s assessment. If they really feel that this person is incapable of doing any sort of exercise because they are so morbidly obese, this type of surgery may actually assist.
[Dr Jasvin] Yes but it is basically a case to case basis. It is not recommended for everyone. I think that a person who is overweight or even those who are obese should first consider the approach of exercise and healthy nutrition before any other drastic measure.
[Suresh] So basically, lose weight correctly. So as long as you can move around, do some exercise, watch your diet and you are teachable, learn some new good habits, that is the best approach to lose weight and sustain it for life.
[Dr Jasvin] Exactly.
[Suresh] Well that is all for the un-healthy ways to lose weight. We will cover the next part about the healthy aspects of weight loss in the next video. For now, from the Correct Weight Loss team, this time do it right.