I try not to work at night (same as I tell my patients!), but I wanted to get this posted before it runs through my head all night --this is a perfect example of advertisers telling you what it takes to sell something, versus the truth. On my way from the office this evening I heard a commonly heard radio commercial for a special rapid weight-loss diet. They were saying how you lose weight very rapidly and feel great the entire time and because it's medically supervised you can feel confident that it's very safe.
The truth is that any diet where the calories are very low and you lose weight very fast is not safe. Weight loss should be no more than 2 pounds per week (except in the first week where it can be much greater due to water loss). Any more than 2 pounds per week and the extra weight is muscle that is being lost. And never forget that the old cliche "Easy come, easy go." applies here absolutely. Any weight you lose very quickly will come right back -- most people gain the weight back and then some.
I have had patients who did the quick, very low-calorie diets and although they initially lost a lot of weight (before they gained it all back plus more), most of them also felt dizzy and experienced hair loss. They were told that this was a result of the shock their body was experiencing due to such rapid weight loss. Let's just call a spade a spade: It's starvation. Any diet where you are consuming less than 1000 calories per day (some active/muscular people need up to 2000 calories per day just to maintain their current body weight; some people need more) is starvation. Period. This is not a healthy way to lose weight and can cause damage to your body.
I understand the need to want to lose weight and lose it quickly, I really do. But please don't fall prey to these lose weight quick schemes. In order to lose weight you need a healthy diet (evaluated by a nutritionist or naturopath and not necessarily what you think is healthy), exercise, good sleep, stress management techniques andpatience.It takes time to lose weight. It takes effort and changes in both diet and lifestyle to lose weight. You don't gain weight in a day and you don't lose it in a day.
So please, don't be fooled by this weight-loss version of a get-rich-quick scheme. Even if you have a lot of weight to lose the above mentioned steps and time will bring your weight down in a healthy way and willkeep it off.