Fad Diets: The Not So Healthy Weight Loss Option

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Deciding on a plan for healthy weight loss can be a tedious task, and it gets more difficult when you hear about the newest weight loss trends that promise easy, quick results. Whether it be a juice cleanse, a fad diet (such as high-protein or liquid diets), or a fasting program, they all tell you that the pounds will fall off almost immediately. What they don’t tell you is that when you lose weight by this method, it is almost guaranteed to come right back. Likewise, the methods for losing this weight often cause damage to your body in other ways.

When your body is not nourished properly, it cannot function properly. This extends to the brain as well. With improper nutrition, you are more likely to be confused, unable to focus, have mood swings, and possibly even become depressed. The systems in your body will not be able to function normally, which can impact your quality of life. Also, sustaining any of these diets for too long can cause irreversible damage to your body.

With fad diets, your body may be more nourished in some ways, but you could completely be ignoring other vital parts of your body that need proper nutrition. Juice cleanses can slow your metabolism, throw off your body’s insulin production, dry out your skin, and make you lightheaded (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center). When fasting, your body may enter “ketosis”, where it uses fat as a primary source of energy, which is an unnatural state for your body to function in. None of these options are an avenue for healthy weight loss. No matter what type of dietary trend you are following, the results will be temporary and you will return to your normal weight when resume your eating habits.

Obesity often carries with it extensive side effects such as sleep apnea, diabetes, hypertension, and chronic joint pain. When it comes to healthy weight loss solutions, the only true answer is a lifestyle change. In order to reduce or completely heal the side effects mentioned above, the weight loss will need to be permanent. This is where bariatric surgery steps in to make your pathway to healthy weight loss easier to navigate.

At Cernero Surgery, bariatric surgery is not a one-size-fits-all approach to weight loss. Dr. Cernero works closely with each patient to determine the best approach to lose the weight and improve their quality of life. Most importantly, bariatric surgery provides lifelong solutions by changing the lifestyle habits of those who undergo the surgery.

If you are a patient who has tried everything to lose extra weight, bariatric surgery may be the next step for you. It is in your best interest to schedule a visit with a medical professional so they can line out your healthy weight loss options and find the best solution for you.

Do you have more questions before you make a decision? Our FAQ’s page is available for you to learn more. If you’re ready to take the next steps towards healthy weight loss, feel free to contact us today!

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