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These Anti-Aging Weight Loss Tricks are Really Making You Fatter

I’ve noticed that the weight loss diet fad has really erupted in the past few years. It seems everyone wants that quick fix—people want to shed pounds quickly, effectively, and without having to invest too much time or energy. And the weight loss diet industry has certainly banked on this mindset, especially when combining it with the anti-aging market—they’ll tell you that you can look and feel younger by following this latest weight loss diet plan. And thus a new fad is born.

I call it a “fad” because a weight loss diet plan can be all the rage one day, and replaced the next with another one claiming to be even better for you. Because of this, weight loss diet fads do not and cannot sustain or encourage healthy weight management over the long-term—a weight loss diet fad isn’t an effective anti-aging weight loss strategy. Keep reading to find out why.

Your Body Needs the Calories

Regardless of nutrient content, the methodology behind a lot of weight loss diet fads is, more or less, to eat fewer calories. The logic is that if you consume less than 1,000 calories per day, it will force your body to burn body fat for fuel to make up for the caloric deficit, therefore leading to weight loss.

It’s true that you will lose some body fat by following this kind of weight loss diet plan, but in the process of doing so, several things will begin to happen. When your body experiences a low-calorie environment for a long enough period of time, your fat-burning capability will slow down to spare your energy reserves. Your body will subsequently start to store body fat as soon as you stray from your weight loss diet, even in the slightest. In the meantime, your body will start to crave food to keep its energy levels up, and you may start to experience uncomfortable side effects from calorie deficiency, like low energy levels, mood swings, insomnia, and poor concentration.

Furthermore, in the process of following a low-calorie weight loss diet fad, depending on what you eat and your level of physical activity, you will not only lose body fat, but also a great deal of muscle. When this happens, your capacity to use stored body fat as an energy source is reduced. Then, when you finally drop the weight loss diet fad and go back to a more sustainable eating pattern, you will not only quickly put on the weight you lost, but you have damaged your fat-burning process even more, and you will likely gain more weight than before. This pattern of low-calorie yo-yo dieting can make it really hard to control your weight over time.

Weight Loss Diet Fads are Unsustainable