There are a lot of different weight loss methods out there and it is really hard to know which ones work and which ones don't. The major problem with a lot of these different methods of weight loss, are that they can actually do you more harm to your body than good. The more common ways that people lose weight or try to lose weight today are: weight loss pills, herbal supplementation, and certain dieting routines.
Weight loss pills are one of the more popular ways, because the companies that produce them promise effective weight loss with little or no change to the way you eat or your activity levels. These pills work by blocking the storage of fat, or as appetite suppressants, or as fat burners. The promises along with the testimonials and the shear simplicity of this method of weight loss make it sound like the perfect answer. This however can be a very dangerous method, the reason for this is that a lot of the drugs and ingredients used have not really been tested in long term studies, and that is why numerous weight loss pills have been linked to major sickness and disease as well as death.
Herbal supplementation is another one of the common ways today that people try to lose weight with. The danger here is that people think because these pills, or herbal extracts or whatever are all natural and come from the earth that they are a lot safer and more effective when it comes to weight loss. The reality of it is that this method can be just as dangerous as the before mentioned weight loss pills.
I am not saying that all herbal supplementation is harmful but we cannot forget about herbal supplements such as aloe, buckthorn, senna, rhubarb root that are used as laxatives, however can cause your bowels to stop working without laxative stimulation. The well known herbal supplement ma huang also known as ephedra that was known to be a miracle weight loss supplement that has now been the cause of deaths as well as having been linked to side effects such as high blood pressure, increased heart rate, and nervous system damage.
Weight Loss diets are a dime a dozen these days, there are literally thousands upon thousands of diets out there that promise quick easy weight loss. The danger with a lot of them is that they don't stick to the basic sciences of how your body functions. For example the low carb or no carb diet, has been known to cause weight loss however; can be very dangerous to your body.
The reason for this is that your body needs carbohydrates in order to function properly, it is your body's fuel, and without it, it cannot and will not function properly. Diets that have you downing protein like no tomorrow with little carbohydrates also has a negative effect on you body as studies show too much protein can cause ketosis which is an accumulation of fat oxidation by-products in the blood. This has been known to cause dizziness, headaches, confusion, nausea, fatigue, sleep problems, and worsening of kidney problems.
When it comes to weight loss it is very important that you do some homework to see what you're getting into with these different supplements pills and diets. Let me tell you this though. It may take a little longer, and it may be a little more work but if you follow the basics, you will not only lose weight safely and effectively, but you will keep it off as well. The basics are not diets, it is a complete lifestyle change to your eating habits, and exercise levels. In order to lose weight you have to take in fewer calories than you burn in a day, you should stick to complex carbohydrates, and should exercise everyday 30-45 min a day at a medium intensity.