Are you ready for another controversial article by guest blogger, Jeffery Morgan? Keep reading for his opinion and research on weight loss diets, weight management and supplementation.
There are two key schools of thought when it comes to health and weight. The first is that you should aim for weight loss, and the second is that you should aim for weight control (or weight management). Almost all experts agree that weight control is the better of the two, but what makes it so good for maintaining good health?
The Flaws of a Quick Diet
Quick dieting appears to work – we all know those people who went on a fad diet and lost tons of weight. However, the problem is that quick diets only work short-term. There’s no suggestion that these diets are good for long-term health, and they can often compromise it. Cutting out any food group puts you at risk of missing out on vital vitamins.
If you’re undertaking one of these fad diets – or you have done so recently – it’s worth picking up a multivitamin supplement to ensure you don’t accidentally ruin your health! Two of the worst things to cut out are carbohydrates and fats. They sound effective – and indeed, they are… at first.
The problem with carbohydrates is that you end up eating more protein and saturated fats to replace it, which is bad for the heart. You also cut out a lot of fruit and vegetables – which can lead to a whole host of issues. The problem with cutting out fats is that there are lots of different fats, and these diets often don’t differentiate between the good and the bad kinds.
Most people who diet end up being ‘yo-yo dieters’ their weight fluctuates quite dramatically. This can put a lot of stress on your body, and if you lose/gain weight quickly you’ll likely get stretchmarks, and damage your joints. So what’s the alternative?
Long-Term Weight Control
Don’t aim to lose all your weight at once – people who drop off a lot of weight quickly are usually losing water, rather than fat. Starving yourself can actually lead to your body storing more fat out of panic!
3,500 calories is approximately one pound of weight, so if you cut out 500 calories a day you can lose a pound a week. You can follow a diet plan to do so. This is much safer – and easier – than trying to dramatically do it. It also avoids the issues of missing favourite foods since you can shrink amounts, rather than cutting out food entirely.
While you’re starting to figure out your weight control journey, you may experiment with what works for you. If you’re going to play around with cutting different food groups, make sure you’re replacing whatever you lose – either with another food alternative (so lentils instead of meat) or a supplement of some kind. If you’re really stuck on where to start, speak to a medical professional as they can help you work out a diet plan.
Weight control doesn’t just focus on what you eat, but how and when. People often assume it’s what they’re eating that’s the problem – but you can gain weight on the healthiest diet in the world. It’s much more worthwhile considering how you approach food:
- Buy smaller plates so you’re not tempted to finish it all or make a big meal and portion it into smaller ones to save for other meals.
- If you have certain food triggers – boredom or sadness, say, work out alternative ways to tackle this or at least replace chocolate with a healthier snack like pumpkin seeds.
- If you struggle to feel full after a meal, swap to high fibre foods like wholegrain, as these will make you feel full faster.
- If you think you’re hungry, try drinking water first – you’d be surprised how often it turns out to be dehydration! We say water, since soft drinks are one of the easiest things to cut out when it comes to calorie-gaining food.
But Is It Healthy?
So we’ve discussed why weight control is better for losing weight – but does that make it better for health? In short: yes. In long: yes, but it’s not the sole way to maintain your health. Weight control is great, but there are other things you need to think about. There are certain vitamins that people struggle to get through their diet – vitamin D being the hardest. This is most reliably gained from sun exposure, but most people simply don’t get enough access to this. It’s well worth speaking to a doctor and starting to take a supplement for vitamin D since there isn’t enough in food to maintain the necessary levels in the body.
If you’re a woman, weight control will help with hormone regulation and thus, PMS, but if you’re prone to terrible cramps you may want to try adding some vitamin B6 into your diet about 3 days before you usually get it and until a few days after it stops. If you’re a man, you may have less specific needs but it’s still worth ensuring you get access to everything you need, whether through supplements or diet.
This combination of weight control and ensuring you’re getting enough vitamins and minerals is the best way to maintain health – it avoids the yo-yo effect of short term health fads, and it’s far easier to implement and keep up than the alternatives!
About the Author
The article is authored by a regular writer and blogger Jefferey Morgan. He writes on health and fitness related issues and has a great knowledge on the related niche. He loves to read books in his free time.
Do you have any experience with fad diets and weight control? Which worked the best for you? And what do you think about supplementation?