We've all been exposed to the multitude of diets for quick weight loss in the form of Fad Diets, with promises of losing weight in an instant so we can fit in to those all-elusive skinny jeans. Lose 3 kilos a week, they tell us! Yeah right, what they don't tell us is that losing 3kg a week is unhealthy and can lead to skin sag as well as loss of energy and other more serious health issues.
Weight loss has now become a multi-billion dollar industry. With everyone jumping on the band wagon we are bombarded with tons of useless tips, pills and supplements. It is getting harder and harder to find a legitimate program that is easy to stick to, and one which delivers long lasting results.
What we are all craving is, for someone to show us actual research on why certain foods will help us lose weight, whilst others will impede our efforts. And also to give us some guidelines about a diet suitable for our own body type.
There is no such thing as "one size fits all" diets for quick weight loss. Have you ever wondered why some of your thin friends actually eat more than you do and exercise far less than you do? The reason is that body types were not created equal. Some people have faster metabolisms than others, or perhaps certain foods impede fat loss more for some than others. There are a whole variety of reasons why this happens.
Even if you manage to lose the excess weight that plagues you, for a variety of reasons it is highly difficult to maintain. As Tom Venuto, the high-profile certified personal trainer and strength & conditioning specialist says, "We don't have a weight loss problem today, we have a "keeping the weight off" problem." That rings true for many people.
In the struggle to lose weight and then maintain weight loss, one of the most disturbing and unfortunate side-effects of Fad diets for quick weight loss is the lack of appropriate daily nutrition, often resulting in muscle loss and fatigue.
You must keep in mind, the highly efficient human body has been designed for self-preservation. With the absence of calories it starts to burn muscle instead of excess fat. Excess fat storage was designed for long term exposure to famine, so the excess fat you are wanting to rid is actually locked in tight, just in case your body needs to endure long term lack of food. This so called "famine mode" is a pre-historic mechanism, nonetheless it is still fully functional today.
The key to success is definitely not based on the latest fashionable fad diets for quick weight loss which are full of empty promises. Rather, it is based on actual modern scientific research into the many complex mechanisms of the human body and how we can work with it, not against it.
Shedding kilos should not be the only priority of a sensible weight loss program. High emphasis should also be placed on maintaining the integrity of internal organs, muscle & tissue health and skin tone for overall health and vitality.