Most people are so caught up with meeting a target weight on the weighing scales that they do not even realize if the weight loss is safe. Only a very few people are concerned about healthy weight loss and you are probably one of them or you would not be reading this article.
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What is safe and healthy weight loss
The definition of safe weight loss is simple. Weight loss is safe if all of it comes from losing fat. There must be minimum loss of muscle of water. You will find that fad diets and gimmicks will not give you pure fat loss. There is bound to be a large amount of muscle or water loss. This causes all kinds of problems and even primes your body to regain all the weight. It is important that you understand this definition of safe weight loss so that you never choose wrongly again.
What do you need to do to achieve safe weight loss
One of the simplest things to do is to help manage the hormones that are most responsible for your weight gain. If you are overweight, it is very likely that you either have elevated levels of insulin or thyroid or even both. While there could be a host of other hormonal problems, these are predominantly the main cause of excess fat accumulation in the body.
Managing thyroid levels
A surprisingly large percentage of overweight women have a condition known as hypo-thyroid. This is when your thyroid level is lower than the recommended range. This causes all kinds of problems such as fatigue, constipation and unexplainable weight gain. Before starting on any weight loss initiative, it is best to get your thyroid levels checked. The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) revised the “normal” TSH range as 0.3 to 3.04 from an earlier 0.5 to 5.0. The earlier values of 0.5 to 5.0 only captured very glaring thyroid irregularities.
Managing insulin levels
Thy main task of insulin is to manage blood sugar levels. It forces glucose in the blood stream into cells either to be converted into energy or stored as fat in the adipose tissue. Insulin is a very potent fat storage hormone. In its presence, the body is inclined to store fat and not burn it. This is what happens to people who become insulin resistant. Insulin resistance is a condition where your body needs more and more insulin to carry out the same task. Insulin resistance stems from over-consumption of refined carbohydrates. Refined carbohydrates are easily digested by the body and thus creating a rush of glucose into the bloodstream. The body reacts by releasing a larger than normal amount of insulin to compensate. When this happens on a regular basis, the cells in the body starts losing sensitivity to the insulin hormone and you thus become insulin resistant.
People who are insulin resistant have a higher fasting insulin level. Insulin lingers on in the blood stream long after completing its task of regulating blood sugar. You can very easily manage this condition by completely eliminating refined carbohydrates and simple sugars from your diet.
The quickest way to lose weight
You can get very rapid weight loss just by managing these hormonal levels in your body. You can easily manage thyroid levels by referring to your doctor. He can then recommend medication if necessary. Insulin levels can be managed by completely eliminating refined carbohydrates. These simple steps will allow the quickest safest way to lose weight.